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Top 10 US casino openings and closings for April 2024

1 April 2024

When choosing a casino resort to stay at, some of the first things you tend to look at are what kind of amenities it offers in addition to gaming, such as food options, pools and shopping. In order to keep up with competition, casino properties across the U.S. continue to update and open new options for people to enjoy. While that happens, on the other hand, you have some that have the unpleasant experience of going through a closure, including a well-known Las Vegas resort that is seeing its final days. Let’s take a look at that closure, along with plenty of new openings guests can look forward to.

10. Sammy Hagar to debut Sammy’s Island at Palms Pool in Las Vegas
Next month, Sammy Hagar and Palms Casino Resort will introduce Sammy’s Island, a tropical pool getaway at the Las Vegas pool experience.

Featuring a blend of food, cocktails made with Hagar’s signature spirits, and live music performances to make poolside days and nights come alive, Sammy’s Island will officially debut on Friday, 17 May.

The sun-filled oasis will feature an abundance of cabanas and daybeds, four exclusive Red Rocker-themed cabanas, a pool island designed for lounging in the sun, and a poolside restaurant.

9. Suncoast Hotel and Casino renovation plans
Continuing work that began in late 2023, Boyd Gaming plans to completely transform Suncoast Hotel & Casino, creating a new, modern experience for residents of the Summerlin area and the entire Valley.

Last year, Suncoast debuted its new High Limit Room, providing a more intimate and upscale gaming experience. Just a few months later, Suncoast welcomed William B’s Steakhouse.

Work will accelerate in the coming days as Suncoast begins construction of a sportsbook near the east entrance to the casino. Set to open by this coming football season, the stadium-style sports viewing experience will include one of the largest high-resolution, wrap-around LED screens in the Las Vegas Valley.

Next year, Suncoast’s bingo players will be given a new experience as Suncoast opens a bingo room right off the casino floor.

8. Major expansion of Point Place Casino
In mid-February, the Oneida Indian Nation announced that Point Place Casino in New York would undergo a large-scale expansion that will double its gaming floor, add a new hotel and more.

The expansion will include the new, multi-story hotel with 100 guest rooms and eight suites. Inside the lobby area, guests will enjoy a Perfect Pour Cafe satellite location, while an event area will accommodate meetings, celebrations and other gatherings.

A new restaurant will offer guests American grill-style fare, while dining venue The Burgers of Madison County will add breakfast service alongside its existing lunch and dinner menus.

7. Circa Sportsbook opens at Silverton Casino Lodge
In early March, Circa Sports, the Las Vegas-based sports betting brand from CEO Derek Stevens, officially opened its new permanent sportsbook at Las Vegas casino-resort Silverton Casino Lodge. This marked the brand’s fifth satellite location in southern Nevada, and first in the southwest region.

The 1,600 square foot sportsbook includes the following and more:

- A Daktronics screen that can be configured to show games from all major sports leagues and other streaming services

- Three betting windows

- Three self-service betting kiosks, odds boards and betting sheet racks

- 12 lounge chairs

- Six four-person tables

- Four six-person booths

- 24 bar top games with various ADA seating throughout the space

6. The Rose Gaming Resort to open in September
Just over a month ago, Churchill Downs Incorporated announced it received approval from the Town of Dumfries to open Phase One of The Rose Gaming Resort with 1,650 historical racing machines. This number represents an increase of 500 HRMs from what CDI previously announced. The Rose, located in Northern Virginia, is now scheduled to open by the end of September 2024.

The facility will also open with a 102-room hotel, eight food and beverage options and over 2,540 parking spaces. The total capital investment in the project to now expected to be $460 million.

5. The Venetian Las Vegas expands poker room
This summer, the poker room will relocate from The Venetian Las Vegas casino floor to Level 2, Grand Canal Shoppes.

The new poker room will feature 50 tables spread across 14,000 square feet of space, making it the largest room on the Strip. The expansion allows for upgraded seating arrangements.

From self-serve Coca-Cola soda fountain and coffee to online ordering and delivery from the breadth of options at Grand Lux, to USB and USB-C charging ports at every seat, TVs throughout the venue, and dedicated restrooms, every aspect of the experience has been curated with the players in mind.

The room will also have kiosks for both the resort’s loyalty program, Venetian Rewards, and sports betting operated by William Hill.

4. New rooms at Rocksino by Hard Rock Deadwood
The Rocksino by Hard Rock Deadwood in South Dakota unveiled nearly two dozen completely renovated, rooms and suites and welcomed hotel guests on Monday, 11 March.

Fifteen months in the making, the 22 spacious guest rooms come in 11 different room types, including the Diamond Suite, a three-bedroom unit with a king and two queen beds, two-bedroom king and queen suites, single king and queen rooms, and units featuring two twin beds.

Standard amenities include expresso coffeemakers, hairdryers, a safe, bottled water, large HD TV information centers, ceiling fans, and a fridge.

The property features a casino with 86 new state-of-the-art slot machines, a full-service restaurant and bar with craft cocktails, a delicious new menu, and authentic music memorabilia.

3. Potawatomi’s new sportsbook and poker room
Next month is a big one for Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee. On 3 May, the 14-table Poker Room and the casino’s Las Vegas-style sportsbook will be officially open to guests. Construction began on both venues in September 2023, and are the final stage of the casino’s $190 million renovations.

The Poker Room will have 14 tables with games including 1-3 No Limit, 2-5 No Limit and Pot Limit Omaha. Guests can look forward to promotions such as Hourly High Hand Jackpots and Bad Beat Jackpot.

The Potawatomi Sportsbook, the 6,500 square foot retail sports betting space, will consist of two floors, a broadcast booth with professional quality 3-camera system, over 20 TVs in sizes up to 98” and seat over 200. Kiosks and ticket writers will be available for all casino guests.

2. $5 billion expansion plan for Resorts World New York City
During the first week in March, Resorts World Casino New York City revealed a $5 billion expansion plan. The casino is making a strong push to secure one of the three full-fledged gaming licenses being offered by the state.

Securing a license would enable them to broaden their offerings from machine activities to include table games, like blackjack and poker.

Plans include enlarging the casino floor to 350,000 square feet. Additionally, the proposal includes the addition of 1,600 new hotel rooms, complementing the 400 rooms already opened in 2021 at the adjacent Hyatt Regency JFK Airport.

An extra 350,000 square feet of conference and entertainment areas are planned, featuring a 7,000-seat arena, a sports academy honoring two time NBA Champion Kenny “The Jet” Smith, a health center and 10 acres of spaces, with walking trails.

1. Final days for Tropicana in Las Vegas
A major change is coming to Las Vegas this week. Tropicana Las Vegas will be demolished to make room for the new baseball stadium of the Athletics.

If you want to be a part of the final days of the Tropicana Vegas Hotel you better get a move on. Those looking for souvenirs from the casino, whether a chip or a deck of cards, time is running out. The official last day of operation for the resort is tomorrow, just two days short of the resort’s 67th anniversary.

October looks to be the estimated month for demolition of the famous Las Vegas property. To give an idea of how long the Las Vegas resort has been operating, the Tropicana was built in 1957, two years before Wayne Newton began performing in Las Vegas.

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.