Virginia: Casino developers hoping for temp gaming sooner than 2022 David McGee, Herald Courier · November 28, 2020 at 4:07 pm Hard Rock Bristol Hotel & Casino developers still hope to open a temporary gaming facility in the city much sooner than April 2022. Earlier this month, Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall told the Virginia House Appropriations Committee that he expects it will be April 2022 at the earliest before the Lottery Board issues any gaming licenses. That would also be the soonest a temporary facility could operate, Hall said. “We think it is highly unlikely that even an operator seeking a temporary permit would actually be operating casino gaming until April 2022 at the earliest,” Hall told the committee earlier this month, in response to a question by Del. Will Morefield, R-N. Tazewell.