Pennsylvania Casinos Plot Their Post-Covid Future with Massive Investment

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  • Pennsylvania casinos have invested $250 million in new casinos and amenities to attract customers
  • Parx Casino in Shippensburg opens on February 3rd
  • Wind Creek hopes to unveil their $160 million casino facelift in early 2023

Pennsylvania’s overall casino revenue remains one of the best in the nation as the industry heads into 2023. And although the state currently has not reached the level of popularity of Nevada’s gambling establishments, local casinos are looking to increase their overall take heading into the warmer months of 2023. 

In recent months, Pennsylvania’s casinos have made significant upgrades to their facilities with renovations and new projects totaling $250 million. With new construction and the addition of new amenities at several locations, the Keystone state’s gaming industry plots their post-covid future with a host of offerings to attract customers. 

While the over-70-year-old customer has long been a casino’s bread and butter source of revenue, Pennsylvania’s gaming locations are hoping to cater to the younger gambler. For example, Hollywood Casino shares a partnership with Barstool Sports, a sports-centric website that caters to the 18-34 male demographic.

Several Pennsylvania Casinos Have Exceeded Their Pre-Covid Revenue Levels

With most Pennsylvania’s casinos opening in 2019, these gaming locations suffered a significant dip in revenue in 2020 due to covid restrictions. While 2021 offered a glimpse at a possible rebound, 2022 returned most casinos back to their pre-Covid revenue levels and offered a peek at planned growth heading into the industry’s next several years in the Keystone State.

New casinos begin to arrive in Pennsylvania next month as the Parx Casino in Shippensburg opens on February 3rd. Featuring 48 electronic table games, 500 slot machines, bars, and restaurants within the facility, customers can take advantage of another Category 4 casino inside the state’s boundaries.

The Parx Casino in Shippensburg brings the state’s casino total to 16, with another 65 truck stops offering video gaming terminals, 19 iGaming sites, 18 physical sportsbooks, and 14 online sports betting websites.

When it comes to renovations, Wind Creek Casino leads the way as the company wraps up their $160 million update to their Pittsburgh location. The new improvements include a 23,000 sq. foot ballroom, a new poker room, an additional hotel tower, and a revamped lobby to greet customers.

Derek Blake is a freelance writer that has covered the expansion of legal sports betting in America and the regional casino business for several well-known industry websites. During his writing career, he has written profiles on dozens of athletes and focused on the collision of sports and politics.