Valley Forge Casino Resort now truly open to the public
Valley Forge Casino Resort became Pennsylvania’s 11th casino when it opened it’s doors to the public on March 30, 2012. It was also the state’s first Category 3 gaming resort.
Up until October 31, 2017, that meant patrons had to pay a membership or access fee, stay at the hotel, or spend at least $10 at a restaurant on the property to enter the casino. State lawmakers passed comprehensive gambling expansion legislation in October 2017 that included allowing Category 3 PA casinos in the state to pay a $1 million fee and remove all membership or access fees and stipulations. The casino at Valley Forge is now free for all to enter.
The legislation also allows Valley Forge Casino Resort to add up to 250 slot machines, up to 15 poker tables, and apply for online gaming and sports betting licenses for PA online casinos as they become available. Valley Forge executives have said they are considering all these options.
Casino games at Valley Forge
Valley Forge Casino Resort is a full-amenity gaming resort featuring more than 600 slot machines and 50 table games. This includes:
- Pai Gow Poker
- Ultimate Texas Hold ’em
- Super 4 Progressive Blackjack
Some of the most popular slot machines on the property include:
- Quick Hits Triple Blazing Sevens
- Wheel of Fortune Big Money
- QuickHits Platinum
- Fire Light
Valley Forge Casino Resort is in King of Prussia, in Philadelphia’s western suburbs, just minutes from Valley Forge National Historical Park, the site of the military camp where the Continental Army spent the winter of 1777–78 during the American Revolutionary War. The property is also across the street from the King of Prussia Mall, featuring the largest amount of retail space in the country.
The $130 million casino was built on top of the exhibition floor of the Valley Forge Convention Center.
In addition to the 40,000-square-foot casino, Valley Forge Casino Resort features two luxury hotel towers with more than 600 rooms. This includes the Radisson Tower and Casino Tower. Additionally, there are eight restaurants and 100,000 square feet of meeting, conference, and banquet facilities. Plus, regular live entertainment and nightlife options.
Valley Forge punches above its weight in revenue
The Category 3 license that limits the number of slots and table games has kept Valley Forge Casino Resort one of the smallest casinos in Pennsylvania. However, the property punches a little above its weight in terms of revenue, particularly for table games.
Valley Forge Casino Resort posted more than $37 million in table game revenues in 2016. That made it eighth of 13 casinos in the state. Valley Forge Casino Resort was 12th in slot revenue. However, the $77.8 million in 2016 slot revenue the property posted was more than double 13th place Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin. The casino was also 12th of 13 in total gambling revenue, more than tripling 13th place Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin’s total revenue numbers.
Valley Forge ownership
Philadelphia Main Line Real Estate is the lead party in the Valley Forge Convention Center Partners investment group that first applied for and was granted the Valley Forge Casino Resort gaming license. However, it took more than a year and a half and almost $1 million worth of promises for various community upgrades before that license was awarded.
The investment group also had to fight off Parx Casino and its objections at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court before beginning construction. Saverio Scheri is the investment group’s president and CEO.
The Valley Forge advantage
Valley Forge Casino Resort is just a stone’s throw from the major metropolis of Philadelphia. However, since it is a Category 3 casino, it is a full-service resort.
That means it has hotel rooms and additional amenities other Philadelphia-area casinos do not provide. Now that the property has been able to remove all membership and access fees, it also competes on a level playing field with those casinos in terms of attracting gamblers who don’t wish to make use of those amenities.
It still remains rather small in terms of the number of games available. However, Valley Forge Casino Resort table games seem to be able to put up big numbers, and changes in the Category 3 license stipulations may see the property step up its slots game as well.
The property’s proximity to the Valley Forge National Historical Park and shopping at the King of Prussia Mall across the street make Valley Forge Casino Resort a true destination casino resort.
Should the casino ultimately be allowed to grow to the same size as others in the Philadelphia area, Valley Forge Casino Resort could become one of the top grossing casino properties in the state. Regardless, Valley Forge Casino Resort remains the No. 1 full-fledged casino resort in Pennsylvania, and it appears to be drawing more and more patrons all the time — particularly now that the membership and access fees have been waived.