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US – Rosie’s Gaming Emporium becomes Northern Virginia’s first licensed gambling operation

By - 11 January 2021

At a ceremonial outdoor and socially distanced ribbon cutting, Colonial Downs Group has opened Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in Dumfries, Virginia, becoming Northern Virginia’s first licensed gambling operation.

Rosie’s, located in the Triangle Shopping Plaza convenient to Interstate 95, will feature 150 slots-like gaming machines, although only 95 are currently switched on due to social distancing. It also offers simulcast horse racing, restaurant and bar. At the event, Rosie’s displayed its commitment to community by donating $76,500 to five local charities; the Boys and Girls Club of Dumfries, the Prince William County Foundation, Paws for Purple Hearts, Kappa Lambda Chi military fraternity and the Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority.

Aaron Gomes, Chief Operating Officer of Colonial Downs Group, stated: “It is very exciting to be opening our fifth Rosie’s in Virginia. The opening of this Rosie’s adds to our tremendous success in Virginia and enters us into Northern Virginia. The Dumfries location builds on our commitment to create more than one thousand jobs and generate significant tax revenues across the Commonwealth by bringing together gaming enthusiasts and the community to experience an exciting and fun activity.”

Rick Casagrande, General Manager at the Dumfries location, said: “I am so pleased to be part of the expansion of gaming in Virginia. Our team is fully committed to delivering a fun experience and economic development to the Prince William community.” Casagrande has decades of experience in the gaming industry, most recently at Fitz Casino and Hotel in Mississippi.

Rosie’s created more than 100 jobs in Dumfries and will generate approximately $705,000 in annual tax revenue for the Town of Dumfries, increasing annual town revenue by approximately 20%.

Colonial Downs Group and its five Rosie’s Gaming Emporiums will generate over $32m in state and local taxes annually and has created upwards of 1,000 jobs statewide with an annual payroll of more than $30m.

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