Rivers Casino Portsmouth turns 1: A look at its impact

It’s been a year since Portsmouth rolled the dice and put in a casino.

Staff said the casino floor with roughly 1,500 slot machines, 60 table games, and 25 poker tables has been busy ever since.

“It’s been a remarkable year. You know, welcoming our one-millionth visitor, then our two-millionth visitor,” said Roy Corby, Rivers Casino Portsmouth’s General Manager.

“Rivers Casino Portsmouth seamlessly introduced a new industry to the region,” Portsmouth Mayor Shannon Glover said at an event honoring the casino’s first year in business.

The casino is Virginia’s first full-service permanent casino.



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It’s also the first casino fined by the Virginia Lottery for alleged violations of age and licensing requirements: In May 2023, the casino ended up paying a $275,000 settlement into the commonwealth’s general fund.

Since then, staff said they haven’t dealt with any major issues.

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