Portsmouth Casino Job Forum Prepares To Fill Nearly 3,000 Positions

Written By Dann Stupp on September 11, 2020 - Last Updated on August 2, 2023

Employment-seekers can soon get some details on potential Portsmouth casino jobs.

If an upcoming voter referendum is successful in the Virginia city, then the Rivers Casino Portsmouth resort could become a reality.

And if it does, Rush Street Gaming officials will kick off a hiring spree.

The gaming company recently announced an “Informational Jobs Forum.” The virtual event takes place Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the aspiring Virginia casino. Sessions take place at both 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

About Portsmouth’s Informational Jobs Forum

The Informational Jobs Forum will stream at RiversCasinoPortsmouth.com.

If the November referendum passes, then Rush Street Gaming and the Portsmouth Economic Development Authority can move forward on the construction of the project.

The content in each one-hour session will be identical. Therefore, job-seekers need to attend just one of them. Additionally, advanced registration is not necessary, but candidates can email questions ahead of time to [email protected].

During the virtual job fair, longtime Rush Street Gaming leaders will discuss the need for a diverse workforce.

Jacob Oberman, senior vice president of development for Rush Street Gaming, suggested they will be desirable employment opportunities.

“Without exception, Rivers casinos in other markets have improved the quality of life for our team members and their families. All Rivers casinos have been voted a ‘Top Workplace’ by the employees who work there. We’re very proud to bring these diverse job opportunities to Portsmouth.”

Types of Portsmouth casino jobs

Rush Street officials have promised a variety of jobs if the voter referendum passes. Additionally, all of them will have “competitive” wages and benefits, according to the announcement.

In all, the company expects to hire 1,300 permanent jobs and 1,400 temporary construction jobs.

Rivers Casino Portsmouth jobs will be available in the following areas:

  • Food and beverage
  • Information technology
  • Security and surveillance
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • General administration
  • Human resources
  • Facilitates
  • Gaming

Portsmouth is one of five potential Virginia casinos that could open in the next few years. The Virginia General Assembly legalized gambling earlier this year. As a result, Bristol, Danville and Norfolk residents will vote on Nov. 3. However, Richmond isn’t expected to determine its casino fate until a vote in 2021.

Rivers Casino Portsmouth details

The city of Portsmouth announced Rush Street Gaming is its preferred casino partner in July. The Virginia Lottery, which will regulate casino gambling in the commonwealth, quickly certified the company.

The $300 million Rivers Casino Portsmouth would be a gaming, hotel, conference, and entertainment complex.

Victory Boulevard would be the site of the resort, and Rush Street has promised to pay the city at least $10 million for the site.

Officials estimate the casino could pump $200 million annually into the Portsmouth region. It could also generate up to $16 million in annual taxes.

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Dann Stupp is a longtime sports journalist who’s written and edited for The Athletic, USA Today, ESPN, MLB.com and other outlets. He lives in Lexington, Virginia.

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