As some of you may know, Darryl McEwen passed away late last year. His knowledge, insight, humor, and generous nature will be sorely missed. While this website can never be the same, we hope to keep it alive, updated, and true to it's original spirit.
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†Isle of Capri Lake Charles (temporarily closed until Spring 2022)
Louisiana, New Orleans
Horseshoe Baltimore Maryland Casino
Harrah's Gulf Coast Hotel & Casino In Biloxi*
Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino*
Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Boonville*
Missouri, Kansas City
Harrah's Kansas City Hotel and Casino*
Missouri, St. Louis
Lumière Place Casino and Hotels
Nevada, Lake Tahoe
Harrah's Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino*
Harveys Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino
Nevada, Las Vegas
Bally's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino*
Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino*
Flamingo Hotel and Casino Las Vegas*
Harrah's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino*
Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino*
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino*
Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino*
Harrah's Laughlin Hotel & Casino*
New Jersey, Atlantic City
Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino
Harrah's Resort Atlantic City Hotel & Casino*
North Carolina, Cherokee
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort*
North Carolina, Murphy
Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel
Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack
Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino
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► Casino-by-casino listing of Seven Stars benefits ◄
► 2021-22 Seven Stars deadlines* ◄
► Making the most of your annual NCL cruise benefit ◄
► Your Annual Retreat: Tips to make it better, easier ◄
► Insider Guide: Atlantic City ◄
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Why this website?
Although Seven Stars Insider has absolutely no connection or affiliation with Caesars Entertainment Inc. or Caesars Rewards®, it was created to provide much needed information about the Seven Stars program. Ask many Seven Stars cardholders and they will admit they most likely learned more about the program and its benefits from another Seven Stars cardholder. Too many hosts and other employees are woefully under-educated about the program and its benefits. Since the site was launched, even several Caesars employees (who obviously wish to remain anonymous) claim they have learned more from this website than from Caesars itself. Seven Stars cardholders, as well as Caesars players in general, say they appreciate the objective opinions, tips and other information the site contains. Even several travel agents who send many clients to Las Vegas (and other locations featured here) say they find value in the comments shared on the site.
NOTE: Because much of the information about individual casinos (see left) comes from various sources, if anyone sees incorrect or out-of-date information, please email email@example.com.
Seven Stars – The basics
Seven Stars is the highest tier level in Caesars Entertainment Inc.'s Caesars Rewards® program, requiring 150,000 or more tier credits in a calendar year. The tier level was added in 2004.
Seven Stars is preceded by Diamond Elite, Diamond Plus, Diamond, Platinum and Gold. Diamond cardholders are required to earn 15,000 to 24,999 tier credits in a calendar year; Diamond Plus, 25,000 to 74,999, Diamond Elite, 75,000 to 149,999; Platinum, 5,000 to 14,999 tier credits; Gold is the entry-level card available to anyone eligible who signs up. To view more information about Seven Stars, click here.
As an enhancement to encourage greater play during a "gaming day" (generally, 6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m. the next), Caesars Rewards offers Bonus Daily Tier Credits:
> Earn 500 Tier Credits, receive 125 Bonus Tier Credits
> Earn 1,000 Tier Credits, receive 1,000 Bonus Tier Credits
> Earn 2,500 Tier Credits, receive 5,000 Bonus Tier Credits
> Earn 5,000 Tier Credits, receive 10,000 Bonus Tier Credits
Click here for a list of some casinos that use a different schedule to define a gaming day.
While tier credits are earned during a calendar year (Jan. 1 through Dec. 31), tier benefits are available Feb. 1 through Jan. 31 the following year. [One exception is the Seven Stars Experiences (see below).] Note, too, that a player earning Seven Stars status, say, in August 2020, would be eligible for all the Seven Stars benefits – including the Annual Retreat and Celebration Dinner(s) – through Jan. 31, 2021*, plus all the Seven Stars benefits again through Jan. 31, 2022.
*there is currently an exception extending the 2019 and 2020 benefits through Jan. 31, 2022
Just earning 150,000 tier credits in a calendar year does not automatically grant you Seven Stars status. You must be invited to join! Also, once you achieve 150,000 credits, it can take a couple weeks to get your credentials. The reason for the delay is that Caesars checks to make sure you don't have any outstanding financial obligations to the company, and that you don't have any complaints for disruptive behavior.
Caesars marketing efforts to the contrary, Seven Stars cardholders who want the best treatment (at their tier level) are still better off staying and playing at one property, or, if applicable, at least one property in each of Caesars two major "hubs" – Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Those who travel a great deal and play at different Caesars properties around the country will find themselves besieged with offers from those properties after one visit – even though they may never intend, or have the opportunity, to visit them again. Meanwhile, special offers from casinos they may play at more frequently, slowly disappear.
Seven Stars Signature Experiences
Upon earning 250,000 tier credits, cardholders receive one Experience Credit. For every additional 250,000 tier credits they earn through Dec. 31 they receive an additional Experience Credit. These credits can be used to book one or more Signature Experiences. All Experiences must be booked no later than Jan. 31 of the following year, and completed no later than June 30. You cannot carry over credits from one year to the next or combine credits earned in different years.
Seven Stars Signature Events
Three Seven Stars Signature Events are scheduled to take place in 2023. They have yet to be scheduled, but as a preview, here are the events from 2022:
Reno: Sunday, Aug. 1, to Thursday, Aug. 5, or Tuesday, Aug. 3, to Sunday, Aug. 8, 2022
Las Vegas: Thursday, Aug. 19, to Sunday, Aug. 22, 2022
Atlantic City: Thursday, Sept. 16, to Sunday, Sept. 19, 2022
All Seven Stars cardholders are invited to attend all three Events.
A Elite Signature Events, limited to cardholders who earned 500,000 or more tier credits during, will also be scheduled later this year.
Seven Stars Companion Card
At a minimum, among other benefits, the Seven Stars Companion Card entitles the designated individual (who does not need to be a player, but must register for a Caesars Rewards card) to Seven Stars/Diamond/VIP hotel check-in; jumping to the head of the line (behind any other Seven Stars cardholders already in line, of course) at restaurants, gift giveaways, etc.; and admittance to Laurel and Seven Stars Lounges – restrictions may apply, e.g., must be 21 or older in the United States, 19 or older in Canada. Note, too, that the companion does not need to be a legally recognized spouse/same-sex partner, etc.; it can be any friend or relative.
Recreational gambler Darryl D. McEwen is publisher of the Seven Stars Insider – both the website and the monthly newsletter. In addition, he writes a bi-weekly column, Mr. AC Casino, for the Atlantic City Weekly. The companion website is MrACCasino.com and the matching Twitter account is @MrACCasino. He also writes a monthly column about Atlantic City for TravelZork.com. A former professional journalist, based in Wilmington, Del., Darryl is president of his own consulting firm that manages several small national and international trade associations, and provides public relations and fundraising services for a number of charitable organizations.
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Except at Caesars Windsor, to claim any or all of your five annual Seven Stars $100 Celebration Dinner vouchers, simply tell your server how many vouchers you want to use. [At Caesars Windsor stop by the Caesars Rewards Center first. While you can redeem your vouchers at any time, try to wait until the day you're going to use the voucher(s). Even though a lost or damaged voucher can be replaced, it can be time-consuming and you might not be able to get it on the day you want to use it.] While this benefit is supposed to be good at any Caesars-owned restaurant, an advance reservation is recommended, if for nothing else to confirm that the restaurant participates. [Diamond cardholders, follow the same procedure for your annual $100 Celebration Dinner.]
You also can use this benefit for Room Service at most casino hotels that offer this. Ask first, then tell the person taking your order you want to use one or more of your $100 Celebration Dinner credits. (And it doesn 't have to be dinner.)
Ask your hosts to change their voicemail during vacations and on their days off, and to post their regular work schedules as part of the signature block on their outgoing emails.
In addition, when they will be away for extended periods, remind them to set-up the "Out-of-Office Reply" feature on their email programs. There is nothing more frustrating than leaving a phone message or sending an email, only to find out a week (or more!) later that they were on vacation.
Be sure, too, that you have an alternate contact at each property where you have a host.
Other than the system-wide benefits – complimentary rooms, priority and early check-in (if available) and extended late check-out (if available), Annual Retreat, complimentary admission for cardholder and up to three guests at all Laurel Lounges, Seven Stars Lounges and General Manager's Clubs (where available), and five $100 vouchers towards meals (see above), annual cruise, Companion Card, Signature Events, and special rewards offers – many casinos, hotels and spas throughout the country offer site-specific additional benefits. To see which casinos offer these click here.
While the Annual Retreat includes up to a $1,200 airfare credit, hotel accommodations for up to four nights (two-night minimum stay), transportation to and from the destination airport, and a $500 folio credit toward food and beverage (at some casinos, alcoholic beverages are excluded), for those who are unable to travel, or don't want to travel, as an alternative, at your request, Caesars Rewards will deposit 50,000 Reward Credits (US$500 in comps) into your account. Considering the airfare benefit alone is worth up to $1,200, it’s an alternative you should consider only if you’re unable to travel. Dollar value aside, of course Caesars wants you to take the trip because it knows you probably will lose at least as much as the trip is worth. Just keep in mind, you’re under no obligation to set foot in the casino. If nothing else, use the trip to visit relatives or friends, or go sightseeing.