Seat Open! Rivers Schenectady Poker Room Reopening Wednesday

Written By Mike Mazzeo on August 30, 2021
Rivers Poker Room Reopening

It’s time to shuffle up and deal again in Schenectady.

Rivers Casino and Resort announced that it will reopen its poker room starting Wednesday, Sept. 1.

The poker room had been closed since March 2020 because of the pandemic. Its hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

Tioga Downs Casino Resort also announced via its website that its poker room will be reopening on Wednesday. “Stay tuned,” the announcement says.

Rivers Casino is open, but poker room the final piece

Rivers Casino and Resort reopened slots, table games, and its sportsbook in September 2020.

Now, poker is back as well.

“One of the questions we’ve been asked the most is when will our poker room will be reopened, and we’re thrilled to announce today that it is finally coming back,” Rivers Casino and Resort GM Rick Richards said in the news release. “The poker room is extremely popular and a big part of what makes for a fun and exciting gaming experience at the casino, and we couldn’t be happier to reopen it for our guests.”

Elliott Schecter, who has spent nearly three decades working in poker in a variety of capacities, will serve as poker room manager. The poker room has 16 tables and a variety of games.

The casino itself is open from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, with downtime being used for deep cleaning. Masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests and mandatory for unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated guests.

NY commercial casinos seeing poker revenue uptick

Other commercial casino poker rooms in New York have already reopened.

Resorts World Catskills reopened its poker room in May, pulling in a GGR of $97,247. That number rose to $330,036 in June and then $452,027 in July.

Del Lago Resort and Casino reopened its poker room in July, pulling in a GGR of $184,946.

All four of New York’s commercial casinos recorded 2021 monthly revenue highs in July, with three of them setting records.

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Mike Mazzeo is the Lead Writer for PlayNY, arriving after covering several of New York's professional sports teams in a variety of roles for the past decade. Previously, he served as a beat writer and columnist covering the Brooklyn Nets (ESPN) and New York Yankees (New York Daily News). Mike also covered both the MLB and NBA nationally for Yahoo Sports. In addition, he served as a general assignment reporter for ESPN He has also had bylines in the New York Times, New York Post, Newsday, Forbes and The Ringer. With PlayNY, Mike brings extensive coverage and unique story angles to what is projected to be one of the biggest and most lucrative online sports betting markets in the country. It's been an arduous and confounding process to get here, but 20 million New Yorkers (many of them die-hards) are now legally able to bet on their favorite sports teams across the state via online and mobile platforms.

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