Live! Philadelphia and Some Atlantic City Casinos Vie for Best Outside of Vegas Title

Written By Kevin Shelly on September 23, 2021 - Last Updated on August 8, 2022
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In the universe of gambling options offered by more than 1,500 US casino locations, there are generally three options:

  • Grind joints for low-rollers.
  • Humdrum casinos with the basics.
  • Casino resorts, high-wattage facilities with luxury amenities, such as great food and drink, spas, entertainment, and extensive rewards plans.

Ordinarily, we think of the Las Vegas knockout properties when the phrase “casino resort” comes up.

This is precisely why it’s exceptionally cool to see a “best of” contest looking for the best casino resort outside Vegas. One of the casinos in the running to win the honor is Live! Casino Philadelphia.

Live! Casino Philadelphia up for best consideration

There’s one Pennsylvania casino –Live! Casino Philadelphia – and four Atlantic City casinos– on the ballot.

The Atlantic City casinos listed in the USA today poll contest for best casino resort outside of Vegas are:

  • Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa
  • Hard Rock Casino Hotel & Casino
  • Harrah’s Resort
  • Ocean Casino Resort 

The $700 million Live! Casino Philadelphia opened in February 2021 and features a hotel, various restaurants, a FanDuel Sportsbook and “exudes affordable luxury.”

Recently, Casino Player Magazine voted Live! Casino the Best Overall Gaming Resort in Pennsylvania.

Live! thrilled to be under consideration

Live! Casino Philadelphia spokeswoman Carmen Gonzalez gushed just a bit:

“It’s very exciting for all of us. These recognitions are a testament to the hard work and dedication our team has put into every aspect of our facility since opening and reflect our commitment to providing our guests with the ultimate casino experience.

Live! is touting the poll on Facebook.

One patron wrote:

Live Casino is beautiful, clean and has very safe parking garage. Always a fun night and a lot of actions on the floor with the best slots! Restaurants are all phenomenal. Stopped in Sports & Social after the game Sunday food was delicious the Manager Anthony is outstanding and our waitress was very attentive. 

Live! is currently at eight, the top spot for casino resorts in the regional Philly market. Ocean is at 11, the top position for the AC properties.

Live! Casino loyalty program and restaurant also in running

Live! Rewards is also in the running for the best player loyalty program. It is currently running fifth on the USA Today leaderboard.

Other Pennsylvania casino loyalty programs that are in the running for best rewards in the US casino market include:

The Prime Rib, Live!’s top restaurant, is listed for best casino restaurant. Currently, Prime Rib is third on the restaurant leaderboard.

Vote for best casino resorts outside Las Vegas

To set the contest in motion, the news organization USA Today tapped three experts for their nominations.

Lisa Robertson-Dziedzic of Casino Player magazine, South Jersey writer Marla Cimini, and casino guide writer and YouTuber Steve Bourie created an initial polling list of 20 properties.

According to USA Today, you may vote for your favorite once per day until voting ends on Monday, October 11 at noon ET. The announcement of the winning casinos on is Friday, October 22. There are additional detailed rules.

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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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