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Smoking inside Rivers Casino Portsmouth raises concerns for some

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Rivers Casino Portsmouth open to public on Jan. 23, 2023.
Rivers Casino Portsmouth open to public on Jan. 23, 2023.
Rivers Casino Portsmouth open to public on Jan. 23, 2023.
Rivers Casino Portsmouth open to public on Jan. 23, 2023.
Rivers Casino Portsmouth open to public on Jan. 23, 2023.
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Posted at 10:15 AM, Jan 23, 2023

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Rivers Casino Portsmouth hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Monday.

Now that the doors are open, the casino will operate 24/7, and with no last call for alcohol, cocktails will be served. But with all the fun, some say they are concerned about the smoking inside.

"They need to have a place for the smokers to go and enjoy their cigarette while they play too," said Delorise Jones, as she played one of the slot machines.

Other gamers like Barbara Harden says she suffers with asthma, and the smell of smoke does bother her.

We spoke with Roy Corby, the General Manager, about these concerns. He says he is aware of the pushback, but outlines nonsmoking areas are available.

And other were concerned with parking.

"It can be a problem right now, but maybe when it's open a little bit longer maybe the parking can be a little better," said Jones.

But parking did not stop Hampton Roads native, and former NBA player Allen Iverson to join in on the fun.

"We'll continue to see celebrities with local ties come through on their visits home, or even for those that still live here. I expect for them to come out and visit us," said Corby.

From table games, to live music, and other forms of entertainment, the casino is projected to bring the city $16.3 million in tax revenue over the next four years.