Harrah’s Philadelphia Makes It Easier For Players Spot Their Favorite Slots; Jackpot Promotion Open to Winners at Other Area Casinos

Written By Kevin Shelly on November 2, 2021
Harrah's Casino Philadelphia new slot layout

Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino is touting their less cluttered slot configuration with an exclusive $25,000 jackpot drawing promotion.

Not only can winning slot guests at Harrah’s earn bonus free play entries by winning a jackpot of more than $1,200 at the property, but they can also bring in their winning jackpot slips from any other Philadelphia area casino.

That’s quite a gauntlet thrown at Live! Casino Philadelphia, Rivers Casino Philadelphia, Parx Casino and Valley Forge Casino by Harrah’s parent company, Caesars Entertainment.

Streamlined gaming floor at Harrah’s Philadelphia

The reconfiguration began over the summer with the removal of 563 older underperforming slots. Harrah’s said then the issue was a “significant oversupply and underutilization of our existing slot machines.”

Zachry Banrhart, Director of Slot Operations, explained in a recent press release in an email:

“The reconfigure started with long, cramped banks that had guests sitting shoulder to shoulder to play their favorite games.  The project’s goal was to bring a new feel to our floor and raise the bar on the comfort level for slot players at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

“We created a rounder and diamond-shaped banks which offer more end seats and spacing to improve the guest experience.”

The goal of the rearrangement of the slot machines is to create open sightlines on the casino floor so guests can see all the games.

Walking among the games feels less congested, “an area enhancement compared to other casinos in the region,” the release stated.

Harrah’s Philadelphia $25,000 jackpot drawing

From November 1 to December 18, every time a guest hits a jackpot of more than $1,200, they qualify for an entry into a special $25,000 jackpot drawing. Upping the ante, qualifying jackpot slips from any Philadelphia area casino can also be entered for the jackpot.

The drawings will take place on December 19. Participants have the chance to be 1 of the 45 winners to walk away with a share of $25,000 in free slot play. The top prize is $1,000.

Lightning Link slots at Harrah’s Philadelphia

Lightning Link is a popular game at Pennsylvania casinos from Aristocrat.

On a recent visit to Harrahs, it’s obvious that the Lightning Link is a big part of the floor reconfiguration. You can’t miss where the Lightning Link slots are located. There is now a gigantic sign on the wall that says “Lightning Link.”

Here are some recent Lightning Link slot winners at Harrah’s Casino Philadelphia:

Caesars Sportsbook at Harrah’s Casino Philadelphia

Harrah’s parent company is also heavily touting its branded Caesars Sportsbook  in a series of ads featuring comedian J.B. Smoove as Caesar. He’s best known for his work on Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Writer and comedian Patton Oswalt also appears in some ads as Carl, an avid follower of the Caesars app.

The sportsbook links to the Caesars Rewards card, and it replaced the William Hill nameplate, which had been the brand in Philly. Caesars bought William Hill. The card is an official partner with the NFL.

The William Hill Sportsbook at Harrah’s Philadelphia has been rebranded to the Caesars Sportsbook.

Three additional casinos reducing slot count this year

The change at Harrah’s is part of a more considerable reduction of slot machines across three other Pennsylvania casinos:

Altogether, there will be more than 1,200 fewer slot machines in play this year.

Not including since rescinded COVID-19-mandated shutdowns, this is the largest down-sizing of slot machines since gaming began more than 14 years ago.

Lead photo by Katie Kohler

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Kevin C. Shelly is an award-winning career journalist who has spent most of his career in South Jersey. He's the former assistant city editor of The Press of Atlantic City, where he covered the casino industry and Atlantic City government as a reporter. He was also an investigative, narrative enterprise, and features reporter for Gannett’s Courier-Post.

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