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Updated: April 9, 2020

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Eldorado expected to furlough employees Saturday
Eldorado Resorts Inc. is expected to furlough a large majority of its nationwide workforce Saturday after paying wages and benefits to employees during the nationwide casino shutdown. In a memo to employees at the company’s three flagship casino-resorts in downtown Reno – home of Eldorado’s corporate headquarters – General Manager Tracy Mimno told the full-time staff they would go on furlough, which the company expects to be “temporary (less than three months).” A company source said it is expected that similar notices will be distributed at Eldorado’s 23 properties in 11 states. At the end of December, Eldorado employed approximately 15,500 workers nationwide, according to the company’s 10K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Eldorado furloughs follow similar actions taken by other casino companies around the country, including Penn National Gaming, Boyd Gaming Corp., MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Corp. Las Vegas Sands Corp., Wynn Resorts and Station Casinos have committed to pay employees through May 15. (4/9)

Visit Las Vegas – virtually
If you can’t be there in person, Las Vegas offers a number of virtual tours:

Special thanks to Christopher Lawrence of the Las Vegas Review-Journal for his research on this. Follow him on Twitter at @Life_OnTheCouch. (4/8)

Caesars furloughing nearly 90% of domestic employees
Nearly 90 percent – “tens of thousands” – of those employed by Caesars Entertainment Corp. domestic-owned casinos are expected to be furloughed. The number includes corporate staff, as well. “Given the uncertain duration of the property closures throughout the network, Caesars is temporarily moving to the minimum workforce needed to maintain basic operations,” Caesars said in a statement. Those furloughed will remain employees of the company throughout the furlough period, and Caesars is paying furloughed employees for the first two weeks of closures. Employees can use their available paid time off after that. Through Tuesday, June 30, or their return to work whichever comes first, the company also is paying all health insurance premiums for those enrolled in the company’s health benefit plans. “Given the closure of our properties, we are taking difficult, but necessary, steps to protect the company’s financial position and its ability to recover when circumstances allow us to reopen and begin welcoming our guests and employees back to our properties,” said CEO Tony Rodio. “The company entered this crisis with strong operating performance, which, combined with the steps we are taking now, are critical to the future of our company.” (4/2) online tournament to run through Sunday, May 3
The World Series Of Poker’s tournament series – the Spring Online Championships – runs through Sunday, May 3. The tournaments are open to all those inside the borders of Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey. The tournaments feature more than $4 million in guarantees and include more than 100 events, plus daily tournaments and a 12-event warm-up series. Buy-ins range from $10 to $1,000. In addition, from April 5 through April 26, hosts the Sunday Special Edition. These No-Limit Hold’em events, with a $215 or $320 buy-in, carry a guarantee of at least $100,000. The final Sunday of the series, May 3, is the Main Event – a $525 buy-in tournament with a $300,000 guarantee. One of the highlights of the Online Championships is two Player Appreciation Tournaments, Sunday, April 26, and Sunday, May 3. These “$100 for $100K” events each has a $100 buy-in, a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000 and added prizes randomly awarded to participants. For a full schedule and other information, click here.
(Updated 4/5)

If you missed my April 1 ZorkCast podcast with Dave Grossman from Miles Talk, hosted by Michael Trager of TravelZork and Marc Meltz of, it’s now available online. Click here.

Caesars UK fined record £13 million
Caesars Entertainment UK, with 11 casinos throughout the country, has been fined a record £13 million by the British Gambling Commission. In addition, three senior managers will lose their licenses to run a gambling business. The commission found that Caesars was guilty of a series of serious systematic failings in its treatment of VIPs. The failures included
  • Allowing a customer to lose £323,000 in a year, despite clear signs of a gambling addiction. (On more than 30 occasions the individual played for five or more hours.)
  • Allowing another customer to lose £240,000 over a 13-month period, despite the fact that he had signed up to “self-exclude” himself from gambling.
  • Allowing a self-employed nanny to lose £18,000 in a year. She told Caesars she had spent her savings, was borrowing from family and using her overdraft to gamble, but the company still allowed her to gamble.
  • Failing to ask a retired postman, who lost £15,000 in 44 days, for information about the source of his funds.
Caesars also was guilty of failing to prevent money laundering, and failing to check on the source of funds of someone who wagered £3.5 million in three months or a politically exposed person (PEP) who lost £795,000 in just more than a year. (In money-laundering rules, PEPs are those who are at higher risk of being involved in bribery and corruption by virtue of their position.) Caesars acknowledged "falling short of its standards and accepts the settlement reached with the British Gambling Commission. Since discovering, immediately addressing and reporting deficiencies in 2018, we have enhanced our compliance policies and procedures, and are complying with the license conditions and commission’s guidance for best practice. We are confident of the efficacy of our compliance initiatives going forward.” (4/2)

The Caesars Rewards promotion you're probably not aware of: Sign into the app (you'll need to download it first) and look for the offer "Spring Showers Tier Credit Sweepstakes." Accept the offer every day through Thursday, April 30, for a chance to win 1,000 tier credits.
NOTE: Make sure you sign out and sign in each day for the offer to appear.
[And about that "ACCECPT". . . .]

Las Vegas casinos to remain closed through April 30
Las Vegas casinos will remain closed at least through Thursday, April 30. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has issued a statewide stay-at-home order for residents, joining 33 other states and several of America’s biggest cities in enacting a coronavirus quarantine that now extends to more than three-quarters of the U.S. population. (4/1)

Not to hit 'em while they're down. . .just look at this as a bit of humor to bring a smile to your face. (Also, not sure how anyone would find this uel, er, url.)

'Source' claims Caesars-Eldorado merger moving forward
According to a source with firsthand knowledge, the Caesars Entertainment Corp.-Eldorado Resorts Inc. merger is moving forward, despite delays resulting from the coronavirus outbreak. Indiana, New Jersey and Nevada regulators, as well as the Federal Trade Commission, still need to sign off on the deal. A highly placed source says both companies have the liquidity to last for well over a year. (4/1)

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Share a memory and maybe win a $100 Visa gift card
Post a photo of (or comment about) your favorite memory from a visit to a Caesars Rewards destination and you could win a $100 Visa gift card. Go to the Caesars Rewards Instagram or Twitter page and use the hashtags #CaesarsMemories and #Sweepstakes. Your post gets you one drawing entry, but there is a limit of one entry per user account regardless of which social media platform you use. No purchase is necessary to enter or win, but the Promotion Period ends at 11:59:59 p.m. PDT on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Entrants must be residents of the 50 United States, District of Columbia, or Canada, and be 21 years or older (19 or older in Canada). Winners will be contacted via direct message through the social media platform that was used to enter. Click here for the Official Rules. (3/30)

All casino closings around the country, courtesy of CDC Gaming Reports Inc.
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Caesars casino updates
  • Harrah's Kansas City is temporarily closed until further notice.
  • Caesars Entertainment casinos in Las Vegas will remain closed through Thursday, April 30.
  • Both Horseshoe and Harrah's Council Bluffs are temporarily closed until further notice.
  • Caesars Windsor is temporarily closed until further notice.
  • Horseshoe Tunica and Harrah's Gulf Coast are temporarily closed until further notice.
  • Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort and Harrah's Cherokee Valley River are temporarily closed at least through Thursday, April 30.
  • Horseshoe Baltimore is temporarily closed until further notice.
  • Harrah's Resort Southern California is temporarily closed until further notice.
  • Harrah's Northern California is temporarily closed until further notice.
  • Horseshoe Hammond, Indiana Grand, Harrah's Hoosier Park and Caesars Southern Indiana are temporarily closed until further notice.
  • Harrah's Joliet and Harrah's Metropolis are temporarily closed at least through Thursday, April 30.
  • Harrah's Philadelphia is temporarily closed until further notice.
  • Bally's, Caesars and Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City are temporarily closed until further notice.
  • Harrah's New Orleans, Harrah's Louisiana Downs Casino and Racetrack, and Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel & Casino are temporarily closed until further notice.
  • Harrah's Ak-Chin is temporarily closed until further notice.
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(as of 8 p.m. Eastern, Wednesday, April 1)

Upcoming shows, events and deadlines

NOTE: All shows, events and deadlines are subject to postponement or cancellation due to temporary casino closings.

California, Ione

Fridays: Seven Stars/Diamond Slot Tournament, 7 p.m., Harrah's Northern California

May 6 (and the first Wednesday of every month): Veterans, active duty 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

Illinois, Joliet

Mondays and Thursdays (holidays excluded): 2-for-1 lunch ($25), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner ($30), from 4 to 8 p.m., cash or credit card only, Flavors The Buffet, Harrah's Joliet

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

Indiana, Hammond

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

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 Council Bluffs

Louisiana, Bossier City

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

Wednesdays: Morning Madness Trivia Night, 8 p.m., Whiskey Roadhouse, Horseshoe Bossier City

Maryland, Baltimore

Monday to Friday: Horseshoe Happy Hour, 4 to 7 p.m., Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Mondays: Club 443 - Guests 21 to 35 can earn food and play prizes by swiping their Caesars Rewards card at a promotional kiosk after earning 100 tier credits, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Tuesdays: Military & First Responders Appreciation Day, 10 a.m. to midnight, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

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

Wednesdays: Horseshoe Game Show, 1 p.m. (registration 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), Poe's Nest, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Thursdays: Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. guests 55 and older can swipe at a promotional kiosk for a 5X Reward Credit multiplier, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Fridays: 98 Rock’s Justin Schlegel broadcasts live, 8 p.m. to midnight, Guy Fieri’s Baltimore Kitchen + Bar, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Mississippi, Biloxi

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

Fridays and Saturdays: Caesars Rewards cardholders can enjoy the Village Square’s Seafood Buffet for $25 per person. Don’t want to wait in line? Ask about the buffet’s $10 Fast Pass that includes a commemorative mug with $1 beer specials, Horseshoe Tunica

Nevada, Lake Tahoe

Nevada, Las Vegas

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

May 26 to July 15: 51st Annual World Series of Poker, Rio

Nov. 5 to 9: Great Gift Wrap Up, Palace Ballroom, Caesars Palace

Dec. 12 to 17: Great Gift Wrap Up, Octavius Ballroom, Caesars Palace

Nevada, Reno

Tuesdays: Silver Circle 55+, Harrah's Reno

New Jersey, Atlantic City

Pennsylvania, Chester

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

Sundays: Brunch Buffet (open to the public), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Laurel Lounge, Harrah's Philadelphia

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

May 15: Diamond Day (an upgraded and themed menu with the chance to win free play and other prizes), 3 to 11 p.m., Laurel Lounge, Harrah's Philadelphia