Rivers Casino Pittsburgh’s License Renewed by the PGCB

Arsenii Anderson
Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

On September 21, 2022, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) decided to extend Holdings Acquisition Co., L.P.‘s Category 2 casino operator’s license. This company runs Rivers Casino Pittsburgh in Allegheny County. Another of the Rush Street Gaming’s properties in Pennsylvania, Rivers Casino Philadelphia, is the land-based partner of several legal PA online casinos, including BetRivers Online Casino and Borgata Online Casino.

The Board decided that Holdings Acquisition Co., L.P. qualified to have its operator’s license renewed for an additional five years because it had met all of its requirements under the previously authorized operator’s license.

The Board’s procedure, which enables both the operator and the public to input information pertinent to the renewal decision, served as the foundation for the decision to renew the license. On March 16th of 2022, a public input hearing was held in the City of Pittsburgh, the casino’s host municipality, where staff from Rivers Casino Pittsburgh testified on numerous operations-related issues. The general public was also able to testify about the casino and its effects on the neighborhood.

The Board also consulted the offices of the Gaming Control Board’s Office of Enforcement Counsel, Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement, Office of Compulsive and Problem Gaming, and Bureau of Casino Compliance in making its decision.

In addition, a public hearing was held on September 21, in Harrisburg to allow Board members to ask Holdings Acquisition Co., L.P. officials more questions regarding any unresolved issues before voting on the renewal.

The use of slot machines, table games, and sports betting at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh has brought in $2 billion in tax income since it was legalized in August 2009. Currently, 129 table games, 2,466 slot machines, and a retail sportsbook are all available at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh. Rivers Casino Pittsburgh employs 1,278 individuals.

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