Scheduled to open early 2023

Virginia's upcoming Rivers Casino Portsmouth unveils new sportsbook and other amenities; set to host job fair Saturday

Roy Corby, Rivers Casino Portsmouth's General Manager, during Tuesday's open house.
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Virginia’s upcoming $300 million-plus Rivers Casino Portsmouth, scheduled to open in early 2023, presented new details of a sportsbook and other amenities it will feature. The announcement was made during an open house held Tuesday, where elected officials, workforce development partners, and members of the business community assembled for the unveiling at the casino’s temporary offices in Downtown Portsmouth.

As per the announcement, the venue will feature a BetRivers Sportsbook, with multiple high-definition screens airing multiple games simultaneously -including basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, tennis, and ping-pong-. The sportsbook will have live ticket windows, self-service kiosks, club chairs, and banquettes for groups.

Additionally, Rivers Casino Portsmouth will feature a Topgolf Swing Suite, which the company described as a "comfy lounge to play and enjoy fantastic food and beverage service." The establishment will feature a massive screen and a selection of virtual games. "The Topgolf Swing Suite delivers a one-of-a-kind simulation that’s fun for golfers and non-golfers alike," the company stated.

Furthermore, Roy Corby, Rivers Casino Portsmouth's General Manager announced that the casino will offer a variety of food and beverage establishments, ranging from steak and seafood to Asian cuisine. The restaurants include Admiral’s Steak & Seafood, Slice Pizzeria, Mian, Starbucks, and Crossings Café.

"From day one, we have been committed to developing a high-quality, state-of-the-art gaming and entertainment complex, and through this impressive lineup of restaurants and amenities we continue to deliver on that promise," Corby said. "Each of these exciting new venues comes with career opportunities for job seekers—and we’re recruiting and hiring right now".

As part of a series of monthly job fairs, which kicked off in May, Rivers Casino Portsmouth will host its next job fair on Saturday, August 20, from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Portsmouth Sportsplex – 1801 Portsmouth Blvd.

The job fair will focus on opportunities across all departments in the casino. Attendees will have an opportunity to submit applications for career paths in IT, security, finance, human resources, marketing, hospitality (food servers, bartenders, cooks, etc.), slot technicians, table games/dealer training (blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, etc.), and more.

"We’ve been very intentional in our hiring and recruitment efforts to ensure we are building our talent community to support all aspects of the casino, including these new additions to our hospitality department," said Johnée Ingram, Vice President of Human Resources. "We anticipate increased excitement from job seekers following this announcement of our restaurant lineup and look forward to a great turnout for this Saturday’s job fair".

Rivers Casino Portsmouth is on track to be the first permanent casino to open in Virginia and brings 1,300 new permanent jobs to Portsmouth and Hampton Roads.

Rivers Casino Portsmouth will be Rush Street Gaming’s seventh ground-up casino development. Currently, the company operates full-service destination casinos in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New York. The entertainment venue will generate an estimated $16.3 million in new annual tax revenue for the City of Portsmouth.

In May, the casino celebrated a new construction milestone with a topping-off ceremony, when steel framing for the new gaming and entertainment complex on Victory Boulevard was completed. 

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