Valley Forge Casino Updates: Increasing Traffic, Big Winners & Big Value From FanDuel

Posted By Katie Kohler on October 23, 2020 - Last Updated on December 20, 2020

Valley Forge Casino was the first casino to voluntarily close its doors in March when the coronavirus hit Pennsylvania. It reopened in late June and is operating at reduced capacity with a high level of safety and sanitation measures in place, in accordance with state and local government regulations in addition to the property-wide Boyd Clean initiative.

Valley Forge Casino’s vice president and general manager David Zerfing told PlayPennsylvania:

“Our volumes have increased since opening, and we are pleased with our trajectory, but we’re most importantly primarily focused on the safety of our customers and team members.”

Here is the latest news and updates from Valley Forge Casino and what you can expect during your next visit.

Updated hours at Valley Forge Casino

Temporary hours of operation:

  • Monday-Thursday: 10-3 a.m.

During the time it is closed, Valley Forge Casino conducts deep cleaning throughout the property and high-touchpoint areas.

  • Friday at 10 a.m. through Monday at 3 a.m. it operates 24 hours. (Deep cleaning is done throughout the day.)
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FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge

FanDuel’s retail sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino is open daily from 10 a.m.-midnight.

The return of major sports resulted in back-to-back record-breaking months for sports betting in Pennsylvania. FanDuel sportsbook, through its partnership with Valley Forge Casino, leads all online operators in the state. FanDuel accounted for about 41% of all online wagers in September, with a handle of $171 million.

In addition to being associated with a big name in DFS and sports betting like FanDuel, Zerfing explained some of the key benefits of the partnership:

“Our relationship with FanDuel has brought us a lot of value, and there are many benefits to our partnership. The retail sportsbook adds another amenity, alongside gaming, food and beverage, venue spaces and hotel accommodations, that patrons at Valley Forge can enjoy. The retail sportsbook helps drive traffic to our location, bringing in a new demographic of people. The demographic is younger and more skewed toward a male audience.”

Weekend of winners

Many might want to forget 2020, but a pair of players will remember an October weekend at Valley Forge Casino for a long time.

Brian N., a King of Prussia resident, won $714,000 at the Super 4 Progressive table on Oct. 9. Two days later, an unnamed player won $192,000.

Zerfing commented on the winners:

“It was an exciting weekend, and we’re thrilled that not one, but two, of our valued guests had such notable wins. As people continue to feel more comfortable in safely returning to the casino, we hope to see this trend of large jackpot winnings continue to occur often at Valley Forge.”

The previous jackpot from the same progressive also had a win of $785,000, in July 2020.

The Super 4 Progressive side bet wager wins when the dealer has a blackjack and the combination of the dealer’s blackjack AND the player’s two cards qualifies for the 100% progressive bonus. Additionally, any player who places a wager on the Super 4 receives an “Envy Bonus” payout when another player at the table is the winner of the 100% bonus.

Here are some September jackpot winners at Valley Forge Casino.

Smoking, food and drink at VF Casino

Food and beverages are not currently allowed on the gaming floor. Also, smoking is not permitted on the gaming floor, but designated outdoor smoking areas are set up.

PA Governor Tom Wolf and Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed new orders for increased coronavirus mitigation efforts on July 16. For casinos, it means a temporary pause on drink service and sitting at the bar, and lower capacity limits at restaurants.

Restaurants at Valley Forge Casino

Fine dining

  • Revolution Chop House: Open Wednesday-Friday

Micro-restaurants

  • Asianoodle
  • Italian Market
  • Dunkin’ Donuts

Health and safety at Valley Forge

All casinos in Pennsylvania are required to follow the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s “COVID-19 Casino Reopening Protocols.”

When visiting any PA casino, here are some of the new safety guidelines:

  • Casinos can reopen at 50% capacity.
  • Employees and guests must wear masks.
  • There are markings on the floor to promote social distancing.
  • Enhanced cleaning is done throughout the facility.

Valley Forge implemented “Boyd Clean,” the company’s nationwide health and safety protocols. It includes measures such as enforcing social distancing and aggressive sanitation schedules, especially for high-touch surfaces.

Valley Forge Casino 2019-20 fiscal year numbers

 2019-2020 FY2018-2019 FYChange 
Slot revenue $75.1 million$96.3 million -22%
Slot tax revenue$40.3 million$52 million-23%
Slot win per day$308$362-15%
Table games revenue$26.6 million$38.3 million-31%
Table games tax revenue$4.3 million$6.1 million-31%
Sports betting handle$993.7 million$10.1 million9771%
Sports betting revenue$40.9 million$1,219,7153252%
Sports betting tax$14,717,134439,0973252%
iGaming revenue$37.5 millionn/a
iGaming tax$12.3 millionn/a

What are the most popular slots at Valley Forge Casino?

 Zerfing said the most popular slots at Valley Forge Casino are Lightning Cash, Ultimate X Video Poker and Dragon Link.

Since reopening in late June, the casino has added several new games:

  • Game of Thrones Winter Is Here
  • Sweet Tweet
  • Deep Sea Magic
  • Dragons Wealth
  • Fortune Age Deluxe
  • Wizard of Oz Emerald City
  • Koi
  • Dragon
  • 5 Dragons Rising Jackpots
  • Pompeii Rising Jackpots
  • Whales of Cash

Images courtesy of Valley Forge Casino/Boyd Gaming.

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Katie Kohler is a Philadelphia-area based award-winning journalist. She is the Managing Editor at PlayPennsylvania and covers the Pennsylvania gambling industry with an emphasis on sports betting, online casino/poker and the lottery.

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