Rivers Casino & Resort Announces August Events and Promotions

The $100,000 Guaranteed Capital Region Classic Poker Tournament returns to Rivers; The Electric City Food Truck Festival comes to the Rivers patio August 19


SCHENECTADY, NY – The wildly popular Capital Region Classic $100,000 guaranteed No Limit Texas Hold’em tournament will be returning to Rivers this month!

The big money action returns to Rivers on August 23-27 following a successful inaugural event in May that drew 1,095 total entries from eleven states and Canada generating a prize pool of $272,655. It was the richest and largest poker tournament in Capital Region History.

Registration for the Capital Region Classic opens August 12 at the main cashier cage on the Rivers gaming floor and $65 satellite tournaments will be held in Rivers Poker Room August 20 – 22. Day One buy-ins cost $260 and players will receive 25,000 in starting chips. All day 1 start times will begin at 11am & 7pm. The Capital Region Classic will have unlimited re-entries with registration closing on Sunday, August 27 before the start of Level 15.

For full rules and details on this and all promotions, visit Rivers Poker Room,  www.riverscasinoandresort.com or the Rush Rewards Center at Rivers.


Gaming Promotions and Giveaways

Wheel of Fortune Slot Tournaments – Rivers is hosting not one, but two days of slot tournament action this month for both Rush Rewards members and top slot players! The Wheel of Fortune Slot Tournaments will be held Friday and Saturday, August 18 and 19.

Rush Rewards members will be able to earn a seat in the $15,000 Wheel of Fortune Slot Tournament on August 18. Players who earn 25 Points on any slot or video poker machine starting at 6 a.m. will earn a seat in one of 24 rounds of slot tournament action. The top scorers in each round will win up to $250 in free slot play, and the day’s top scorer will take home $3,000 and tickets to see a live taping of Wheel of Fortune.

Invited Rush Rewards members will be able to play in the $25,000 VIP Wheel of Fortune Slot Tournament on August 19. Starting at 2 p.m., this invite-only, 15-round tournament will culminate in a final prize of $7,500 in cash for the top performer.


2017 Infiniti QX30 Giveaway – Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady will be giving the public a chance to win a brand-new 2017 Infiniti QX30 this month! The Giveaway will take place on September 2, 2017 from 4 to 9 p.m. in the Rivers Event Center. Rush Rewards members will earn points towards entries starting on Sunday, August 6 at 6 a.m., and must activate their entries starting 2 p.m. on the day of the drawing to be eligible. Thirty-six winners will be invited to draw a unique number for a spin of the roulette wheel, which will determine the winner of the 2017 Infiniti QX30. Other winners will receive free slot play or up to $2,500 cash.


$35,000 Temperature’s Rising Drawings – Rush Rewards members will have hourly opportunities to win up to $10,000 in cash on Saturday, August 5, during the $35,000 Temperature’s Rising Drawings! Winners will be drawn on the hour from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., with cash prizes growing every hour until the $10,000 drawing at 11 p.m. Members will start earning entries for slots of video poker play starting Monday, July 31 at 6 a.m., and must activate their entries on August 5 starting at 1 p.m. to be qualified for the drawings.


Rivers Track Chair Giveaway – Rush Rewards members will be able to claim a Rivers collapsible Track Chair on Tuesday, August 1. Members who earn 400 tier points, starting at 6 a.m., will be able to claim their chair from noon until 8 p.m. at the Rush Rewards Center on the Rivers gaming floor. Limit of 1 gift per person, while supplies last.


$10,000 Mystery Prize Wheel Hot Seats –  Each and every Sunday in August will present three Rush Rewards guests each hour from 12- 7 p.m. with the chance to spin the prize wheel. Prizes range from $100-$300 in Free Slot play and a mystery prize, which ranges from $500-$10,000.


$30,000 VIP Blackjack Tournament – Invited guests will have the opportunity to participate in a Blackjack tournament in Van Slyck’s. Each player will be given 10,000 nonvalue tournament chips. There will be a preliminary round, semifinal round, and a final round, which will have seven final players total.


Food and Beverage

The Electric City Food Truck Festival – The Rivers patio will come alive with offerings from the best food trucks in the Capital Region and beyond on Saturday, August 19, from noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy music from the TS Ensemble while sampling all the offerings.


Happy Hour at Rivers – Drop by Rivers Casino for happy hour! All drinks are $1 off from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., every day.


Bloodies and Burgers- Enjoy Bloodies and Burgers every Sunday on the Rivers patio. The special Build-Your-Own burger and Bloody Mary bars will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday.


Friday Night Flights – Rivers is teaming with local favorite Druthers Brewing Company to present “Friday Night Flights!” Take in the best view of the sunset in the Capital Region from the Rivers patio while enjoying outdoor drink specials, including Druthers beer flights and rotating wine, cider and spirits flights. Friday Night Flights will run every Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Break from the Backstretch – Spend dark days this racing season at Rivers Casino! Enjoy themed drink specials and live jazz and swing bands on the patio, every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during track season, starting August 1 to the end of the month!


Events & Entertainment

Enlightened Rouges: Allman Brother Tribute Band – The Rivers Event Center will be rocking on Friday, August 11, when Enlightened Rouges brings tributes of Allman Brothers hits to Schenectady. The concert is open to all Rush Rewards members, and limited seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Bourbon and Kentucky Whiskey specials, as well as beer specials, will be offered when doors open at 5 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m.


Jockey Legends Meet and Greet – This track season, some of the biggest names in racing will be at Rivers Casino! Jockey Legends Ron Turcotte (Secretariat) & Jean Cruguet (Seattle Slew) will be at Rivers Casino & Resort on Saturday, August 12 for a meet and greet and autograph signing from 6-7:30pm in the Event Center.  This event is open to the public.  Memorabilia will be on display throughout the Event Center & Pre-Function, and all proceeds will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund.


Ninedeez Nite – Reach to the back of your closet and get ready to relive the best music of the nineties in Van Slyck’s on Friday, August 4. The Ninedeez Nite party starts at 10 p.m.


On The Patio – The Rivers On-the-Patio entertainment series continues in August with a full schedule of live music on the Capital Region’s best riverfront venue, Thursday (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Saturday (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) with Rush to the River and Rock on the Mohawk!

  • August 3: Powerhouse Funk Band 5 pm
  • August 5: Big Sky Country 4pm to 7 pm
  • August 8: The Chris Pasin Quartet from 5pm-8pm
  • August 10: Wild Adriatic 5m to 8pm
  • August 12: Beadle Brothers 4pm to 7pm
  • August 15: The Jecco  Trio 5pm to 8pm
  • August 17: Blue House Rockers 5pm to 8pm
  • August 19: TS Ensemble 1pm to 4pm
  • August 22: The Art D’echo Trio 5pm-8pm
  • August 29: The Jump Daddies 5pm-8pm
  • August 31: Rich Ortiz 5pm to 8pm


US Water Ski Show Team – Head to the Rivers patio this month for performances by the US Water Ski Show Team on the Mohawk River! Shows will be held on three Fridays (August 4, 11 and 18) and start at 6:30pm.


There is no cost to join Rush Rewards, and members earn points for their slot play and table game play by inserting their card into the slot machine or presenting it to table games dealers before starting the game. The more points earned, the more reward benefits members will receive. These include free play, food offers, entries into promotional drawings, discounted room rates, valet parking, personalized casino host services and much more.


About Rivers Casino & Resort

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady features a 50,000-square-foot gaming floor with 1,150 slot machines, 67 gaming tables and 16 poker tables. The floor is attached to a 10,000-square-foot Event Center 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 the 165-room The Landing Hotel. For more information on Rivers Casino & Resort, visit www.riverscasinoandresort.com.