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General manager Mary Cheeks departs Rivers Casino

General manager Mary Cheeks departs Rivers Casino

She had been in post since 2015 — before ground was broken
General manager Mary Cheeks departs Rivers Casino
Mary Cheeks speaks with The Daily Gazette at Rivers Casino & Resort offices on June 15, 2015.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

SCHENECTADY — The general manager of Rivers Casino & Resort has left the company.

Mary Cheeks decided to pursue other opportunities, a company official said Monday. Assistant general manager Justin Moore has taken over as interim general manager and will remain until a successor is named, the official said.

Cheeks worked for Rush Street Gaming for seven years. The company named her general manager of Rivers 20 months before it opened. She was heavily involved in the preparation and setup of the new facility, which opened in February.

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In a statement Monday, Rush Street CEO Greg Carlin said: “We’re grateful for Mary’s many contributions and wish her all the best.”

When she was named general manager of the planned Rivers Casino on June 1, 2015, Cheeks was chief financial officer of Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, two other Rush Street properties. She had played a key role in Rush Street's winning one of the handful of casino licenses that New York state awarded in late 2014.

She began her casino career in Atlantic City as an auditor for Resorts International Casino & Hotel in the mid-1980s. After several promotions, she left Resorts to be the director of finance at SMG, an agent for the Atlantic City Convention Center. From SMG, she moved to Showboat and then Harrah’s, where she served as regional vice president and CFO.

Cheeks joined Rush Street in 2010 as vice president of finance for SugarHouse, then expanded her duties to financial management of the Pittsburgh casino, as well.

Carlin also credited her role in developing the company’s supplier diversity programs.

Along with the Schenectady casino, Rush Street operates the two Pennsylvania casinos and one in Des Plaines, Illinois.

For the week ended Nov. 5, the Schenectady casino reported gross gaming revenue of $2.81 million — $1.94 million from slot machines and electronic table games, $770,770 from table games and $98,451 from poker tables.

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