Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Starts Daily Poker Tournaments

Addition of weekday No Limit Hold’em tournaments rolled out in Rivers’ 15-table poker room

SCHENECTADY, NY — Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady is holding its first-ever poker tournament today, in its premier 15-table poker room.

No Limit Hold’em Poker Tournaments will be held Monday through Thursday, and will be in addition to cash games that will continue to take place around-the-clock. The poker tournaments will also be in addition to the daily High Hand Jackpot that is paid out 6 times a day, 7 days a week in the poker room, along with the benefits of being a Rush Rewards member and other monthly promotions.

There will initially be two types of tournaments offered: No Limit Hold’em and No Limit Hold’em Bounty. For each tournament, players are given $10,000 in chips and blinds increase every 15 minutes. After the first 45 minutes, the ante also increases along with the blinds.

Bounty tournaments are No Limit Hold’em with an extra prize opportunity. Players pay for an additional “bounty” chip when they buy-in. If eliminated, the bounty chip is given to the player that eliminated him or her.

Tournaments start times and buy ins for the month of April are:

  • Mondays:         9:30am & 6:30pm: 9:30am: $60 + $15
  • Tuesdays:        9:30am: $60 + $15 + $25 (NLH Bounty)
  • Wednesdays:   9:30am: $60 + $15
  • Thursdays:       9:30am: $60 + $15 + $25 (NLH Bounty)

Check www.riverscasinoandresort.com for the latest, up-to-date tournament scheduling.

“Our Poker Room has been tremendously popular since Opening Day, and one thing that players have been asking for is tournament action. Tournaments offer an exciting way to win a nice sum of money with a small amount of risk. This is particularly true for the novice player looking to hone their skills,” said Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady General Manager Mary Cheeks. “We’re proud we’re able to offer tournaments, in addition to the other promotions and prizes that have already been so well received by our guests.

No Limit Hold’em Poker allows up to 10 players per table. Each player gets two ‘hole’ cards, which are dealt face down so that each player can only see their cards. All players can then use the five community cards that are dealt face up. Players can bet on their hand after they receive their two hole cards, then again after the first three community cards are dealt, the “flop,” after the fourth card is dealt, the “turn,” and lastly after the fifth card is dealt, the “river.” The object is to get the best five-card hand. A total buy-in of $75 is necessary to enter the tournament.

Tournaments are just one addition to Rivers’ Poker Room. Since Opening Day, Rivers has also introduced High Hand Jackpots, which pay out six times daily, seven days a week. The player with the highest hand in the Poker Room during a period of time will collect the jackpot.

Rush Rewards Club members playing in the Poker Room are also eligible to win during Fast Cash Fridays in the month of April. Rivers will give away $40,000 in cash during the month through Hot Seat prizes every hour from noon to 6pm on Fridays, which culminate with a drawing for a $5,000 cash prize at 7pm, every single Friday in April.

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady features a 50,000-square-foot gaming floor with 1,150 slot machines, 67 gaming tables and 15 poker tables. The floor is attached to a 10,000-square-foot banquet facility capable of hosting more than 900 people for conventions and special events, one of the largest spaces in the region. Also on the property are five restaurants, Splash Spa and a 165-room hotel (opening summer of 2017).

For more information on Rivers Casino & Resort, visit www.riverscasinoandresort.com.

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About Rush Street Gaming – Founded by Neil Bluhm and Greg Carlin, Rush Street Gaming and its affiliates have developed and operate successful casinos in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Des Plaines, IL (Chicago area) and Schenectady, NY. By placing an emphasis on superior design and outstanding customer service, Rush Street Gaming has become one of the leading casino developers in the United States. Existing casinos generate over $1 billion in annual gaming revenues, and all Rush Street Gaming casinos were voted a 2015 “Best Place to Work” or “Top Workplace” by their team members.