A tour of the must-visit casino resorts in Pennyslvania
Since legalization of gaming in 2006, Pennsylvania has become one of the nation’s biggest, busiest, most successful casino states. There are a dozen gambling properties across the state—some giants. Pennsylvania’s casinos are major attractions in their own right, set in areas that already gave visitors plenty of reasons to come. And although things have been a bit more depressed than usual due to the coronavirus, the state’s casinos are rebounding and beginning to once again draw in players.
Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia
Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia oﬀers a complete entertainment experience to the Philadelphia region. After a successful ﬁrst year in business, Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia has established itself as the premier gaming, entertainment and dining destination in the Philadelphia region. From the moment guests step into Live! Philadelphia, they are provided with a one-stop destination to enjoy the fast-paced action of four major professional sports teams, memorable entertainment, premier dining, well-appointed hotel accommodations and world-class gaming. There is no other place in the country that oﬀers a casino resort destination in the heart of professional sports action.
Gaming is a central focus for the property, with more than 2,100 state-of-the-art slot machines on the casino ﬂoor, including a mix of the latest games and classic favorites, such as Lightning Link, Wheel of Fortune, Buﬀalo and a full line of Quick Hits and Progressives.
For table games enthusiasts, the property features 116 live action table games including blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, Pai Gow Tiles, Fortune Pai Gow, Face Up Pai Gow, Sic Bo, Big Six, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker, Criss Cross Poker, Spanish 21, Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em, Mississippi Stud and Let It Ride. Fifteen Dealer-Assist Electronic Table Games, including blackjack and baccarat, add the excitement and authenticity of a live-action table games dealer calling the game. Live! Philadelphia also oﬀers a dedicated 29-table poker room featuring a private cage, restrooms, big- screen TVs and phone chargers at each position.
For those interested in sports betting, Live! Philadelphia has partnered with industry-leading sportsbook FanDuel, to create the FanDuel Sportsbook and Lounge at Sports & Social. Guests can experience access to FanDuel’s unmatched fantasy and sports betting platforms, which include all major U.S. sports: football, baseball, hockey, basketball, soccer, golf, boxing, motorsports racing and more. Guests have multiple options to wager, including self-service kiosks and retail windows, all within sight of the big game.
All guests are encouraged to sign up for the nationally recognized, award-winning Live! Rewards customer loyalty program. The program takes winning to a whole new level with a card tier program featuring player beneﬁts that are bigger and better than ever. Classic, Gold, Platinum, Black, Jade and Chairman’s Club members can earn great beneﬁts no matter how much they play.
Members are also the ﬁrst to hear about special events and promotions at Live! Casino & Hotel and receive mail/email oﬀers tailored to their preferences and level of play.
Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia oﬀers a little something for everyone when it comes to dining and nightlife. Guests can experience a variety of dining and entertainment options on-site, including the Zagat-rated #1 steakhouse The Prime Rib; Luk Fu, serving authentic Asian cuisine with a private karaoke room; Sports & Social Philly, a one-of-a-kind sports restaurant, gaming venue and social lounge; and 10th Street Market, a unique food hall featuring a variety of food and beverage outposts including two venues from Guy Fieri and a range of local-Philadelphia favorites. The property also oﬀers live entertainment throughout the week at Center Bar and The Prime Rib, as well as unique shows and events in the 15,000- square-foot Event Center.
Those wanting to make it an overnight stay can check out Live! Hotel Philadelphia. Consisting of 12 stories of 208 well-appointed rooms, Live! Hotel Philadelphia oﬀers stunning views of the surrounding sports venues and the Philadelphia skyline. Each room is designed with a soothing, cool palette of ﬁnishes, includingquartz counters, spacious tiled bathrooms and thoughtful furniture pieces. Upper-level suites include living and dining spaces furnished for entertaining groups. Live! Hotel is Share-care VERIFIED with Forbes Travel Guide. This veriﬁcation is based on the hotel’s compliance with expert-validated best practices that minimize the risk and impact of COVID-19 and potential future public health events.
Live! Philadelphia is conveniently located six miles from the Philadelphia International Airport and located oﬀ I-76 and I-95, inside South Philadelphia’s Stadium District.
Visit www.Philadelphia.LiveCasinoHotel.com for more info.
Live! Casino Pittsburgh
Live! Casino Pittsburgh is a $150 million ﬁrst-class gaming, dining and entertainment destination located in Hempﬁeld Township, Greensburg. From the minute you pull into the free parking garage you can feel the electricity in the air. The lights…the sounds…the heart-pounding excitement of hitting another jackpot at Live! Casino Pittsburgh.
There’s always a new way to play at this beautiful casino. Roam through rows of approximately 750 slot machines and discover some of the hottest games around.
Play Wheel of Fortune, Double Diamond, Blazing 7s or another classic favorite. Try out the latest state-of-the-art 3-D games, including Game of Thrones and Sphinx. The lineup of games is ever- changing, but one thing that doesn’t change is the dizzying array of choices and the pulse-racing fun of Live! gaming play in a friendly, smoke-free setting.
Experience table games like never before and choose from a selection of 40 table games including 29 Live! action tables, seven poker tables and 20 electronic tables. Games include blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, Mississippi Stud, Spanish 21, Three Card Poker, Criss Cross Poker and Let it Ride.
Are you ready to play poker? The Poker Room at Live! Casino Pittsburgh is the East Coast’s newest poker room, oﬀering seven tables, luxury seating and individual USB charging stations at each seat. The Poker Room is open 24/7 and oﬀers a full array of games to accommodate every level of play, ranging from the casual players to the more experienced players, including Texas Hold ’Em, Omaha and Mixed Games.
The FanDuel Sportsbook and Lounge inside of Live! Casino is the best place to watch and bet on sports. Place your bet at one of 15 kiosks, or by person with a sportsbook representative. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the game on the 40-foot TV. For more information on Live! Casino Pittsburgh, visit www.pittsburgh.livecasinohotel.com.
Mohegan Sun Pocono
Mohegan Sun Pocono is located on 400 acres in the hillside of Plains, PA. It is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware and just a short distance from other great northeastern Pennsylvania attractions such as Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club in Mountain Top and Claws ’N’ Paws Wild Animal Park in Hamlin.
Owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, it is one of the largest and most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Since it was acquired in November 2005, Mohegan Sun Pocono has continued to evolve.
Mohegan Sun Pocono features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000-square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including nearly 50 table games, more than 1,700 slots and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing.
The property features live entertainment with the best local bands every weekend at Breakers, Bar Louie and Molly O’Sheas. In addition, only a short distance away is the 8,300-seat Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, which features the biggest acts in music, sports and more as well as being home to the American Hockey League’s and Wilkes-Barre’s own Wilkes- Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Upcoming events, shows and promotions include Live Harness Racing throughout March and on April 2. Shows: Ostrich Hat, March 25; Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen, March 26. Promotions: 50,000 Buckets of Cash Drawings, March 26; Mystery Free Slot Play, March 27; Double Status Points, March 30; and Double Status Points, March 31.
Just steps from the gaming action, Mohegan Sun Pocono oﬀers a number of food and beverage outlets with everything from snacks and sandwiches to steaks, fresh seafood and gourmet international cuisine.
For more information, visit www.mohegansunpocono.com.
Mount Airy Casino Resort
For a world of enjoyment, make Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono, PA, your next stop. This 1,056-acre resort will get your heart racing with a world-class casino and then relax you like never before with luxurious amenities, including an extensive array of services at The Spa and Salon.
Mount Airy Casino Resort is Pennsylvania’s ﬁrst AAA Four Diamond Casino Resort and has kept that distinction 10 years running. The hotel’s warm ambiance naturally accentuates the serenity of the Pocono Mountain setting. Experience everything the boutique mountain resort has to oﬀer.
Indulge your taste buds at one of the incredible dining outlets, unwind with a treatment at the professional spa or relax in one of the spacious guest rooms, each with décor and color schemes reminiscent of the Pocono Mountains.
And on the opposite side of the spectrum, every minute is a thrill at Mount Airy! With over 70 table games, ranging from blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and separate 12-table poker room—as well as over 1,800 of the hottest slots—you have several chances to try your luck and get lucky.
Root for and bet on your favorite teams at the all-new Bet On It Sports Book featuring 40 state-of- the-art TVs showing 15 games at a time, luxury lounge seating and an in-house bar on the weekends.
Whether you’re looking for a theater experience, a rock concert or a night of comedy, you can be sure that Mount Airy Casino Resort will have the best selection of nightly entertainment. Top acts include The Amish Outlaws, April 22; Little River Band, July 2; Kool & The Gang, Sept. 3; War, Oct. 14; That’ll Be The Day – Musical Tribute To Buddy Holly, May 31; Forever Tina – A Musical Tribute to Tina Turner, July 12; and A Musical Tribute to Grease, Aug. 2 & 3.
For more information, visit www.mountairycasino.com.
Parx Casino & Racing
Conveniently located 20 minutes north of Center City Philadelphia, Parx Casino oﬀers exciting gaming, thrilling entertainment and superior customer service with unique style and upscale ﬂair. Featuring more than 200,000 square feet of gaming space with over 3,000 slot machines, 141 live table games, as well as promotions, events, live racing and simulcast action and a convenient gift shop, the exhilaration is nonstop!
Take a spin on your choice of state-of-the-art slots including progressive, reel, poker, novelty and video machines. With a variety of denominations ranging from 1¢ to $100, you will have no trouble ﬁnding your favorite. Machines include Wonka, Lightning Link, Wheel of Fortune and over 60 electronic blackjack and roulette games.
With world-class table games including blackjack, craps, roulette, 3 Card Poker, 4 Card Poker and baccarat, Parx is sure to have your game. Plus, live stadium blackjack is available now with more ways to win. Try your luck with two optional side wagers: Royal Match 21 and Bet the Set 21.
You can expect all your favorite ways to sports bet, including spread, moneyline, over/unders, props, parlays and teasers. All popular sports are also available, including pro and college football, pro and college basketball, baseball, hockey, golf, soccer, MMA and plenty more.
Gaming is not the only way to have excitement at Parx. Whether you’re looking for the perfect seat to watch the big game, a sophisticated atmosphere with superior cocktails, the best live music spot in the area, or a fantastic venue to catch the hottest acts in show business, they have it all. Upcoming events include The O’Jays, March 26; Brett Young, April 8; Wayne Brady, April 22; Melissa Etheridge – One Way Out Tour, April 23; and Anthony Rodia – The Road Rage Tour, April 30.
For more information, visit www.parxcasino.com.
Rivers Casino Philadelphia
There’s no shortage of thrills at Rivers Casino Philadelphia. With action-packed table games, the hottest casino slots, Asian gaming classics and live sports betting, you’ll love every second. Located along the Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia, Rivers Casino Philadelphia features 1,600 slots, 105 table games, 65 hybrid gaming seats, a 28-table poker room and a designated sportsbook area for live sports betting. The casino oﬀers an array of distinctive restaurants and bars—among them are Mian and Jack’s Bar + Grill—riverfront views, live performances in The Event Center, free parking and daily promotions and giveaways.
Looking for events and entertainment in Philadelphia? Philly’s favorite aunt, Aunt Mary Pat, will take over Delaware Avenue when she sets up her residency at Rivers Casino Philadelphia. Aunt Mary Pat describes her show as a collection of stand-up comedy, improv and variety performance. She burst on the comedy scene in 2018 when one of her videos went viral after the Eagles won pro football’s championship; her catchphrases have become synonymous with the Philadelphia region. Upcoming Aunt Mary Pat Residency show dates are March 23, May 18, Sept. 28 and Dec. 14.
Other upcoming entertainment at Rivers Casino includes Gary Allan, March 25; Rick Braun and Richard Elliot, March 26; Legs N’ Eggs Drag Brunch, March 27 & April 24; Peabo Bryson, April 1; Taylor Dayne and All 4 One, April 16; and Ed Bassmaster, April 29.
For more information, visit www.RiversCasino.com/Philadelphia.