Officials at Live!Casino Pittsburgh in Hempfield’s Westmoreland Mall announced plans to open a seven-table poker room.
The 1,400 square feet poker room will be built at the banquet space initially intended for private meetings and special events. It is located right next to the sports-themed restaurant Sports & Social Steel City and is expected to open next year, pending approval by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
Said General Manager Sean Sullivan in a press release:
“Our new poker room will be exciting and provide our guests with yet another reason to enjoy their time with us at Live! Casino.”
Free Poker Dealer Classes
In preparation for the opening of the said poker room, Live! Casino Pittsburgh will be holding free poker dealer classes that will start next Monday at the casino’s school which is located at the former Sears wing of the mall. According to the casino, classes will run for six weeks from Mondays to Fridays at either 10am to 2pm or 6 pm to 10pm.
Individuals who will complete the poker dealer courses will then be eligible to apply and interviews for full-time jobs at the upcoming poker room. Per Live! Casino, their soon-to-open poker room will create at least 25 full-time jobs.
First of 4 Mini Casinos Approved in 2018 to Open
The announcement of the poker room comes almost one year after Live!Casino became the first of the four Category 4 licenses approved by the Commonwealth in 2018 to launch. The $150M property located at the former Bon-Ton storefront at the mall is considered a “mini” casino because its license allows it to operate only up to 750 slot machines and up to 40 gaming tables.
The property is owned by the Cordish Group of Companies, a real estate, development, entertainment, and casino company founded in 1910. Its vast portfolio includes the Seminole Hard Rock Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Florida. Along with its Greensburg property, the company owns two more Live! Casinos in Baltimore and Philadelphia. Both properties have existing poker rooms.
Region’s Poker Rooms Have Logged Behind
Although Pittsburgh and its surrounding suburbs are the home of several top poker stars like Dewey Tomko and Matt Berkey, the region’s poker rooms have logged behind when compared to places like Florida and Philadelphia.Only 10 of the 14 land based casinos across the state currently offer poker games to their customers.
Rivers is the largest poker room in the region with 30 tables. Before the pandemic, it held two tournaments per day with bigger events on weekends. But while poker rooms in Philly have resumed tournament, Rivers has not. Hollywood Park at the Meadows has 14 tables but has no immediate plans to resume its daily tournaments.