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US – Hard Rock casino in Bristol brings in $37.5m in its first week

By - 25 July 2022

The temporary Hard Rock Bristol Casino in Virginia, which only opened its doors this month, has generated GGR of $37.5m in its first week of operation.

Gina Smith, the Virginia Lottery Board’s Deputy Executive Director of Gaming Compliance, said the casino has already provided more than $673,000 in tax.

She said: “I want to say that being able to be part of this and open this in the commonwealth was truly a highlight of my career. I have been asked why, and it’s because of the gaming compliance team. I have never worked with a better team. To the people who lived for three months in Bristol and worked nights, weekends and holidays and were on call whenever I needed them — to the people who stayed here to license everybody. If it wasn’t for them, this casino would have never been opened. The energy in that casino is amazing. A casino is a tough business to work in, but they are all energized right now.”

Slots led the way, accounting for more than 90 per cent of the revenue at $34.57m with tables accounting for $2.93m

The casino’s 900 slots provided more than $600,000 in tax with the tables bringing in more than $71,200.

The permanent Hard Rock will open in 2024 with 600 more slot machines and more than twice as many table games. 

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