River Rock Casino is back in business – and filling the City of Richmond’s coffers again.
The city received almost $3 million from the casino in the third quarter of 2021 after it re-opened in July. Gaming revenue for 2021 is expected to be $7 million – according to the city’s budget - while before the pandemic, the city took in about $14 million annually in revenue from the casino.
In 2022, the city is anticipating $14.5 million in gaming revenue.
The city receives 10 per cent of the profits from the casino.
River Rock Casino was closed in March 2020 at the outbreak of the pandemic and remained closed for about 15 months.
Casinos have been ordered by public health to operate at 50 per cent capacity.
Face masks at River Rock are mandatory and those who go to the casino will have their vaccine passport and picture identification checked.
The buffet has been closed since Dec. 24 and there are also no shows currently advertised for the River Rock Theatre.
River Rock was a vaccination site until early December, at which time it moved to the Pacific Autism Family Network.