Pennsylvania’s first casino opened in 2006 and the 10th opens this fall at a former sugar refinery site in Philadelphia. As Pennsylvania’s young gaming industry expands, a diverse array of casinos gives group travelers a chance to strike it rich and enjoy glitzy entertainment and fun dining venues. To augment revenue from slot machines, all the state’s casinos just installed table games.
On the Ohio River in downtown Pittsburgh, Rivers Casino opened a year ago next to Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem opened in May 2009 on the site of the historic Bethlehem Steel plant and offers two signature restaurants from celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. Parx Casino, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Harrah’s Chester, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course and The Meadows Racetrack & Casino offer harness or thoroughbred racing.