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Rivers Casino Schenectady announces grand opening details

25 Jan 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady announced today details of the grand opening of the first Las Vegas-style casino in the Capital Region. The $330 million property will open to the public at noon on Wednesday, 8 February. The casino will open just a few days after the anniversary of the facility's ceremonial groundbreaking, which was held 3 February 2016.

The entire gaming floor and associated amenities will open to guests, including all five restaurants, Van Slyck's Entertainment Lounge and the high limit area. The 50,000-square-foot gaming floor will be the center of the action, with 1,150 slots, 67 gaming tables and a 15-table poker room all open to guests.

"Our team has been working around the clock to make Rivers Casino & Resort a reality for the Capital Region, and I can't say enough great things about our construction partners and the hundreds of team members we've hired over the past weeks," said Mary Cheeks, General Manager of Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady. "8 February is the day that Rivers celebrates the start of a lasting positive relationship with the Capital Region, and that we welcome our first guests in to experience the quality and care we take in our customer experience."

Guests who visit Rivers Casino & Resort on February 8 should follow the direction of temporary signage, Schenectady Police officers and Rivers team members. Surface and garage parking will all be available on Opening Day. Valet parking will open to the public at 6 p.m.

Rush Rewards Player's Club
Opening day will also be the first time that local players can earn points at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady through the property's Rush Rewards Player's Club. 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. There are three tiers of Rush Rewards benefits (Rush, Preferred and Signature), which are based on earned point level.

Those who played the Rush to Rewards Online Scratch-off prior to opening will be able to redeem their prize on Opening Day through 28 February at the Rush Rewards center by activating their Rush Rewards account.

During the month of February, Rush Rewards members will earn $5 in Free Slot Play for every 200 tier points earned, with a maximum bonus of $25 per gaming day.

Additionally, guests who present a valid and active mid to high level loyalty card from a regional casino will receive an automatic upgrade to the corresponding Rush Rewards tier. This promotion will run until the end of March.

Guests will be able to enjoy all of Rivers Casino & Resort's restaurant options on Opening Day. The range of concepts and flavors will offer high quality and great atmosphere to guests, whether they're looking for a quick bite or a sit-down, relaxed dining experience. All five restaurants will be operated by local favorite the Mallozzi Restaurant Group.

Dukes Chophouse was designed from the ground up to offer guests a fun and comfortable atmosphere to enjoy a superior dining experience, with seating for upwards of 100 guests.

FLIPT will serve up specialty burgers and sandwiches, hot dogs, sides, salads and more. A Build Your Burger option and staff recommendations have made FLIPT a favorite at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines.

Mian will offer a contemporary take on an array of Asian cuisine favorites. Mian has been a popular option at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines since day one.

Johnny's To Go will carry a selection of favorites from the popular downtown Schenectady Italian restaurant, ready to go on short notice.

Villa Italia, another Schenectady favorite, will serve a selection of favorite pastries and cookies alongside unmistakable Villa Italia coffee, 24/7.

Amenities and Entertainment
Guests will also be able to experience Rivers Casino's quality amenities.

Van Slyck's will be the region's premiere location to enjoy live music and televised sporting events. The entertainment lounge will have its own gaming positions, featuring 34 slot machines and a number of table games, including craps, roulette and blackjack, as well as a stage to host bands, DJs and other live entertainment. Guests will enjoy a range of specialty cocktails and craft beers.

On Opening Day, Van Slyck's will be host to a day-long lineup of live music from local and regional bands and DJs. For a full lineup, visit the website.

Splash Spa at Rivers Casino, which will open later in February, will offer a full suite of beauty and relaxation treatments, including but not limited to manicures, pedicures, massages, facials, a blow out bar, scalp and body treatments and makeup. The full service spa located inside the resort, will offer visitors the utmost in comprehensive services designed to maximize comfort, relaxation and inner peace.

Splash is located in the casino's entrance promenade, and thus accessible to guests under the age of 21. It will be operated by local businesswoman and beauty industry veteran Maria Ho, owner of the successful "Splash" Nail Spa in Niskayuna.

Beyond Opening Day, the Rivers Casino & Resort Event Center will be host to private events, conferences and weddings. The 10,000-square-foot multi-use space can be divided into multiple rooms and is just steps away from the action of the gaming floor. The Event Center can accommodate up to 600 guests for a sit-down dinner or 900 for receptions and other events. There is an adjacent pre-function space, and patio space that looks over the Mohawk River.

Visit the website for more information and to inquire about booking the Event Center.

The operator of Rivers Casino & Resort, Rush Street Gaming, operates three other casinos, all of which have been named a 2015 "Best Place to Work" or "Top Workplace" by their team members.

Rivers Casino & Resort will be located adjacent to a new mixed-use Mohawk Harbor development currently under construction by the Galesi Group, which constitutes an additional $150 million investment in the 60-acre riverfront property. The mix of residential, retail and commercial space will include a 124-room Courtyard by Marriott and a 50-slip harbor on the Mohawk River and Erie Canal.

For more information on Rivers Casino & Resort, visit the website.
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