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Updated: Jan. 16, 2021

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'X Burlesque' reopens with 'private edition'
The “private edition” of “X Burlesque” has opened with performances at 7 and 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at the Flamingo’s X Burlesque Theatre at Bugsy’s Cabaret. Two tickets are priced at $199, including taxes and fees. Audience members also receive one per table of two a bottle of Champagne and a signed poster. The renovated show will include a first-ever question-and-answer session with the cast. Guests must be 21 years or older and ticket information can be found at Despite the normally 160-seat theater’s intimate space, the audience will be capped at 30 people. (1/14)

The Market at Harrah's Philadelphia either needs to sell longer straws or shorter bottles.

Las Vegas restaurant updates
Nobu and The Old Homestead Steakhouse at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino are now open only five days a week – Thursday through Monday. P.F. Chang’s Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino is temporarily closed for remodeling and is scheduled to reopen in the spring; however, takeout is still available. (1/14)

Silver Legacy renovating rooms, suites
Reno’s Silver Legacy Resort Casino is in the process of undergoing a more than $47 million renovation to its rooms and suites. The upgrades are projected to be completed in June. The current project will include renovations to the hotel’s fifth through 25th floors – a total of 1,199 redesigned rooms. All rooms will undergo a full transformation, including new furnishings, updated window treatments, bathroom renovation, replacement of carpeting and flooring, and the addition of art and decor pieces. The renovated bathrooms will feature walk-in showers with mosaic tile and elegant pearl white floor tile. Additional highlights will include new self-serve coffeemakers, updated lounge seating, and flat-screen, high-definition televisions. The new rooms will complement the recent $100+ million master renovation project at “The Row” – the three downtown Caesars Entertainment Corp. properties – which included the addition of a Top Golf Swing Suite and The Spa at Silver Legacy, redesigned hotel rooms, improvements to the Carnival Midway at Circus Circus, and the addition of new dining options. (1/13)

Nero's open only on Saturdays
Nero’s Italian Steakhouse at Caesars Atlantic City is now open only from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays – supposedly a temporary “winter schedule.” (1/12)

Royal Caribbean, Celebrity cancel more cruises
Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises are extending their global suspension through Friday, April 30. Celebrity also will be including the Saturday, May 1, transatlantic cruise on Celebrity Apex in this round of cancellations. as well as the May through October Europe and transatlantic cruises on Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Constellation. For more information, click here. (1/12)

Governor extends Nevada's COVID-19 mitigation measures
With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise across the state, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has extended the state’s current mitigation measures another 30 days. (1/11)

The person who received this email knows this gift has been shipped. She received it two weeks ago! [Now about those other two items she hasn't received or heard a word about.]

Rio to get 'monster refresh' once new owners take over
Eric Birnbaum and Thomas Ellis, representing Dreamscape Companies LLC, the new owners of the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, told the Nevada Gaming Control Board that, once Dreamscape begins operating the property sometime in the next two years, the property would get “a monster refresh.” The company also is re-examining what food and beverage amenities make the most sense for the off-Strip 2,500-suite property. Rio is managed by Caesars Entertainment Inc. which also retained the rights to the World Series of Poker, a staple at the Rio since 2005. Birnbaum dismissed reports that the Rio’s 90-acre campus – including 22 acres of unused property – would be developed into a major league baseball stadium in a bid to attract a franchise to Southern Nevada. There also were persistent reports that the building would be imploded for a new opportunity. Birnbaum dismissed those reports too. Once Dreamscape takes possession of the property, Birnbaum said, he expects Plano, Tex.-based Aimbridge Hospitality “to have an active role in running the hotel.” (1/8)

Perhaps, after its remedial English class, Caesars Rewards should consider some tutoring in geography. The person who received the offer on the left, above, lives 80 miles from Las Vegas. Why should he travel to Lake Tahoe – a seven-hour 450-mile drive – to pick up a free stay in Las Vegas? And, then, there's that offer for a complimentary flight to Biloxi. This person lives 15 minutes from the Philadelphia airport. The Richmond, Va., airport is a nearly four-hour 220-mile drive from home.

For Seven Stars cardholders only
Valet parking resumes at Caesars Atlantic City
Complimentary valet parking for Seven Stars cardholders is now available at Caesars Atlantic City from 4 p.m. Fridays to 8 p.m. Sundays. After hours, your car can be retrieved at the front entrance of the hotel/porte-cochère. (Updated 1/12)

Baltimore casino's year-end revenue drops 32% over 2019
Closed last year between March 16 and June 28, Horseshoe Baltimore Maryland Casino ended 2020 with December revenues dropping 32 percent from the previous December, according to Maryland’s Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. With capacity limited to 25 percent and its restaurants closed under Mayor Brandon Scott’s COVID-19 restrictions, Horseshoe had December revenues of $12.7 million – the lowest monthly yield since the casino opened in August 2014. Baltimore’s only casino, Horseshoe continues to suffer far greater revenue hits than its competitors, even though they are bound by the same capacity and social-distancing restrictions. (1/7)

Resolution introduced to reverse Indiana casino purchase
Fourteen tribal members, including two sitting Tribal Council members and a former principal chief, have introduced a resolution to reverse a Dec. 17 vote to purchase the gaming operations at Caesars Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino for $250 million. The proposed resolution claims the decision and the meeting at which it was made – on multiple fronts – violated the tribe’s Charter and Governing Document. (1/7)

Philly Tap & Tavern replaces Fieri's
Harrah's Philadelphia, Laurel Lounge reopen
Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack has reopened at 50 percent capacity after temporarily closing on order of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. A temporary no-smoking policy remains in effect, as well. In addition, indoor dining is allowed at 50 percent capacity; however, customers only can drink alcoholic beverages at a bar or a restaurant if it is part of a meal, and restaurants have to stop serving alcohol by 11 p.m.

The Laurel Lounge also has reopened, but for Diamond Plus, Diamond Elite and Seven Stars cardholders only. The Lounge is open from 3 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu is posted on a video screen at the base of the escalator leading up to the lounge. There are no choices, just the daily offering. Here are sample menus from opening weekend:

Based on the offerings the first weekend, I'll take the $10 food and beverage credit Harrah's  was offering while the Laurel Lounge was closed. I could choose what I wanted to eat – and no tipping! Jan. 9, when the lounge was serving clam chowder and stuffed flounder, I saw six people walk up, check the menu and angrily walk away. Many people don't eat seafood or are allergic to shellfish. Give people at least one choice.

Guy Fieri's Philly Kitchen + Bar has been replaced by its former incarnation, Philly Tap & Tavern. (Updated 1/9)

The timeliness, accuracy and completeness of information about Harrah's Philadelphia depends on your host. Reproduced above are examples of basically the same information from four different hosts. Harrah's needs to provide a single well-written email to its hosts along with a deadline for when to send it.
Exchange Great Gift Wrap Up points for free play?
It would be nice if Caesars Rewards casinos did something like this for 2021. It's hard to read, but, basically, in 2020 Harrah's and Harveys Lake Tahoe allowed you to exchange any unused Great Gift Wrap Up points for free play ($50 for 15,000 points).

UK casinos to remain closed due to new lockdown
Casinos, bingo parlors and betting shops – along with most "non-essential businesses" – must remain closed, due to a new lockdown order issued Jan. 4 by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Reopening is scheduled for mid-February, but, possibly, could be extended. (1/4)

Makes sense. Trump Plaza and Trump Taj Mahal used to require a minimal amount of play in order to pick-up a gift or free play. Avoids customer “lock-outs”.

Don't forget to accept this offer every day in January on your mobile device's Caesars Rewards app. A new contest begins every month. This month 21 winners each will receive 2,021 tier credits. In addition, accept the bonus offer on Thursday, Jan. 21, and receive 21 bonus drawing entries.

Manning's now accepts Reward Credits at 2:1
Manning's Sports Bar and Grill, located on Fulton Street outside Harrah's New Orleans now accepts Reward Credits at a ratio of 2:1. However, you can use your Celebration Dinner "certificate(s)" 1:1, e.g., $100=$100. Alternatively, you can pay directly with your Caesars Rewards card or sign the charge to your room if you're staying at the hotel. (1/4)
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

Feb. 3 (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

Mondays and Tuesdays: 5X Reward Credit multiplier swipe first at a promotional kiosk, Caesars Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino

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

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

Iowa, Waterloo

Thursdays: Earn 20 tier credits and get a free beer at The Brew Brothers or see a beverage server on the casino floor for a bottle of beer or frozen drink, Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo

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

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

Jan. 31: NFL Pro Bowl, Allegiant Stadium

New Jersey, Atlantic City

June 4 and 5: Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival, Bader Field

Pennsylvania, Chester

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

Tuesdays: 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