Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin Shares Renovation Plans Ahead Of License Renewal

Written By Corey Sharp on July 5, 2023
Lady Luck Nemacolin just renewed its PA casino license last week, along with providing lots of plans for new renovations.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) voted unanimously to renew the license for Woodlands Fayette, LLC, owner of Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin, to operate as a Category 3 Pennsylvania casino.

The license renewal is good for another five years.

During the license renewal process, Lady Luck Nemacolin also presented several renovations, some of which are finished and others to be completed soon, in a presentation at last week’s PGCB meeting.

PGCB renews Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin’s license in unanimous vote

After a detailed presentation from Lady Luck Nemacolin, the PGCB unanimously voted to renew the Category 3 resort casino license.

The PGCB released a statement after the vote:

“In making the decision, the Board determined that Woodlands Fayette, LLC had fulfilled the obligations under its previously approved casino operator’s license and therefore qualified to have its license renewed for an additional five-year period.”

Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin has generated $289,042,481 in gross revenue since opening in July 2013. It currently operates 600 slot machines and 26 table games, which has produced $139 million in tax revenue for the state.

The Farmington casino employs approximately 1,200 employees and has donated more than $500,000 in charity to date.

Here are some other facts about Lady Luck Nemacolin’s visitors:

  • Average household income: $500,000
  • 20% increase in travel year over year (2021-22)
  • Increase in drive range from 3.5 hours to 6.5 (2021-22)
  • Median value of guest stay incremental spend of $3,000

Lady Luck Nemacolin’s recent renovations

Nemacolin Managing Director, Trey Matheu, discussed a number of finished or ongoing renovations to the casino. Matheu told the PGCB it is in phase one of a $250 million renovation investment to the property.

Here are some of the renovations either recently completed or soon to be:

  • Grand Lodge: Adds 97 hotel rooms (to be completed on Aug. 26)
  • The Peak: Year-round pool with cabanas and entertainment stage (completed)
  • Golf Academy: Offers expert instructors, club-fitting specialists and state-of-the-art athletic technology (completed)
  • Bleu Room: Dining option, hidden in secret door of hotel (completed)
  • Mystic Bunkers: Added new bunkers to golf course (completed)
  • Solar Roof: More sustainable roof (not completed)

Lady Luck Nemacolin also has other renovations planned. These upgrades are part of a $10 million investment slated to begin in August and finish by the end of 2023:

  • High roller area
  • Reconfiguration of gaming floor
  • New slots layout
  • Updated entrance to casino

The casino has no current plans to add a retail sportsbook to the property.

New strategic direction for Pennsylvania casino

Lady Luck Nemacolin is undergoing a series of renovations to change the direction of the casino. Under its new license, Lady Luck Nemacolin will be a seven-day-a-week casino. It had been previously closed Monday and Tuesday.

Other parts of the strategy include:

  • Finish renovations to create an attractive amenity for guests
  • Update slot product
  • Implement new marketing strategy to rebuild the casino database
  • Leverage unused hotel occupancy for casino patrons to penetrate new gaming markets
  • Reenergize the casino staff to provide service levels comparable to a resort

Lady Luck Nemacolin is pushing to compete with other casinos in the state, including those in Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio.

Photo by Gene J. Puskar / AP
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Corey Sharp is the Lead Writer at PlayPennsylvania bringing you comprehensive coverage of sports betting and gambling in Pennsylvania. Corey is a 4-for-4 Philly sports fan and previously worked as a writer and editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer and NBC Sports Philadelphia.

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