Back in September, it was rumored that the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania was planning a major expansion. It was reported that the gaming venue had filed plans within the Department of Community and Economic Development in Bethlehem to complete a multi-level expansion project that would increase the size of the venue. At the time, Sands CEO Mark Juliano would not confirm such plans. It seems now that the expansion plans are legit and have been confirmed by the Sands.
The casino is planning a $90 million expansion that would see restaurants and additional gaming to the venue. According to the Morning Call, the investment by the Sands in the area would soon reach almost $1 billion after this expansion. The venue would have the largest gaming floor as far as the twelve casinos in the state are concerned and be able to create even more revenues thanks to the additional of new table games.
Sands CEO Mark Juliano stated that the project will have to be approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board before construction could begin. 81 table games would be added to the gaming floor which would provide over 300 for players to enjoy. The additional table games will require special approval as a law is in place that limits table games to 250 per venue.
According to Juliano, the gaming venue is well above capacity especially on the weekends. There are nights at the casino when people are unable to find a slot machine to enjoy or a seat at a table game that is affordable. The casino has a need to add the space to be able to handle the demand of gamblers who frequent the venue.
A spokesman of for the Gaming Control Board, Richard McGarvey, has stated that a casino in the state has yet to ask permission to go over the 250 table game maximum but the board always assumed that it would be the Sands as they go far and away beyond anyone else when it comes to table games.