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20-Year senior executive to leave Caesars Oct. 1
Jan Jones Blackhurst, Caesars Entertainment Corp.’s executive vice president of public policy and corporate responsibility, will leave her position Tuesday, Oct. 1. However, on Thursday, Sept. 5, Jones Blackhurst joined the company’s Board of Directors, replacing Richard Schifler who stepped down two days earlier. The first female mayor of Las Vegas, Jones Blackurst, 70, has been with Caesars for 20 years, during which she championed numerous corporate and gaming industry causes, including responsible gaming issues, diversity, and advancing environmental stewardship. She oversaw Caesars corporate giving efforts, amounting to millions of dollars donated to individuals, families and communities in need. Last year, she publicly spoke out in favor of policy changes to Nevada gaming regulations governing sexual harassment awareness and prevention. “I am delighted and honored to be joining the Board of Caesars,” Jones Blackhurst said in a statement. “I will continue to advocate that Caesars takes a leading role as a responsible corporate citizen. I am proud of the course we have charted and committed to continuing it.” Caesars is merging with Eldorado Resorts expected to close early next year. In an S-4 registration filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last month, Eldorado said the company’s new Board of Directors following the merger would consist of five members of the current Caesars Board and six members of the current Eldorado Board. Eldorado currently has nine Board members, including Executive Chairman Gary Carano and CEO Thomas Reeg. The board has one female member. The make-up of the new Board isn’t expected to be revealed until Eldorado stockholders vote on the deal later the year. The current executive officers of Eldorado are expected to manage the merged company, which will be renamed Caesars.
(updated 9/12)
Baumann to replace Ortzman in Atlantic City?
A posting on Facebook and we all know how reliable that could be claims that Ron Baumann, currently senior vice president and general manager of Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, is returning to Atlantic City to replace the recently departed Caesars Regional President Kevin Ortzman. Ortzman oversaw Bally's, Caesars and Harrah's. Previously, Baumann was chief operating officer of Rush Street Gaming and senior vice president and general manager of Harrah's Philadelphia. Watch this space. (9/8)

Gosh, I've never seen any of the plays you've produced. Are you confusing
USA Today's “Readers’ Choice Awards” with the Tony Awards?

That's Razer with an 'e' (like Liza with a 'z')
Razer™, “the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers,” opened its RazerStore Las Vegas – the largest global store to date – Saturday, Sept. 7, at The LINQ Promenade. The 2,400 sq. ft. “gaming hangout” is Razer’s second U.S. store after San Francisco. “RazerStore Las Vegas will serve to encourage and foster an avid gaming community,” the company said in a statement. “In collaboration with Razer partners and The LINQ Promenade, eSports and gaming events will be organized weekly.” Centerpiece of the two-level store is a massive 16 HD panel display wall broadcasting interactive live streams and tournaments in full surround sound to onlookers inside and outside. (9/7)

Here's a special pre-sale code: QUEENSAREWILD. The code will be "live" at 10 a.m. PT Tuesday, Sept. 10.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Live!,” directed by RuPaul and Jamal Sims, will open in January at the Flamingo. Described as “an interactive audience experience,” the show currently is scheduled to run through August with performances Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49, plus applicable tax and fees. For more information and a complete show schedule, visit

Other companies expressed interest in Caesars
In addition to Houston-based Golden Nugget Casinos, five unnamed companies also expressed interest in acquiring all or part of Caesars Entertainment Corp. at the time it was negotiating a potential merger with Eldorado Resorts earlier this year, according to the S-4 document the companies filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The filing outlines details of the transaction, includes question and answer sections for shareholders of both companies, the current financial make-up of the two companies, and offers projections for the merged businesses. In addition to the competing offers for Caesars, the S-4 filing disclosed that Eldorado CEO Thomas Reeg, Chairman Gary Carano, President Anthony Carano and Board member James Hawkins were subpoenaed by the SEC in May relating to an ongoing investigation over securities trading an unnamed publicly traded company. (See below.) Hawkins served a Board member of the undisclosed company. “The representatives of Eldorado further informed representatives of Caesars that Eldorado understood that the executives had not been notified of any allegation of wrongdoing,” the SEC filing stated. (9/6)

Horseshoe Baltimore revenue sinks to 5-year low
As it celebrates its five-year anniversary, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore has recorded its poorest monthly revenues in history. Total slots and table game revenues last month sank to a little more than $18 million, according to figures released by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. The amount is a 13 percent drop from August 2018, and the lowest gambling take recorded since Horseshoe opened. June was an especially bad month as revenues dropped 19 percent below the same period in 2018. Last month’s revenues were even lower. Horseshoe’s disappointing showing compares to a banner month for Maryland’s two other major casinos – MGM National Harbor and Live! Casino and Hotel. Overall, August revenue for Maryland’s six casinos was $154.3 million – the fourth best month in the history of the state’s casinos. Horseshoe’s share of those casino revenues dropped to 11.9 percent last month. (9/6)

My nominee for Caesars typo of the week – maybe, of the year!
[courtesy of Harveys and Harrah's Lake Tahoe]

Eldorado CEO, Board members subpoenaed by SEC
From an article by Bailey Schulz in the Sept. 4 Las Vegas Review-Journal: With so few details about the trading, Jefferies analyst David Katz said it’s hard to judge the executives’ actions. “The track record of Eldorado so far has been quite good,” he said. Katz said it’s unlikely the subpoenas will impact Eldorado’s plans to purchase Caesars. Even after Caesars became aware of the subpoenas, the company decided they were “not material enough” to hold off the deal, Katz said. ROTH Capital Partners analyst David Bain also doesn’t expect the subpoenas to be an issue for the deal. He has pointed out that New Jersey approved Eldorado’s acquisition of the Tropicana Atlantic City and licensed Reeg one month after they had been made aware of the SEC inquiry. “We believe this demonstrates the forward path of New Jersey and other regulatory approvals needed for the [Caesars-Eldorado merger to close in 2020],” he said. “Checks cite that the SEC has not followed up for interview requests.” Bain added that Caesars and Carl Icahn, the company’s largest shareholder, likely already checked the issue with multiple law firms and saw no issue moving forward, and said Reeg’s activity with the company was likely a 2016 trade with a minimum amount around $15,000. While Katz classified the subpoena as immaterial, he said it could hurt Eldorado’s stock down the road. “I don’t know how much we will ever learn about what did or didn’t happen,” he said. “Matters such as this can hang around without ever achieving public disclosure. I suppose that’s what I view as a hindrance for the stock.”
The New York Post is reporting that Tom Reeg, chief executive of Eldorado Resorts and potential new head of Caesars Entertainment, has been subpoenaed in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) trading probe. Reeg received the subpoena in May, the company revealed in a regulatory filing Tuesday, Sept. 3. The filing said the SEC was seeking information about trading in a publicly traded company tied to Eldorado Board member James Hawkins, who also received a subpoena. The company whose stock they traded is MRI-maker IRadimed, where Hawkins is a director, according to the Post report. IRadimed didn’t respond to a request for comment, the Post added. Eldorado told Caesars about the subpoenas in June, saying the executives had not been notified of any allegation of wrongdoing, according to the filing. The subpoenas, while revealed deep in the 475-page filing, are not listed as a merger risk factor. Reeg and another Board member, Gary Carano, who also got an SEC subpoena, remain on the Board of the combined company, while Hawkins will be out, the report says. Eldorado President and COO Anthony Carano also got subpoenaed.

It's a moot point since The Sage Room has closed and 19 will close later this month, but it appears that no one from Harveys Tahoe has checked these websites in a while. (Gordon Ramsay will open his third Hell’s Kitchen in the location formerly occupied by The Sage Room. The Sage Room will move upstairs and replace 19 Kitchen & Bar which will close after service Sept. 21.)

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Some upcoming shows, events and deadlines

California, Ione

Sept. 18 and 25: Get a glass of house wine for one cent at Louie Oliver’s (minimum $15 food purchase), Harrah’s Northern California

Oct. 2 (and first Wednesday of every month): Veterans, active service men and women, and their spouses receive 20 percent off food purchases at Louie Oliver’s (one redemption per cardholder), Harrah’s Northern California

Indiana, Hammond

Wednesdays: Those 50 and older (with valid ID and Caesars Rewards card) get 50 percent off at the Village Square Buffet, Horseshoe

Iowa, Council Bluffs

Tuesdays: Guests 55 and older qualify for a buy one, get one free buffet (with photo ID and Caesars Rewards card), Harrah’s and Horseshoe

Thursdays: During college football season 1620AM The Zone’s Josh Peterson and John Bishop from “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” will broadcast 2 to 6 p.m. from The Book, Horseshoe Council Bluffs.

Maryland, Baltimore

Monday to Friday: $5 sips and bites, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, 4 to 7 p.m.

Tuesdays: Military & First Responders Appreciation Day, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, 7 a.m. to midnight

Wednesdays: Guy Fieri's Trivia Night, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, 7 to 9 p.m.

Thursdays: Guests 55 and older can enjoy a $25 lunch special at Guy Fieri’s Baltimore Kitchen + Bar, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursdays: Rockstar Karaoke, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, 14Forty, 9 p.m.

Fridays: 98 Rock’s Justin Schlegel broadcasts live, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, 14Forty, 8 p.m. to midnight

Sept. 26: Reels & Rosé, Clueless, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, 8 p.m., Outdoor Plaza

Oct. 26: Maryland Cornhole Association 5 Man Mayhem Cornhole Tournament, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Harbor Ballroom

Oct. 3 to 14: World Series of Poker Circuit Event, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Missouri, North Kansas City

Oct. 2 (and the first Wednesday of every month): Show your military ID and Caesars Rewards card at The Buffet and dinner is $8, Harrah's

Nevada, Las Vegas

Oct. 31 to Nov. 3: M life Holiday Gift Shoppe, MGM Grand

Oct. 31 to Nov. 4: Great Gift Wrap Up, Caesars Palace

Nov. 7 to 10: America's Got Talent Live, Paris

Dec. 4 to 8: Great Gift Wrap Up, Bally's

Dec. 5 to 8: M life Holiday Gift Shoppe, Bellagio

April 23 to 25: NFL Draft

Nevada, Reno

Tuesdays: Silver Circle 55+, Harrah's

New Jersey, Atlantic City

March 8 to 13: Restaurant Week

North Carolina, Cherokee

Oct. 2 to 25: Cherokee Bonfire (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays), Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Boulevard

Pennsylvania, Chester

Saturdays: Seven Stars Mixer, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Cove Steakhouse & Raw Bar, Harrah's

Sept. 20: Diamond Day (an upgraded and themed menu in the Laurel Lounge with the chance to win free play and other prizes), 3 to 11 p.m., Harrah's