Caesars Casino Updates

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  • Nevada - Caesars Entertainment casinos in Las Vegas [with the exception of Caesars Palace, the Flamingo and The LINQ Hotel + Experience (casino and some amenities only), Harrah's and Paris] are temporarily closed until further notice. Harrah's Reno Hotel & Casino will not reopen.
  • Canada - Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino is temporarily closed until further notice.
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Updated: July 3, 2020

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Harrah's Resort Southern California to restrict alcohol service
In light of recent San Diego County guidelines, Harrah’s Resort Southern California will serve alcohol only inside resort restaurants along with a food order, to guests actively gaming at slots or table games, and with food orders at Dive. (7/2)

7 Harrah's Laughlin employees test positive for COVID-19
At least seven employees of Harrah’s Laughlin Hotel & Casino have tested positive for COVID-19 since the resort’s reopening on June 4, according to Caesars Entertainment Corp. Conditions of the employees have not been disclosed, but the company said none of the cases resulted in death. “In every instance, Caesars followed its COVID-19 health and safety protocols,” a company spokesperson said. However, as a result, the hotel will not be booking new guests until Sunday, July 26, since the resort expects to be at a “self-imposed” maximum occupancy before then. “Guests can continue to check for availability in the event there are cancellations,” a spokesperson said. (7/2)

Caesars Southern Indiana workers demand safety measures
More than 300 employees at Caesars Southern Indiana have signed a petition demanding a change in the safety guidelines issued by the casino. Specifically, employees are asking management to prohibit smoking, or create a designated smoking area, so there won’t be any smoking on the floor, particularly around the slot machines. The guideline released by Caesars states that “smoking at table games will not be permitted,” but does not mention any other location. A spokesperson at Caesars Southern Indiana did not immediately respond to an email from The Courier-Journal. The Courier-Journal, also known as the Louisville Courier Journal, owned by Gannett, is the highest circulation newspaper in Kentucky. According to an article in the Courier-Journal, written by David J. Kim, some employees noted that many guests would have a drink or a cigarette on the floor and by the slot machines, so they won’t have to wear a mask. Anjila Gaudet, a slot attendant at the casino, said employees ask the guests “very often” to put on their masks, which could have a financial impact on tipped employees, so they would like the supervisors to take on the task of asking guests to wear masks. “It’s not uncommon for guests to get really frustrated with us when we ask," she said. Jason Brumfield, a bartender at the casino, added that security asks people to put masks on and announcements are made periodically to let the guests know that face coverings are mandatory. But in a huge place like Caesars Southern Indiana, the article points out, it’s difficult to consistently enforce the policy. The county’s first patient with the coronavirus was an employee of the casino and eventually died. “For us, it hit us hard, especially hard,” Gaudet said. “We know what can happen if we don’t wear a mask. I don’t understand why us who already know the consequences wouldn’t abide by that.” (7/2)

Eldorado completes sale of two casinos
Eldorado Resorts Inc. has completed its previously announced transaction to divest Isle of Capri Casino Kansas City and Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg to Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. for $230 million in cash, subject to working capital adjustments. (7/2)

Indiana Grand, Hoosier Park to welcome back spectators
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino and Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will welcome back spectators, though on a reduced capacity, this Saturday, July 4. Post time at Indiana Grand is 10 a.m., with the Race Course Apron and first floor OTB open at 9 a.m. First post at Hoosier Park will be 6:30 p.m. (7/2)

Available food and beverage options in Atlantic City
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July 4 protest could 'shut down' Atlantic City
A Black Lives Matter protest that may “shut the city down” is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, July 4, at the city’s Public Safety building, said Steve Young, a city activist and organizer of the event. Young, who is also a member of the city’s Planning Board and Citizens Advisory Board, said the protest is to “bring light to the oppression and the racism” in the city and around the country. Mayor Marty Small Sr. said he has been in contact with Young and is discouraging the protest from proceeding as planned. “My job as mayor is to protect the health, safety and welfare of all people in Atlantic City,” Small said. “I’m doing everything I can to prevent the protest. And understand that people have a right to protest, but the other things will not be tolerated.” Hurley argued that shutting down the city wouldn’t hurt just the casinos, it would hurt small businesses, especially on a busy holiday weekend. (7/2)

Nevada, Indiana, New Jersey to meet on merger
Now that the Federal Trade Commission has given its blessing on the proposed merger of Eldorado Resorts Inc. and Caesars Entertainment Corp., completion of the merger remains subject to the satisfaction of other closing conditions, including receipt of all consents and approvals from the Nevada Gaming Control Board, the Nevada Gaming Commission, the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, the Indiana Gaming Commission and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. Nevada, which has a two-tiered approval process requiring positive votes from the Control Board and the Gaming Commission, will use a process available for time-sensitive considerations. The Control Board will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, to question the applicants, and, if a recommendation of approval is given, as expected, the commission would meet immediately after that to consider the recommendation. The Indiana Gaming Commission has a regularly scheduled meeting Friday, July 10, and the New Jersey Casino Control Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 15. (7/2)

What the dissenting FTC commissioner says about merger
The dissenting Federal Trade Commissioner Rohit Chopra has some very strong opinions as to why he voted against the Eldorado Resorts Inc.-Caesars Entertainment Corp. merger. In his four-page opposition, Chopra said there were “no noteworthy benefits to customers, workers, suppliers, or competition” from the $17.3 billion buyout of Caesars by Eldorado. “The transaction is risky for everyone involved,” he said. His concern with the Eldorado-Caesars merger is focused on the amount of debt Eldorado will carry post-transaction, especially in the current COVID-19 era. Eldorado had nearly $3 billion in debt on its books at the end of March which will increase to nearly $13 billion once the deal is completed. “The enormous amount of debt financing could materially increase the likelihood of financial distress of the combined casino conglomerate,” Chopra wrote. “Given the major financial uncertainties looming over the gaming industry stemming from the pandemic, as well as the industry’s past experiences with leveraged buyouts, the proposed transaction might make conditions even more fragile and precarious. . . .I [also] have serious reservations about the terms of the settlement,” Chopra wrote. “As a policy matter, I disagree that the Commission should enter into risky, complicated settlements with delayed divestitures – like the resolution proposed here.” (7/1)

Former Caesars executive joins Scientific Games
Former Caesars Entertainment Corp. executive Eileen Moore Johnson will join Scientific Games Corp. as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. In this role, Moore Johnson will oversee the company’s global human resources organization and report directly to Scientific Games President and CEO Barry Cottle. A well-respected gaming industry leader, Moore Johnson previously served as Regional President of The Cromwell, Flamingo, Harrah’s Las Vegas and The LINQ, overseeing more than 7,000 employees. During her career with Caesars, she also held leadership roles at Horseshoe Southern Indiana [now Caesars Southern Indiana] and Harrah’s New Orleans.

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Poker room reopens at Harrah's Cherokee
The Poker Room at Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort has reopened and will operate daily from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. with 12 tables, 5 players max per table, and no tournaments for now. (Updated 7/1)

Poker returns, The Book opens at Horseshoe Tunica
Poker has returned to Horseshoe Tunica Hotel and Casino and daily tournaments and promotions will start on Monday, July 6. The Book also has reopened. (Updated 7/3)

Update on 5X multiplier promotion
I can't vouch for the complete accuracy of this, but I believe these are the casinos currently offering or will be offering the 5X Reward Credit, tier credit and, where applicable, Great Gift Wrap Up points multiplier through July 31, unless otherwise indicated:
  • Harrah's Joliet Hotel and Casino and Harrah's Metropolis Casino & Hotel
  • Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Caesars Southern Indiana, Horseshoe Hammond and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino
  • Horseshoe Council Bluffs
  • Harrah's Council Bluffs
  • Harrah's New Orleans
  • Horseshoe Tunica (through July 8)
  • Bally's and Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah's Resort
  • Harrah's Cherokee Resort and Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel
  • Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack
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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.

temporarily closed

California, Ione

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

Aug. 5 (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

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

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

Nevada, Las Vegas

Daily: Diamond and Seven Stars Happy Hour, 4 to 6 p.m., Patio Bar, Flamingo TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Aug. 20 to 23: Seven Stars Signature Event

Oct. 9 to 11: Seven Stars Signature Event

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


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

Jan. 31, 2021: NFL Pro Bowl, Allegiant Stadium

New Jersey, Atlantic City

Aug. 13 to 15, 2021: Beachfest Concert - Phish

Pennsylvania, Chester

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

Sundays: Brunch (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

Aug. 21: 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