Colonial Downs casinos see US$71 million in wagers

Churchill Downs casinos are posting successful results in Virginia.
Churchill Downs casinos are posting successful results in Virginia.

Virginian bettors have been very receptive of the two new Colonial Downs casinos and wagered US$70.8 million in both venues during last month.

US.- The gambling expansion seems to have been a major hit in Virginia. During last month’s operations, the two new Colonial Downs casinos opened in the state recorded US$70.8 million in wagers.

The company opened a New Kent venue in April, a second one in Vinton in May, and has benefited from them both. Furthermore, the two Colonial Downs casinos will soon be joined by two others in Richmond and Hampton later this year.

“This tremendous response is helping us deliver on our promise to bring significant jobs and tax revenues to Virginia and its localities,” said Colonial Downs Group Chief Operating Officer Aaron Gomes in a statement. “And we are literally just out of the gate and getting started with great expectations to come.”

The beginning of the expansion

Rosie’s Gaming Emporium opened late in April at Colonial Downs. The facility had operated in the past as a horse racing track but closed down in 2014. The facility with slot-like machines will allow for horse racing to return to the track later this year.

The Pamunkey Tribe, which operates the casino, said that it is attempting to use its federal recognition to set up a casino, possibly in Norfolk. The slots featured in the facility are based on historical horse races and the tribe wants to feature real slot machines in the future.

The General Assembly in Virginia is considering the possibility of allowing the tribe to feature a full casino in the state and therefore expand the gambling options in the state. Another Rosie’s facility is expected to open later this summer in Richmond, just off the Chippenham Parkway, the tribe revealed.

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