Live! Casino Philadelphia Voted Best Overall Gambling Resort in Pennsylvania by Casino Player Magazine

Written By Kevin Shelly on September 16, 2021

Readers of Casino Player Magazine are loving Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia.

Live! Casino Philadelphia, the new player in the crowded Philadelphia-area market, snapped up seven first-place awards in voting by the publication’s readers, including designation as the Best Overall Gaming Resort in Pennsylvania.

Live! Philadelphia is new to the Casino Player rankings

Mount Airy Casino and Mohegan Sun Pocono were voted the second and third places in the overall resort category. Mount Airy previously was awarded best overall in 2019. No awards were made in 2020 due to virus interruptions.

Other best top honors this year for Live! Casino Philadelphia included:

  • Suites
  • Players club
  • Sportsbook promotions
  • Table games
  • Reel slots
  • Carnival games
  • Digital blackjack

Mario Maesano, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Live! Casino Philadelphia, commented in a press release:

“It’s a great honor to receive such high praise from the readers of Casino Player Magazine, and it speaks volumes that all of our valued guests took the time to vote for us. Each one of the awards is a shining light to the hard work and dedication our team puts into every aspect of the facility and the Best Overall Gaming Resort Award reflects our team’s dedication to providing our guests with the ultimate casino resort experience.”

Recognition for other PA casinos by Casino Player

Other top recognitions of PA casinos include:

  • Mount Airy Casino – pool, spa, golf, hotel rooms, luckiest, craps
  • Mohegan Sun Pocono – hotel staff, vacation spot
  • Rivers Casino Philadelphia – casino, VIP service, promotions, dealers, roulette, cocktail service, overall sportsbook, betting options
  •  Wind Creek Bethlehem – hosts, comps, video slots, prop bets
  • Rivers Casino Pittsburgh – high limit room, video poker

Parx and The Meadows also receognized

In the magazine’s Racino rankings, Penn National‘s The Meadows took second place nationally for its hotel, third place for its hotel staff, and also a favorite resort vacation.

Parx, also a PA racino, had many honors.

They included:

  • First place for table games, roulette, craps, betting options, sportsbook promotions, and video poker.
  • Second place for the best casino, high limit room, carnival games, cocktail service, sportsbook, prop bets, friendliest sportsbook.
  • Third place for comps.

Honors have not translated to revenue

While Live!, Casino Philadelphia, which debuted last January, shines in the awards categories, the casino has not shown the same dominance when it comes to revenue.

Live! has never been near the top for casino slot revenue or table games, nor sports betting or for its online casino.

Philadelphia is a competitive location for casinos

The Cordish Gaming property is located in the heart of the South Philly stadium complex off I-95 and I-76.

Besides Live!, also in the Philly region are Harrah’s Philadelphia, Rivers Philadelphia, Valley Forge Casino, and Parx.

Lead image: Live! Casino added a flair of theatrics for its grand opening. 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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