Rivers Casino soon to compete with Meadows Racetrack

Aug 3, 2009 5:06 PM
Industry Insider by Ray Poirier |

Since acquiring the slots facility at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Pennsylvania, Millennium Gaming’s Bill Paulos and Bill Wortman of Las Vegas Cannery fame have been one of the leading producers of slots revenue in that state.

That may change, however, come April 9 when the $780 million Rivers Casino opens its doors in Pittsburgh for its owner, Holdings Acquisition Co.

The new property that overlooks the Ohio River and downtown Pittsburgh will operate some 3,000 slot machines at its opening with a potential for 5,000 machines when fully developed.

The Meadows facility is just 25 miles south of Pittsburgh.

Another problem developed for the Meadows slots facility last week when management found itself unprepared for a power failure that left many slots players wondering what happened with the machine credits.

Management said it sent out a number of employees to gather players’ names and information so they can be reimbursed the amount they lost when the machines went dark.

Officials said they believe a downed power line caused the interruption. Power was restored more than three hours later but it took a while for the technicians to calibrate and re-test the machines.