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Virginia gaming landscape continues to ‘evolve’ via second casino approval

The Virginia Lottery Board has approved the application for Rivers Casino Portsmouth to become the second casino facility operator in the state. 

Joining the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol, which received its licence in April 2022 and subsequently opened the doors of its temporary facility in July 2022, Rivers Portsmouth Gaming received approval for licensure by a 7-0 vote. 

“The gaming landscape in Virginia continues to evolve and the Lottery Board is committed to ensuring that casinos in the Commonwealth are operated responsibly, fairly and with the utmost integrity,” stated Virginia Lottery Board’s Chair, Ferhan Hamid. 

“While not all Virginians will choose to visit these facilities, all of our citizens need to be confident that they are regulated with the very highest standards.”

The approval comes after a comprehensive review of application materials submitted by Rivers Portsmouth Gaming and an extensive background investigation by the Virginia Lottery.


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