Churchill Downs Expands Historical Horse Racing With New Virginia Casino

Written By Katarina Vojvodic on September 29, 2023
Exterior Of Rosies Gaming Emporium In Emporia, Virginia with Virginia casino and Rosie's logo

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) announced the opening of the newest Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in Emporia, Virginia.

Located on West Atlantic Street, CDI’s new venue features:

  • 150 Historical Racing Machines
  • Simulcast horse racing
  • A restaurant and bar

CDI celebrated the occasion by donating $25,000 to five local charities.

With the recent opening of the Virginia casino in Emporia, the number of Rosie’s Gaming Emporiums rounds to seven venues in total. In a CDI press release, CEO Bill Carstanjen said:

“This marks our seventh Rosie’s gaming property and adds to our tremendous success in Virginia, taking us to the Southern border of the state for the first time.”

Virginia casino to bring 100 jobs and $1M in annual tax revenue

If everything goes as planned, Rosie’s in Emporia should create more than 100 full and part-time jobs. CDI’s newest location is also expected to generate nearly $1 million in annual tax revenue for the city of Emporia.

Carstanjen commented: “The Emporia location builds on CDI’s commitment to providing top-quality jobs and generating significant tax revenues across the Commonwealth while delivering quality entertainment.”

Since the first Rosie’s opening five years ago, more than $400 million has been invested in Rosie’s and Colonial Downs across Virginia, creating over 1,200 new jobs, with $54 million contributed to annual state and local tax revenue.

CDI makes a $25K donation to local charities

In its press release, CDI said the grand opening demonstrated the company’s “commitment to community” and the successful “Rosie’s Gives Back” program.

Upon the opening of the new Virginia casino, CDI made a $25,000 donation to five local charities:

  1. The Family YMCA of Emporia/Greenville
  2. Community Youth Center, Ltd
  3. Emporia Greenville Recreation Association
  4. Communities in Schools of Virginia
  5. H.E.A.R Me Out Inc

Churchill Downs, a pillar for Kentucky sports betting

Churchill Downs has been exploring new opportunities in its home market, Kentucky.

After receiving approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, CDI said it will operate six racing and sportsbooks on its properties.

Kentucky online gambling went live yesterday, while land-based operators, including CDI, started accepting in-person sports bets on Sept. 7. That’s when Gov. Andy Beshear placed the first ceremonial sports bet at Churchill Downs Racetrack.

Photo by Churchill Downs Incorporated; illustrated by PlayUSA
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Katarina Vojvodic is a lead writer for PlayUSA who lives in Toronto. Vojvodic provides coverage of the US gambling industry with a focus on US online casinos. Previously, she covered Ontario’s online gambling industry for Vojvodic holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Belgrade. Outside working hours, she can be found near the water with her husband and their two kids.

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