Rush Street Gaming announces general manager of Portsmouth casino
Ray Corby was Senior Vice President of Operations for Global Gaming Solutions LLC
November 9, 2021
Chicago-based game developer and operator Rush Street Gaming announced Monday that it has appointed Roy Corby as general manager of the upcoming $ 300 million Rivers Casino Portsmouth.
âWe are delighted to expand our Rivers Casino family of market-leading destination casinos and help launch the new casino industry in Virginia,â said Greg Carlin, CEO of Rush Street Gaming, in a statement. âRoy’s multifaceted operational experience, successful employee engagement and strategic marketing skills are a perfect fit for Rivers Casino Portsmouth. “
Corby was previously senior vice president of operations for Global Gaming Solutions LLC, based in Ada, Oklahoma, where he oversaw three full-service casinos. Prior to that, Corby was a real estate leader for Agua Caliente Resort Casino Palm Springs in California; Sandia Resort & Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and the Greenbrier complex in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. He began his casino career as a table games dealer and slot machine attendant in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
“I’m excited to bring Rush Street’s proven model of cutting-edge gaming, superior customer experience, team member development and community partnership to Portsmouth and Hampton Roads,” said Corby said in a statement. âI have seen first-hand the positive economic impact of regional casinos on their host cities, and I can’t wait to get started.
Five economically struggling Virginia cities voted on a casino referendum after the Virginia General Assembly authorized Bristol, Danville, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Richmond to have one commercial casino per community if local voters approve it. Four out of five cities – all but Richmond – have passed referendums with large margins, and their casinos are expected to be completed by the end of 2022 and 2023. Last week, Richmond rejected casino plans there.
Rivers Casino Portsmouth is expected to create 1,300 permanent jobs and 1,400 construction jobs and generate $ 16.3 million in annual tax revenue. Preliminary work on the site is underway and the casino is slated to open in 2023. The referendum on the Portsmouth project in November 2020 passed with 66.7% of the vote.