A lot of individuals must have been saving up their hard earned money for months to attend the opening of the Rivers Casino facility in Pittsburgh on August 9th, 2009. The gaming results have been released and the casino slots produced $1.29 million in gross terminal revenue on $14 million in wagers on its first day of operation.
Gaming enthusiast Tracy Barsh, who was at the casino when it opened to the public at 12:00 noon on Sunday, said that it was a spectacular sight with people everywhere. She added that had a hard time playing on a slot machine early on because of the amount of people wanting to play as well.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and the Rivers Casino itself could not have been happier with the result. The expectations had been high once the casino opened to the public it would attract a lot of customers and that certainly was the result on the 1st day of operations.
The gaming board gave their approval on August 8th, 2009 for the opening of the Rivers casino. There had been two test days before the opening, one on August 5th, 2009 and one on August 7th, 2009, to ensure all machines and the rest of the gaming operation were functioning smoothly.
Although it was a successful 1st day, the casino did not shatter any records with their revenue earnings. In fact, both Sands Bethlehem and The Meadows opened with bigger profit earnings. Sands Bethlehem earned a total of $1.62 million in revenue on May 22nd, 2009 and the Meadows earned a total of $1.48 million in April 2009.
Another thing that could not be decided by the 1st day revenue figures is how the casino facility will fare in the future. Normally, the first couple of months a casino facility is open, the revenue is bigger. That comes from players wanting to try something brand new. It will be several months before the Pennsylvania Gaming Board can get an idea of how the Rivers casino facility will fare.
08/19/2009 22:04 PM