Rivers Casino Portsmouth held its grand opening Monday, becoming the first Virginia casino to open at its permanent location.
“This facility represents a culmination of years of hard work by many people … who came together to create something truly special and meaningful to our city,” Portsmouth Mayor Shannon Glover said at a press conference. “I am so impressed and proud of the outstanding work accomplished here at Rivers Casino Portsmouth.”
Hard Rock Bristol is currently open in Virginia, but it’s operating out of a temporary location. Portsmouth is the second Virginia city to launch a casino, and the state is expected to have up to five casinos open in the next few years.
The location is the fifth Rivers Casino to open in the U.S. The other four are in Pennsylvania (there are two in that state), New York, and Illinois.
“Each of our casinos is a leader in its market, and we expect to continue that tradition here in Hampton Roads,” Tim Drekhoff, CEO of Rush Street Gaming, said at the press conference.
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Inside the casino
The $340 million facility features a gaming floor with 1,448 slot machines, 57 table games, and 24 poker tables. Smoking is allowed on the casino floor, something a local TV station noted was an issue for some patrons at a recent testing event.
The location also has an extensive selection of dining options, featuring restaurants like Admiral’s Steak and Seafood, Crossing’s Cafe, Mian, and Slice Pizzeria. Mian offers Asian food, while Crossing’s Cafe provides American cuisine. Yard House will open later this year, providing visitors an assortment of draft beer options.
Additionally, the Portsmouth facility boasts an event center, comprised of a 25,000-square-foot hall and reception area. It will be used to host weddings, conferences, and headline performers. Additionally, the Sound Bar — a smaller stage and lounge area — will host local bands.
For those interested in sports betting, there’s a BetRivers Sportsbook at the casino. It includes plenty of TVs, as well as 27 self-serve kiosks. Topgolf Swing Suites overlook the sportsbook, with three simulator bays available for customers who want to hang out with friends and hit virtual balls.
The casino is open 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Guests have to be 21 or older to enter the gaming floor, and there are approximately 2,000 on-site parking spaces that are monitored by security. A police substation has been integrated into the facility as well, to provide added security for guests.
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