2013 BCAPL & USAPL National Championships @
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas
Q&As (Questions & Answers)
Q. Will the 2013 BCAPL and USAPL nationals be held at the Rio?
A. Yes, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Feel free to explore the official Rio website to see what they have to offer … CLICK HERE FOR THE RIO
Q. What are the hotel room rates?
A. The group room rates are $79 Sunday through Thursday nights and $129 on Friday and Saturday nights. For the customary tournament arrival and departure days, these rates yield an average room rate in the 90s. The group average is about $47/person/night for two people and $23.50/person for four. Your average may vary, depending on your arrival/departure pattern and number of room occupants.
Q. Is there a group room reservations web link?
A. Yes … For group reservations … CLICK HERE You must go to this group reservations page to get the group rates online -- you cannot get the group rates through the online Rio reservations pages offered to the general public. All discounts and options are preprogrammed into the group reservations page, and the group code is not needed.
Q. Can I make my reservation at group rates over the phone?
A. Yes. Call the Reservation Center at … (888) 746-6955 You will need the group code below.
Q. Is there a group room reservation code?
A. Yes. Use the following group code when you call … SRCUES3 You must provide the group code to the reservationist at the Reservation Center to get the group discounts.
Q. What does the Rio mean when they say it is an all-suite hotel?
A. From the Rio web site: “Every room is a suite at the Rio! The Rio hosts more than 2,500 suites, providing spectacular views of Las Vegas. Every suite offers more than 600 square feet of spacious luxury, including a separate dressing area, couch, 32-inch TV, table with chairs, hairdryer, in-suite refrigerator, iron, ironing board and complimentary in-suite safe.”
· The rooms are all modern suites, with over 600 square feet of space. Standard suites are more spacious and better appointed than we have had available in the past, and can better accommodate a family or a team.
· Some Premium suites have sleeper beds, and can comfortably accommodate 6 people.
· A rollaway bed can be arranged at the front desk at check in for an additional charge.
· The hotel and the rooms are great for a family vacation!
Q. Are there any resort fees?
A. No. Caesars properties do not charge additional room fees, such as resort fees.
Q. Will we have to pay extra for a third and fourth person staying in the room.
A. No. Room rates in the BCAPL group room block will be the same, whether the reservation is single, double, triple, or quad for a standard room with one or two beds.
Q. Can an underage guest reserve a room, or register at the hotel?
A. No. The Rio is a casino resort hotel, and requests that the reservation for the guestroom is made by an adult. Someone over the age of 21 must register for each room.
Q. Why do I see rooms at the Rio for $269 or more on some weekends?
A. Regular open room rates in Las Vegas depend on supply and demand, and our group rates are better than the average room rates for the Rio, per our agreement. Do not be alarmed if you see Rio rates advertised in the $200-300+ range at other times … the Riviera charges that much on certain busy weekends also. Las Vegas room rates dropped when the economy tanked in 2008, and have been edging up ever since. As of July 2012, the average room rate in Las Vegas is $110, and our group rates are better than the average.
Q. I have heard that our dog can stay with us at the Rio. Is that true?
A. Yes. The Rio rolls out the red carpet for traveling dogs with special rooms and amenities for an additional charge. For the Rio PetStay Las Vegas web page … CLICK HERE
Q. What are the dates in 2013?
A. The 2013 BCAPL National Championships will be staged Wednesday, July 17 through Saturday, July 27, 2013 at the Rio.
A. The 2013 USAPL National Championships will be staged Wednesday, July 17 through Sunday, July 21, 2013 at the Rio.
Q. What about 2014 and beyond?
A. The 2014 BCAPL nationals will be held July 16-26, 2014 at the Rio. We expect future years to be held at the Rio also.
Q. Why did you change the dates to July?
A. The July dates are generally better for all: participants, families and employers, local leagues, host locations and League Operators/League Managers because:
- Starting in 2013, local BCA Pool Leagues and USA Pool Leagues can play longer spring sessions – all the way to the end of May.
- BCAPL and USAPL players and teams will be able to play in more state, provincial, and regional tournaments during March, April, May, and even June, and still be able to attend the nationals.
- A longer spring session allows more time for players to qualify for nationals. It also gives players, teams, League Operators, League Managers and CSI more time to enter and certify national entries.
- Many BCAPL leagues are dual sanctioned with VNEA, and now players can participate in more state, regional, and national championships for both BCAPL and VNEA.
- Respondents to a comprehensive survey conducted during the 2011 nationals said that interference with Mother’s Day was a problem, especially for women players who are mothers.
- Last, but not least – many of our survey respondents said that July is much better than May for time away from work and home, especially for those who have school age children.
The overwhelming majority of participants and league supporters benefit from the move to July. This move is long overdue, and we again thank the players who participated in our survey.
Q. Will the BCAPL/USAPL league year end on July 31, when the nationals move to July in 2013?
A. The league year will not change. The qualifying league year will end May 31, and the new league year will begin June 1, as always. The May 31 deadline will allow players and teams an extra 6 to 7 weeks to qualify for the championships through league play and still meet the late entry deadline. More time will also be available for local leagues and CSI to process entries and certify eligibility.
The 2012/2013 qualifying league year starts June 1, 2012 and ends May 31, 2013. The national tournament for the end of the 2012/2013 league year is in July 2013. You can qualify for the 2013 nationals only during sessions for the 2012/2013 league year. Sessions that start after June 1, 2013 should be for the following, 2013/2014 league year and for the tournament in 2014.
Q. You say that the Rio is a Caesars property. What does that mean?
A. The Rio is one of the 8 major hotel/casino properties operated by the parent corporation, known as Caesars Entertainment. The properties make joint promotions and discount packages available to hotel guests. The Caesars Las Vegas hotel/casinos are:
- Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
- Caesars Palace
- Paris Las Vegas
- Bally’s Las Vegas
- Flamingo Las Vegas
- Harrah’s Las Vegas
- The Quad
- Planet Hollywood
Q. Will there be any special discount coupons for Rio guests?
A. Yes. There will be a variety of coupons, such as 2 for 1 drink specials at Rio bars, etc. Discount packages are standard fare at Caesars properties, and ours will be finalized closer to the event. And, don’t forget the “Buffet of Buffets,” the “All Stage Pass,” and the “All Night Pass” packages below.
Q. What is the scoop on the all-access “Buffet of Buffets” pass?
A. This is an all-access pass, valid for 24 hours, at any of the participating buffets in the Caesars properties. As of August 2012, the pass is $54.99 (or $49.99 for Total Rewards Members), and includes the following buffets:
- Carnival World Buffet (Rio)
- Spice Market Buffet (Planet Hollywood)
- Le Village Buffet (Paris)
- Paradise Garden Buffet (Flamingo)
- Flavors Buffet (Harrah’s)
- Emperor’s Buffet (The Quad)
- Village Seafood Buffet (Rio, additional $10 per visit)
- Bacchanal Buffet (Caesars Palace, additional upgrade fee applies)
For more information … CLICK HERE
Q. How about the “All Stage Pass”?
A. As of August 2012, this is a $119 ($99 for Total Rewards Members) 48 hour pass that provides access to any of the many participating shows … CLICK HERE
Q. Are there more packages that include the other Caesars hotels?
A. Yes. There is currently an “All Night Pass,” which provides access to 7 nightclubs for $49.99 ($44.99 for Total Rewards Members):
- VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub (Rio)
- Pure Nightclub (Caesars)
- Chateau Nightclub & Gardens (Paris)
- Gallery Nightclub (Planet Hollywood)
- Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon (Planet Hollywood)
- Crown Nightclub (Rio)
- Carnival Court (Harrah’s)
For more information … CLICK HERE
Q. Caesars is in the center of the BEST area of the strip. How far is it from the Rio to Caesars?
A. The distance from the Rio entrance to Caesars is about .75 mile, the same or less than the distance from the Riviera to Wynn. The walk from the Rio entrance to the Palms is .5 miles. The Palms is one of the coolest spots in Vegas, with much to offer, including a terrific 14 cinema theatre, with IMAX.
Q. How does the free shuttle to the strip work?
A. The FREE shuttles leave from the west entrance of the casino, just outside of the Carnival World Buffet. They leave every 15 to 30 minutes from 10am to 1am daily, and run exclusively between three stops: Rio, Paris/Bally’s, and Harrah’s. Traffic on the shuttles is monitored, and additional or larger shuttles are brought on line when demand is high, to keep the lines moving.
The Palms (.5 mile west of Rio) has free shuttle service too, with a schedule to the Fashion Show Mall (across from the Wynn) and the Forum Shops (connected to Caesars).