Westmoreland Casino Adds Poker Room, Gaming Tables, and More, Pending State Approval

More than a year after establishing itself as an anchor at Westmoreland Mall, Live! The Pittsburgh Casino is undergoing modernization.

On Tuesday, officials unveiled several new attractions, including a poker room, event center, arcade games, a FanDuel FanCave and a reconfigured high limit room. These features are in addition to the 30 table games, 750 slot machines, and dining and entertainment facilities at the 100,000 square foot casino, located in Hempfield.

“A year after we opened, we haven’t rested on our laurels, we have made everything bigger,” said Sean Sullivan, general manager of the casino. “The point is, we listen to people. The point is, we constantly want to improve things. If you don’t, you become obsolete, you become criticized.

The 1,500 square foot poker room on the second floor has seven table games that will open on December 20, pending approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The space, adjacent to Sports & Social Steel City, was originally designated as a banquet hall that can be used for private meetings or special events.

The poker room will generate around 25 new jobs. In preparation for its opening, casino officials held a free poker dealer school at the casino school located in the old Sears wing. Last week 24 people graduated.

Down the hall from the poker room is a new 7,000 square foot event center that can be used for weddings, private parties and special events. The space, which will be upgraded after New Years, was once used for storage and a dining area for staff, both of which have been moved downstairs. Its opening is scheduled for 2022.

The event center can currently accommodate 650 people. Once refitted, it will be able to accommodate 850 people.

Also on the second floor near Sports & Social Steel City is the FanDuel FanCave.

The 826-square-foot space features betting terminals as well as 13 leather recliners with 173-inch TVs. The casino’s sports betting is located on the first floor.

“We created a viewing experience here and people can just sit and walk bowling or Skee-Ball at the FanCave while staying with their family,” Sullivan said.

On the first floor, located near a bar with a 45-foot television screen, 20 new electronic gaming tables are scheduled for the casino from December 23, pending approval from the gaming control board. Electronic terminals will include roulette and blackjack dealt by a live dealer.

Terminal maps show 14 electronic gaming tables outside the main casino bar and six inside the bar.

Other changes to the casino floor include the reconfiguration of the high limit room to include 18 additional slots.

The Gaming Control Board is expected to vote on whether or not to allow Live! Casino to include the poker room and electronic game terminals. the a meeting is scheduled for 10 am Wednesday in Harrisburg.

If approved, work to install the terminals will begin immediately, Sullivan said.

“I hope that we will continue to listen to our customers, that we continue to understand their needs and wants, and that we continue to provide solutions,” said Sullivan. “We continue to increase the entertainment experience here at Live! Casino.”

Megan Tomasic is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Megan at 724-850-1203, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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