Returning Harrah’s Philadelphia customers will notice a rearranged casino floor with 563 fewer slot machines at the Caesars Entertainment property.
With PGCB approval, Harrah’s slot count came down from 2,263 to 1,700. Caesars claims that its gaming floor is more comfortable for guests because it has fewer slot machines. Harrah’s also stated that it does not anticipate any revenue loss as a result of the reduction. The state receives 54% of each casino’s slot winnings.
338 of the 563 slots that were removed were from the smoking section. The smoking section still has the majority of the slots on the property. This amounts to nearly 52% of the 1,700 allotments.
In January 2007, Harrah’s Philadelphia opened the first slots casino in the Philadelphia metro area. Demand at the time warranted the gaming floor housing nearly 3,000 machines.
However, gaming has grown dramatically in Pennsylvania over the last decade. Numerous new land-based casinos opened in the state. It includes table games, iGaming, satellite casinos, and video gaming terminals at truck stops. Because of this expansion, large gaming places such as Harrah’s Philadelphia are no longer necessary.