PlayLive! Online Casino Launches Live Dealer Games In Pennsylvania

PlayLive! Casino live dealer games are now available in the app, offering a new online blackjack and roulette experience for customers.

The diversity of online blackjack and online roulette games for Pennsylvania online casino players has grown. PlayLive! live dealer games are ready for your perusal on the app and website right now. Although those options are currently limited to those two games, it’s a great step in the right direction.

Pennsylvanians who might have been waiting to try PlayLive! until it offered live dealer games, this is your chance to take advantage of the online casino’s welcome offer. For PlayLive! casino regulars, it’s another way to pad your rewards account.

Details of the new PlayLive! live dealer games

The Cordish Companies, owner of the Live! Casino Hotel Philadelphia, announced the additions Monday. For those who may not be familiar with the concept of live dealer games, they essentially offer you a “seat” at a real gaming table with an actual human being running the game but you access it through an online app or website.

Players view the action through a live video stream. The game’s functions allow you to chat with and tip the dealer. You see your odds, potential payouts, and put down your wager all through the user interface. So, although you are potentially across the state, you still get the feel of being right there with the dealer at the table.

Because they allow players to access some of the best of both worlds, offering the convenience of online casino play while still delivering a lot of the in-person experience, these games are extremely popular. In turn, that’s the reason PlayLive! has worked with Evolution Gaming on adding them to its menu.

“We are always striving to elevate the gaming experience for our players, whether at our properties or in the comfort of their own homes, so adding live dealers to our PlayLive! app is a natural and exciting evolution for us,” said Cordish Gaming Group President Rob Norton. “There is nothing that compares to the excitement of a live dealer game. We look forward to extending that experience to our PlayLive! customers across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

Players can “take a seat” for live blackjack and roulette on the PlayLive! website or either its Android or iOS app. That gives Pennsylvanians another reason to try or return to the casino, which will reward you for your patronage.

Current promos for new and veteran PlayLive! online casino customers

PlayLive! offers several ongoing promotions, one of the best of which is for first-time depositors. PlayLive! will match your first deposit, at a rate of 125%, up to $750. In addition, new users get 25 free slot spins.

If you have or sign up for a Live! Rewards account and link it to your PlayLive! account, you get $25 in free slot play. Current limited-time promotions include:

  • Bet $100, Get $25: Opt-in then make at least $100 in bets on any eligible IGT slots. PlayLive! will credit your account with $25, which you can use on anything but live dealer games
  • Fast & Freedom Giveaway: Opt-in then link your Live! Rewards account to your PlayLive! account. For every 50 tier credits you earn between now and 11:59 p.m. on July 29, you’ll receive one entry for drawings set to take place at Live! Casino Hotel Philadelphia. Prizes include $30,000 in slot play and new cars.
  • Lucky #77 Leaderboard: Opt-in then play any slot title(s). For each dollar you wager, you earn one point toward your standing on a weekly leaderboard. The top 10 placeholders and the account sitting in 77th place on Fridays in July get a share of $1,000 in bonus play.

With these additions, PlayLive! becomes the 10th PA online casino to offer some form of live dealer games. As the market continues to mature, it will be difficult to compete without this offering. Players can now decide for themselves how these games stack up to the competition.

Image c/o Evolution Gaming.

PA Casino Players Ring in the New Year with Big Jackpot Wins

These PA online and land-based casino players started the year off right with big jackpot wins at slots and table games.

As temperatures dropped, January jackpots raised the spirits of a number of lucky Pennsylvanians.

All casinos in Pennsylvania reopened on January 4 after closing for a few weeks in December to slow the spread of coronavirus. A new year brought a new casino to Pennsylvania. Live! Casino Philadelphia opened for preview days ahead of its official Feb. 4 grand opening. With the slots turned on and the games “live,” the casino handed out its first jackpots.

Whether casinos were closed or if players didn’t feel like braving the cold, many found big wins at PA online casinos, which are always “open.” In December, a player at Hollywood Online Casino won $537,000, the biggest jackpot win ever on the site.

Here are some players who started off 2021 with jackpot wins.

This is not a complete list of jackpots.

Harrah’s Philadelphia

What a way to ring in the New Year. A $111,864 Four Card Poker jackpot.

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

Two Dancing Drums jackpots at Rivers Pittsburgh:

Rivers Casino Philadelphia

Rivers Philadelphia announces some of their jackpot winners on their Instagram stories. Vincent S. won $33,600 at All-Star Poker II.

Live! Casino Philadelphia

Martino C. won Live! Casino Philadelphia’s first big jackpot when he hit for $48,000 on the Double Diamond slot.

The first jackpot at Live! Casino Philadelphia was for $2,600 at China Shores.

Mount Airy Casino

Mohegan Sun Pocono

Wind Creek Casino

Wind Creek online casino winners:

Parx Casino

A $53,186 jackpot at Lightning Cash.

Other jackpot winners at PA casinos

The Meadows:

Hollywood Casino:

Presque Isle Downs:

Please note, these results are not common. PAOC reminds readers to always set limits and play responsibly.

Lead image via Live! Casino facebook page.

Team of Former Rivals Join Forces at Live! Casino Pittsburgh, Soft Opening Nov. 17

Former Western PA gaming execs from Rivers Casino and the Meadows join forces to help run Live! Pittsburgh, which opens to the public later this month.

When Live! Casino Pittsburgh formally opens the 100,000-square-foot facility later this month, a team of former rivals will be at the helm.

Craig Clark was most recently president of Hard Rock Ottawa, which is owned jointly by the Seminole Tribe and the Rideau Carleton Raceway. Before that, he was the general manager of Rivers Casino Pittsburgh. Clark is a certified public accountant, coming to Live!’s new $150 million facility as the director of finance.

Clark joins General Manager Sean Sullivan, who previously served as the GM of the Meadows Racetrack & Casino, a Penn National Gaming facility in Western PA.

Plenty of Western PA Experience at Live!

Clark served seven years at Rivers Pittsburgh, ending in 2018, and this move returns him to Western PA after just two years in Ottawa. At Live! Pittsburgh, Clark is responsible for the finance department, which includes accounting, analytics, finance, scheduling, income and revenue audit, purchasing, warehousing, count rooms and the casino cage.

Clark understands the Western Pennsylvania market well and has more than 26 years of diversified experience in the casino industry. In addition to Rivers and Hard Rock, he’s been an executive at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, and Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York.

Along the way, he’s developed local partnerships with a community college to train casino dealers.

He has previously said his philosophy is to design programs around initiatives, provide opportunities and outlets for employees, and enhance the customer experience.

He and Sullivan have a combined 20 years of experience in the Western PA region. Sullivan was named the general manager for Live! Casino back in February.

Live! Pittsburgh opening details

The forthcoming property is in a rehabbed mall space in Westmoreland County and is technically a satellite mini-casino. The property is a project of the Cordish Companies, which is also developing a full-size Live! casino in South Philadelphia, adjacent to the city’s sports stadiums. Joe Billhimer oversees both properties as the Cordish Gaming Group‘s executive vice president.

Live! Casino Pittsburgh is scheduled to open on Nov. 24. There is a media preview on Nov. 12 without the public present. A ribbon-cutting follows Nov. 17, with test-run charity nights for invited guests. The formal opening for the public at large is at 6 p.m. on the 24th.

The location is approximately 30 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, directly off Route 30. Live! features 750 slots and approximately 30 live-action table games, plus a FanDuel Sportsbook. Live! has already launched an online casino, PlayLive! but an online sportsbook is still to come. Live! Philadelphia should open in early 2021.

Live! plans restaurant and bar experience

Live! plans nationally recognized restaurants and live entertainment venues, including Sports & Social Steel City, a sports restaurant, gaming venue and social lounge.

Guy Fieri, an Emmy-award winning chef, restaurateur, New York Times best-selling author and television personality, will open the American Kitchen + Bar in the facility.

Live! Casino is owned and managed by Stadium Casino Westmoreland RE LLC, an affiliate of the Cordish Companies of Baltimore.

Country-themed PBR bar coming next year

Next year, the facility will add the Professional Bull Rider Country BarPBR Pittsburgh‘s newest location — during the second phase of openings.

PBR will be located on the second floor of the facility and feature the area’s only professionally endorsed mechanical riding bull, private VIP booths and the best in country music.

“We want people to have fun at Live! Casino, and PBR Pittsburgh is going to make sure they do,” said Sullivan. “It’s going to be a remarkable venue. Keeping the safety of our guests top of mind, we can’t wait to welcome everyone to PBR for a first-class entertainment experience when it opens next year.”

Live! Casino is now hiring for positions at PBR Pittsburgh. For complete information and job listings, visit www.workatlive.com.

Lead image via Live! Pittsburgh.

Philadelphia’s Upcoming Live! Casino Will Go Live With Sports Betting

The Live! Hotel & Casino project is the 11th PA casino licensee to seek a sports betting license, even though the property isn’t opening until Dec. 2020.

Live! Hotel & Casino is getting in the game of Pennsylvania sports betting.

On July 27, plans were submitted to Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) for the property’s online, retail, and satellite betting.

What we know about Live! sportsbook

In terms of location, Live!’s brick-and-mortar sportsbook is in a prime spot. It’s located in the heart of Philadelphia’s major sports complex. During a July 10 PGCB meeting, Cordish Gaming, the project’s parent company, said they would apply for the $10 million sports wagering certificate by month’s end. The company also unveiled artist renderings of the casino and the sportsbook.

As for a Live!-branded PA online sportsbook, other than mentioning it is in the works, the application offered no details regarding projected online launch dates. The company currently does not have an online partner.

Competition heats up for casinos and sportsbooks in Philadelphia

The competition in Philadelphia isn’t limited to the confines of Lincoln Financial Field or Wells Fargo Center. At the July 10 PGCB meeting, reps said Live! Hotel & Casino is on track for a December 2020 opening.

Cordish possess a growing national presence when Live! bills itself as a “world-class integrated casino and hospitality destination,” it’s expected to deliver.

Currently, there is nothing to suggest otherwise. Live! is the largest initial development of a casino in the state of Pennsylvania. Cordish’s presentation laid out a hotel and casino with a much swankier feel than the current offerings in the area. Plans include porte-cochere video art, oversize luxury hotel rooms, and upscale dining options.

Live!’s projected scale and type of experience presents a polar opposite to neighboring Parx-operated South Philadelphia Turf Club. It will no doubt serve as competition to SugarHouse Sportbook (soon to be Rivers Philadelphia Sportsbook). Live! will enjoy the walking-distance advantage to the sports complex.

Live! satellite casino sportsbook

Construction is well underway at Live!, with erecting of pre-cast and steel finishing soon.

Plans for a Live!-sponsored mini-casino, which will anchor Westmoreland Mall are also in the works. Cordish wants to offer sports betting at the satellite casino. However, since the gaming expansion law passed in October 2017, there’s been some confusion about how mini-casinos and sports betting interact.

Live! is a Category 2 casino. Category 1 casinos can offer a retail sportsbook at satellite facilities. However, Category 2 and 3 properties currently need to file a supplemental $10 million license for the mini-casino property.

Live! is crying foul in the application. It is petitioning the board to allow Category 2 properties the same permissions as Category 1 facilities.

Sports betting licensing fees in Pennsylvania

Live! is the 11th Pennsylvania casino to apply for the $10 million sports betting license. It represents a whopping $110 million in sports betting license fees for Pennsylvania. By comparison, the tax revenue over the course of seven months of legalized sports betting stands at $7.8 million.

With 11 of Pennsylvania’s 13 casinos applying for a sports betting license, the hefty price tag is not proving to be a deterrent. Or it could simply be a case of “casino peer pressure.” Everyone else is doing it, so should we … if we don’t customers will leave us?

Joining the club of Pennsylvania sports betting license holders requires much more than designer clothes and a fast car. Even a high-roller’s eyes would bulge at the buy-in in comparison to neighboring New Jersey.

Pennsylvania:

  • Licensing fee: $10 million
  • Tax on gross revenue: 34%
  • Local share tax: 2%
  • Federal excise tax on handle: 0.25%

New Jersey:

  • Licensing fee: $100,000
  • Tax on gross revenue for brick-and-mortar: 8.5%
  • Tax on gross revenue for online: 13%
  • Local share tax. 1.25%