The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has granted Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino’s unusual request to reduce its slot machine quota by 563 machines. It is due to “significant oversupply and underutilization of existing slot machines.”
Harrah’s said it wanted to remove underperforming machines and reconfigure the slot floor to create better flow and spacing. Hence, the casino’s slot count will become from 2,263 to 1,700.
“We believe this reduction will be a significant improvement to the customer experience,” said Chris Albrecht, SVP of Harrah’s Philadelphia.
He went on to say that it would allow the property to create a more comfortable gaming environment. The slots to be removed were “all fully owned units and some of the oldest and least profitable on the gaming floor,” that they had an average age of 10.3 years, and that pods of machines would replace long rows of slots. However, the gaming floor’s square footage remains unchanged. There is no impact on table games, no loss of tax revenue, and no job loss.