Rush Street

Rush Street Gaming has hired Avoq to handle gaming and sports betting issues that come up in Washington.

Chicago-based Rush Street focuses on markets beyond Las Vegas that can support major development.

It runs five downtown destination casinos in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Portsmouth (VA), Schenectady and Des Plaines (IL).

They operate under the Rivers Casino brand.

The company also has three hotels: The Landing (Pittsburgh and Schenectady) and Riversuites (Philadelphia).

Avoq co-founder & managing partner Steve Elmendorf and partner Whittaker Askew handle Rush Street.

Elmendorf was chief of staff to Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt and deputy campaign manager for John Kerry for President.

Askew ran the political office of ex-House Speaker John Boehner and served as VP-government relations at the American Gaming Association.

Avoq ranks No. 10 on O'Dwyers roster of independent firms with 2023 fee income of $89.3M.