TIVERTON, RI (WPRI) – The new Tiverton Casino Hotel opened its doors to the public today.
Hundreds of people lined up on Saturday morning before the opening of the building at 1
A woman was even there five hours earlier.
"I was excited until they told me I could not arrive until 10am!" Said Pawtucket resident Bambi Gabriel. "Instead of driving all the way home, I just sat in the parking lot and put on all my lucky charms!"
Gabriel was one of the first to try out the 1,000 slot machines, 32 table games and much more.
"It will take a lot of work to the city of Tiverton, I think it's great," said Andrew Gacioch of Somerset.
Many expect that this will also lead to more business in nearby businesses. 19659009]
"I think it's good for everyone," said Renee Blake, a lifelong Tiverton lawyer who is a manager at Country Kitchen. "I think it will do wonders for the business here, as no breakfast goes to the casino, so we are literally across the street, so I think the miracle will do it for us."
While some were worried about a possible increase in crime and traffic that the new casino might bring, the general opinion on the opening day was positive.
"I think it will help me with the taxes and everything, I think it will benefit the city," added Christine Motta. "There could be a little traffic problem because I think this roundabout is a bit too small, but otherwise no, I think it's great, I think it's really good, yes."
In total, 550 people work at the Tiverton Casino Hotel, including nearly all employees of the now-closed Newport Grand Casino.