Virginia Lottery Board Approves License For Rivers Casino Portsmouth

Virginia Lottery Board Approves License For Rivers Casino Portsmouth

Rivers Casino Portsmouth - Virginia

The Virginia Lottery Board has overwhelmingly granted the operator license for Rivers Casino Portsmouth. The first one was given in April to the Bristol Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, which debuted in July as a temporary facility.


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The Operation License is Set to Open Early in 2023 

By early 2023, the $300 million project is expected to be completely operational. The casino will provide 1,448 slot machines, 57 table games, 24 poker tables, banquet and event space, and five restaurants/bars. Kelly T. Gee, the executive director of the Virginia Lottery, said in a statement that the lottery’s gaming compliance staff and legal counsel assisted with the decision by performing background checks on the applicants.

The casino’s owner, Rush Street Gaming, intends to hire 1,300 permanent staff. As indicated by casino representatives in front of the lottery board, 800 job offers have been extended thus far, and offers continue to be made.

Rivers Casino Portsmouth development began in December 2021, with S.B. Ballard Construction Co. of Virginia Beach and Yates Construction of Philadelphia serving as general contractors. According to Virginia Business, General Manager Roy Corby noted that Rivers Casino Portsmouth avoided supply chain difficulties and inflation-related cost rises by obtaining materials in advance.

Ensuring that the Casinos will be administered with Integrity 

In July, the casino constructed a 2,317-square-foot office in a coworking space on High Street with Olde Towne to house many administrative divisions and aid in recruitment.

In a statement, Board Chairman Ferhan Hamid stated that Virginia’s gaming scene continues to grow and that the Lottery Board is “dedicated to ensuring that casinos in the commonwealth are administered responsibly, fairly, and with the utmost integrity.” The Virginia Lottery is still considering licensing applications for two new casinos in Norfolk and Danville.

Caesars Entertainment revealed earlier this month that it plans to establish a temporary casino in Danville, Virginia by mid-2023. More than a year would pass before the permanent $650 million Caesars Virginia resort would launch.


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