NY’s Rivers Casino & Resort Sees Growth In Revenue, Jobs

Written By Mike Mazzeo on August 9, 2021
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Business is starting to pick up for Rivers Casino & Resort.

The Schenectady-based property has amassed eight-figure revenue months in April, May and June, according to casino financial records posted on the state’s gaming site.

Net Revenue to Operator

  • April 2021: $10.6 million
  • May 2021: $11.2 million
  • June 2021: $10.7 million

The casino had been closed from March 16 to Sept. 8, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Net revenue was at $4.8 million for the final three weeks in September, before eventually climbing to $8.9 million by March 2021.

Prior to April, the last time Rivers had an eight-figure net revenue month was January 2020.

Job fairs yield early success in finding employees

Rivers Casino & Resort hosted a food & beverage department job fair on Thursday, with close to 30 people attending and 11 offers being made, according to HR director Linda Waters.

“I was nervous, but it went well, beyond my expectations,” said Waters, who was hired before the September reopening.

The casino has nearly 50 openings in its food & beverage department, ranging from part-time to full-time positions (cooks, chefs, bartenders, cocktail servers, shift managers), News10 reported prior to the fair.

Waters said there will also be job fairs on Aug. 24 (for casino-specific positions including cage counters, sportsbook employees, security and dealers) and Sept. 16 (other areas such as hotel, finance, facilities, human resources and warehouse workers).

Rivers Casino NY returning to 24 hours a day?

The casino, which has returned to 100 percent capacity after initially going from 25 to 50 percent, is still working its way back to being open 24 hours again; it currently closes at 2 a.m. daily.

The hope is that its NY poker room will reopen on Sept. 1, though an official date has yet to be set. Several employees have also been recalled back to their old jobs from before the temporary shut down.

“This is a really good place to work,” Waters said. “We are looking for people who are dedicated and want to work. We’ve been recognized as a top workplace in the Times Union, and I think we live up to that expectation. I’m very happy to be here.”

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