Cordish Companies to open new Pennsylvania casino on 19 January

Cordish Companies is set to open a new casino in the state of Pennsylvania later this month.

The real estate and entertainment business Cordish Companies has announced plans to open its new Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia in Pennsylvania on 19 January.

This announcement comes just two months after Cordish began work on the project.

A new casino in Pennsylvania

The new venue will host several reservation-only preview days for members of the Live! Rewards Club. Live! Casino will then open to the general public on 11 February pending final regulatory approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Existing members of the rewards scheme can make reservations for the preview days while patrons who are not members can reserve a place online at

The new 510,000sq ft property will house more than 2,100 slots and electronic table games, 150 live table games, a poker room with 29 tables, a FanDuel-branded sportsbook, a 208-room hotel and several dining and entertainment options.

Cordish will also implement the “Play It Safe” health and sanitation plan to help protect staff and customers during the coronavirus pandemic. This will also feature a new “Reel Clear” slot management system which will see customers who play a slot machine play at a freshly sanitised machine. 

Cordish Gaming Group executive vice president said Joe Billhimer said: “We are beyond excited to go Live! in Philadelphia and bring this world-class gaming and entertainment destination to the heart of the Stadium District.

“What we have created here is unrivalled anywhere in the country. Sports fans, foodies, gaming enthusiasts, and anyone looking for a night of fun and excitement only has to make one stop to experience it all.”

Another new casino launching in Pennsylvania

The announcement that the new Live! venue will open its doors in the coming weeks comes as Bally’s Corporation, formerly Twin River Worldwide Holdings, announced it would be entering the Pennsylvania casino market.

According to the announcement, Bally’s will work in partnership with Ira Lubert, a real estate and private equity investor, and former Valley Forge Casino owner, to design, develop, construct and manage a new category 4 satellite casino in Pennsylvania.

In September 2020, Lubert was successful in bidding for the right to apply for a Category 4 Slot Machine License for a casino to be built within a 15-mile radius of Unionville Borough in Centre County, Pennsylvania.

Construction of the new venue is expected to start during the first half of 2021 and will take approximately a year to complete. Bally’s claims the new gambling venue will feature up to 750 slot machines, 30 table games, land-based and online sports betting and online gaming.

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