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January 24, 2023 Casino, Land Based, Marketing, Personnel

Rivers Casino Portsmouth celebrates grand opening

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The opening ceremony was attended by prominent figures from the casino and local community leaders.

Rivers Casino Portsmouth celebrated its historical opening yesterday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony as it became the first full-service permanent casino to open in Virginia.

The event got into full swing with a special performance by Norfolk State University’s ‘Spartan Legion’ marching band, who recently performed at the Old Dominion’s 2023 New Year’s Rose Parade.

The ceremony featured remarks from Rivers Casino Portsmouth General Manager Roy Corby; Mayor of Portsmouth Shannon Glover; Portsmouth Economic Development Director Brian Donahue; Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery Kelly T. Gee; and Rivers Casino Portsmouth and Rush Street Gaming Tim Drehkoff.

Drehkoff commented: “We’re excited to join such a vibrant community and to unveil this beautiful entertainment venue for all to enjoy.

“We’re grateful to the community and our Team Members for their support, and we’re looking forward to launching this strong economic engine for the region.”

During the ceremony, Rivers Casino Portsmouth officials were presented with an official casino operator’s license by Virginia Lottery Deputy Director of Gaming Compliance Gina Smith.

The casino donated to three local charity partners using proceeds made from gaming floor test events on January 19 and 21. Recipients of these donations were the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters; USO Hampton Roads and Central Virginia; and Wesley Community Service Center.

They each received $170,000, representing a $510,000 total contribution.

Rivers Casino Portsmouth opened its doors to the public at approximately 10AM on January 23. Guests in attendance were among the first to experience the casino’s 1,446 slot machines, 57 table games, 24 poker tables and various dining and entertainment options.

The casino received its operating license in November 2022. Although the first casino to receive approval in Virginia (in July 2022) was the Hard Rock Bristol Casino, it is not set to open its full services until July 2024.

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