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Top 10 casino openings, expansions and renovations

19 March 2018

As usual, we at Casino City are keeping a close eye on how many millions of dollars are being spent on the latest and greatest additions, expansions and renovations, all so you don’t have to.

For this top 10, we’ve got a couple important expansions, some golf action, high-limit slots and movie theaters. If that doesn’t sound like a great night out, we’re not sure what does.

10. Hard Rock Lake Tahoe inserts higher-limit slot lounge
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Lake Tahoe’s remodeled casino floor will prominently feature a higher-level slot machine lounge as well as new and popular slots. Table game fans, fear not — there’s a little something here for you, too, in the form of a cozy table games pit called Vibe @ The Book, located in the middle of the William Hill Sports bar.

Opening at the end of the month, the new slots will be housed in an exclusive lounge.

9. JACK Entertainment pushes back Greektown Casino Hotel rebranding
The planned rebranding of the Greektown Casino Hotel in Michigan has been pushed back to the end of the summer, according to JACK Entertainment. The company will instead focus on “seamless technological integration” across all properties, and will give some time for regulatory approvals in a few jurisdictions and to upgrade the loyalty program.

The company’s end goal is to provide an enhanced customer experience, which means no rushing.

8. Pechanga Resort Casino debuts $300 million expansion
Pechanga Resort & Casino’s whopping $300 million expansion debuted this month to fireworks, concerts and fanfare, and for good reason: the California casino/resort can now call itself the largest on the West Coast, with more than 500 AAA Four-Diamond hotel rooms, a 4.5-acre pool complex and an additional 68,000 square feet of meeting space. Total casino square footage now equals 200,000, and the number of hotel rooms has been bumped up to more than 1,000. Not only that, but 560 jobs have been added during the expansion process.

7. MGM Springfield to become first in region to offer Topgolf Swing Suite experience
People love Topgolf, so it can’t be anything but good news that the upcoming MGM Springfield will offer a high-tech golf experience of its own.

Up to eight players can fit inside one of Topgolf’s virtual simulators, and from there they can choose from a selection of games while enjoying gourmet bites and mixed drinks. A must-have lounge area with HDTVs readily available seals the deal. Not only that, the venue will host live entertainment nights.

Definitely not a one-trick pony.

6. Resorts World Catskills unveils poker room
You can’t have a proper casino without a robust poker offering, and, happily, Resorts World Catskills unveiled its 5,000-square-foot poker room earlier this month. The room is the largest of any commercial casino in the state of New York, open 24 hours a day and featuring 19 tables, 81 dealers and 171 seats. Players can choose from Texas Hold’em, Omaha and 7-Card Stud, with weekly promotions and tournaments in the works.

And they didn’t skimp on the details, either: Players can enjoy an in-room cashier, food and beverages, USB charging ports and 55-inch TVs.

5. Movie theater upgrades coming to Station Casinos
The Las Vegas Review-Journal has alerted us to the fact that Station Casinos properties in Southern Nevada, including Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel, The Palms Casino Resort and Palace Station Hotel and Casino, will upgrade their theaters. For The Palms and Palace Station, this tweak is part of the combined $800 million in renovation projects, and will deck the properties out with nine screens. Renovations are expected to be completed this year.

4. Point Place Casino draws crowd for Grand Opening
The 65,000-square-foot Point Place Casino opened at the beginning of the month in Bridgeport, New York, drawing a massive crowd and creating more than 200 jobs for the community. Local leaders also hope that Point Place will attract customers from other nearby regions who will happily spend money on local businesses. Based on how many people lined up overnight for this casino’s grand opening, we don’t think that’s too outrageous of an idea.

3. Hooters Casino opens the Strip's first Steak 'n Shake
Now here’s a hell of a thing to be known for: Hooters Casino Hotel in Las Vegas has opened up the only Steak ‘n Shake location on the Strip, and the largest such restaurant in the world.

Guests can nosh on breakfast or a nice steakburger 24 hours a day in this more-than-200-seat locale or order something to go at the takeout counter. (This location also features the new Prime Burger, a six-ounce patty drenched in Western BBQ or Truffle Prime sauces. Or maybe both, if you ask nicely.)

Best of all, diners can place bets at bar gaming stations.

2. Live! Casino to open Maryland's first outdoor gaming area
Live! Casino & Hotel’s Orchid Gaming and Smoking Patio is the first outdoor experience of its kind in Maryland, offering up table games and slots in the open air. More than 150 of the latest and greatest slot machines, as well as 12 table games, will be available for your perusal. To add to the excitement, the casino will become the first in the state to offer Ticket In/Ticket Out tables, creating a more convenient playing experience. And, of course, there’s alcohol.

Its mid-April opening can’t come fast enough.

1. South Point Hotel and Casino reveals $40 million guest room renovation
Las Vegas' South Point Hotel Casino and Spa’s $40 million plan to remodel its existing guests rooms throughout its three hotel towers is decadent, to say the least, covering new furniture and flooring, as well as bathroom upgrades. Rooms will fancy amenities and high-quality . . . well, everything, it seems like. It’s even got those fancy USB charging stations everyone seems to be so fond of lately.

This follows the more than $500 million in upgrades undergone by the property’s spa and salon, and a couple other multimillion-dollar projects. Please settle down, South Point — we can barely keep up.
Abby Messick

Abby served as an associate editor for the Casino City editorial team for three years, between 2015 and 2018.
Abby Messick
Abby served as an associate editor for the Casino City editorial team for three years, between 2015 and 2018.