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Top 10 casino openings and expansions

10 September 2018

As the calendar turns from summer to fall, resort casinos all over are also changing for the better. About two months ago, we talked about recent casino openings and expansions, and now we already have 10 more to discuss. 10. Resorts World Catskills debuts Crystal Life Spa New York’s newest and closest-to-Manhattan commercial casino resort celebrated the opening of its Crystal Life Spa. Resorts World Catskills is the first to bring the Crystal Life Spa, the only feng shui-inspired spa at sea, to land. In addition to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the spa, the day included a speaking engagement from skincare and holistic wellness expert Ling Chan. 9. The Book at The LINQ With the NFL season kicking off over the weekend, it is perfect timing for The LINQ Hotel & Casino to debut its new sportsbook on the Las Vegas Strip. In addition to a new race and sports betting desk, The Book features 87 televisions and 12 Fan Caves. The Fan Caves are rentable living rooms for guests and their friends to enjoy on game day, featuring 98-inch guest-controlled televisions, Xboxes, virtual reality goggles, bottle and drink service and more. The Book will also feature a self-serve beer wall with 24 taps, including lagers and IPAs; leaderboards where you can prove your sports betting prowess; and other games to challenge friends or to make new ones. 8. New spa at Hard Rock Atlantic City - Atlantic City The new property on the Atlantic City Boardwalk is now offering guests a rock-star vibe at the newly opened Rock Spa & Salon. The grand opening took place on 30 August and featured an evening reception with the 51 Miss America candidates, who had begun their competition in Atlantic City earlier that day. The spa features 31 newly designed treatment rooms, which include 20 dedicated massage rooms, four facial rooms, two couples’ suites, three body treatment rooms and two Rhythm & Motion rooms; and a full-service salon, including manicures, pedicures, make-up, and barber and hair services. Rock Spa & Salon offers a variety of full-body treatments and massages including deep tissue, romantic couples’ experiences, and athletic and therapeutic restoration needs. Whether it's a girlfriends' getaway, a bridal party or just a desire to spa like a Rock Star, the private VIP spa suite is perfect for small groups. 7. M Resort opens first Topgolf Swing Suite in Las Vegas The Las Vegas resort is teaming up with Topgolf Swing Suite to bring the virtual gaming experience to Las Vegas. M Resort will debut a two-bay Topgolf Swing Suite on 1 September that allows guests to play in a temperature-controlled room with lounge seating. Guests can enjoy various golf and multi-sport games, including the TopContender, modeled after Topgolf’s signature game, which tracks shot accuracy while awarding players points for hitting targets. They also have the option to take the mound and pitch against a team of zombies, or test their skills by playing some of the world’s best golf courses, such as St. Andrews, Gleneagles, Torrey Pines and Pebble Beach. Located across from Baby Cakes Artisan Bakery, Topgolf Swing Suite’s food and drink menu will feature burgers, pizza, craft beer, specialty cocktails and milkshakes. M Resort’s Top Golf Swing Suite will be open until 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 6. Boulder Station’s new bingo room Guests at Boulder Station Hotel & Casino, located in Las Vegas, will soon enjoy a newly renovated bingo room. The bingo room is scheduled to open later this year and will mirror Station Casinos’ designs of the bingo rooms located at Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino and Palace Station Hotel and Casino. The bingo room will also include an enclosed smoking section. The new room will have technology scattered throughout the space, an expansive check-in counter, a snack bar and a full-service bar for complete, personalized bingo fun. A VIP area will feature recliners, while TVs encircle the entire room. Every seat in the new space will feature a USB charger, so guests can plug in while enjoying their favorite game. Since 15 August, bingo operations at Boulder Station have been temporarily relocated to the Railhead. 5. Mount Airy Casino Resort to break ground in Beaver County Pennsylvania’s first AAA Four-Diamond casino resort announced the immediate plans for Mount Airy Pittsburgh to break ground at the end of the year. At its anticipated grand opening in late 2019, the Mount Airy Pittsburgh’s 750 slot machines, 30 table games and high limit area will be accompanied by its famed buffet, which was voted “best of gaming” by the readers of Casino Player Magazine. The entire property, including its sports bar, will be designed by the world-renowned Friedmutter Group, known for its work at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Future phase II development plans include a full-service resort hotel, convention center, fine dining restaurant, pool, spa and salon, and other destination-focused amenities. 4. Fullhouse Café at Wild Horse Pass Gila Rivers Hotels & Casinos in Arizona is excited about the new restaurant, Fullhouse Café, located at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. The 24-hour eatery celebrated its grand opening on 30 July, with an honorary ribbon-cutting and exclusive menu tasting. The expansive menu features a variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining. For breakfast, guests can enjoy signature dishes including Dulce de Leche Pancakes filled with custard and topped with cinnamon churros and caramel sauce; Chef’s Creation Run Wild Omelet made with six fresh eggs, ham, smoked bacon, Polish kielbasa, Swiss cheese, American cheese, cheddar cheese and hash browns; and Chicken & Waffles made with buttermilk fried chicken and drizzled with house-made jalapeño honey. A variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads, tacos, Asian dishes, and vegetarian and vegan fare complete the lunch and dinner menu. Comfort food lovers can dine on the restaurant’s hearty dinner entrées, including Brisket Mac & Cheese, Country Fried Steak, Fish & Chips and Homemade Pot Roast. 3. The Hangover Bar opens at Madame Tussauds On 30 July, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas welcomed reality star Scheana Shay and the dancers of Thunder From Down Under as they hosted the official opening of The Hangover Bar. With signature cocktails in hand, Scheana and the Thunder men toasted the official opening of the hottest new bar. As the event went on, the Thunder gents announced that they would be debuting their shot, Thunder Spank, as the first shooter of the Celebrity Shot Series. Mixed with Malibu Rum, Midori Sour and pineapple juice, the guys handed out shots to the crowd and took the first taste. Guests took photos and continued through the Hangover experience and officially welcomed The Hangover Bar to the Vegas Strip. The Hangover Bar is the latest addition to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas and The Hangover Experience, which currently features the hotel suite and wedding chapel, as well as figures of Alan (portrayed by Zach Galifianakis), Phil (portrayed by Bradley Cooper) and Mike Tyson. 2. Electra Cocktail Club at The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino At the end of July, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino introduced Electra Cocktail Club in Las Vegas. Electra completes the Venetian Cocktail Collective, comprising the Dorsey, the Rosina and now the Electra. Electra’s backbar features a diverse selection of spirits with a focus on rums, agricoles and mezcals. Like the menus at The Dorsey and Rosina, Electra’s offerings were conceived by noted barman Sam Ross. Designed by award-winning Simeone Deary Design Group under a consulting agreement with Gensler, the 127-seat bar incorporates the use of materials such as brass, granite, etched metals, custom wall coverings and a chandelier with more than 1,200 points of light, offset by deep teal accents throughout the space. Electra is open daily from 3 p.m. until 4 a.m. 1. San Manuel Casino’s Blackjack Arena Last month, in California, San Manuel Casino unveiled the Blazing 7’s Blackjack Arena. The arena exclusively hosts the Blazing 7’s Blackjack game, with a progressive betting option that allows players to win additional payouts during the standard game. Players can experience the Blazing 7’s Blackjack Arena inside the Rockin' Casino located on the second floor of San Manuel Casino. Players who enter the Blackjack Arena can participate in the Blazing 7’s progressive wager by placing a side bet on how many 7’s the player receives in their first two cards and the dealer’s up card. The more 7s are revealed during the game, the higher the pay.
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Dan Ippolito

As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports. Email him at, or follow him at @casinocity_dan on Twitter.
Dan Ippolito
As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports. Email him at, or follow him at @casinocity_dan on Twitter.