Eldorado, Caesars investors meet Nov. 15 to vote on merger
Eldorado Resorts Inc. and Caesars Entertainment Corp. shareholders will meet independently Nov. 15 to vote on Eldorado’s proposed $17.3 billion takeover of Caesars. Eldorado’s meeting will be held at the Eldorado Resort Casino in Reno, while Caesars meeting will be held at the Tuscana Chapel inside Caesars Palace. On June 24 Eldorado offered Caesars $8.5 billion in cash and stock, as well as agree to take on $8.8 billion in Caesars debt. The Boards of both Eldorado and Caesars unanimously recommend that shareholders approve the acquisition agreement. In addition, Billionaire Carl Icahn, who has a 28.5 percent stake in Caesars and pushed for the company to pursue a sale, has given his seal of approval to the deal. “This merger is the quintessential example of
how an activist shareholder, working collaboratively with the Board, can greatly enhance value for all stockholders,” Icahn said. “As a combined company, Caesars and Eldorado will be America’s preeminent gaming company. It is rare that you see a merger where because of the great synergies ‘one plus one equals five’.” Icahn already has entered into an agreement with Eldorado to vote in favor of the takeover. The combined company, which will be run by Eldorado management under the Caesars name, will have more than 60 U.S. casinos with 71,000 slot machines, nearly 3,700 table games and more than 51,000 guest rooms, making it the largest in the country in terms of gaming properties. (10/13)

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[In some versions of the October newsletter on page 2 there is a reference to Harrah's Southern California. The casino in Ione, Calif., is Harrah's Northern California.]

Atlantic City Holiday Gift Gala: Out of sorts
Once again, organizers of Atlantic City's annual Holiday Gift Gala, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9, at Harrah's, can't seem to put themselves in the place of the event's "shoppers." While the invitation offers an online peek at the available gifts, opening the document at GiftGala2019.com presents a list of gifts as a .pdf sorted by Manufacturers, not the number of Shopping Dollars required. Since each invitee has a limited number of Shopping Dollars, that means you have to go through the entire list looking for items that are equal to or less than your credit. And there is no way to sort the list any other way. Until now! Click here to view the list sorted by Shopping Dollars. (10/17)

My guess is that Open Table is full of these out-of-date and conflicting references to Total Rewards. (This is from a confirmation for dinner Friday, Oct. 18, at Martorano’s at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City.) And, in this case, there is no special pricing for Caesars Rewards cardholders.

Caesars takes honors in Vegas newspaper reader poll
More than a dozen of Caesars Entertainment's Las Vegas shows, restaurants, attractions and more were selected by readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal in its annual Best of Las Vegas poll. Caesars Palace received four awards, Harrah’s and Paris each took two, with The Cromwell, Rio, Planet Hollywood and The LINQ Hotel & Casino each receiving one award. In dining and nightlife, newcomer Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Caesars Palace took a bronze award for best cocktail bar, while Mon Ami Gabi at Paris took bronze for best French restaurant. In the entertainment categories, Edward Clendening, star of Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel, took bronze for best impersonator, while Gwen Stefani’s Just A Girl residency took bronze for best bachelorette party. Magician Mat Franco at The LINQ took gold for best production show. The Piano Bar at Harrah’s took silver for best piano bar. In hotels and gaming, Caesars Palace was awarded silver for best hotel lobby, and bronze for best mall (The Forum Shops) and high limit room. Paris won gold for best wedding chapel, and The Cromwell took bronze for best table games on The Strip. Caesars Rewards took bronze for best player loyalty program. (10/17)

Guy, Giada trade lunch hours at Horseshoe Baltimore
Starting this week Guy Fieri's Baltimore Kitchen + Bar will be closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays; however GDL Italian by Giada is now open for lunch service on Wednesdays and Thursdays. (10/13)

Giada offers unique brunch at Cromwell
Giada at The Cromwell in Las Vegas now offers a brunch tasting menu called the Book Club. With interactive tableside presentations, the $55 menu includes a salad, entree and dessert – all taken from recipes in Giada De Laurentiis cookbooks. Diners who purchase a cookbook get a 20 percent discount. Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday. (10/11)


Can someone please explain this? I have no clue.

You lose? You could win at Harrah's Gulf Coast
If you lose a bet at Harrah’s Gulf Coast between now and Friday, Oct 25, write your Caesars Rewards account number on the back of the ticket and place it in the drum located at The Book. The winner will get two tickets for the New Orleans Saints-Arizona Cardinals game on Sunday, Oct. 27. (10/10)

Caesars Palace, Nobu, Rio increase resort fees
Caesars Palace and the Nobu Hotel inside the resort now charge a nightly resort fee totaling $51.02 with tax. Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino has increased nightly resort fees to $39.68 with tax. Caesars says that the changes were made "to bring the resort fees in line with relevant competitors." The resort fee includes in-room Wi-Fi at 20 mbps for up to two devices, fitness center passes for two guests per day and all local calls. Caesars Rewards Diamond and Seven Stars cardholders are exempt from resort fees. (10/8)

Horseshoe Tunica to host 'Battle of the Bras'
Bluesville in the Horseshoe Tunica – for the eighth year – will host "Battle of the Bras," the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1. In the last six years Horseshoe has raised more than $750,000 which is being used for research, education and patient care. For more information, click here. (10/8)

Anyone who earns 75,000 tier credits in 2019 gets the $600 airfare
New Diamond tier levels to be introduced in 2020
The details around the Diamond Elite $600 airfare credit to Las Vegas are still being "tweeked"; however, we know the following already:
  • You cannot combine this trip with your Seven Stars Annual Retreat
  • If you purchase your own ticket(s), you can get reimbursed in free slot or table play at your destination casino. Otherwise, any host can book this through Passport and, if applicable, you would just pay any overage.
  • Special requests from individuals who live in Las Vegas will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Remember, the earliest you can begin booking this trip is Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.
In 2020 Caesars will introduce two new levels of Diamond status: Diamond Plus and Diamond Elite. Caesars Rewards cardholders who reach 25,000 tier credits will receive an exclusive Diamond Plus players card, as well as unlimited complimentary access to Laurel Lounges, as they do now. Cardholders who reach 75,000 tier credits will receive an exclusive Diamond Elite card and a $600 airfare credit to Las Vegas. Cardholders who earn at least 75,000 tier credits by Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, will be able to take advantage of this new airfare credit anytime from Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, through Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. The new Diamond Plus and Diamond Elite cards will be available beginning Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2020.


Associated Accounts discontinued
All Associated Accounts -- available to married or domestic partners in Nevada or Southern California who shared the same address – are now separate and these accounts no longer will be offered. With Associated Accounts, cardholders earned their own Reward Credits and tier scores individually. However, when making purchases with Reward Credits, if one cardholder’s balance ran out, the system automatically would pull the additional Reward Credits from the Associated Account. This policy change will have no effect on an individual’s tier score or the amount of Reward Credits they have accumulated. Additionally, nothing will happen to any Great Gift Wrap Up points an individual has earned. Cardholders may still transfer their Great Gift Wrap Up points to any Caesars Rewards cardholder, but both must be present to sign the authorization form. There is a maximum of three cardholders per transaction. For details, click here. (10/8)

Steaks & Alibis to open at Flamingo next year
Steaks & Alibis will be the name of the new restaurant in the space formerly occupied by Center Cut Steakhouse, the Laurel Lounge and Café to Go, according to paperwork filed by the Flamingo Las Vegas. The casino plans to spend an estimated $5.5 million on renovations. The restaurant is scheduled to open in early 2020. “The new steakhouse will pay homage to the resort’s iconic history of more than 70 years, while serving fresh and intriguing dishes in a modern, chic design,” according to a statement from Caesars Entertainment. (10/6)


The Caesars Rewards Center on the second floor of the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore is temporarily closed for renovations. Go to the Promotions Center on the first floor for assistance.

Open to public
Harrah's Philadelphia debuts brunch in Laurel Lounge
Harrah's Philadelphia now offers a new Sunday brunch in the Laurel Lounge and it's open to the public. With service from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and offering a view of the racetrack and Delaware River, the breakfast buffet features a selection of scrambled eggs, Belgian waffles, pancakes, breakfast meats, fresh fruit, pastries, and more. Bar service is available beginning at 11. Price is $21 per person, but Seven Stars cardholders pay $10 and Diamond cardholders pay $15. Reward Credits may be used to cover the cost, and both Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders each may bring one guest at their reduced price level. (Updated 10/13)

Pick for Atlantic City regional president gets state license
The New Jersey Casino Control Commission has approved a temporary casino key employee license for Ron Baumann – Caesars Entertainment’s pick for its new Atlantic City regional president. The regional president oversees Bally's, Caesars and Harrah's. Currently senior vice president and general manager of Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, Shelbyville, Ind., Baumann previously was chief operating officer of Rush Street Gaming, and senior vice president and general manager of Harrah's Philadelphia. Prior to that he held several senior leadership positions at Caesars properties in Atlantic City. (10/2)

Penn & Teller to move from Rio to Paris?
Alex Belfield of Celebrity Radio is reporting that, next year, Penn & Teller will move their show from the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino to Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. (10/2)


OK, let's do the math: $10 coin-in on video poker = 1 tier credit.
So I should "invest" $4,000 to get $20 in free slot play? I don't think so.

Windows Showroom rechristened The Magic Attic
The Windows Showroom, the space formerly occupied by the buffet at Bally's Las Vegas, is now known as The Magic Attic, with shows there focusing on magic. (10/1)


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Some upcoming shows, events and deadlines

California, Ione

Nov. 6 (and 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

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

Thursdays: During college football season 1620AM The Zone’s Josh Peterson and John Bishop from “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” will broadcast 2 to 6 p.m. from The Book, Horseshoe Council Bluffs.

Maryland, Baltimore

Monday to Friday: $5 sips and bites, 4 to 7 p.m., Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Tuesdays: Military & First Responders Appreciation Day, 7 a.m. to midnight, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

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

Wednesdays: Game Show Wednesdays, 1 p.m., Poe's Nest, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Thursdays: Rockstar Karaoke, 9 p.m., Poe's Nest, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore


Fridays: 98 Rock’s Justin Schlegel, above, broadcasts live, 8 p.m. to midnight, Poe's Nest, Harseshoe Casino Baltimore

Oct. 20: Swipe after 10 a.m. for Ravens gameday multiplier, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Oct. 26: Maryland Cornhole Association 5 Man Mayhem Cornhole Tournament, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Harbor Ballroom, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 25: Swipe after 10 a.m. for Ravens gameday multiplier, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Dec. 1, 8, 12, 22 and 29: Swipe after 10 a.m. for Ravens gameday multiplier, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Mississippi, Tunica

Nov. 1: "Battle of the Bras," 7:30 p.m., Bluesville, Horseshoe Tunica

Missouri, North Kansas City

Nov. 6 (and the first Wednesday of every month): Show your military ID and Caesars Rewards card at The Buffet and dinner is $8, Harrah's North Kansas City

Nevada, Las Vegas

Oct. 31 to Nov. 3: M life Holiday Gift Shoppe, MGM Grand

Oct. 31 to Nov. 4: Great Gift Wrap Up, Caesars Palace

Nov. 7 to 10: America's Got Talent Live, Paris

Dec. 4 to 8: Great Gift Wrap Up, Bally's

Dec. 5 to 8: M life Holiday Gift Shoppe, Bellagio

Dec. 5 to 14: Wrangler National Rodeo Finals, Thomas & Mack Center

April 23 to 25: NFL Draft

Nevada, Reno


Tuesdays: Silver Circle 55+, Harrah's Reno

New Jersey, Atlantic City

Nov. 1 to 3: Atlantic City Tattoo Expo, Bally's

March 8 to 13: Restaurant Week

North Carolina, Cherokee

Through Oct. 25: Cherokee Bonfire (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays), Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Boulevard

Nov. 28 to Dec. 9: Fall World Series of Poker Circuit 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

Oct. 26: Maryland Cornhole Association 5 Man Mayhem Cornhole Tournament, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Harbor Ballroom, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Oct. 26: The Haunted Garden, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Beer Garden, Harrah's Philadelphia

Oct. 27: Receive $7 in free slot play when the Philadelphia Eagles score a touchdown, opt-in up to two hours before kick-off, Harrah’s Philadelphia

Nov. 3, 7, 24: Receive $7 in free slot play when the Philadelphia Eagles score a touchdown, opt-in up to two hours before kick-off, Harrah’s Philadelphia

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

Dec. 1, 9, 15, 22, 29: Receive $7 in free slot play when the Philadelphia Eagles score a touchdown, opt-in up to two hours before kick-off, Harrah’s Philadelphia