Excited crowds arrive early to be among first inside new casino

February 08, 2017 12:38 PM

SCHENECTADY -- The floor of Rivers Casino is now packed with players, ready to try their hand at winning some jackpots.

The 50,000 square foot gaming floor is home to more than 1,100 slot machines and 67 gaming tables. Those gaming tables are part of the excitement for people, ready to try their hand at poker or blackjack.

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This is the second of four casinos approved by the state to open. The first recently started operations near Rochester.

The excitement is obvious. Some people even camped out in the Rivers Casino parking lot to be first in the doors come noon. They say they're excited having gambling options so close to home.

“Less than 10 miles from home, compared to driving 100, I’m going to love it,” one patron said.

“I do like Turning Stone, but this will be a lot easier than traveling two hours away,” another patron said.

Rivers Casino staff were putting the finishing touches on during Wednesday morning, making sure everything is immaculate for when patrons come through the doors later in the day.

NewsChannel 13 will have team coverage from the casino all-day long, on-air, online and on social media.

Danny Brockdorf of Rivers Casino speaks to NewsChannel 13


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