Newport Grand to Close, Making Way for New Casino

Newport Grand to Close, Making Way for New Casino


TRANSITION IN THE GAMBLING WORLD ON THE EAST BAY. NEWPORT GRAND CASINO CLOSES TONIGHT — AHEAD OF THE NEW “TIVERTON CASINO HOTEL” TAKING OVER ITS GAMBLING LICENSE. TODAY ALSO MARKS THE OPENING OF A BIG NEW TRAFFIC CIRCLE OUTSIDE THE NEW CASINO. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER STEPH MACHADO JOINS US LIVE IN TIVERTON WITH ALL THE LATEST. TODAY IS THE DAY THAT TWIN RIVER CLOSES NEWPORT GRAND…AND HERE IN TIVERTON THEIR BRAND NEW CASINO OPENS ON SATURDAY… THIS MORNING THERE WAS A CEREMONY TO OPEN THIS ROTARY BEHIND ME WHICH WAS BUILT TO MITIGATE TRAFFIC TO THE NEW TIVERTON CASINO…. THE ROUNDABOUT WAS PAID FOR WITH A COMBINATION OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND PRIVATE MONEY FROM TWIN RIVER…. ACCORDING TO TWIN RIVERS’S BOARD CHAIRMAN JOHN TAYLOR, THE NEW CASINO AND HOTEL IS GOING TO EMPLOY 550 EMPLOYEES….ALL OF THE 160 EMPLOYEES AT NEWPORT GRAND WERE OFFERED THE OPTION OF MOVING OVER TO THE NEW CASINO…THE TIVERTON CASINO WILL ALSO EXPAND GAMBLING TO TABLE GAMES, WHICH ARE NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN NEWPORT. I sympathize, we have some players there who have been going there a long time who feel disappointed in the fact that we’re not going to be there anymore. But I hope and expect that once they see what we’ve done here they’re going to love it and they’re going to enjoy it and feel comfortable coming. AND YES, THIS CASINO WILL HAVE SPORTS BETTING ALONG WITH TWIN RIVER IN LINCOLN ONCE THE STATE GETS THAT PROGRAM UP AND RUNNING…A SPOKESMAN FOR THE STATE LOTTERY SAYS THAT IT PEGGED AT MID-NOVEMBER….. AS FOR NEWPORT GRAND, TODAY IS YOUR LAST DAY TO GO THERE…THE CASINO CLOSES AT 11 PM. LIVE IN TIVERTON, STEPH MACHADO, EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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