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As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and he 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.

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Top 10 casino openings and expansions for fall 2022

5 Sep 2022

By Dan Ippolito
Here in the U.S., it is Labor Day, which means the kids are gearing up for another school year and fall is right around the corner. Just last week, I wrote about my experience at what was a new casino for me. This edition of casino openings and expansions includes new casinos and several other attractions for guests to look forward to.

10. New Chicken Guy! location at Atlantic City resort
Chef, restaurateur, and TV personality, Guy Fieri and Caesars Entertainment welcomed the arrival of Chicken Guy! at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City on 30 August, the restaurant’s second location on the East Coast.

Guests will see an array of Fieri's fan favorites, including signature sandwiches, chicken tender combos, salad bowls, and all the special sauces.

“Everybody knows by now that I love AC and am always up for bringing my latest and greatest to the Jersey shore. Chicken Guy! is all about the best freakin’ chicken tenders, sandwiches and shakes that you’re gonna find anywhere and I’m stoked to bring it to Harrah’s Resort,” said Guy Fieri.

9. DraftKings opens sportsbook at Golden Nugget Lake Charles
On 29 August, Golden Nugget - Lake Charles and DraftKings opened the permanent retail DraftKings Sportsbook at Golden Nugget Lake Charles, the largest retail sportsbook in Louisiana.

The new venue replaces the previous temporary retail DraftKings Sportsbook at Golden Nugget Lake Charles.

The retail DraftKings Sportsbook will offer a sports betting experience across more than 12,000 square feet, including over 3,200 square feet of LED TV screens; approximately 300 lounge seats including VIP areas; five ticket cages to allow customers to place bets; 16 video poker machines; three blackjack tables; and 30 self-service kiosks spread throughout the Golden Nugget Lake Charles casino.

The DraftKings Sportsbook also offers a full-service restaurant, the DraftKings Sportsbook Bar & Grill, with a variety of dining options during breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including a “quick grab” menu.

8. Rain Rock Casino breaks ground on expansion
On 20 August, the Rain Rock Casino in Yreka, California broke ground to begin its transformation from a pit stop casino to a travel destination.

Projected to be complete in 2024, the Rain Rock Resort will feature more than 80 rooms, VIP cabins, a pool and a convention center.

"For every dollar spent in Yreka, 75% will be will get recirculated back into this community so it’s huge. For them to expand on this just means more value for the city of Yreka. Bringing people that would not normally stop in Yreka are now stopping in Yreka so it’s huge all the way around,” says Mayor of Yreka Duane Kegg.

7. Hell’s Kitchen opens at Harrah’s Resort Southern California
On 12 August, Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen — the eatery — created by celebrated multi-Michelin-starred chef and television personality, Gordon Ramsay — opened its doors at Harrah's Resort Southern California.

As the first location in California and largest outpost to date, this Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen occupies an 11,360-square-foot space and can accommodate up to 332 guests.

As fans might hope, Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen at Harrah's Resort SoCal will feature many of Chef Ramsay's signature dishes, such as his famed Beef Wellington and Sticky Toffee Pudding.

6. Expanded gaming floor at Four Winds South Bend now open
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and its Four Winds Casinos hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on 18 August to mark the opening of the expanded gaming floor at Four Winds South Bend in Indiana.

The new gaming floor now spans more than 98,000 square feet and includes 1,900 slot machines, 27 table games, a new high limit area, an additional cage and cashier area.

A total of 850 new slot machines includes popular titles such as Dragon Link, Cash Express, Big Fish, Buffalo Link, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, The Price is Right, Jumanji, Conan, and Cashman Bingo. A dedicated Video Poker section has also been created with an additional 56 games.

The expanded gaming floor is part of a large-scale expansion at the property , which will also feature a new 23-story hotel tower with 317 hotel rooms including 83 suites, a spa, convention area with a ballroom and meeting space, a cafe, an outdoor swimming pool, and terraces with spectacular views. The expansion will be completed in the first quarter of 2023.

5. Caesars Entertainment breaks ground on new property in Virginia
On 10 August, Caesars Entertainment and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians announced their partnership in the development of Caesars Virginia, which officially broke ground in Danville later that week. The $650 million project is scheduled to open in late 2024.

Caesars Virginia will include a 500-room hotel and a casino gaming floor with over 1,300 slots, 85 live table games, 24 electronic table games, a WSOP poker room and a Caesars Sportsbook. The Caesars Sportsbook app is already live and available for download and registration throughout Virginia.

In addition, the resort will feature a full-service spa, pool, bars and restaurants, a 2,500-seat live entertainment theater and 40,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.

4. Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City opens remodeled pool and pool deck
The remodeled pool and pool deck at Resorts Casino Hotel welcomed back guests on Tuesday, 26 July with a ribbon cutting celebration and a group cannon ball.

The $4 million renovation includes a new 45,000-gallon pool with a retractable roof that allows the area to be used year-round. Also included is a 12-seat full-service bar and an upgraded fitness center.

The focal point of the project is the new 248 glass panel retractable roofing system that was built over the pool, making Resorts the only property in the Atlantic City area to have such a structure.

The pool is located on the third floor of the Ocean Tower and offers views of the beach, boardwalk and ocean. Over 100 new loungers were added in the pool enclosure and out on the sun deck.

3. Ghostbar returning to Palms Casino Resort
The return of the beloved Ghostbar at Palms Casino Resort is official. The Las Vegas nightlife icon reopened its doors on Wednesday, 3 August.

Originally debuting in 2001, this popular bar and lounge perched high atop the 55th floor, quickly became one of the city’s most treasured nightspots featuring views of the entire Las Vegas skyline.

Guests to the Ghostbar begin their experience the minute they are whisked up the private elevator to the 55th floor. From the Red Rocks to the west to Downtown Las Vegas in the north to the famed Las Vegas Strip in the east to the new Allegiant Stadium in the south, there is literally no point in the city that is not visible from Ghostbar.

When the Downtown Las Vegas property re-opened its doors on 28 April, it became the first and only Native American-owned casino in Las Vegas.

2. New York-New York on the Las Vegas Strip announces guest room remodel
New York-New York Hotel & Casino launched a $63 million room remodel project of its 1,830 rooms and 155 of its suites. When completed in the summer of 2023, the accommodations at the Las Vegas Strip hotel will feature new designs and upgraded in-room amenities.

Completion of all guest rooms and Spa, Marquis and Players suites is scheduled for summer 2023 with the first collection of standard and premier rooms available for guest stays in late October 2022.

The room remodel is the next phase of a resort transformation that includes the recently launched “Mad Apple”, the refurbished and rebranded Big Apple Coaster with new trains for a smoother ride, and the revamped Big Apple Arcade with updated game s. More enhancements to the property will be announced in the coming months.

1. First FanDuel Sportsbook coming to Nevada
Last week, Boyd Gaming announced plans to open a FanDuel Sportsbook at the Fremont Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas early next year, the first FanDuel-branded sportsbook in Nevada.

Stretching over 2,300 square feet, the sportsbook will be open year-round and feature four betting windows, two LED video walls, a 40-foot bar, 16 tables, two drink rails, seating for 76 customers, 14 odds/promo screens and seven IGT PlaySports self-service betting kiosks.

FanDuel has entered into a co-branding arrangement with Boyd Gaming for the sportsbook and will provide lines/odds information for Boyd Gaming to use in setting the lines/odds at the sportsbook. In accordance with Nevada law and regulations, Boyd Gaming will hold the sportsbook license and will operate and manage the FanDuel Sportsbook at Fremont.

Nevada will be the 17th state to feature a FanDuel Sportsbook location joining Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, Kansas, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, Washington DC and West Virginia.
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