The Rivers Casino took delivery of its first 278 slot machines today, marking another milestone in the North Shore venue's development.
During a ceremony this morning, casino officials and Sanford Rivers, a state gaming control board member, placed the first slot machine, a Mr. Cashman festooned with blue and white balloons, in its bank on the gambling floor.
It was the first of 3,000 to be installed at the riverfront casino by the time it opens on Aug. 5, including the first machine in the state with a $500 wager.
"We think that's a big differentiator to have something no one else has," General Manager Ed Fasulo said.
In all, about 43 percent of the machines will take penny or two-cent wagers. The casino also will have virtual blackjack and roulette machines.
Today's ceremony gave officials a chance to show off the casino, which is rounding into form as it rushes toward August.
About 85 percent of the 120,000-square-foot casino floor has been completed, with the carpeting down and the shells of most restaurants and lounges completed. Among the casino amenities will be a 450-seat second floor buffet overlooking the Ohio River, a steak house, and a Club 44SIX, a private area for VIPs and high end players with free food and rich appointments to give it an "old country club" feel.
More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Mark Belko can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1262.