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May 13, 2009

PITTSBURGH - Workers installed the first of the 3,000 slot machines Monday morning at Pittsburgh's new Rivers Casino. The casino is near Heinz Field on the city's North Shore and is expected to open for business on August 5th.

CEO Greg Carlin said "This facility is an entertainment facility. In addition to gaming, we have great restaurants, great bars. We have a really nice setting along the Ohio River." He said one of the restaurants will be a steak house, and the casino will seek a four- or five-star rating after it opens. There will also be an amphitheater, a boat dock along the river, and trails to the riverfront.

Carlin added, "I think being here in Pittsburgh allows us to draw from a wider demographic and area than the Meadows. The Meadows is a very nice facility, but I think we're offering a different experience. This facility is just as nice as any of the casinos in Detroit, including the MGM, and that's a nice facility, but we'll bring people from Cleveland because people in Cleveland will want to come here too."

The Rivers Casino is projected to generate approximately $1.1 billion for the state and $98 million for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County within its first five years of operation.

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