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Rivers Casino Portsmouth opens Jan. 15, 2023

RIVERS CASINO PORTSMOUTH

I-264 and Victory Blvd
Portsmouth, Virginia

Rivers Casino Portsmouth will open its doors on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023 at 3 pm. This $300 million casino resort currently under construction three miles southwest of downtown Portsmouth. It will be a 400,000-square-foot casino complex with slot machines, table games, ten restaurants, a 25,000-square-foot event center, movie theater, retail stores and a 4-star hotel.

Rivers Casino Portsmouth VAArtist rendering of proposed Rivers Casino in Portsmouth, Virginia

Rivers Casino Portsmouth

Rivers Casino Portsmouth will be a $300 million casino resort built at I-264 and Victory Blvd next to Tidewater Community College. The project will be 400,000 sq feet featuring a casino, ten restaurants, a 4-star hotel, a 3,000-seat event center, movie theater and retail stores.

Rivers Casino Portsmouth is owned and operated by Rush Street, a Chicago gaming and entertainment company that operates casinos in Illinois, Pennsylvania and New York.


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News Headlines

News Rivers Casino Portsmouth will open Jan. 15, 2023 November 22, 2022 - Rivers Casino Portsmouth announced yesterday its opening date will be Jan. 15, 2023, Doors will open to the public at 3 PM. The announcement came one day after ... Read more News Rivers Casino Portsmouth is granted operator's license November 19, 2022 - The Virginia Lottery Board has granted an operator's license to the Rivers Casino in Portsmouth after a unanimous vote last Wednesday. The casino is expected to open in Jan-Feb ... Read more News Rivers Casino Portsmouth plans seven restaurants and quick-service venues August 26, 2022 - Rivers Casino Portsmouth announced plans last week for seven restaurants and quick-service venues to open with the casino next February. ... Read more News Rivers Casino Portsmouth will break ground Dec 7 November 30, 2021 - The $300 million Rivers Casino Portsmouth will formally break ground on Tuesday December 7th next week. The site is 57 acres located a few miles southwest of downtown Portsmouth ... Read more News Update: Rivers Casino Portsmouth begins site preparation August 13, 2021 - Construction workers are clearing the fifty-acre site for the future River Casino Portsmouth. Site preparation is expected to be completed in time for an October groundbreaking. ... Read more Headlines continued...

When will Rivers Casino Portsmouth open?

The grand opening of the Rivers Casino Portsmouth is scheduled for January 15, 2023.

Construction will continue on the hotel and event center. Both will open at later dates, which have not yet been announced.

Preview: Rivers Casino Portsmouth

Jul 21, 2020

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Renderings released of planned Portsmouth casino - Courtesy of 13News Now, Jul 21, 2020. Available from YouTube

Features of Rivers Casino Portsmouth

  • Gaming and entertainment complex - 400,000 sq feet

  • Casino will include slot machines, table games, poker, sportsbook and high-limit gaming areas.

  • Event venue with 3,000 seats

  • Restaurants and dining venues - 7

  • Hotel - 4-star

  • Movie theater

  • Retail outlets

  • Parking garage with 3,000 spaces

Location of Rivers Casino Portsmouth

Rivers Casino will be built on a 57-acre parcel of land about three miles southwest of downtown Portsmouth. The site is just south of Interstate 264 between Victory Boulevard and McClean Street and adjacent to Tidewater Community College.

Rivers Casino Portsmouth Location


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Gaming

1,500 slot machines

57 table games

Poker Room - 24 tables

High-limit gaming areas

Sports betting lounge

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Restaurants

Admiral's Steak & Seafood - prime beef and fresh seafood

Crossings Cafe - casual dining with American cuisine

Mian - quick-service Chinese cusine

Slice Pizzeria - pizza

BetRivers Sportsbook - bar food and beer

Starbucks - coffee

TopGolf Swing Suite - bar drinks

Trail Rated Coffee Company

Hotel

4-star hotel - details to be announced



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News Articles

Rivers Casino Portsmouth will open Jan. 15, 2023

November 22, 2022

Rivers Casino Portsmouth announced yesterday its opening date will be Jan. 15, 2023, Doors will open to the public at 3 PM. The announcement came one day after receiving its casino license from the Virginia Lottery.

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Rivers Casino Portsmouth announces opening date
Courtesy of WAVY TV 10, Nov 21, 2022. Available from YouTube

Rivers Casino Portsmouth will open with 1,500 slot machines, 57 table games, a poker room with 24 tables, and a Betrivers sportsbook. Construction continues on the hotel and event center. Both will open at a later date to be announced.

The posting on Facebook reads "Play the hottest games, catch the best live shows, watch big-screen sports and enjoy a world of new flavor at Rivers Casino Portsmouth--Opening Sunday, January 15, at 3 PM!"

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Portsmouth casino is granted operator's license

November 19, 2022

The Virginia Lottery Board has granted an operator's license to the Rivers Casino in Portsmouth after a unanimous vote last Wednesday. The casino is expected to open in January or February 2023.

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Virginia Lottery Board approves Portsmouth casino's license
Courtesy of WAVY TV 10, Nov 17, 2022. Available from YouTube

Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kelly T. Gee said in a statement:

"The lottery's gaming compliance department and legal counsel assisted in today's decision by conducting investigations and background checks on the applicants. The lottery works with all casino applicants, their vendors and employees to make sure all aspects of the operation are in strict compliance with Virginia law."

Rivers Casino in Portsmouth is the second casino in Virginia to be granted an operator's license. The first was awarded to Hard Rock Hotel and Casino last April. Casinos in Danville and Norfolk are on track to receive licenses within the next several months.

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Rivers Casino Portsmouth plans seven restaurants and quick-service venues

August 26, 2022

Rivers Casino Portsmouth announced plans last week for seven restaurants and quick-service venues to open with the casino next February.

Restaurant plans for Rivers Casino Portsmouth are unveiled by Roy Corby, General Manager, Aug 17, 2022

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Portsmouth casino unveils 7 new restaurants, amenities
Courtesy of WAVY TV 10, Aug 16, 2022. Available from YouTube

The seven food and drink venues include":

Admiral's Steak & Seafood - prime beef and fresh seafood

Crossings Cafe - casual dining option with American cuisine

Mian - quick-service Chinese cusine

Slice Pizzeria - pizza

BetRivers Sportsbook - bar food and beer

Starbucks - coffee

TopGolf Swing Suite - bar drinks

Each of these restaurants and bars will be built, staffed and ready to open on the grand opening day of River Casino Portsmouth in early 2023.

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Rivers Casino Portsmouth will break ground Dec 7

November 30, 2021

The $300 million Rivers Casino Portsmouth will formally break ground on Tuesday December 7th next week. The site is 57 acres located a few miles southwest of downtown Portsmouth and adjacent to Tidewater Community College

Rivers Casino Portsmouth will be a $300 million casino complex with a slot machines, table games, restaurants, hotel, event center, and retail stores. See features.

Preparation of the building site began last August. Vegetation is cleared, the land is leveled and the soil has been tested/analyzed for the foundation.

Portsmouth residents approved the Rivers Casino project with a 67% vote in favor of a Nov. 2020 ballot referendum. Similar referendum were passed at that time in Norfolk, Danville, and Bristol.

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Update: Rivers Casino Portsmouth begins site preparation

August 13, 2021

Construction workers are clearing the fifty-acre site for the future River Casino Portsmouth. Site preparation is expected to be completed in time for an October groundbreaking, however, the exact date is still pending.

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Update on Portsmouth's Rivers Casino project - Courtesy of 13News Now, Aug 3, 2021. Available from YouTube

When will the actual construction start on the Rivers Casino Portsmouth? That date is dependent on the Virginia Lottery Board's final approval and issuance of the casino license. Rivers Casino Portsmouth is preparing the casino site in anticipation of that decision within the coming months.

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2020 Election: Portsmouth voters approve Rivers Casino plan

November 5, 2020

The $300M Rivers Casino Portsmouth was approved by Portsmouth voters this week. The project includes a casino, a 3,000-seat entertainment venue and a hotel. The location is on the Elizabeth River near the marina.

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Casinos are on their way to Norfolk, Portsmouth. Here's when they'll be completed - Courtesy of 13 News Now, Nov. 4, 2020. Available from YouTube

Construction of Rivers Casino Portsmouth will begin in 2021 and finish in 2023.

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News Headlines Continued

2021

News When will Virginia Casinos Open? May 29, 2021 - Virginia General Assembly approved legislation in 2019 for five cities to accept or reject a state-licensed casino. Here is the casino status for each of these five cities and the steps needed to complete construction and open the doors ... Read more News Virginia Lottery Board approves state casino regulations February 13, 2021 - Last week the Virginia State Lottery Board approved its initial set of casino regulations to govern state-approved casino gambling operations. The provisions include slot machine payout percentages ... Read more

2020

News Timeline for opening new Virginia Casinos November 29, 2020 - he Virginia Lottery Board has begun the long process towards licensing and opening the first Vegas-style casinos in Virgnia after voters in Bristol, Danville, Norfolk, and Portsmouth approved casino referendums ... Read more News 2020 Election: Portsmouth voters approve Rivers Casino plan November 5, 2020 - The $300M Rivers Casino Portsmouth was approved by Portsmouth voters this week. The project includes a casino, a 3,000-seat entertainment venue and a hotel. The location is ... Read more News 2020 Election: Virginia voters approve casinos in four cities November 5, 2020 - Local voters in Bristol, Danville, Norfolk and Portsmouth approved local referendums to build casinos in their respective cities. Votes were 2 to 1 in favor of these casinos. ... Read more

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