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Team Members from Rivers Casino are rolling up their sleeves and helping tidy up surrounding neighborhoods on March 18.    As part of the Rivers Gives community outreach program, volunteers from the casino will join forces with the Wilson...

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Portsmouth, VA Sails Into 2023 With Economic Projects Geared for Future Growth

Enviably situated on the banks of the Elizabeth River in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, the City of Portsmouth is a thriving place with something to offer everyone with a robust lineup of economic development projects in the pipeline as we...

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2 apartment complexes, 1 at former Kroger, planned along High Street in Portsmouth

Two planned developments, linked by their access to High Street in Portsmouth, could bring as many as 282 new apartments to the city, including 50 affordable units. Apartments coming to former Kroger location Virginia Beach developer Ripley...

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Rivers Casino Portsmouth Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

WHAT: Rivers Casino Portsmouth will host its grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, at 10:00 a.m.— making history as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s first full-service permanent casino. The event will kick...

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Rivers Casino Portsmouth Celebrates Grand Opening on Jan. 23, 2023

Rivers Casino Portsmouth celebrated its grand opening today—making history as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s first full-service permanent casino.  The event kicked off with a special performance by Norfolk State University’s “Spartan Legion”...

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Rivers Casino Portsmouth Charity Test Night

Signaling the final steps toward grand opening, Rivers Casino Portsmouth will operate a real-money test night — a requirement by the Virginia Lottery Board to ensure all gaming operations are performing as expected prior to the casino’s Jan. 23...

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Rivers Casino Portsmouth Selects Three Local Charities to Benefit from Gaming "Test Nights"

Rivers Casino Portsmouth today announced three local non-profit organizations as beneficiaries of the gaming and entertainment venue’s test night proceeds.  The Virginia Lottery Board requires the casino to operate two real-money test nights, in...

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— Rivers Casino Portsmouth officials today announced the $340 million gaming and entertainment venue will open its doors to the public on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. The casino is part of a planned Entertainment District along Victory...

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Lottery Board approves license for Portsmouth casino

The Virginia Lottery Board unanimously approved the casino facility operator’s license for the Rivers Casino Portsmouth Wednesday. It was the second casino operator’s license issued in the state; the first was awarded in April to Bristol’s Hard...