Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, a brand new casino was opened after two days of testings and welcomed first visitors at 9 a.m. on May 22nd.
The place built on the former site of the Bethlehem Steel plant contains approximately 3,000 state-of-the-art slots machines and lots of dining and entertainment places and also 3,400 parking spaces.
According to Robert DeSalvio, the casino will hold the official Grand Opening on June 9th, 2009, the day where lots of special events and shows will be held. The official information states that the event will be visited by many officials as the Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Chairman Greg Fajt and LVS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sheldon Adelson.
First two test days at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem raised nearly $54,000 for local non-profit agencies. Providing more than $1.6 million wagered on Wednesday only, giving $1.48 million as winnings and a total revenue of $119,980. Monday brought about $1.7 million raised, $64,000 of which were collected for charity.
Though Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is the casino that features only slots, you may find no point visiting it if you are a poker, blackjack or roulette player. However, all these games are offered here in electronic versions, which are sometimes even better than the traditional games as Blackjack may provide decrease of house edge to almost 0.5 percent.