Doug Stanhope Banned From All Caesars Properties For Shocking Rio Review

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Doug Stanhope Banned From All Caesars Properties For Shocking Rio Review
07:33
24 Jul

Stand-up comedian Doug Stanhope has been banned from all Caesars Entertainment properties, the former Girls Gone Wild host claiming that two scathing reviews he left of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino were behind him being ‘86’ed…


The Rio, which has just played host to the 50th running of the World Series of Poker, was condemned by Stanhope on both TripAdvisor and Yelp, the comic giving the place one-star reviews in February of this year, stating:

“Because who reads a two-star review? It’s just business”.

Stanhope began his Yelp review with the lines:

“The rumor is that this hotel is about to be torn down. Staying here will make an ardent atheist pray that this is true”.

Claiming that: “The Rio is like being in 1986”, the 52-year old Massachusetts-born comic went on to bemoan everything from ‘missing restaurants’ to ‘extortionate ATM fees’ to a ‘drunken manager’ who fell asleep outside his room.

The letter from Caesars Entertainment banning Stanhope listed Harrah’s, Bally’s (Vegas) and the Planet Hollywood Resort Casino among those he will not be allowed to enter.

There are those, however, who believe the horrible reviews weren’t the real reason behind the comedian’s ban…


A number of poker players have found themselves in the same shoes as Stanhope over the years, PokerTube covering Robert Anthony ‘Tony’ Lay’s lawsuit against Caesars back in 2017.

Just last year, Joe Stiers was in the headlines after being unceremoniously dumped out of the Main Event on day 3, after officials realised he had been served an ’86 notice’ for previous problematic behaviour.

Stiers had used a variation on his name to gain entry, and has since come to an undisclosed settlement with Caesars regarding the 2018 WSOP incident.

Caesars Entertainment have yet to comment on Stanhope’s recent claims.


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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more

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