Celebrate the Holiday Season All Month Long at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady
Schenectady, NY (November 29, 2019) – Every day is a holiday in December at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady, where guests will have a chance to win cash, Free Slot Play, and earn FREE Macy’s gift cards during the Macy’s Under the Tree Shopping Spree promotion.
From December 1 to December 15, Rush Rewards members will be able to earn points to receive Macy’s gift cards during the Macy’s Under the Tree Shopping Spree promotion. Guests must earn 500 points to redeem $5 in gift cards. Guests can use their gift cards at a special Macy’s retail pop-up shop at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady’s Event Center on December 18 and 19.
Guests may earn up to $500 in gift cards.
Additional promotions and events include:
Gaming Promotions and Giveaways
Secret Santa Gift Card Extravaganza – From December 1 to December 15, Rush Rewards guests will be able to earn 1 entry for every 20 points earned on slots, video poker, and eligible table games. At 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 15, 4 drawn guests will select an envelope containing a Macy’s gift card prize ranging from $100 to $1,000. $10,000 in gift cards will be given out in total, and guests can use their cards at the Macy’s Under the Tree Shopping Spree on December 18 and 19.
$25,000 Jackpot Frenzy – Guests who win a $1,200 or more jackpot at a slot machine or video poker machine from December 1 until March 7 will receive 1 entry into the $25,000 Jackpot Frenzy. Guests who receive entry tickets may deposit them into a drawing drum at the Rush Rewards Center on March 7. At 4PM on that date, 20 guests will be drawn to win $1,000 Free Slot Play.
2020 Cash Countdown – From December 16 to December 30, Rush Rewards guests will receive 1 entry for every 20 points earned on slots, video poker, and eligible table games. On December 20, all guests will earn 20X drawing entries for their play. A drawing will be held each night at 8 p.m. from December 26 to December 30 to select one guest to win $2,020 cash. Winners will have 3 minutes to claim their prize and must be present on the casino floor to win.
New Year New Loot Drawing – On New Year’s Eve from 11 p.m. until 12:45 a.m. guests will be able to swipe their Rush Rewards card at a promotional kiosk to receive a free drawing entry. At 1 a.m. on January 1, 10 guests will be drawn to each win $1,000 cash! Winners must be present on the casino floor at the time of the drawing and have a valid photo ID and players card to claim their cash prize.
$5 Blackjack– Every Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., and every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., guests may play on $5 minimum Blackjack Tables in Pit 9 (located outside of Van Slyck’s Lounge). Also, at least one $5 minimum Blackjack Table will be available 24/7 on the casino gaming floor. This is the lowest Blackjack minimum wager on Rivers Casino & Resort’s gaming floor since opening in February 2017.
Rush Rewards New Member Promotion – New members win all month long! Rush Rewards members who sign up in December can play a kiosk game instantly on the day they sign up to win Free Slot Play. Then, they can earn points each week for up to 4 weeks following sign up to keep playing and keep winning! All new Rush Rewards members will also receive an instant $10 Match Play Coupon.
Friends with Benefits – Throughout December, current Rush Rewards members who bring in a friend to join the Rush Rewards program will receive $10 in Free Slot Play instantly. Limit of 1 redemption per month.
Senior Days–Young at Heart – Every Monday in December, Rush Rewards members ages 55 and older will enjoy free valet parking from 6 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., free live entertainment at Van Slyck’s from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., an unlimited soup & salad lunch special for $9.99 at Dukes Lounge from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, and a complimentary regular coffee or fountain drink at Villa Italia between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Guests will receive an entry into an exclusive slot tournament between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. each Monday, where the 10 high scorers will win a share of $2,500 Free Slot Play. Guests may also book a one-night $55 hotel stay on Sunday or Monday each week, based on availability and exclusions.
Rivers Sportsbook Specials and Events
UFC 245 Pay-Per-View – On Saturday, December 14, guests will be able to enjoy the UFC 245 Pay-Per-View of Max Holloway vs. Alexander Volkanovski and bet on all the action LIVE in the Rivers Sportsbook.
Monday & Thursday Football Specials – Until December 26, guests can enjoy $2 Bud & Bud Light Drafts and $2 Hot Dogs (with toppings) at the Rivers Sportsbook and Van Slyck’s on Mondays and Thursdays. Offer available from 11 a.m. to midnight.
Food and Beverage
New Year’s Eve at Dukes Chophouse – Dukes Chophouse will be offering guests a special prix fixe menu, along with live entertainment, on December 31. The 3-course dinner includes a butternut bisque or house salad to start; a prime rib surf and turf entrée that includes a 16 oz. slow roasted prime rib with shrimp scampi, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed butter haricot verts, and homemade Au jus; and a classic cheesecake with fresh berries and strawberry compote for dessert. Entertainment will be provided by pianists Cliff Brucker from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and David Gleason from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. (last seating at midnight). Price is $49 per person, and excludes tax and gratuity. Advanced reservations are required and can be made at 1 (518) 579-8850.
The Gobbler at Johnny’s – Throughout the holiday season until December 31, guests may purchase The Gobbler turkey sandwich at Johnny’s To-Go for $12. Offer available during Johnny’s regular hours from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and late night hours until 4 a.m.
Naughty Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps – From December 1 until January 31, guests will be able to shake off the winter chill with a Naughty Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps for just $4 at Villa Italia. Any beverage at Villa Italia can now be made naughty (add a shot of designated liquors) upon request. Restrictions apply.
Events and Entertainment
(SOLD OUT) Rockin’ with the Rat Pack Holiday Dinner Show – Enjoy all the songs and hijinks of the 1960’s with the Rat Pack’s Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. as tribute performers entertain guests during the Rockin’ with the Rat Pack Holiday Dinner Show at the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center on Tuesday, December 3. Guests will enjoy a 3-course dinner while Dezhon Fields (Sammy), Steven Palumbo (Dean) and Michael Dutra (Frank) transport them back to 1965. The show starts at 7 p.m. and includes a fantastic meal with a classic Caesar salad; Chicken Caprese Alfredo Lasagna entrée with sautéed green beans; and tiramisu for dessert. Coffee, tea and soft drinks will also be served. Guests are also invited to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Bethesda House in exchange for a drink ticket to be used for a free glass of house wine. A maximum of 2 drink tickets can be given out per guest. This event is sold out!
Country Weekend – Friday, December 6, and Saturday, December 7, country fans at Van Slyck’s lounge will be treated to a pair of fun-filled nights with a live band and a DJ. Local favorites, Skeeter Creek hit the stage on Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. DJ AYO will be entertaining country music lovers from 9 p.m until 2 a.m. on both nights. $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon specials will also be available. Must be 21+.
Cookie Decorating Class – Guests can learn how to decorate holiday cookies just like a professional with local Instagram sensation, Kelly, of Kelly’s Cookies, at the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center on Saturday, December 21. Two cookie decorating sessions are available – one from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the other from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 and available now at riverscasinoandresort.com, tickets.proctors.org or the Proctors Theater Box Office in Schenectady. Space is limited with each class having a maximum capacity of only 50 guests. Recommended for ages 12+ and no experience is necessary. A cash bar will also be available.
Kathleen Madigan – Award-winning comic and TV personality Kathleen Madigan will bring her uproarious stand-up show to the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center on Friday, December 27. Madigan, whose stellar career has spanned nearly 30-years, and includes performances on every late night show ever made, will treat guests to an evening of laughs they will never forget. General Admission tickets are $50 and available at riverscasinoandresort.com, tickets.proctors.org or the Proctors Theater Box Office in Schenectady. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.
Blue Öyster Cult – Legendary heavy metal band Blue Öyster Cult will rock the stage at the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center on Saturday, December 28. Fans will be treated to an unforgettable show, including the bands stone-cold rock classics, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Godzilla,” and “Burnin’ for You”. Tickets start at $45 and are available at riverscasinoandresort.com, tickets.proctors.org or the Proctors Theater Box Office in Schenectady. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m.
A Roaring New Year’s Eve with Funk Evolution – Guests are invited to ring in 2020 with the Capital Region’s premier horn-fueled party band, Funk Evolution. The perfect way to close out 2019, this unforgettable funkadelic dance party will be held at the Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Event Center on December 31. Admission includes live music and entertainers, dancing, small bites, two drink tickets, and a glittering 1920’s-inspired ambiance, all topped off with a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $50 (pre-purchase) and are on sale now. Tickets are available at riverscasinoandresort.com, tickets.proctors.org or the Proctors Theater Box Office in Schenectady. Doors open at 10 p.m., with the party going until 1 a.m. Tickets will also be available at the door for $60 on the night of the event.
New Year’s Eve Public Offerings – Guests will be able to ring in 2020 in style throughout Rivers Casino & Resort with special FREE entertainment, party favors and complimentary champagne. At Van Slyck’s lounge, Carla Page, will start the festivities at 1 p.m., followed by party band, KICK, who will entertain guests from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.. Local favorites, The Refrigerators, will perform from 9:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. and DJ Patrice will keep the party going between band breaks and changeovers. On the main casino floor, specialty entertainers will be roaming the floor from 9 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.; beads and party favors will be distributed near security podiums from 10 p.m. to midnight; complimentary champagne will be served on the floor and bars at 11:30 p.m; and the countdown to 2020 will be shown on all the casino’s TV screens. $2 champagne will also be available for purchase at Van Slyck’s and Dukes Chophouse bars from 10 p.m. until midnight.
The Landing Hotel Specials
For more information about The Landing Hotel room packages go to thelandinghotelny.com/room-packages. Rush Rewards members must book direct by calling 1 (518) 579-8840 for best discount.
Go Green, Get Green – Guests who stay two or more consecutive nights at The Landing Hotel can decline housekeeping service for their room in exchange for $10 Free Slot Play voucher. Voucher must be redeemed at the Rush Rewards desk. Limit 1 redemption per stay, per week. Free Slot Play valid for 48 hours.
$100 Resort Credit Package – Guests can receive $100 credit to be used at The Landing Hotel bar, Dukes Chophouse, Villa Italia, Johnny’s to Go, Flipt or Mian. Tax and gratuity are not included.
Date Night Package – Includes room, a bottle of red wine, cupcakes, $20 breakfast credit for The Landing Hotel Bar, and 2 p.m. checkout.
Family Fun with VIA Aquarium & Entertainment – Package includes accommodations, breakfast for four at The Landing Hotel bar, four admissions to Via Aquarium, $10 Credit to Via Entertainment, & transportation.
Bed ‘N’ Bettor Package – Includes a discounted room night, a 4-hour reservation block for a table for 2 at the Rivers Sportsbook, 15% off your food & non-alcoholic beverage bill at the Rivers Sportsbook and a complimentary breakfast for 2.
Entertainment Packages – Includes a discounted room night, breakfast for two, and 2 preferred tickets to eligible events. Limited Packages available per event. Available packages currently include: Kathleen Madigan on December 27, Blue Oyster Cult on December 28, and A Roaring New Year’s Eve with Funk Evolution on December 31. Package will only populate online using link if you are staying on a show night.
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.