A look inside Rivers Casino as it readies for opening day

02-02-2017

With a week until opening day, Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady is nearly ready to show its hand to the public.

Outside the building, workers donning green vests hammered away to put the finishing touches on the $330 million project before doors open for good next Wednesday at noon. Inside, a “mock casino” day was underway as staff members practiced their roles with each other, making final preparations for the opening day rush.

“I’m feeling very anxious and very excited about opening these doors and never closing them,” said Mary Cheeks, the casino’s general manager.

The facility features many standbys associated with casinos: bright slot machines, the sound of dice crashing at a craps table and ATMs along a wall for gamers in need of extra cash.

Other amenities are specific to Rush Street Gaming’s latest venture. An upscale steakhouse just off the gaming floor is decorated with pictures from Schenectady’s past. At the back of the room are two local restaurants serve up meals and pastries for hungry gamers. And at the edges of the facility, windows let in natural light and provide views of the Mohawk River.

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Samuels, Brett. “A Look inside Rivers Casino as It Readies for Opening Day.” The Daily Gazette. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2017. <https://dailygazette.com/article/2017/02/01/a-look-inside-rivers-casino-as-it-readies-for-opening-day>.