If comedian Doug Stanhope is performing in Vegas, it won’t be at a Caesars property after his one-star review of the Rio allegedly got him banned from all Caesars Entertainment properties nationwide.
Stanhope tweeted a photo of a letter sent to him by Caesars Saturday which stated that Arizona resident had been barred from Caesars’ properties. The letter stated that he had ‘recently engaged in conduct that Caesars views as inappropriate. As a result, your presence is no longer desired upon the premises of any Caesars property, and you are no longer welcome at any Caesars property.’
In his tweet, Stanhope claimed that the ban stemmed from his reviews of the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, home of the World Series of Poker, on Yelp and Trip Advisor. In February, Stanhope left one-star reviews on both platforms, but the letter posted on his Twitter page wasn’t dated until June 27, 2019.
Early this year I had an awful stay in the Rio in Vegas, which I reviewed on TripAdvisor and Yelp. Now I am banned from every Caesars property in Vegas https://t.co/53WZtNIEAF https://t.co/7J7Bgp7p54) pic.twitter.com/IlUyWPkev0
— Doug Stanhope (@DougStanhope) July 20, 2019
“The Rio is like being in 1986,” Stanhope’s Yelp review read. “By that I mean it’s like you were still driving your 1986 Ford Tempo 33 years later, held together with gaffer’s tape and surgical mesh, riding on rusted rims. Vegas isn’t what it used to be, anyone who’s come here over the last two or three decades can attest. The Rio isn’t even what it was when they last updated their Expedia page.”
Caesars has made no comment on the authenticity of the letter and one part of the letter may indicate that this is a publicity stunt by Stanhope. The letter lists all the properties that Stanhope banned in, including Thistledown Racino, located just outside Cleveland.
Thistledown Racino is a JACK Entertainment property and not Caesars Entertainment. Caesars is currently finalizing a merger with Eldorado Resorts, but neither company has a presence in the Cleveland area.
Poker pro Gillian Epp, however, responded to the tweet stating that she was having a ‘similar issue’ with the company.
Stanhope last performed in Las Vegas May 24 and 25 at The Plaza in Downtown Las Vegas. According to his website, Stanhope does not yet have another show scheduled in Las Vegas.
UPDATE: Stanhope tweeted shortly after the publication of this article that he thinks it was a review of the Rio he did on a podcast that caused the ban, and not the reviews he wrote.
It’s come to my attention that the cause of Caesars Entertainment’s ire might not be my TripAdvisor & Yelp reviews, but this podcast I did about my stay at the Rio https://t.co/xUcppwM34P pic.twitter.com/0uTsw1br8n
— Doug Stanhope (@DougStanhope) July 22, 2019