Hard Rock lauds Virginia Lottery role in launch of new Bristol casino

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The Virginia Lottery has received recognition from Hard Rock International for its contribution to the new temporary Bristol Casino, heralded as the ‘Future Home of Hard Rock’.

Boasting 30,000 square feet of casino space, the full-service casino features 870 slots, 21 tables, a sportsbook and is open seven-days-a-week, 24-hours-a-day.

“We are excited to open the temporary casino in Bristol,” said Jon Lucas, COO of Hard Rock. “Hard Rock’s rich and storied music legacy is a perfect fit for Bristol, the ‘Birthplace of Country Music.’

“The casino’s gaming and dining amenities will make it a major entertainment destination for residents from across the region.

“We appreciate the ongoing collaboration from the Virginia Lottery. Their team has been great to work with.”

Earlier this month, the lottery revealed that sportsbooks in Virginia took an overall handle of $351.5m in May, a 55% increase year-on-year.

The 14 licensed operators in the Old Dominion State earned a combined hold rate of 12.1% between May 1 and May 31, whereas only seven operators were active in May 2021.

There was also a significant appointment in the company recently, as Kelly Gee took the reins as Executive Director in June, moving up from the role of acting director.