Danville Casino Approved By Virginia Lottery Board

Written By Adam Hensley on April 28, 2023
Caesars Virginia Danville Casino

The Danville casino is all set to open next month. Caesars Virginia received its operating license from the Virginia Lottery Board on April 26. The approval paves the way for a mid-May opening for the temporary casino.

“We’ve received an incredible outpouring of support and cooperation to get us to this day, especially from the Danville community and surrounding areas,” Senior Vice President and General Manager of Danville Casino and Caesars Virginia Chris Albrecht said. “The opening of the Danville Casino is a monumental step forward for us, and we are excited to begin welcoming guests on May 15.”

Getting the temporary Virginia casino location to this point was a long process. According to Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kelly T. Gee, the department and legal team went over extensive background checks and combed through the casino’s application with a diligent eye.

“Those investigations include not just Caesars Virginia, but all the vendors and employees as well.”

The temporary casino will open its doors on May 15 at 10 a.m., should the Virginia Lottery approve the time frame.

What to know about the temporary Danville casino

Danville will house Virginia’s third casino, and it will come with all the bells and whistles.

The temporary Caesars Virginia location will boast 740 of the latest slot machine selections, 25 live table games. 28 electronic table games and eight sports-betting kiosks. Patrons can also visit Three Stacks, the casino’s restaurant, and the Caesars Rewards Center.

Casino patrons can visit the temporary Danville location any day of the week. It will be open 24 hours as well.

The permanent casino is set to open in the fall of 2024, and it will be quite the operation. Caesars plans to invest more than $650 million into the final Danville product.

The permanent Caesars Virginia location will have more than 1,300 slot machines, 85 table games, 24 electronic table games. The new facility will house a poker room and a Caesars Sportsbook. Customers will also have access to a full-service spa, a pool, an entertainment theater and a number of bars and restaurants.

Danville casino already hiring employees

Caesars is hiring for more than 400 positions.

Earlier this month, Albrecht announced Caesars Virginia was hiring “400 to 450” new employees. Those positions include slots, security, surveillance, finance, marketing and IT.

Caesars held a job fair last month, but the company is still actively hiring employees.

Caesars Virginia finding its community roots in Danville

Shorly before it received operating license from the state lottery board, Caesars Virginia partnered with the area’s summer league baseball team.

The casino’s sponsorship of the Danville Otterbots includes the team’s first-ever fireworks display on June 6. Additionally, thanks to Caesars Virginia, there will be a fan appreciation party on July 29.

“Our city and our region have already seen and felt the positive impact that Caesars Virginia is bringing to Danville,” Otterbots general manager Austin Scher said in a statement.

Caesars Virginia projects to bring major money to the Danville area

In the next fiscal year, Danville projects the temporary casino will generate $12.1 million in revenue for the city. An estimated $8 million of that total could come from local gaming tax revenue.

“We are going to use this opportunity to help better the lives of the people who live in Danville,” city manager Ken Larking said.

Once the permanent casino is up and running, those revenue projections expect to climb. Officials believe the city could see more than $39 million.

“The people of Danville will reap great benefit,” Larking said. “From the economic opportunity that we’re bringing to them, and the great quality of life, and the job opportunities.”

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Adam Hensley is a journalist from Des Moines, Iowa. His byline has appeared in the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated and sites within the USA Today Network. Hensley graduated from the University of Iowa in 2019 and spent his college career working for the Daily Iowan’s sports department, both as an editor and reporter.

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