Schenectady County

Construction at Rivers Casino continues to roll along

The inside of the Rivers Casino & Resort at Mohawk Harbor is taking shape
The main casino floor at the Rivers Casino Schenectady at Mohawk Harbor Tuesday, August 16, 2016.
The main casino floor at the Rivers Casino Schenectady at Mohawk Harbor Tuesday, August 16, 2016.

SCHENECTADY — The inside of the Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor is taking shape as operator Rush Street Gaming starts accepting applications for all future jobs there.

Rivers Casino General Manager Mary Cheeks and Rush Street Vice President of Operations Joe Scibetta gave the media a tour of construction Tuesday afternoon of the $330 million casino, which is on target to open early next year.

The casino is going up fast with the walls and floors already in place. The exterior of the building will be covered in metal panels, not the pink covering that’s now seen from Erie Boulevard.

The main entrance to the casino is on the southwest side of the building directly behind STS Steel, which is planning to stay on site.

When first walking into the casino, the poker room, with 15 poker tables, is on the right-hand side and next to it is the entertainment lounge. Both will have smoking patios because smoking is prohibited inside the casino under state law.

The middle of the open room is the casino’s gaming floor, which will have two table game pits in the center surrounded by slot machines, Scibetta said.

The gaming floor will have a total of 1,150 slot machines and 63 table games. Only people who are 21 and over will be permitted in the casino.

At the opposite end of the casino entrance is the hotel entrance along with the banquet facility and spa.

The 163-room hotel will be done four to five months after the casino, Scibetta said. Rush Street is considering increasing the rooms to 165, he added.

The banquet facility will feature one wall with large windows for views of the Mohawk River only feet away from the back of the casino building.

The entire banquet facility could hold 600 people, Scibetta said. The Mallozzi Group will operate the facility.

Next to the banquet facility will be the “Chophouse,” a steakhouse that will also be run by the Mallozzi family. It will also have views of the river. Both the banquet facility and steakhouse will have an outdoor patio.

“We will have the best dining experiences in the Capital Region with great views, great food and great action all in one place,” Scibetta said.

On the other side of the Chophouse will be the High Limit and VIP Lounge.

In addition to the banquet facility and Chophouse, the Mallozzis will operate a marketplace at the casino that will include versions of Johnny’s on State Street and Villa Italia Bakery on Broadway along with an Asian restaurant and burger joint.

Cheeks said Rush Street recently started accepting applications for all positions at the future casino online at

She said the operator’s dealer school would launch on Oct. 3. Rush Street is looking to hire 350 dealers for table games and poker.

Rush Street is planning to hire a total of 1,200 people to staff the casino.

“We will bring a new gaming experience to the market that people haven’t enjoyed,” Scibetta said.

Casino construction is ongoing as the Galesi Group of Rotterdam works to develop the rest of the 60-acre site off Erie Boulevard with a 208-unit apartment building, 124-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel, a 15-unit townhouse building and office and retail buildings.

The site will also have a 50-boat-slip harbor along with biking and walking paths.

Correction: A previous version of this story gave the incorrect number of people who could be held in the casino’s banquet facility, which is actually 600.

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