Hard Rock Bristol gets license to operate Virginia’s first casino.
BRISTOL, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Lottery Board has issued a facility operator’s license to Hard Rock Bristol to operate Virginia’s first casino.
That came following a “comprehensive review of application materials and an extensive background investigation and a 7-0 vote,” according to the board.
“Since enacted by the 2020 General Assembly, the Board’s priority for casino gaming in the Commonwealth is that it be conducted with integrity and in a responsible manner,” said Board Chairman Ferhan Hamid. “Today’s approval reflects the confidence we have in the rigorous and conscientious review conducted by Virginia Lottery staff.”
“The Virginia Lottery has worked diligently for two years to build the appropriate regulatory structure for casino gaming,” added Acting Executive Director Kelly T. Gee. “I am proud of the tireless work by our Gaming Compliance Department and our legal counsel for conducting the necessary investigative work to assist the Board in its decision. There are still many steps to the finish line, but there is no doubt that this is an exciting time.”
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