Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia is a planned casino set to open its doors to the public in the last quarter of 2020. The property will be owned and operated by Stadium Casino LLC. It is an affiliate of The Cordish Companies, a group that stands behind numerous luxurious casino, sports betting, hotel, and dining environments across the United States.
There is so much to be excited about when it comes to one of the future centers of the Pennsylvanian betting markets. Primarily, the location gives Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia a huge advantage over the competitors. The building will be situated at 900 Packer Ave, at the corner of Packer Avenue and Darian Street in South Philadelphia. It means the venues of the highly-popular top-four teams like the Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, and Sixers are within walking distance. We know the venues draw more than 8.5 million spectators annually.
It is not hard to do the math and calculate potential casino/sportsbook profits when such huge crowds of sports fanatics come anywhere close to the building. Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia has the potential of becoming one of the most popular casinos in Pennsylvania.
We will take a look into what gambling activities can the locals and tourists expect to have at disposal at Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia. Since the place is only yet to open its doors to the public, there is a bunch of questions popping up. We will do our best to answer most of them, including the following:
– What types of casino games will be available at Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia?
– Will Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia provide sports betting services?
– Can we expect the casino’s collaboration with an established online gambling operator?
Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia – a historic rundown
The new property will be incorporated into the Holiday Inn hotel which was originally built by Bankers Securities Corp. The place was officially opened in 1974 under the name of the Philadelphia Hilton Inn. The hotel was put into bankruptcy on multiple occasions as a consequence of irresponsible behavior by owners, Armand Ceritano and Colonial Real Estate respectively. Brighter days came only after the place was purchased by Ron Jaworski (a former Eagles quarterback) in 1993.
Although casinos were legalized by the state in 2004, it was not before 2012 when The Cordish Companies and Greenwood Gaming applied for the license, aiming to form a new casino and add it to the existing hotel. Although the application had been initially accepted, the process lasted all until 2018 when Cordish and Greenwood were finally allowed to close the acquisition of the site for $37 million. The Cordish Companies soon took full ownership and began the construction process.
Sports Betting at Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia
The geographical location gives Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia huge sports betting prospect. With the venues of four Big Four teams within a walking distance, we can hardly imagine a failure in this specific field. The Eagles have a huge fan base in Phila, while the 76ers have had a respectable team over the last several years, led by Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. The likes of the Phillies and the Flyers should not be forgotten either.
Since the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved the casino’s sports betting license in October 2019, there are no formal obstacles for Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia to offer a top-notch and 100% secure sports betting service.
We can expect a massive range of markets for the major professional sports in the USA (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, and MLS) as well as exotic betting options for anything from international soccer leagues to tennis and golf tournaments. The Philadelphia Sports Complex proximity brings it all to a higher level. We can only imagine the experience of placing sports wagers in such a surrounding, especially on Phila game days.
Those who are not patient enough to wait for the official opening (scheduled for the late-2020) will likely have the chance to place bets online as soon as the agreement with a corresponding sportsbook operator is made.
Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia Online Sportsbook
While the respective online casino site is in place, we are still waiting for an agreement between The Cordish Companies and one of the Pennsylvania Sportsbooks to see the casino’s online sportsbook. The deal should be made in the near future, though, especially since the land-based sportsbook will be available as of the late-2020.
The future online sportsbook will use a geolocation system and allow only adult people who are physically located within the borders of Pennsylvania to place real-money wagers. You will potentially be allowed to create an account from another state, but placing bets will be exclusive to in-state borders.
Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia Casino
More than half of the 200,000 square feet of space should be designated as a casino floor. The finished casino is reportedly going to house around 2,200 slot machines and electronic games and more than 150 table games, including poker.
Slots make most of any casino’s gaming portfolio and we by no means expect Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia to be an exception. At the moment, we can only guess the exact variants set to be lined up all over the casino floor. However, based on the number of slots (2,200) and a decent range of options on the casino’s live site, we have reasons to believe Live!’s machines catalog will confound the expectations.
We are likely going to see Divine Fortune and The Wheel of Fortune on multiple machines. There are no doubts the array of slots with elite 3D graphics, bountiful bonus features, and progressive jackpots will be wide. After all, David Cordish, the chairman of the owning company, is well capable of recognizing the needs of the public. The Cordish Companies have been in the business for a while. They are proud owners of a highly reputable Xfinity Live! Entertainment Complex in the nearby, just to the south.
Over there, one can find anything from penny slots to a special high-limit area. We should likely expect a similar range and division at the Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia.
A live-dealer department will no doubts be one of the casino’s serious strengths. The place should boast a deep choice of table games of all kinds. As per announcements, the number of distinct gaming variants in this specific area should exceed 150.
Although the casino will clearly secure a special service for the highrollers, the recreational players will also feel a warm welcome with stakes set to begin at only $5 at a solid portion of tables. Obviously, craps, roulette, and blackjack will dominate the field, while a poker room will be a significant asset too.
Promotions and Rewards at Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia
The whole new Live! Hotel and Casino is about to feature over 1.5 million square feet of space. Hotel, gaming, dining, and entertainment space will all be included. When you have such a strong array of casino games, a 100% reliable sportsbook set to draw masses on Philadelphian teams’ gamedays, an upscale hotel with more than 200 rooms, and numerous elite dining and entertainment venues at one place, you can definitely expect tons of promotions.
Whereas we do not have the exact information on how the casino’s Rewards program will work, we can assume the owners of the Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia loyalty card will be in for plenty of benefits such as comps for food and drinks or free slot tickets. Highrollers and big whales should have a special treatment featuring rewards across all of the aforementioned properties.
When will Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia officially open its doors to the public?
This grand opening is scheduled for the last quarter of 2020. The players will get a unique experience with an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of casino games, a sports betting offer, a poker room, an upscale hotel, and the bountiful other facilities in one place.
Where will Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia be located?
The property is situated at 900 Packer Avenue, within walking distance of the Eagles, the 76ers, the Flyers, and the Phillies. As such, it provides the casino with an ideal chance to take its sportsbook sky-high. The location is at the same time convenient to New Jersey through the Walt Whitman Bridge.
Besides the casino, what else will be on the offer at Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia?
The site involves a 200-room hotel, multiple upscale dining restaurants, a parking garage, and valet service. The place will allegedly have its own esports arena and hosts a series of concerts. A single stop should thus be enough for people to get the ultimate experience here.
Does Live! Hotel and Casino offer online sports betting?
No! The casino is yet to name a sportsbook partner. This could happen before the official opening of the physical venue. For now, the players can enjoy a low-scale online casino gaming on a website.