Patrick Ryan Named New General Manager At Wind Creek Casino

Written By Corey Sharp on October 12, 2023
Photo of Wind Creek Casino for a story about the Pennsylvania casino earning a top 10 nod from the AGA for most profitable casinos outside Nevada along with Parx.

There will be a changing of the guard at Wind Creek Casino this fall. The casino announced last week that Patrick Ryan will be taking over as General Manager and Executive Vice President. He replaces Kathy McCracken, who held the position since February 2020. McCracken made her retirement plans public over the summer.

Ryan has been with Wind Creek since 2019 and has seen the growth of the facility over the years. The retail location in Bethlehem is one of the highest-grossing locations in the Keystone State.

Wind Creek Pennsylvania casino hires new general manager

Ryan is no stranger to Wind Creek Casino. He’s been with the company since 2019, serving as Vice President of Operations and Assistant General Manager over the last two years.

Jay Dorris, President and CEO of Wind Creek Hospitality, said in a press release:

“We are thrilled to have Patrick step into the EVP, General Manager position at Wind Creek Bethlehem, who will no doubt lead the property forward with his strong leadership style. Patrick has played a large part in the successful opening of the hotel and meeting space expansion, and we believe he will continue the property’s successful trajectory into the future.”

Much of Ryan’s professional experience has been in the Bethlehem area, too. He worked for Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem for 15 years in various roles, and for the Historic Hotel Bethlehem for five years.

In the release, Ryan said:

“Taking on the role of General Manager means so much to me, and I look forward to continuing to make a positive impact on our Team Members and Guests. I enjoy the opportunities I have had to genuinely engage with our Team Members and Guests, and I know that with the support of our Team Members, Wind Creek Leadership and The Tribe, our property will remain a premier gaming destination on the East Coast.”

Ryan inherits one of the top Pennsylvania casinos

Wind Creek is one of the most successful casinos in the Keystone State. It finished second in slot revenue and first in table games revenue during FY 2022/2023:

Slot revenue

  • Parx Casino: $389.9 million
  • Wind Creek: $278.9 million
  • Rivers Casino Pittsburgh: $269.5 million
  • Mohegan Pennsylvania: $184 million
  • Hollywood Casino at the Meadows: $169.2 million

Table games revenue

  • Wind Creek: $236.7 million
  • Parx Casino: $202.1 million
  • Live! Casino Philadelphia: $103.7 million
  • Rivers Casino Philadelphia: $96.6 million
  • Rivers Casino Pittsburgh: $88.8 million

Wind Creek has had incredible table game success over the years. In July 2022, the establishment broke a single-month record for table game earnings in Pennsylvania, bringing in $23.6 million.

A large portion of Wind Creek’s table game achievements is from Live Dealer Stadium Gaming, which offers blackjack, roulette, war and baccarat. Live Dealer Stadium Gaming is played through a touchscreen at your own betting terminal that connects you to multiple tables at once.

McCracken told PlayPennsylvania back in February why the idea has worked so well:

“We wanted to provide our guests, who might otherwise feel intimidated by a traditional table game, the opportunity to play in a more casual environment. Stadium Gaming is less intimidating, offers low minimums, and encourages guests to play at their own pace. It allows guests to experience the thrills of playing against a live dealer – located in the center of the stadium – at an electronic betting terminal.”

Ryan is expected to keep Wind Creek in a top revenue spot within the state moving forward.

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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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