Pennsylvania Casinos: Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia Preview

Live! Hotel and Casino Logo and Exterior

With the number of casinos flocking into Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it’ll soon have enough of the industry to rival Atlantic City. That bold prediction really isn’t so farfetched when you consider everything the future Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia will offer.

Once it opens, you can bet this property may evolve into the best casino in the area overnight with its gaming floor and luxury hotel attached to it.

That said, look for a 2021 opening date and while we’re all raring to get our hands on the new slot machines, table games, sportsbooks, etc., I can guarantee you that this casino is well worth the wait.

Just think about what you’ll be able to do on the 2,000 slot machines and 155 table games.

Let’s take a closer look at Pennsylvania gaming.

History of Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia

While there’s no real history at the casino for obvious reasons, let’s explore how the latest addition to the Philadelphia casino gaming scene will become a reality.

Believe it or not, this land based US casino can trace its roots all the way back to 2004, when the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board awarded two standalone casinos to be built in Philadelphia: SugarHouse Casino (now known as Rivers Casino Philadelphia), and Foxwoods Casino.

However, when Foxwoods failed to obtain construction financing, the Gaming Control Board revoked its license. Foxwoods appealed, albeit unsuccessfully. And in 2012, the Board opened up a new round of applications.

In November 2014, the Board awarded the license to Cordish/Greenwood. Afterward, three other applicants and SugarHouse appealed the decision. The appeals process lasted three years in court, which delayed groundbreaking until 2018 when the court issued the case moot in late 2017.

Live! Hotel and Casino Exterior

Cordish and Greenwood completed their purchase in January 2018 for $37 million, and in November 2018, Cordish bought out Greenwood’s interests in the casino, becoming the sole owner.

And as if fate couldn’t have delayed construction any longer, the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed back the planned 2020 opening to either late in the year or, more likely, 2021. So, the good news is once the pandemic ends, there shouldn’t be any more roadblocks in place.

That means you can make history by perhaps winning the first jackpot at the casino, or perhaps that first poker tournament. What will this venue offer games wise? Let’s go into the casino.

Casino Gaming

Welcome to the latest and greatest casino gaming at Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia. With rows of 2,200 state-of-the-art slot machines, you will find the most up-to-date games infused with classic hits that you’ve grown to know and love.

This casino will offer your favorites like Wheel of Fortune, Double Diamond, Blazing 7’s, and other classics. Want some of the latest hits? Game of Thrones and Sphinx are just a couple of the dozens of new games you’ll find here.

Want in on the next generation of table gaming experience in Philadelphia?

With 150 tables at your disposal, there’s a game for you. Whether it’s real money blackjack, craps, baccarat, roulette, Big 6 Wheel, or poker, you can bet there are more ways to win at this incoming casino.

Live! Hotel & Casino Gaming Floor

And if you can’t make it into the venue soon, don’t worry. If you’re hanging out in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, you can sign up to play your favorite casino games online.

And if the slots and table games aren’t your cup of tea, don’t worry. The FanDuel Sportsbook completes the gaming scene here. And best yet, the online FanDuel Sportsbook is already up and running, so you can start playing today and bet on your favorite teams so long as you’re locally located in Pennsylvania.

And if you’re having fun with the online gambling world, just wait until Live! goes Live. But we’re just getting started on this casino tour. Let’s check out the dining options so you know what’s coming into the next big thing in town.

Dining Options

Alright, so we got some stellar dining options headed your way here featuring some of the hottest restaurant chains in the nation, mind you. Yes, this casino’s opening with the biggest bang since the Big Bang, so you too can place a safe bet claiming that if you name it, the dining options have it.

Let’s begin with Guy Fieri’s Taco Joint. So if you’re looking for your traditional tacos with celebrity restauranteur Guy Fieri’s signature finishes, luck is on your side. So taco fanatics rejoice and try something unique at this incoming dining and drink option.

But hey, if Tacos ain’t enough, then Guy Fieri has something else headed your way at Live! Philadelphia. How does a burger joint sound? Yep, get Guy’s signature touches on the traditional American burger for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Guy Fieri Taco Dish

But if you’re in the mood for Italian-inspired comfort food, Lorenzo and Sons Pizza have you covered. Yes, the South Street staple for a half-century is making its way into Live! Philadelphia. Enjoy their variety of gourmet pizzas from their world-famous recipes.

Sang Kee Noodle House is sure to curb your Asian cuisine cravings. So, if you’re a noodle lover, this venue must be on your agenda to enjoy your next big get together after a day of casino gaming.

How about some good old dessert created the old-fashioned way? Well, since 1920 Termini Brothers Gold Medal Pastry has been at it. To top off your favorite dishes and dinners with some of the best desserts in the area.

Casino Promotions and Entertainment

Sign up for Live! Rewards, the top promotion at Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia. One of the top overall casino loyalty programs in the US, you will capitalize on some of the best benefits around, regardless of your number of tier points.

Become a classic cardholder, and you’re eligible for free slot play, coupons, and special rewards. Do you play often? Accumulate 1,000,000 rewards points and gain access to your own personal casino host along with VIP access, a VIP phone line, priority slot service, and promo bonus entries.

Once the casino opens its doors, you can safely bet you will find dozens of the greatest promotional benefits in the area. There is definitely much more brewing as Live! Philadelphia nears its open date.

You can bet that it will include the greatest world-class acts live and if you’re into sports, some of the best seats in the house.

Nearby event centers include Xfinity Live! Philadelphia and The Hall at Live! Maryland. The former is a 4.4-acre entertainment and retail district and the latter, a three-story, multi-use concert venue featuring 75,000 feet of real estate.

Hotel Accommodations

Live! Philadelphia will feature 5 Star accommodations with over 200 luxury rooms, over 30 suites, a grand event center, and upscale dining. You can’t ask for much more than such a stay in the heart and soul of Philadelphia.

Especially after a day’s worth of casino gaming and experiencing the nightlife.

Check out the Live! Philadelphia Hotel where you can view plans for each incoming option. From the Deluxe King, Deluxe Queen, Signature Suite, Studio Suite, Penthouse Suite, and Presidential Suite.

And judging from the graphics shown on the site, your bet is a shoo-in to win a grand look either at the Philadelphia Skyline, the Delaware River, or the sports stadiums. Imagine waking up to that view.

So even if you had a bad day on the casino gaming floor, there’s a lot to love about the view you’re getting of Philadelphia.

Nearby Attractions

Just about everything history-related that you can think of built this city. From Independence Hall to the Liberty Bell. Pay a visit to both and see where America’s forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence and adopted the Constitution.

The Philadelphia Zoo and the Adventure Aquarium in nearby Camden New Jersey offer the most diverse exotic wildlife in the region. And both are more than worth the visit.

Philadelphia Eagles Stadium

And if you’re a sports gambling buff, Philadelphia is rich in sports history and tradition. When in season, attend a Flyers, Eagles, Phillies, or 76ers game either at the venue or at one of the local bars in the area. That’s if you’re looking for a more exclusive atmosphere than the Sportsbook.

And don’t forget to check out the other casinos in the area like Valley Forge and Rivers Casino Philadelphia for even more variety.


It’s a safe bet to believe Live! Hotel Casino and Philadelphia will further shape the city’s future positively. And after all the delays this casino had to face since they granted it a gaming license, its open date and inaugural year in the City of Brotherly Love will be something special.

So if you’re in the area you have what is perhaps the most state-of-the-art option available, complete with arguably the largest casino gaming floor in the area. Couple the games with the city’s nightlife and legendary attractions, and you have a brewing experience of a lifetime.

Are you excited about this hotel and casino’s grand opening? If so, how often will you find yourself on the gaming floor? Let us know.