Rio Hotel Casino Hopes to Finally Reopen on the 22nd of December

Of all the Caesars-owned casino resorts in Las Vegas, Rio remains the only one that is yet to open since its closure early in the year. Following the Covid-19 pandemic, the off-strip property shut down in mid-March as per directions from the Nevada state Governor, Steve Sisolak, all in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. Caesar Entertainment, Inc. has finally released a statement announcing that the doors of Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will resume operations on the 22nd of December 2020.

The Rio During the Holiday Rush

From the day of reopening to January 3rd, access to the hotel will be round the clock to accommodate the holiday requests. Moving forward from then, the hotel will only be open from Thursday through Monday. However, all other facilities at the property will be available 24/7, seven days a week as soon as the property reopens. This will be the last of the Caesars Entertainment resort that will reopen in the US and Canada.

Caesars Entertainment President and Chief Operating Officer, Anthony Carano says that they are ready to welcome back team members and guests, having their safety at the top of its mind. In his address, he said, “the past nine months have been filled with challenges, as well as opportunities, including the merging of our two gaming companies to form the new Caesars Entertainment. We recognize the incredible effort it has taken to reopen our resorts and get us to this important milestone, and we look forward to welcoming our team members and guests back to Rio with their health and safety still top of mind.”

The reopening will mean that all of Caesars Entertainment resorts will be functional in North America. This includes all 54 properties in 16 states of the then Caesars and Eldorado Resorts.

Caesars CEO, Tom Reeg, has come out to state that people aged 55 and above will play a critical role in the gaming industry’s rebound as soon as the coronavirus is under control. He believes that this age group will have pent-up demand and spending power which will be a very powerful force considering the limitation that has hovered over them for about 9 months. They have continually stayed away from the company’s casino resorts and the CEO cannot wait to have them back.

Below is detailed information on the amenities that will be functional after the reopening.


Penn & Teller – Here, you will have access to witness comedy and magic showcases. However, performance schedules are yet to be announced. You can visit the Rio Casino site to get your tickets in anticipation and to get more information.


Five restaurants will be open on the property. They include;

  • All-American Bar and Grille
  • Starbucks
  • VooDoo Steak
  • Sports Deli
  • Hash House A Go Go

Bars and Lounges

Five lounges and bars are prepared to start operations come December 22.

  • Shutters Bar
  • Race & Sports Book Bar
  • Masquerade Bar
  • iBar
  • Purple Zebra Daiquiri Bar


  • Table Games
  • Slot Machines
  • Keno Lounge
  • William Hill Race & Sports Book

The fitness center in the property is part of the facilities that will open as Rio Hotel & Casino reopens.

On reopening day, the hotel and Casino will debut the newly branded William Hill Sportsbook. The sportsbook will come with new offerings like live betting, an expanded betting menu, and self-service sports betting kiosks.

All of these facilities will continue to operate round the clock except the hotel which will open only on the weekends after the holiday.

Rebecca Kont
Rebecca Kont

Rebecca lives in Las Vegas and after completing her degree at Reynolds Journalism school joined the USGS team to pursue her journalism dreams.