After many years of discussions of casino gambling in the Poconos, it has become a reality with the opening of the first resort casino in Pennsylvania.
The owners of the site where the famous Mount Airy couples resort once stood have completed a brand-new casino (Open Now). The new Mount Airy sports numerous onsite gaming, shopping and dining amenities and will become one of the largest hotels in the Poconos.
The initial building phase includes a 200 room hotel, 3000 slot machines, four restaurants, 18-hole golf course, indoor pool, spa, retail shops, and more. Conference and entertainment facilities are planned as well. Ultimately, the casino property is expected to have 5000 slots and 400 hotel rooms. The Casino, restaurants and some shops are open and Tentative opening for the Hotel is December 2007.
A Review. PoconosBest.com visited the New Casino on it's Preview Night (Oct 20) The new Casino is really remarkable and impossible to describe without making comparisons to other Casinos. For those who have visited Atlantic City, the Mount Airy Casino will remind you of a small Borgata with its in-the-round casino floor full of slots and video games. As at the Borgata there is a central area with Bar in the round. Here you can sit (or stand) and enjoy a cocktail while conversing or playing one of the On The Bar video poker games. Restaurants and shops are on the perimeter.
A well rounded selections of restaurants includes a Steakhouse (Red), and upscale Italian eatery (Le Sorelle), Betty's American Diner, and one of the Best Buffets of any of the over 50 Casinos this reviewer has visited.
There are no comparisons to "Racinos". The Mount Airy Resort is a complete casino experience. Upon entry to the property you have a choice of Valet or Self Parking. The Multi story Grand Entrance with its two story cascading boulder and tree lined waterfall is impressive. There are four "Player's Club" counters to make your introduction to the gaming club swift and easy. The casino floor is well lit and easy to navigate. (Just walk around or follow most isles to the center bar).
Once on the casino floor the selections of over 2500 games is outstanding. From roulette to blackjack games with giant video screens with life size video dealers that seem almost as real as a person. 1 cent to $1 slots and all the latest in video Poker
Until rooms are available, please visit these Poconos Hotels , Poconos Resorts and Poconos Inns websites for accommodations. Most surrounding properties are identified with distance to the Casino on the Hotel description during the reservation process. Here is a quick check for availability and prices:
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs offers over 1,200 of the newest and hottest slot machine names in a two-floor Northeast, Pennsylvania setting.
Easy to get to from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Interstate 81, Interstate 80 and Interstate 78, offers one floor of non-smoking action, two bars and a three outlet food court.
Open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs hosts some of the most popular slot machines around including Wheel of Fortune, Triple Red Hot 7's, Monopoly, Deal or No Deal, Hot Shot progressives, Quick Hit slots, Wolf Run, In The Money, Super Times Pay and many more. All machines are equipped with ticket-in, ticket-out technology, making for a more hassle-free gaming experience. With everything from penny slots to $25.00 machines, gamers of all levels will have their choice of over 500 reel games, 450 video machines and video poker, not to mention more than 300 slot machines in a special smoke-free area.
But the options don't stop there. Any appetite will be satisfied with five different eateries available including: the Winner's Circle Eatery, Pacer's Clubhouse, The Right Blend, Hot Tomato and Mohegan Grille and Deli.
Casino: 1,203 slots
Denominations : 1 cent to $25.00
8 Electronic Blackjack tables
Casino hours: 24 hours a day