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Updated: Sept. 20, 2017

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Baltimore Binion's To Close
Jack Binion's Steak at Horseshoe Baltimore will close after service this week to make way for a new Gordon Ramsay Steak.  (9/20)

A Penn & Teller slot machine has debuted
on the casino floor at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Jury Awards $750K In Suit Against M&S At Harrah's
A jury has awarded $750,000 in damages to Richard Washart, a former Ocean City police lieutenant.  Washart sued McCormick and Schmick’s at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, saying he was severely injured after drinking beer drawn from the restaurant’s tap.  He claimed the tap contained a caustic cleaning solution.  Harrah’s was not named in the suit, but Kramer Beverage Co., the restaurant’s beer supplier-maintenance contractor, was also cited for life-altering physical and emotional injuries.  The incident occurred in 2012 when he took a gulp of beer and immediately felt burning pain.  (9/17)

Cromwell Introduces New 'Player-Friendly' Games
The Cromwell in Las Vegas has launched several new player-friendly games:
  • Single “0” Roulette
    – Also known as European roulette and previously found primarily only in high-limit areas, The Cromwell has this table game on the main casino floor and with approachable table limits.
  • EZ Baccarat Played the same way as traditional baccarat, EZ Baccarat is among the most popular baccarat games worldwide.   While the drawing rules are unchanged, EZ Baccarat eliminates the taking of the five percent commission after every winning Bank hand.
  • 3-2 Shoe and Double-Deck Blackjack – The Cromwell offers affordable table limits and among the lowest minimum bets on the Strip.
  • 100X Odds On Craps – Again with accessible table limits, The Cromwell offers 100X odds on craps.
The Cromwell also has debuted its new Sportsbook with flexible seating for approximately 50 guests.  Featuring state-of-the-art technology and picture-quality, the Sportsbook includes a 32-foot-long by 9-foot-tall LED video wall and a 9-foot-by-5-foot LED odds wall with ticker capabilities to see scores and updates from a number of vantage points throughout the casino.  In addition, The Cromwell has introduced a greater variety of slot games. (9/10)

Hole In One
Dunkin' Donuts now delivers through Room Service at Bally's Atlantic City.  (9/10)

Spago Trattoria Opens In Windsor
Spago Trattoria has opened in the Augustus Tower hotel lobby at Caesars Windsor.  “Spago has created a strong brand in the Windsor market, one that is synonymous with fine quality and unparalleled service.  This addition complements our current offerings,” says Kevin Laforet, Caesars regional president.  This is the third location for Spago, with a menu that will offer a wide variety of authentic, Italian-style dishes prepared daily, including gluten-free and vegetarian options, fresh pasta, Scaloppine Della Nonna, Pollo Al Marsala and more.  (9/8)

OK.  It's a stupid crazy hang-up, but I just hate inconsistencies.
Just as bad – in my pathetic mind – are references to Diamond Lounges and Diamond Clubs.

Book Your Own Retreat, Getaway Air

Insider Tip

You can use this for either or both trips -- or do it "the old way".  Total Rewards' records apparently are not up-to-date – surprise, surprise – so their attempt to tailor these emails to which trip(s) a player had left confused a lot of people.
You now have the option of booking your own airline ticket(s) for your annual Seven Stars Retreat or Aspirations Level 2 Getaway.
  • Call your host or the VIP services hotline (877-7PLAYER) to reserve your room.
  • Book your flight with the airline of your choice.
  • While at the casino during your stay, visit the Total Rewards Center and present your airline receipt.
  • Total Rewards will issue you a casino play voucher (slots or table games) for reimbursement.
  • Take your voucher to the cashier to receive your casino play.  (9/7)

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yes, this is an annual pageant to find the best behind in the country.
Click here if you want the details.

Caesars, MGM Support Immigration Reform
Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International have called on members of Congress to move ahead with immigration reform because some of their employees may lose their right to stay in the United States.  The Trump administration has announced that it was winding down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program (DACA) which provided temporary resident status for immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.  “Caesars Entertainment has DACA employees, and as is the case for all of our immigrant employees, we support their efforts to become U.S. citizens,” said Richard Broome, executive vice president of public affairs and communications.  “The company also continues to support comprehensive immigration reform.”  (9/6)

So which is it?  September or July?

First look at Harrah's Cherokee's new UltraStar Multi-tainment Center that opened Sept. 1.

Harrah's Gets Nod In Article About San Diego Casinos
Harrah's Resort Southern California gets a nice mention in an article from the San Diego Union-Tribune about San Diego-area casinos.  Read it here.  (9/4)

Vegas ATM Fees Increase
Caesars casinos in Las Vegas are now assessing a $9.99 charge per ATM withdrawal.  This fee is in addition to any fees by your own financial institution.  Previously the fee was $6.99.  (Updated 9/6)

Dusk To See No More Dawns
Dusk nightclub at Caesars Atlantic City has closed after eight years of operation “pursuant to a verbal agreement with Caesars.”  Dusk was independently owned and operated by AC Nightlife LLC, so Caesars would not comment on the closing.  The 10,000-square-foot multi-tiered nightclub featured a circular dance floor and two bars with a DJ booth in the center.  (9/3)
American Casino Guide
Steve Bourie, publisher of the American Casino Guide, has posted a video interview he and I did back in January about players clubs.  You can check it out by clicking here or on the photo at left.  (9/3)