Rivers Casino Portsmouth
Rivers Casino Portsmouth, south of I-264, is off to a great start in Hampton Roads. The first full-service casino in Virginia cleared $9 million in revenue its opening six days in January of 2023. It’s bringing customers in at a high rate, and recently celebrated the arrival of its 1,000,000th visitor.
Eventually, this will be one of two Virginia casinos in the area. The Portsmouth casino and Headwaters Resort and Casino, in Norfolk, will be located just eight miles apart and separated by the Elizabeth River.
A Nov. 3, 2020, vote of approval from Portsmouth residents made the arrival of Rivers Casino Portsmouth possible. Well before Election Day, the city of Portsmouth announced Rush Street Gaming as its preferred casino partner on the project.
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Key launch dates for Rivers Casino Portsmouth
After June 1: Portsmouth officials must submit their preferred casino partner information to the Virginia Lottery for an initial review
August 2020: Deadline to order a referendum for November’s General Election
Nov. 3, 2020: General Election
Early December 2020: Portsmouth casino election results certified by the Secretary of State
April 2021: Rush Street Gaming officials can apply for its casino operator license
Dec. 7 2021: Groundbreaking for Rivers Casino Portsmouth
Nov. 16, 2022: The Virginia Lottery Board approved the casino’s operator license
Nov. 21, 2022: Developers announce the Jan. 15, 2023, opening date
Jan. 23, 2023: A new opening day for Rivers Casino Portsmouth goes off without a hitch. They needed more time to test the gaming machines before opening.
June 30, 2023: Rivers Casino Portsmouth welcomes its 1,000,000th visitor.
Rivers Casino Portsmouth details
The $340 million Rivers Casino Portsmouth is located at Victory Boulevard and Cavalier Boulevard just off Interstate 264.
Rush Street agreed to pay the city at least $10 million to acquire the land and by law will be required to invest a minimum of $300 million into the project.
The Rivers Casino Portsmouth includes:
- 57 table games
- 1,448 slot machines
- 24 poker tables in a dedicated poker room
- Topgolf Swing Suites, which overlook the sportsbook area at the casino
- high-end dining at Admiral’s Steak and Seafood
- casual dining at Crossings Café
- Asian cuisine at Mian; plus, Slice Pizzeria, Starbucks and
- the Sound Bar, an intimate stage and lounge area. It will host local bands, DJs, and more.
About Rush Street Gaming
Rush Street Gaming officials expect the casino to generate approximately $16 million annually in new tax revenue for Portsmouth. They also expect the resort could account for nearly an additional $200 million pumped annually into the Portsmouth region.
Besides jobs, Rush Street will bring its community engagement program, Rivers Gives, to Portsmouth. The program supports local employees who give to area nonprofits. It is just one way the company integrates into the communities it serves.
Rush Street also operates casinos in Pennsylvania, Illinois and New York.
Just across the Elizabeth River from Portsmouth lies another casino host city: Norfolk.
The City of Norfolk selected the Pamunkey Indian Tribe as its preferred partner on a $500 million project. It will include a 300-room hotel, entertainment venue, and all the amenities one would expect in a luxurious casino resort property.
Officials from both projects have long maintained that there’s room for casinos in both Portsmouth and Norfolk. The Hampton Roads region will be the only area in Virginia that will have two casinos within such close proximity.
Portsmouth Casino Resort FAQs
The Rivers Portsmouth Casino Resort project referendum was on the Nov. 3, 2020, General Election ballot. The referendum easily passed by a 67 to 33 margin, and a new Portsmouth casino will now become a reality.
It’s open right now! The official grand opening was Monday, Jan. 23, 2023.
The venue will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.
Portsmouth Casino will carry many of the same casino games found at other Rush Street Properties, including the most popular ones. Look for 57 table games, 1,448 slot machines and 24 poker tables in a dedicated poker room.
Rush Street Gaming is known for its sports betting app, BetRivers. You can sign up for the app and bet from anywhere in Virginia.
But, if you like the destination experience, yes, Rivers Casino Portsmouth will have a sportsbook area with betting windows and kiosks near the Topgolf Swing Suites.