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Updated: April 12, 2021

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Dates set for 2021 Seven Stars Signature Events
While registration for this year’s Seven Stars Signature Events is not yet available, mark your calendar with these dates:
  • Las Vegas - Aug. 19 to 22
  • Atlantic City - Sept. 16 to 19
  • The Row (Reno) - Aug. 1 to 5 or Aug. 3 to 8
This year all Seven Stars cardholders are invited to attend all Events.

Seven Stars cardholders with a current or previous year’s tier score of at least 500,000 also will be invited to attend this year’s Elite Signature Event in Lake Tahoe, Sept. 22 to 26. (4/9)

Tropicana to be integrated into Caesars Rewards April 27
Due to unforeseen circumstances, effective Tuesday, April 27, Tropicana Atlantic City will be fully integrated into the Caesars Rewards network. This is two weeks later than originally scheduled. Due to the system upgrade you may encounter disruptions beginning at 8 p.m. Monday, April 26, through the morning of Wednesday, April 28. In addition:
  • Return Rewards and Incentive Cash will not be unavailable between 10 p.m. Monday, April 26, and 5:59 a.m. Wednesday, April 28.
  • Redemption of Reward Credits will not be available between 10 p.m. Monday, April 26, and 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 27.
  • Effective at 10 p.m. Monday, April 26, Caesars Rewards Local and Trop Advantage cards no longer will be valid.
  • By 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, Caesars Rewards cards may be used.
  • Free slot play offers for Monday, April 26, must be redeemed no later than 10 p.m.
  • Beginning Thursday, April 29, Diamond and Seven Stars Celebration Dinners may be redeemed directly at the Chelsea Five Gastropub. For other participating outlets, visit the Caesars Rewards Center to receive a voucher.
  • All other offers must be activated at a promotional kiosk.
Please note that players may encounter disruptions to the casino floor rating system between the hours of 11 p.m. on April 26 and 4 p.m. on April 27. (Updated 4/12)

Golden Dynasty at Tropicana offers 'to go' meals
Golden Dynasty Express at Tropicana Atlantic City offers food to go from 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Order online for pick-up or room delivery: (4/9)

More police presence planned for AC Boardwalk
Atlantic City officials plan to increase police patrols on the Boardwalk, and are considering locating a police substation there. After the death of a store owner during an attempted robbery this month, James Sarkos, the officer in charge of the police department, outlined the plans during a community meeting a few blocks from the Boardwalk. They include hiring nine new police officers, and the scheduled hiring of 15 more. Both measures have been in the planning stages. An additional 24 officers will be hired later this year. (4/9)

Comedy Cellar returns to Rio
The Comedy Cellar will return to the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino with performances by Rick D’Elia, Brian McKim, Kathleen Dunbar and Mark Cohen on Saturday, April 17. Tickets are on sale now. Performances will take place at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Contactless tickets are $32 or $42, plus applicable taxes and fees. In accordance with current COVID-19 health and safety protocols, seating has been adjusted to maintain proper social distancing and will be sold in groups of two or four. Face coverings are required while not actively drinking. In addition, temperature checks take place at the door, and enhanced cleaning and sanitizing will take place between shows. (Updated 4/9)

Workers at Harrah's New Orleans win concessions
In contract negotiations completed this month, hospitality workers union Unite Here has won a number of concessions for its members at Harrah’s New Orleans. One of the most important gains was an extension of recall rights for anybody who has been furloughed or laid off during the past year, said Leah Baily, an official for Unite Here Local 23, the New Orleans-based chapter with about 2,000 members in the city. “Recall policies require employers to offer to rehire their previous employees first as workplaces reopen and the industry recovers,” Baily explained. The union also won new safety protocols to help protect employees from COVID-19, including 10 days of paid leave for those forced to quarantine because of possible coronavirus exposure. In addition, Harrah’s workers now can opt to join the Unite Here health insurance plan, which is a not-for-profit program that is cheaper than the one offered by Harrah’s and has no deductible. The new contract also includes pay raises for both tipped and non-tipped staff. (4/7)

MontBleu no longer part of Caesars Rewards
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in Lake Tahoe is no longer part of Caesars Rewards. Bally’s Corp. closed this month on the company’s purchase of the casino-hotel. As part of last summer’s $17.3 billion merger between Caesars Entertainment Corp. and Eldorado Resorts Inc., the companies had to sell Eldorado Shreveport in Louisiana and MontBleu to avoid federal antitrust issues. Bally’s agreed to purchase both properties for a combined $155 million. The Lake Tahoe casino was valued at $15 million. MontBleu is owned by the Edgewood Companies, which controls the land and buildings. Bally’s said last April it entered into an amended agreement with the landlord that included the extension of the lease term to the end of 2035. The transaction’s closing gives Bally’s its 12th gaming property and its eighth state. The company has deals pending for Tropicana Evansville in Indiana and Jumer’s Casino in Rock Island, Ill. (4/7)

CDC issues new guidance on cruises
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued the next phase of guidance that eventually will allow cruises to resume from U.S. homeports. The agency’s guidance doesn’t replace the Framework for Conditional Sailing that went into effect Oct. 30; rather, it signals a number of changes that will be necessary in order to begin test voyages from U.S. ports of call. The CDC’s new guidance comes days after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis urged the cruise industry be allowed to restart, with the state’s attorney general even threatening legal action against the government agency. The Cruise Lines International Association, which represents the majority of the world’s cruise fleet, also had called on the CDC to rescind its long-standing orders against cruising. As part of the next phase of the Framework for Conditional Sailing, the new guidance requires cruise lines to establish agreements at ports where they intend to operate. This requires that cruise lines demonstrate they have the necessary infrastructure in place to manage an outbreak onboard, and have healthcare capacity and housing for quarantining known and suspected cases of COVID-19. Lines also must commit to the routine testing of crews and develop plans to incorporate vaccination strategies for crew and port workers to reduce the risk of infection and spread of COVID-19 throughout the vessel. The CDC’s technical instructions also direct that cruise operators be required to shift from weekly to daily reporting of COVID-19 cases and illness onboard vessels. Many cruise operators already have committed to requiring passengers and crew to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and that number increases exponentially as operators flesh out their plans for restart outside the United States. “[The] CDC is committed to working with the cruise industry and seaport partners to resume cruising when it is safe to do so, following the phased approach outlined in the CSO.” (4/7)

NCLH plans phased return to cruising
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) plans a phased return to cruising. The cruise company unveiled a “two-pronged plan” with cruise resumption outside the United States from Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and Greece starting in July. NCLH will offer weeklong cruises from Greece, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. Separately, NCLH has submitted a proposal to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with a plan for cruise resumption from U.S. ports starting Sunday, July 4. As part of NCLH’s SailSAFE health and safety program, the company said that all initial voyages will operate only with fully-vaccinated guests and crew, and will include COVID-19 testing for all before embarkation. (4/7)

LINQ Sandwich Co. opens
The new LINQ Sandwich Co. is now open. Replacing Sticky Chicken’s menu of wings and sandwiches, the LINQ Sandwich Co. features cheesesteaks, a meatball sub, and hot beef and fried chicken sandwiches. (4/6)

Tahoe Laurel Lounge comp drink policy differs from Vegas
With the Laurel Lounges closed both in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe, Caesars has been giving daily beverage vouchers to Diamond Plus, Diamond Elite and Seven Stars cardholders. The benefit is much more valuable in Las Vegas: up to four beverages valued at $20 each, valid at any Caesars-owned bar or restaurant. In Lake Tahoe the beverage price limit is $12 and can be used only at casino bars, and one of the four drinks – a prepared beverage with an $8 limit – has to be used at Starbucks.

If this is AC Burger Co.'s idea of a napkin, I could have brought a paper towel from the dispenser in the men's room.

Why would anyone want to buy a used chair from a casino? It doesn't even look very comfortable.

Of course, I'm joking. Obviously, this chair is being reserved for someone whose last name is Purchase.

Seriously, this is the sign tacked to chairs which can be "rented" – for a price – for fans to watch games in the sportsbook.

William Hill sale to Caesars is delayed
The £2.9 billion sale of William Hill to Caesars Entertainment Inc. hangs in the balance after a decision about whether the deal should be finalized was delayed until next week. Last week, the bookmaker said a judgment “is awaited” on whether the takeover should be completed following a court hearing. Typically, a judge makes a decision to approve a scheme of arrangement – a procedure to complete a takeover of a publicly listed company – on the day of the court hearing. The latest twist comes after two powerful U.S. hedge funds – GWM Asset Management and HBK Capital Management – objected to the board’s decision to recommend investors vote to approve the Caesars offer. Between them, GWM and HBK own around 11 percent of William Hill. Both wrote to the board arguing that shareholders did not have enough information to approve the takeover when it was voted on in November. (4/5)

From the Ketchup Premium Burger Bar at Miracle Mile Shops in Las Vegas: “What? The ‘F’?”

Rio to resume full-time operations April 19
The Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino will resume hotel operations seven days a week beginning Monday, April 19. The Rio reopened its gaming floor in December after coronavirus closures, but limited its hotel offerings to weekend stays. The Rio represents the final Caesars property in Las Vegas to resume daily operations following the state-mandated closure order last spring. (4/2)

New Men's Room sign at Caesars Palace. Note I wrote "Men's Room". "Men" already is plural so you need an apostrophe to make it possessive. That ends today's lesson on punctuation.

WSOP to return Sept. 30
Pending applicable state and/or regulatory approvals, the World Series Of Poker will return in-person at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino beginning Thursday, Sept. 30, with all play concluding on Tuesday, Nov. 23. Opening weekend is expected to feature a special charity event to benefit frontline health workers, a $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. and a $5 million GTD No-Limit Hold’em event billed as “The Reunion.” Further details and specifics on the complete schedule will be released this summer. Room reservations are now being accepted across Caesars Entertainment’s Las Vegas resorts, including the headquarters at the Rio, with rates starting at $60 for Caesars Rewards cardholders. Visit using promo code WSOPM. Online pre-registration will open until this summer after all events have been determined and approved by regulators. (4/2)

Harrah's Tunica to become family entertainment venue
The former Harrah’s Tunica Resort will undergo a $140 million redevelopment as a family entertainment venue with no gambling. Tunica Hospitality & Entertainment said the project will include construction of a 20-acre water park, youth sports complex, renovation of two hotels, a convention center, a spa and salon, a 100-acre private lake, a “family fun center” with video arcade, a sporting clay and hunting center, a recreational vehicle park, a boardwalk with dining, retail, and entertainment venues, and renovation of an 18-hole golf course. The first phase of the project will include portions of the water park, expected to be completed in late summer 2022. (4/2)

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Caesars brings vaccines to employees in Las Vegas
Caesars Entertainment Inc. is bringing the coronavirus vaccine to the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, while MGM Resorts International is making a similar effort by bringing the vaccine to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Easing vaccine availability for thousands of hotel and hospitality workers in Nevada’s tourism-dependent city comes with the University of Nevada Las Vegas setting a July 1 date to return to in-person activities, and city workers fanning out following the lifting of sports restrictions to install basketball hoops again at city parks. Caesars started offering shots April 1 at the Rio for all company workers, with a goal of 10,000 vaccinations in April. It is partnering with Albertsons supermarkets to administer up to 2,000 shots per day by appointment only. (4/2)
Upcoming shows, events and deadlines

NOTE: All shows, events and deadlines are subject to postponement or cancellation due to temporary casino closings and/or safety and health measures implemented by the state.

Arizona, Maricopa (Phoenix)

April 23 to 25: Seven Stars Renewal, Harrah's Ak-Chin Hotel and Casino

California, Ione

Mondays: Visit Louie Oliver's for free corkage ($15 minimum food purchase required), Harrah's  Northern California

Tuesdays: Veterans, active duty service men and women, and their spouses receive 20 percent off food purchases at Louie Oliver’s and The Marketplace, Salute card or proper ID required (one redemption per card), Harrah's Northern California

Thursdays: Get $1 off draft beers and pint cans every Thursday at Louie Oliver’s, Harrah's Northern California

Florida, Pompano

Wednesdays: Club 55 members receive one free hot dog, Isle Casino Pompano

Illinois, Joliet

Saturdays: Dinner for two with a bottle of wine, $60, Flavors The Buffet, Harrah's Joliet

Indiana, Elizabeth

Mondays and Tuesdays: 5X Reward Credit multiplier swipe first at a promotional kiosk, Caesars Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino

Wednesdays: Super Senior Wednesdays, Caesars Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino

Fridays: Fast Money Drawings, Caesars Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino

Indiana, Shelbyville

Mondays: Golden Gamers, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Through Nov. 8: Live racing season, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Oct. 30: Indiana Champions Day, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Iowa, Waterloo

Wednesdays: 5X Reward Credits. Swipe first at a Promotional Kiosk, Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo

Thursdays: Earn 20 tier credits and get a free beer at The Brew Brothers or see a beverage server on the casino floor for a bottle of beer or frozen drink, Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo

Louisiana, Bossier City

Mondays: Fill Your Cup For A Buck, Paddock Deli, Harrah's Louisiana Downs

Tuesdays: 2X Tuesdays - Present your Caesars Rewards card when making a wager to receive a 2X multiplier on racing wagers, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs

Tuesdays: Dollar Days ($1 hot dogs, drafts, popcorn), noon to 4 p.m., Harrah's Louisiana Downs

Louisiana, Lake Charles


Mississippi, Biloxi

April 10: Seven Stars Renewal Event, Harrah's Gulf Coast

Tuesdays: DJ Karaoke, 7 to 11 p.m., 406 Club, Harrah's Gulf Coast

Fridays: Live musical performances, 8 p.m. to midnight, Harrah's Gulf Coast

Mississippi, Robinsonville

April 16 and 17: Seven Stars Renewal Event, Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino

Nevada, Lake Tahoe

Sept. 22 to 26: Seven Stars Elite Signature Event, The Row

Nevada, Las Vegas

Daily: Diamond and Seven Stars Happy Hour, 4 to 6 p.m., Patio Bar, Flamingo

Aug. 19 to 22: Seven Stars Signature Event

Aug. 21: Donnie Osmond returns, Harrah's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Sept. 30 to Nov. 23: World Series Of Poker, Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Nov. 4 to 7: Great Gift Wrap Up, Digital Main Event

Dec. 6 to 12: Great Gift Wrap Up, Caesars Palace

Nevada, Reno

Aug. 1 to 5 or Aug. 3 to 8: Seven Stars Signature Event

New Jersey, Atlantic City

April 17: Seven Stars Renewal Event, Caesars, Harrah's and Tropicana

June 4 and 5: Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival, Bader Field

Sept.16 to 19: Seven Stars Signature Event

Pennsylvania, Chester

Through Dec. 26: Live Racing season, Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack

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

Tuesdays: Between noon and 4 p.m. guests 55 and older can swipe at a promotional kiosk for a 5X Reward Credit multiplier for play during those hours, Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack

Canada, Ontario, Windsor