Caesars Casino Updates
(all times local)
  • Nevada - Caesars Entertainment casinos in Las Vegas [with the exception of Bally's, Caesars Palace, the Flamingo and The LINQ Hotel + Experience (casino and some amenities -- rooms available only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays), Harrah's and Paris] are temporarily closed until further notice. Planet Hollywood will reopen at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 (see article below). Harrah's Reno Hotel & Casino is permanently closed.
  • Canada - Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino is temporarily closed, but its slot machines will reopen Thursday, Oct. 8, only to invited guests. (See article below.)
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(as of 11:00 a.m. Eastern, Wednesday, Sept. 23)

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Updated: Sept. 28, 2020

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Selling 30 million shares of stock
Caesars Entertainment in merge talks with William Hill plc
A preliminary prospectus supplement relating to this offering has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and is available on the SEC’s website. Copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus relating to the offering also may be obtained from Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Prospectus Group, 60 Wall St., New York, NY 10005, by calling 800-503-4611, or by email, or J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Ave., Edgewood, NY 11717, by calling toll-free 866-803-9204, or by email.
Caesars Entertainment Inc. is in merger talks with British-based sports betting company William Hill plc and is offering to sell 30 million shares of common stock, the proceeds of which could be used in the purchase. According to Reuters, William Hill’s Board most likely will recommend an offer to shareholders from Caesars, valued at $3.7 billion; however, William Hill also is considering an offer from Apollo Global Management and has until Friday, Oct. 23, to reach an agreement. Caesars already owns a 20 percent stake in Las Vegas-based William Hill US, which operates sports betting at the company’s casinos in Nevada and other regional markets. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Caesars said it would seek to obtain $2 billion in new debt that would be secured by William Hill’s non-U.S. businesses. “We believe that the possible William Hill acquisition represents a compelling opportunity to improve the offering and experience for the customer,” Caesars said in the filing, highlighting the size and scope of Caesars businesses. With 60 million customers within Caesars loyalty program, Caesars Rewards, William Hill would be afforded “the ability to access our extensive and pre-existing relationships with dozens of sports teams and events including being the exclusive casino partner of the NFL.” In the SEC filing, Caesars said the company’s focus would remain on U.S. opportunities for sports betting and online gaming. The company said it would “seek suitable partners or owners” for William Hill’s “presence in the UK and other non-US international markets,” saying any proceeds from potential sales of non-U.S. businesses would be used to pay down debt. Caesars has 55 gaming properties in 16 states. William Hill has opened 12 branded sportsbooks at Caesars properties in Nevada, Iowa, and New Jersey. The underwriters of the Caesars stock sale – Deutsche Bank Securities and J.P. Morgan – have a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 4.5 million shares.

Partnership with ESPN
Last month, Caesars unveiled its multi-year sports betting media partnership with ESPN, which will link the network’s digital platforms with the company’s sports betting operations. Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill will become the exclusive odds provider and co-exclusive sportsbook link-out provider to ESPN. As part of the agreement, Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill also will become a sponsor of ESPN’s fantasy products, deepening an existing relationship as ESPN’s exclusive odds provider. The news follows an expanded content collaboration with ESPN and the recent launch of ESPN’s Las Vegas studio at The LINQ Hotel + Experience. (9/28)

Horseshoe Hammond gets new senior VP, general manager
Kathryn Jenkins has been named senior vice president and general manager of Horseshoe Hammond. She comes to Hammond after spending nearly a year as general manager of the Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel & Casino and Harrah's Louisiana Downs, and nearly four years as assistant general manager at Harrah’s New Orleans. Jenkins also worked for more than a decade in various executive marketing positions at Horseshoe’s former parent company, Caesars Entertainment Corp., and at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. “Kathryn's extensive experience in hospitality and gaming, along with her commitment to leading a team that is focused on providing exceptional service, make her the perfect choice for Horseshoe Hammond,” said Dan Nita, the casino's former general manager who now serves as regional president for Caesars Entertainment Inc. (9/27)

Tropicana Atlantic City offers limited room charges
Tropicana Atlantic City may now be part of Caesars Entertainment Inc., but, unless you're staying there, you can’t charge anything back to your room at Bally’s, Caesars or Harrah’s. In other words, if you’re overnighting at Caesars and you have dinner at Chelsea Five Gastropub or The Palm at Tropicana, you can’t charge your meal back to your room – only if you’re staying at Tropicana. (9/27)

Baltimore Ravens players card available at Horseshoe
Stop at the Horseshoe Baltimore Maryland Casino’s second floor Caesars Rewards Experience Center to print an official Baltimore Ravens players card. (9/26)

Carnaval Court reopens at Harrah's Las Vegas
Carnaval Court at Harrah’s Las Vegas is now open from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. (9/26)

Poker Room at Bally's Las Vegas reopens
The Poker Room at Bally's Las Vegas is now open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday to Sunday. (9/26)

If you want to check out the current menu at Morton's in Caesars Atlantic City you're out of luck if you click "Dinner Menu" on the website. You get the menu for Dec. 31, 2016.

Planet Hollywood to reopen at 10 a.m. Oct. 8
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Hotel & Casino will reopen at 10 a.m. (local time) Thursday, Oct. 8. The reopening also will debut the resort’s new William Hill Race & Sportsbook. The hotel will accommodate weekend stays, Thursday through Sunday, while the gaming floor will be open seven days a week. (9/25)

UK casinos face renewed restrictions
“Perfectly viable casinos. . . will simply go out of business” due to renewed restrictions to battle the coronavirus pandemic, according to Michael Dugher, CEO of the Betting and Gaming Council. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced renewed restrictions that would close casinos, as well as bars and restaurants, after 10 p.m. The new restrictions could last up to six months. Casinos are anticipating massive job losses – “some 7,000 people” – and a 75 percent reduction in income. Previously, casinos had offered to close their bars at 10 p.m. to keep the rest of their venues operational since casinos do 70 percent of their business after 10. “Boris Johnson may well have signaled the death knell for the casino industry,” Dugher added. (9/24)

LINQ has problems with new slot tournament 'technology'
The LINQ had some problems with a new slot tournament “technology” this month, so let’s hope everything is working now. (9/23)

Caesars Windsor to reopen Oct. 8, but. . . .
Pending required approvals, and under Ontario’s Stage 3 reopening guidelines, Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino will reopen to invited guests on Thursday, Oct. 8. The reopening will be limited to slot machines, adhering to guidelines that restrict indoor gatherings to a maximum of 50 guests. Click here for additional information. (9/22)

Council Bluffs casinos get new senior VP, GM
Thomas Roberts has been named senior vice president and general manager of Harrah's Council Bluffs Hotel and Casino and Horseshoe Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Roberts began his career in the gaming industry in 1994 at Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel & Casino, Bossier City, La. In June 2008, he became director of hospitality for Pinnacle Entertainment, and most recently was promoted to general manager of the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo in Waterloo, Iowa. (9/22)

Cruise lines submit safety plans to CDC
Members of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) are ready to resume sailings and could be up and running by the end of October. The news comes as Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ joint Healthy Sail Panel submitted their formal recommendations to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new health and safety measures submitted to the CDC include:
  • mandatory COVID-19 testing for all passengers and crew.
  • mandatory use of masks by all passengers and crew onboard and during shore excursions.
  • physical distancing in terminals, onboard, on private islands and shore excursions.
  • increased medical capabilities and preventative measures onboard, including dedicated cabins for isolation.
  • enhanced ventilation onboard.
  • the requirement that passengers going ashore do so only on cruise line-sponsored excursions.
Currently, the CDC’s No-Sail Order is valid until Wednesday, Sept. 30. All CLIA member lines have voluntarily suspended their sailings through Saturday, Oct. 31. To read the complete report, click here. (9/22)

Time to double-check casino offers before playing?
A mailer from Harrah’s and Harveys Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino indicated “Up To 100X Reward Credit Multiplier” every Thursday in September. However, according to someone who was there on Thursday, Sept. 17, he was told by a manager that the offer that day was pulled after the mailer was printed and mailed. She directed his attention to the fine print, “Management reserves all rights including cancellation or modification of this promotion without prior notice.”

Perhaps it’s time to double-check these offers ahead of time. (9/21)

Pennsylvania law allows 50% capacity for indoor dining
Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack has increased its indoor dining capacity from 25 to 50 percent; however, sales of alcoholic beverages must end at 11 p.m., and beverages must be consumed by midnight. In addition, all alcohol sales have to be paired with a meal, and there is no seating at the bar. (9/21)

Two Florida senators introduce bill to restart cruising
Two Florida senators have introduced a bill that would allow cruise lines and ports to resume operations. The Set Sail Safely Act, introduced by Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, would establish a Maritime Task Force, in coordination with an advisory committee from the private sector, to “address the health, safety, security, and logistical changes” needed to allow for cruise lines and ports to resume operations. Currently, cruise lines are under a ““no sail order" from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention until Wednesday, Sept. 30, and have been since March 13 when many COVID-19 lockdowns went into effect. Most cruise lines have imposed voluntary pauses on operations through October 31 and beyond. The legislation has widespread support among the cruising community, including the Cruise Lines International Association, the American Association of Port Authorities, the Florida Ports Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourism and Ports Committee, and Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez. The Set Sail Safely act would place the resumption of cruising in the hands of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, working with Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Transportation and State, and the Federal Maritime Commission. Private sector stakeholders would include representatives from the cruise lines, U.S. ports, commercial fishermen, small businesses and health professionals. Working together, the Maritime Task Force and its advisory committee would create a timeline for meetings, recommendations and implementation of the task force’s recommendations. (9/20)

Apparently, no one has actually been to Sack O’ Subs or seen its signs all over the area. (This is from the webpage announcing which restaurants in Atlantic City are open.)

Nevada Health Department IDs possible COVID exposures
The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services has released a list of places where possible COVID-19 exposures have happened in Southern Nevada. According to a report published by the Reno Gazette Journal, dozens of popular casino-hotels have been identified. Here are the Las Vegas and Laughlin Caesars Entertainment resorts mentioned in the report and the exposures that may have happened there over a 30-day period analyzed in August:
  • Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino: 86
  • Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino: 53
  • Flamingo Hotel and Casino Las Vegas: 41
  • Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino: 36
  • The LINQ Hotel + Experience: 20
  • Harrah’s Laughlin Hotel & Casino: 19
  • Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino: 12

Total Rewards named No. 1 players club in USA Today poll
For the third year in a row, Caesars Rewards has been named the Best Players Club in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Other wins include Caesars Palace, No. 5 in the category of Best Las Vegas Casino, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, No. 8 in the category of Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas, and the High Roller and the Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck at Paris, No. 3 and No. 10, respectively, in the category of Best Las Vegas Attraction. For a complete list of winners, click here. (9/19)

Harrah's Resort's Laurel Lounge moves again
The Laurel Lounge at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City has moved from its previous location in the Valet Pick-Up area to Coastal Craft Kitchen & Bar. (9/19)

Bars in Clark County, Nevada, reopen
Standalone bars and bar top areas inside casinos, taverns and restaurants in Clark County, Nevada, have reopened, but at 50 percent capacity. The bar tops have been closed since July 10. (Updated 9/20)

New WSOP Poker Room opens at Harrah's Cherokee
The new World Series of Poker Poker Room has opened at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. Located on the south end of the casino floor, adjacent to the new sportsbook, non-smoking addition features 17 tables. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 5 a.m. daily. The sportsbook is not in operation until North Carolina actually signs into law the legalization of sports betting. For now it will be a large open lounge space for sports viewing. (9/17)

Full-service beverage offerings resume in Baltimore
Horseshoe Baltimore Maryland Casino has resumed full-service beverage offerings on the casino floor. Cocktail service is available 24 hours Sunday through Thursday, and casino bar service is available daily from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. (9/17)

New dates announced for Great Gift Wrap Up
After posting confusing and conflicting dates on various websites, organizers of the Great Gift Wrap Up (GGWU) finally settled on dates. According to a Sept. 15 email, the event will be held Friday, Dec. 4, to Thursday, Dec. 17, in the Octavius Ballroom at Caesars Palace:

New senior VP, GM graces Tropicana Atlantic City
Jacqueline Grace has been named senior vice president and general manager of Tropicana Atlantic City, one of four casinos Caesars Entertainment Inc. currently operates in the resort. Grace becomes the fourth woman in charge of an Atlantic City casino, joining
Bally’s Senior Vice President and General Manager Karie Hall, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa President Melonie Johnson, and Ocean Casino Resort CEO Terry Glebocki. “I started my gaming career in Atlantic City and I’m thrilled to return and join one of the top destinations in the market,” Grace said in a statement. With more than 20 years of experience in the casino industry, she most recently served as vice president and assistant general manager at Horseshoe Baltimore Maryland Casino. In that role she helped oversee several expansion projects included the launch of multiple celebrity chef outlets, an extensive renovation of The Marketplace casual dining area, and the opening of The Terrace, a $15 million outdoor gambling and entertainment venue. Before joining the gambling industry, she spent nine years in various management roles on Wall Street. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Virginia Darden School and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in electrical engineering from Stony Brook University. (9/16)

U.S.-Canada border restrictions extended
Canada and the United States have extended existing border restrictions through Wednesday, Oct. 21. The previous agreement on the U.S.-Canada border closure to non-essential travel expired Sept. 21. The travel ban, first imposed in March, has been renewed every month since. Tourists and cross-border visits remain prohibited, although trade and commerce are exempt. This is the sixth renewal of the border restrictions since the coronavirus pandemic was declared. The latest extension comes amid a surge in cases in Canada. Canada’s total case count has reached the highest it’s been since late May. The United States has the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths of any country. New infections are rising in parts of the American Midwest and South, with Texas leading the nation in daily new cases and North Dakota seeing an upswing in infections. (Updated 9/23)

Bally's garage to be sold to Twin River as part of casino deal
The New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority has approved a request to divide the land lots containing the Wild Wild West Casino and parking garage structure from Bally's Atlantic City prior to the casino's impending sale to Twin River Worldwide Holdings. Bally’s current owner, Caesars Entertainment Inc., will retain the Wild Wild West Casino and adjoining space, including the William Hill Sportsbook, The Book, and will incorporate it into Caesars Atlantic City. The parking garage will be sold with Bally’s to Twin River for $25 million. Following the sale, Twin River intends to construct a new sportsbook inside Bally’s as part of a larger capital expenditure program. Related to this, a host at Bally's has sent an email to her customers claiming "by mid November [sic] Ballys [sic] will no longer be part of Caesars rewards [sic]  Only Caesars and Harrahs [sic].  I am sure during the coming weeks info will be coming out to the Ballys [sic] guests." Shortly after the sale was announced, the Associated Press reported "the deal is due to close in the fourth quarter of this year." Mid-November would fall into that time frame. (9/15)

Caesars, ESPN enter into multi-year agreement
Caesars Entertainment Inc. has entered into a multi-year agreement with ESPN that includes link integrations from ESPN’s digital platforms to sportsbooks from Caesars sports betting partner, William Hill US. William Hill’s sportsbooks’ odds and markets now connect directly to its sports betting apps in states where sports betting is legal. The deal comes shortly after William Hill became the exclusive sports betting operator for Caesars. Link integrations to William Hill’s sports betting apps, geo-targeted to states where sports betting is legal, will appear on and the ESPN Fantasy app. As part of the agreement, Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill also will become a sponsor of ESPN’s fantasy products, deepening an existing relationship as ESPN’s exclusive odds provider. The news follows an expanded content collaboration with ESPN and the recent launch of ESPN’s Las Vegas studio at The LINQ Hotel + Experience. (9/15)

Lucky 88 replaces Noodle House at Paris Las Vegas
First it was Yong Kang Street, then it became Noodle House Chinese Restaurant, and now it’s Lucky 88, located across from the hotel guest elevators, between Café Americano and the buffet at Paris Las Vegas. (9/15)

When I posted this earlier this month calls to this number were answered "Harrah’s Diamond Club". If you pressed “1” for menu, you got a message that said the Lounge is temporarily closed and to call back when Gov. Murphy changes his mandate. It's since been updated and the call is answered "Laurel Lounge" and the day's menu can be accessed by pressing "2".

Louisiana cuts off liquor sales at 10 p.m.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has announced that restaurants can open to 75 percent capacity, but casinos still are being held to 50 percent and liquor sales are to be cut off at 10 p.m. Wade Duty, executive director of the Casino Association of Louisiana, said he was disappointed with the decision not to allow casinos to go up to 75 percent, as well. Duty also said he’s worried cutting off alcohol service after 10 p.m. will lead to a loss of revenue for casinos. “Any time you start subtracting amenities, it is a concern,” he said. (9/14)

Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel raised $15,000 during its Folds of Honor beverage promotion. For every Bud, Bud Light or Michelob Ultra sold through Sept. 8 a portion of the proceeds benefited Folds of Honor. The organization provides educational scholarships to families of disabled and deceased veterans.

Lake Tahoe's American River Cafe reopens
The American River Cafe on the lower level of Harrah's Lake Tahoe has reopened for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (9/11)

Somebody needs to tell Harrah’s Kansas City Hotel and Casino and OpenTable that 37 Steak is now Gordon Ramsay Steak (and has been for a while). Also that it’s no longer Harrah’s North Kansas City.

GDL Italian Pizza Bar opens at Horseshoe Baltimore
GDL Italian by Giada Pizza Bar has opened at Horseshoe Baltimore Maryland Casino. Hours are 3 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 to 10 p.m. Sundays. (9/11)

If you chose the Omaha Steaks Sampler as your Seven Stars Tier Renewal gift, watch your mail for a small box, above, with a bottle of Signature Seasoning and a coupon to redeem for one of six selections. Many of you wrote to me that you never received this offer. Below is a sample of what Caesars Atlantic City sent to its Seven Stars customers.

The Book reopens at Wild Wild West, Harrah's
The Book sportsbooks at Wild Wild West and Harrah's Resort Atlantic City have reopened. (9/11)

Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City has a new parking system in place. Unless you have a Seven Stars or Diamond card, you can pay in advance at a kiosk located near the entrance to self-parking, or pay at the exit. [Note that the instructions show “Caesars Reward Card” instead of “Caesars Rewards Card”.]

Isle Casino Hotel Black Hawk reopens table games
The Isle Casino Hotel Black Hawk in Colorado has reopened its table games: blackjack, craps and roulette. (9/10)

A tourist from Connecticut won $552,282 on a seven-card straight flush playing Face Up Pai Gow at Paris Las Vegas Sept. 5. The player, who asked not to be identified, said it was going into his retirement fund.

The LINQ may be losing some business if prospective visitors believe its website.

LINQ Hotel + Experience reopens for weekends only
The LINQ Hotel + Experience has reopened, but rooms are available only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through Sundays. The gaming floor and several other amenities at the resort have been open since June 12. The following amenities will open:
  • Spa at The LINQ: Thursday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fitness Center: Thursday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Nook Express: Friday through Sunday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The Book Fan Cave and Lounge Area (serving food from Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar): Thursday, Friday and Monday, 3 to 11 p.m.; Saturday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • O’Sheas Casino: Friday through Sunday, Noon to midnight (bar is closed)
  • The Book: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • LINQ Essentials: Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Friday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The following amenities have updated hours of operation:
  • Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen + Ba: Thursday through Monday, 5 to 11 p.m.
  • Hash House A Go Go: Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Influence, The Pool at The LINQ: Friday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • LINQ Wine and Spirits: Monday through Wednesday, 2 p.m. to midnight; Thursday 2 p.m. through Monday 3 a.m. (24 hours). (9/8)

Fast food
Planning to visit the Trop Advantage VIP Lounge at Tropicana Atlantic City? Visits are limited to 60 minutes. (9/8)

Not exactly the healthiest way to snack right now considering the COVID-19 pandemic we're in. Doesn't anyone there read or watch the news?

Former Harrah's SoCal GM sues Caesars Entertainment
The former general manager and senior vice president of Harrah’s Resort Southern California is suing his former employer. He claims he was forced to resign after management ignored his concerns that a decision to reopen the casino on May 22 was dangerous and could expose visitors to COVID-19. Darrell Pilant filed the lawsuit against Caesars Entertainment Inc. in San Diego Superior Court last month. He alleges the company’s decision to reopen the casino resulted in “serious adverse health and safety consequences involving employees and customers contracting COVID-19.” A nearly 23-year employee of Caesars Entertainment, Pilant has held positions with the company in other states before coming to Harrah’s in 2011. He was promoted to general manager in 2016. In his lawsuit, Pilant claims he was repeatedly assured that California Governor Gavin Newsom and the county were “on board” with reopening. Despite Pilant’s repeated concerns to management about health and safety risks, he said the company gave him an “illegal and dangerous” directive to lead the reopening. He called it “a matter of ‘right and wrong’ and what Caesars was doing was wrong.” His last day at work was May 21. Pilant’s suit argues that he was “constructively terminated” and, under his contract, is eligible for severance equal to a year’s salary. He is also seeking unspecified damages. The Rincon Band of the Luiseño Indians, which owns the casino and contracts with Caesars to operate it, declined to comment, citing that it’s not named as a defendant. A Caesars Entertainment spokesperson did not respond to phone calls and emails seeking comment. (9/5)

Harrah's Cherokee finally comes clean
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort has opened its newest retail offering, Hazelwood Soap Co. HSCo offers hand-made artisanal bath, body and home products containing natural ingredients and essential oils. (9/5)

Atlantic City Seven Stars, Laurel Lounges reopen

Caesars Atlantic City (see sample menus)
  • Seven Stars Lounge
Friday and Saturdays: 2 to 10:30 p.m.
Sundays: Noon to 7 p.m.
  • Laurel Lounge
    (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Wednesday and Thursday: 2 to 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 2 to 10 p.m.
Sundays:  Noon to 7 p.m.

Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
  • Seven Stars Lounge (temporary location: Veracruz on the second floor restaurant level)
Fridays and Saturdays: 4 to 10:30 p.m.
Sundays: Noon to 7 p.m.
  • Laurel Lounge (temporary location: Coastal Craft Kitchen & Bar)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 2 to 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: Noon to 10:30 p.m.
Sundays: Noon to 7 p.m.

Tropicana Atlantic City
  • Trop Advantage VIP Lounge (access to the lounge is $10 per person for Trop Advantage Platinum and Black cardholders and Caesars Rewards Diamond Elite cardholders; Seven Stars cardholders receive free access, with a one-hour maximum stay)
Thursday: Noon to 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: Noon to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Bally’s Atlantic City
  • Laurel Lounge (closed Wednesdays and Thursdays)
Monday and Tuesday: 2 to 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 2 to 10:30 p.m.
Saturdays: Noon to 10:30 p.m.
Sundays: 1 to 7:30 p.m.

Note that guests may no longer leave the Atlantic City Seven Stars or Laurel Lounges with any beverages.

Smoking not allowed
Atlantic City casinos may now allow indoor dining
New Jersey restaurants may now open for indoor dining at 25 percent capacity and with social distancing between tables, according to a tweet Aug. 31 from Gov. Phil Murphy. “Reopening responsibly will help us restore one of our state’s key industries while continuing to make progress against COVID-19,” Murphy wrote. Also back are beverages on the casino floor as long as they’re served by a casino employee, but, in a last-minute policy reversal, Murphy said smoking will not be allowed. (9/4)

Plexiglass partitions are being installed on all table games at Horseshoe Baltimore to enhance guest safety protocols and increase table capacity.

Horseshoe Baltimore now operating at 50% capacity
Horseshoe Baltimore Maryland Casino is now operating at half capacity – both the casino floor and indoor dining. (Updated 9/8)

Caesars, VICI sell Harrah's Louisiana Downs
Caesars Entertainment Inc. and real estate investment trust VICI Properties have sold Harrah’s Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., to Rubico Acquisition Corp. for $22 million. Once the deal closes, either by the end of 2020 or in early 2021, Caesars will receive $16.5 million and VICI will receive $5.5 million. (9/4)

Atlantic City, Vegas Signature Events to go on as scheduled
In Atlantic City (and, possibly, Las Vegas) dinner reservations are a "must" but they need to be made by a casino host. Even breakfast reservations are necessary for sitdown-type restaurants such as Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars, but those can be made on OpenTable, in person, or by calling the restaurant/casino directly.
Note that there are no group events or entertainment scheduled, just drawings for prizes, free play, Great Gift Wrap Up points and Reward Credits. Your number of entries will be based on play, which means that all they want is your money with little in return -- unless you win one of the big prizes. (And why not more smaller prizes instead of Maseratis, Jeep Wranglers and Airstream recreational vehicles?) Also, keep in mind, at reduced capacity, restaurants will be packed, so make reservations immediately, and be prepared for long lines at outlets like Dunkin and Starbucks.
(Updated 9/23)

Ak-Chin gets new senior vice president, general manager
Mike Kintner has been named the new senior vice president and general manager of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel and Casino. Formerly director of marketing and operations for the property, Kintner has worked at Harrah’s for 15 years. (9/3)

$1 Million NFL Pick'Em
Caesars Rewards cardholders can make weekly picks by choosing which team they think will win in the eligible NFL football games and activate those picks for their chance to win a share of $60,000 in prizes each week. First place winner each week walks away with $20,000 cash. Details here. (9/3)

Bacchanal Buffet reopening delayed; Searsucker closes
The reopening of the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace has been delayed. It was originally scheduled for August. Not citing a reason, Caesars Entertainment Inc. issued a statement saying that the buffet will reopen “later this year." Searsucker at Caesars Palace has closed permanently. (9/3)

Danville City Council approves Caesars agreement
The City Council of Danville, Va., has approved a performance agreement for a casino with Caesars Entertainment Inc., the latest step forward on a project still contingent on voter approval in November. According to TV station WSLS, Caesars promises to invest $400 million in the resort, hire 1,300 people at $15 an hour minimum, and buy the city a firetruck and ambulance. Caesars also has agreed to give the city $15 million up front and expects to pay more than $20 million in city tax revenue by its third year. In addition to a casino, plans for the development include at least 300 hotel rooms, a spa, theater, convention space, bars and restaurants. (9/3)

Former Eldorado casinos convert to Caesars Rewards
Seven former Eldorado casinos that were part of the ONE Club player loyalty program have converted to Caesars Rewards: Isle of Capri Lake Charles in Louisiana, Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf and Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo in Iowa, Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Boonville in Missouri, and the Eldorado Reno Resort Casino, Circus Circus Reno Hotel & Casino and the Silver Legacy Resort Casino Reno – collectively known as The Row – in Reno. Under the new system:

ONE Club
Caesars Rewards
President's Club
Diamond Plus
Chairman's Club
Seven Stars*
*for approved Chairman's Club cardholders and by invitation

In addition, six former Eldorado casinos that were part of the TROP Advantage player loyalty program have converted to Caesars Rewards: the Tropicana casinos in Atlantic City, N.J., Laughlin, Nev., and Evansville, Ind., the Trop Casino Greenville in Mississippi, Lumière Place Casino and Hotels in St. Louis, Mo., and The Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Hotel in Louisiana. Under the new system:

TROP Advantage
Caesars Rewards
Copper and Gold
Diamond Elite

To receive full Caesars Rewards benefits, ONE Club and TROP Advantage cardholders who do not have a Caesars Rewards card need to visit their nearest Caesars Rewards Center, sign up for a Caesars Rewards card, get a new Caesars Rewards Local card, and link those accounts. Note, however, that the Local card is valid only at the casino where you received your card. In addition to the new tier status, Caesars will transition ONE Club Reward Dollars and TROP Advantage Comp Dollars to Reward Credits – with one Reward Dollar and one Comp Dollar equaling 100 Reward Credits, and transition tier points to tier credits – with two ONE Club tier points and five TROP Advantage tier points equaling one tier credit. Future earnings will be based on Caesars Rewards rules and regulations. Visit for details. (Updated 9/22)

Save your free play at Harrah's Atlantic City
At Harrah's Resort Atlantic City you no longer have to use all your free slot play at one machine. Let’s say you download $50, have a big win and decide your machine isn’t going to hit again for a while. You’re no longer stuck playing the balance of what you downloaded. Simply remove your Caesars Rewards card from the machine, and any unused free slot play will automatically be re-deposited back into your bank. Caesars Rewards casinos in Baltimore, Cherokee, Hammond, New Orleans, Phoenix and Tunica – and perhaps others – are among those with similar policies. (9/2)
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.

California, Ione

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

Oct. 7 (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

Indiana, Elizabeth

Wednesdays: Super Senior Wednesdays, Caesars Southern Indiana Casino and Hotel

Fridays: Fast Money Drawings, Caesars Southern Indiana Casino and Hotel

Louisiana, Bossier City

Mondays: Fill Your Cup For A Buck, Paddock Deli, Harrah's Louisiana Downs

Tuesdays: 2X Tuesdays - Present your Caesars Rewards card when making a wager to receive a 2X multiplier on racing wagers, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs

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

Louisiana, Lake Charles

Mondays: Players 50 and older can earn free play while they play with their ONE Club card from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Lake Charles


Louisiana, New Orleans

Wednesdays: Mystery Reward Credit Multiplier, Harrah's 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

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

Oct. 9 to 11: Seven Stars Signature Event

Nov. 14 and 15: Humana Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon

Dec. 4 to 17: Great Gift Wrap Up, Octavius Ballroom, Caesars Palace

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

New Jersey, Atlantic City

Fridays through Oct. 23: Bayside ROCK Live, 8 p.m., Waterfront Conference Center parking complex, Harrah's

Oct. 1 to 4: Seven Stars Signature Event

April 9 and 10, 2021: Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival

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 Casino and Racetrack

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

Wednesdays: Between noon and 4 p.m. guests 55 and older can swipe at a promotional kiosk for a 5X Reward Credit multiplier for play during those hours, Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack

Oct. 16: 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 Casino and Racetrack