New Poker Room Approved For Debut At Live! Mini-Casino Next Week

Year-old venue at Westmoreland Mall is going in opposition direction of some casinos
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The Live! Pittsburgh mini-casino obtained Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approval Wednesday morning to open its poker room, which it intends to do Monday.

The seven-table space is among many modifications being undertaken at the 13-month-old venue by The Cordish Companies, operator of both the Live! casino in Philadelphia and the smaller sister property at Westmoreland Mall. Using a group of newly trained staff, the second-floor poker room will occupy 1,500 square feet that had been formerly used as a banquet room, casino officials stated in a press release this week.

They previously announced in November that the poker room addition was in the works, which was unusual in that in the COVID era has seen other casinos reduce live poker operations rather than expand them.

Among other tweaks at Live! Pittsburgh announced by Cordish:

  • 20 new electronic gaming terminals for blackjack and roulette play will be added by Dec. 23.
  • A FanDuel FanCave enables special viewing of sporting events on a 173” HD TV in 13 leather recliners on the property’s second floor, adjacent to the Sports & Social restaurant.
  • A new 7,000-square-foot event center will be opening on the second floor of the former department store space early next year.
  • The casino’s high-limit room has added 18 slot machines among the full complement of 750 available at the property.

The casino, which includes two restaurants and a FanDuel sportsbook, is on pace to earn about $100 million in annual gaming revenue as the first mini-casino among five planned to have opened in the state. Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood Casino York opened in August as the second, and it is opening its Hollywood Casino Morgantown mini-casino on Dec. 22 as the next one.

In another matter at the state gaming board’s monthly meeting, it approved a new license for Harrah’s Philadelphia as part of a renewal process that is required every five years. The license renewal was endorsed by officials in and around Chester, Delaware County, the suburb where the casino has operated since 2007.

Photo provided by Live! Pittsburgh

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