Rivers Casino Hopes Helicopter Stunt Will Stick The Landing At New Hotel

Written By Jessica Welman on July 23, 2017 - Last Updated on November 30, 2022
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[toc]New York casino Rivers Schenectady is already drawing crowds. Now they have somewhere to stay overnight.

The Landing Hotel officially opened on July 19 at Rivers, giving upstate New York casino patrons the ability to get away and stay away a little bit longer. However, the rooms may be difficult to come by. The Landing Hotel is a boutique establishment with only 165 rooms.

The Landing Hotel features four-star amenities

The new property aims to be upscale. In addition to rooms which begin at $139 a night, the hotel also features a spa, fitness center, business and meeting space, and a beautiful bar and patio area overlooking the Mohawk River.

Steve Wyrick and a chopper part of grand opening festivities

The Landing Hotel began accepting reservations earlier this month. The official opening date was July 19. The real grand opening festivities take place on July 25 though.

As part of the ceremony, illusionist Steve Wyrick will appear as part of a VIP event at the Rivers Casino Events Center. The centerpiece of his performance? Making a full-sized helicopter appear on stage with him. Take that, Miss Saigon.

Wyrick promises the show is one New Yorkers will not want to miss.

“My new multimedia show merges the art of illusion with the most advanced video technology available.I promise an unforgettable and totally original and captivating performance that Schenectady won’t forget!”

The Landing Hotel hoping to cater to Saratoga crowd

While The Landing Hotel is just opening as the official hotel for Rivers Schenectady, there are other accommodations in the area already.

Both a Courtyard Marriott and a Homewood Suites are already in the Mohawk Harbor area serving casino customers. However, it is worth noting both hotels currently offer more expensive rates than The Landing.

All three properties will be competing for not just casino patrons, but visitors to the Saratoga Race Track now that the racing season is underway.

Rivers Casino will hopefully benefit from the Saratoga tourists as well. The casino opened with a bang in February, and is not without its successes. For example, the property ran a highly successful Memorial Day poker tournament.

Nonetheless, revenues for both Rivers and del Lago casinos are steadily declining since their respective opening days. The hope is the summer season and other attractions like Saratoga will provide a much-needed boost to the casino coffers.

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Jessica Welman is a longtime member of the poker media. She has worked as a tournament reporter for the World Poker Tour, co-hosted a podcast for Poker Road, and served as the Managing Editor for WSOP.com. A graduate of the University of Southern California and Indiana University, Welman is not only a writer but also a producer. She has been involved for livestreams for the WSOP and WPT and worked as a consultant on many other poker productions. She can be found on Twitter @jesswelman.

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