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Out with the old, left, and in with the new, right. Finally, the screens on the slot machines – at least in Atlantic City at Caesars and Harrah’s – have been updated with the Caesars Rewards name and logo. They have a nice, clean, easy-to-read design, incorporating the new red, black and grey color scheme.


Unfortunately, above, downloads are still agonizingly slow and, while the message claims “your reward could not be posted,”
clicking “My Account” shows it has.

More screenshots below.


Three more states approve merger
The Mississippi Gaming Commission is the latest to give its approval to the Eldorado Resorts-Caesars Entertainment Corp. merger. The merger will cover four casinos in the state. A fifth, Eldorado’s Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg, is in the process of being sold to Twin River Worldwide Holdings along with Isle of Capri Casino Kansas City in Missouri. In addition to Lady Luck, Eldorado currently operates two Mississippi casinos, Trop Casino Greenville and Isle of Capri in Lula. Caesars has two casinos in Mississippi, Harrah’s Gulf Coast Biloxi Casino Hotel and the Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino. Earlier this month the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board gave its blessing to the acquisition since part of the deal includes Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack. Harrah’s Philadelphia will mark Eldorado’s first property in Pennsylvania. Iowa’s Racing and Gaming Commission also agreed to the merger. In Iowa, Caesars operates Harrah’s Council Bluffs Hotel and Casino and Horseshoe Council Bluffs. Eldorado operates the Isle Casino Bettendorf and Isle Casino Waterloo. Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Iowa now join the Illinois Gaming Board, the Louisiana Racing Commission, the Missouri Gaming Commission, and the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission in approving the proposed merger. The deal requires approvals by regulatory agencies in 18 states and a sign-off by the Federal Trade Commission.
(Updated 2/21)

Caesars, D.C. United announce partnership
Caesars Entertainment Corp. and D.C. United, one of the founding clubs of Major League Soccer, have announced a strategic partnership for the 2020 season of Major League Soccer. The D.C. United jerseys will feature the “Caesars Sports” logo, in addition to other sponsorship activations at Audi Field, Washington’s soccer stadium. Players for D.C. United, one of the most decorated soccer teams in the United States, will display the Caesars logo on the sleeves of its jerseys for both home and away matches. Game-day activations at Audi Field will include promotional giveaways, LED signage, and special match moments. A Caesars-branded entertainment and bar/restaurants, as well as Caesars Entertainment-hosted events in and around the stadium are being planned. (2/21)

Bloomberg News summarizes goals of Eldorado CEO
An article in Bloomberg News this month focuses on Eldorado Resorts Inc. CEO Tom Reeg (pictured) – who will take over the top executive reins after the merger with Caesars Entertainment – and his vision for the combined casino giants. While not quoting him directly, author Christopher Palmeri summarizes earlier comments made by Reeg, who’s made it no secret he wants to “slim down” the new company. “They’ve [Caesars] got an internet casino business that is a material business that I think really gets little to no value,” the 48-year-old former high-yield bond fund analyst and manager said on a conference call with investors last year. Reeg also is considering selling the company’s entertainment operations, including the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, the article says, as well as Caesars other theaters and showrooms. Las Vegas Sands Corp., meanwhile, has inquired about buying the new Caesars Forum conference center, scheduled to open next month in Las Vegas, Palmeri writes. A Las Vegas Sands spokesman, however, declined to comment. Then there’s the talk about selling several properties and thinning the executive management team. Reeg told investors last year that his target was to shave $500 million in costs from the combined companies – a number he initially wanted to be higher, the article says. Caesars already sold the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and Harrah's Reno Hotel & Casino. Also in the works are plans to divest three properties in Missouri, Mississippi and Louisiana – markets where Eldorado may face scrutiny from federal antitrust regulators. Reeg has said he’ll keep selling casinos to reduce debt. Potentially on the market are Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino and/or Bally's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Already off the books are a casino in Japan, and elimination of a unit which licensed the Caesars name to hotel operators. Spared is a new Caesars-branded, non-casino hotel scheduled to open in Scottsdale, Ariz. On the management side are a number of Caesars executives who are expected to leave after the deal closes. Global President Tom Jenkin already has announced his retirement, but reportedly, he will remain as a consultant through the merger process. The departures also will include several high-profile women, among them Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Monica Digilio, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Legal and Risk Officer Michelle Bushore, and Regional President Eileen Moore Johnson, the article states. Gary Carano, executive chairman of Eldorado, and his son, Anthony, currently president and chief operating officer, are expected to stay with the merged company. Altogether, about a half-dozen members of the Carano family – descendants of Eldorado’s founder – currently work at the company, according to a public filing. Reeg has his own family ties within Eldorado. His brother William, a vice president of operations, is expected to remain and Reeg’s brother-in-law, Shawn Clancy, is Eldorado’s chief of development.

Cake Boss opens PizzaCake at Harrah's Las Vegas
With an official grand opening set for Saturday, March 7, Buddy (Cake Boss) Valastro’s new restaurant, PizzaCake, is now open at Harrah’s Las Vegas. It’s the first location of his new, fast-casual concept, with a menu featuring pizzas, cake and – wait for it – PizzaCake: thin layers of pizza stacked like lasagna. PizzaCake is designed to recreate a typical New Jersey/New York-style pizzeria with elements of street art, old school photos, and Buddy’s personal playlist. Once officially open, the restaurant will have additional outdoor seating, a walk-up window and a Cake ATM dispensing slices from his Carlo’s Bakery. Inside will be another Cake ATM and a walk-up counter.


You haven't even given us the dates for this year's event, and, above, you want us to earn points for "Next Year's Great Gift Wrap Up Shopping Event"? Below, you’re promoting bonus points – again, with no indication when the 2020 event will be held.

New York Times features Mac King, Flamingo and Mr Chow
The Mac King Show at Harrah’s, the wildlife habitat at the Flamingo and the happy hour appetizer specials at Mr Chow at Caesars Palace made it in “A Traveler’s Guide to the Best Bets in Las Vegas,” published earlier this month in The New York Times. (2/16)

It will be chili next month at Horseshoe Baltimore
Ben’s Chili Bowl will be the latest addition to the Baltimore Marketplace on the first floor of the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. Earlier it was announced that Tony Luke’s will be opening. The Marketplace also will unveil a redesign with new furniture and a fresh layout. Ben’s Chili Bowl originally opened in Washington, D.C., where it now has two locations, as well as a third in nearby Arlington, Va. Ben and Virginia Ali opened their first restaurant on Aug. 22, 1958. (2/11)

Former Hard Rock Nobu temporarily moves to Bally's
Nobu Las Vegas, formerly located at the now shuttered Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, has moved to Bally’s Las Vegas in the location formerly occupied by Sea: The Thai Experience. Nobu Las Vegas opened in 1999 at the Hard Rock and will return this fall when Virgin Hotels Las Vegas takes over the former Hard Rock space.
(Updated 2/11)


I'm "the Official Casino Sponsor of the NFL"?
I thought Caesars Entertainment was.

Caesars casinos participate in Atlantic City Restaurant Week
The following restaurants, located in the three Caesars casino hotels, will participate in Atlantic City Restaurant Week, Sunday, March 8, to Friday, March 13. Each will offer three courses at lunch for $15.20; at dinner for $35.20. Note that not all restaurants serve lunch, and participation may vary by day of the week.

Buca di Beppo
Guy Fieri’s Chophouse (dinner only)
Harry’s Oyster Bar & Seafood*
Noodle Village

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill
Kwi Noodle House
Morton’s The Steakhouse* (dinner only)
Nero’s Italian Steakhouse (dinner only)

AC Burger Co.
Coastal Craft Kitchen & Bar (dinner only)
Gordon Ramsay Steak (dinner only)
Martorano’s (dinner only)
McCormick & Schmick’s*
OSHI Modern Asian Kitchen (dinner only)
Veracruz (dinner only)

*accepts Reward Credits, but at 2:1

Two Paris restaurants renamed, under new management
Yong Kang Street, located across from the guest elevators between the buffet and Le Café Île St. Louis at Paris Las Vegas, is now called Noodle House Chinese Restaurant. Sekushi, which offers a frequently-changing sushi menu at lunch and dinner, along with a full sake menu, has been renamed Sushi Street. [Now, go back and update your website.] (2/10)


Harrah's New Orleans donates $112,500 to 47 nonprofits
Harrah’s New Orleans
hosted members of 47 local nonprofit organizations to receive $112,500 in grant funds. Representatives from the New Orleans City Council also attended the February 5 event. Since 2006, Harrah’s New Orleans has provided $225,000 in annual funding to community organizations through the New Orleans City Council-Harrah’s Community Grant Program. Through the program councilmembers award the funds at their discretion to area nonprofits that complete the grant application process. Organizations that support environmental, cultural and youth causes were among those that received a portion of the grant funds.

iLuminate™ to bring Happy Hour to Planet Hollywood
Happy Hour The Show by iLuminate™
(pronounced “i” “luminate”) opens March 26 at Planet Hollywood’s Sin City Theater in Las Vegas. Suitable for audiences of all ages, the performance group that held a finalist spot on America’s Got Talent in 2011 blends music, dance, comedy, technology and art. iLuminate features state-of-the-art technology with entertainers who perform in the dark. Founded by dancer and software engineer Miral Kotb, iLuminate combines customized wireless lighting programs with original choreography. Performances will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Maryland casinos except Baltimore show increases
Every Maryland casino, except Horseshoe Baltimore Maryland Casino, saw strong year-over-year revenue increases in January. Overall, the state's six casinos brought in $145.5 million in January, a 6.2 percent increase compared to January 2019. The revenue jump follows slower growth at the end of the year. The casinos saw about half a percent growth in December and November. Horseshoe's revenue fell in January – a drop of.4 percent from January 2019 to $19.3 million. The casino’s management is hoping that plans for a forthcoming entertainment district on Warner Street, scheduled to break ground this spring, as well as its new outdoor gaming terrace and Caesars Rewards Experience Center, will help get Horseshoe back on track. MGM National Harbor continued to pull in more revenue than any other state casino with $58.5 million, but recorded a small increase of 4.1 percent. (2/7)

Better never than late: What's with these "last-minute" invitations?
An invitation to a Super Bowl party Feb. 2, above, received on Jan. 30;
an invitation to a Valentine’s dinner Feb. 8, below, received on Feb. 4.
Makes you feel like not enough people RSVP'd
and you were second (or, worse, third!) choice.


Time to update Caesars Rewards mobile app
Be sure to update your Caesars Rewards mobile app. It's easier to filter and view all offers at a glance, and Diamond Plus and Diamond Elite have been added. (2/6)

Shania Twain extends Planet Hollywood residency
Shania Twain is extending her Let's Go! Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater, with new shows August through December. Tickets are now on sale. (2/6)

Soundbytes at Harrah's Cherokee closes for remodeling
Soundbytes, located in the UltraStar MultiTainment Center at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, is closed for remodeling and will reopen in the spring. Food service is still available in other parts of the UltraStar facility. For more information, visit UltraStarNC.com. (2/5)

11 jackpots hit for $50K or more at Caesars casinos in AC
Here’s a list of jackpots, $50,000 or greater, won in January at the three Caesars casinos in Atlantic City:
$2,564,093.75 - Jan. 19, Wheel of Fortune
$75,000 - Jan. 6, Crystal Fives
$50,000 - Jan. 25, Top Dollar
$80,000 - in Jan. 19, Triple Double
$64,000 - Jan. 11, Double Diamond Deluxe
$50,000 - Jan. 1, Double Double Bonus Poker
Harrah’s Resort
$50,000 - Jan. 25, Double Diamond Strike
Online (CaesarsCasino.com)
$100,210 - Jan. 23
$187,500 - Jan. 9
$80,200 - Jan. 5
$195,626 - Jan. 4

Not sure why Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City  (and others) don’t use spell-check, but, then, it wouldn’t catch something like “Homemade Assorted Desserts” (which probably should be “Assorted Homemade Desserts”).

Dates, locations announced for 2020 Signature Events
Three separate Seven Stars Signature Events will take place in 2020:
  • Atlantic City: Thursday, June 11, to Sunday, June 14
  • Lake Tahoe: Wednesday, June 24, to Sunday, June 28*
  • Las Vegas: Thursday, Aug. 20, to Sunday, Aug. 23
*must have earned 500,000 or more tier credits during 2019, or earn 500,000 or more tier credits in 2020 prior to the Event.

The Lake Tahoe Event is designated as an Elite Signature Event, limited to cardholders who earned 500,000 or more tier credits during 2019 or earn 500,000 or more tier credits during 2020 and prior to the event. Those cardholders with 500,000 or more tier credits also can attend all three Events; while all other Seven Stars cardholders can attend only one – either the Atlantic City or Las Vegas Event. (2/4)

Halstrom named VP and GM of racing at Indiana Grand
Eric Halstrom has been named vice president and general manager of racing at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. Halstrom has served in a variety of executive positions at racetracks in the Midwest and Mid-South regions. A native of Minneapolis, Halstrom is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Racetrack Industry Program and has previously served as vice president of racing at Canterbury Park, vice president and general manager of racing operations at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, assistant director of racing at Prairie Meadows, and, most recently, vice president of operations at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs.

Register for the Draft here (no, not that Draft)
Do you want to volunteer to work during the NFL Draft in April or other upcoming Las Vegas events? The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is looking for volunteers for, among others, the Draft, NASCAR races, the Las Vegas Bowl, the National Finals Rodeo, and the Pac-12 Championship Football game. Click here for a registration form. (2/3)


I guess an individual serving is, indeed, an Egg Benedict.
I've just never seen it positioned that way.
[From the Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood.]

Dancing's Derek Hough to open at Flamingo June 2
Derek Hough, probably best known for his appearances on Dancing With The Stars, will premier his new show, Derek Hough: No Limit, at Flamingo Las Vegas beginning Tuesday, June 2. The dance-centric show will incorporate all-new production elements, designed specifically for the Flamingo Showroom. Hough plans to explore styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa, hip-hop and everything in between. "Performance is my passion, and I am excited to showcase this in an intimate and personal way," said Hough. "My all-new production gives me the opportunity to connect with audiences and share what I love to do with them. More than just being entertained, I hope everyone will leave feeling moved and inspired to get up and dance!"

Upcoming shows, events and deadlines

Tier Renewal Events (by invitation only) are highlighted in yellow.
Contact the casino for details.

California, Ione

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

March 4 (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 ($20), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner ($25), 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

Through March 18: Quarter Horse racing season, post time 1 p.m. (Central), Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs

April 3: Diamond Tier Renewal Event, Horseshoe Bossier City

April 4: Seven Stars Tier Renewal Event, Harrah's Louisiana Downs

April 4: Seven Stars Tier Renewal Event, Horseshoe Bossier City

April 25: Diamond Tier Renewal Event, Harrah's Louisiana Downs

Louisiana, New Orleans


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

April 17 or 18: Diamond Tier Renewal Event, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

April 25: Seven Stars Tier Renewal Event, 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

April 3: Diamond Tier Renewal Event, Harrah's Gulf Coast

April 4: Seven Stars Tier Renewal Event, Harrah's Gulf Coast

April 4: Platinum Tier Renewal Event, 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

April 23 to 25: NFL Draft

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

Nevada, Reno


Tuesdays: Silver Circle 55+, Harrah's Reno

New Jersey, Atlantic City

Feb. 28: Diamond Day (an upgraded and themed menu with the chance to win free play and other prizes), Laurel Lounge, Bally's

March 13: Diamond Day (an upgraded and themed menu with the chance to win free play and other prizes), Laurel Lounge, Harrah's

March 20: Diamond Day (an upgraded and themed menu with the chance to win free play and other prizes), Laurel Lounge, Caesars

March 27: Diamond Day (an upgraded and themed menu with the chance to win free play and other prizes), Laurel Lounge, Bally's

North Carolina, Cherokee

Feb. 28 and 29: Seven Stars Yoer Renewal Event, Harrah's Cherokee

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

March 20: 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

April 5: Live Racing Season begins, Harrah's Philadelphia