Caesars will launch a temporary casino in Danville in mid-2023. According to Danville City Manager Ken Larking, unlike the permanent casino, it won’t be anything fancy. Instead, it will give gamblers what they want, slot machines and table games. There will probably be food trucks onsite too.
Currently, the temporary Danville casino is one large white tent and Caesars are not allowing people to see what’s being built inside. Larking said that the temporary casino would “look like the inside of a normal building” and everything would be of “decent quality.” The Danville City Manager added that the casino might not look like much now, but it would be more substantial once it is completed.
US$650 Million Permanent Casino to Open in Mid-2024
Caesars Virginia, part of Caesars Entertainment Inc. (CZR), wants to open the temporary casino in about six months and launch the permanent US$650 million resort in mid-2024. The permanent casino will be at the Schoolfield site, as that’s the location approved by voters in the November 2020 referendum.
Caesars is still waiting on the Virginia Lottery to approve the gaming license, a process that is expected to take some time. Virginia Lottery spokesperson John Hagerty couldn’t say where Caesars was in the process as that information was confidential. He also couldn’t set a date for the vote on the Caesars Virginia application.
Once the license is issued, Caesars will have to pay US$15 million for the gambling concession. It is also estimated that the permanent casino would pay up to US$38 million in tax revenue to Danville each year.
The permanent Caesars resort will have a 500-room hotel. The gaming floor will feature 1,400 slots and gaming tables. It will also boast a World Series of Poker Room with 25 tables. The resort will create 900 construction jobs and 1,300 operational posts.
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