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Rivers Casino Portsmouth: Betting Big

The $300 million casino on Victory Blvd will feature more than slots and table games. We visit its sister casino in Pittsburgh to see what Portsmouth can expect.

David Alan

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Published: 3:11 PM EDT October 3, 2022
Updated: 7:24 PM EDT October 6, 2022

It's four o'clock on a Thursday afternoon in the Steel City, and Rivers Casino Pittsburgh on the city's North Shore is slowly coming alive. There's a buzz around the casino's 2,500 slot machines.

"They call the machines video crack," one gambler laughingly told us. 

Betting lines are dropping on tonight's big games. "I'm going to bet on a five-team parlay," one man told us comfortably positioned in front of one of the casino's self-service betting kiosks.

13News Now was given exclusive access to the 450,000-square-foot state-of-the-art casino that's proven to be a huge driver of residential and commercial development on the city's North Shore.

Across the casino floor, roulette wheels are popping, the colors black and red blending together.  All bets are on another big weekend.  

Since opening in 2009, Rivers Casino Pittsburgh has seen record crowds and record-setting revenues.

"We really do consider ourselves Pittsburgh's entertainment destination," said Bud Green, that casino's general manager.

Executives here in Hampton Roads say that success is a no-brainer for Virginia, which is expected to open Rivers Casino Portsmouth in early 2023.

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