Property - North America of the year

September 20, 2023

Here is the Shortlist for North American Property of the year, sponsored by Light & Wonder.
  • Circa Resort & Casino - Circa delivers an experience built on the original principles of old-school Las Vegas hospitality honoring the Golden Age of the city. It has the glamor of vintage Vegas enhanced by cutting-edge technology and modern luxuries. Guests go there for the best-in-class entertainment and of course for the property’s standout amenities - the Stadium Swim and the world's largest sportsbook, home to a 78-million-pixel screen and a viewing capacity for 1,000. Circa continues to upgrade the property every year - last year it added a 35,000-square-foot meeting and convention space and recently it deployed Amazon’s Alexa Smart Properties technologies in all its rooms and suites. It also recently announced a partnership with FullTime Fantasy Sports to host the Fantasy Football World Championships and the Las Vegas Fantasy Championships.
  • Horseshoe Las Vegas - At the end of last year, Caesars announced it is bringing the legendary Horseshoe casino brand back to Las Vegas. Following a year-long transformation, the former Bally's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino reopened as Horseshoe Las Vegas with a renovated exterior, new entertainment and F&B options, and a reimagined casino floor. A new feature that stands out is The ARCADE - a 7,000-square-foot venue illuminated by bright neon lights offering a multi-sensory experience. It features more than 80 supersized games, including classics like Skee-Ball, air hockey, Rock the Rim and an epic claw machine, Big One Extreme. Players are transported into immersive adventures via virtual reality with games like King Kong and Mission Impossible. Additionally, the property features a first-of-its-kind 4,900-square-foot World Series of Poker Hall of Fame Poker Room, bringing tournament-style poker to The Strip year-round.
  • Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana - In October last year, Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana in Gary, opened its expanded gaming floor, adding 65 new machines across 1,240-square feet of gaming space adjacent to the Fresh Harvest eatery. The casino now has over 1,700 slot machines and 80 table games. The added gaming space enables the property to offer slot machines with the latest advancements in gaming technology, along with more room for a mix of popular classic games and better sight lines to the casino’s live entertainment and music memorabilia displays. June this year marked the 21st consecutive month that Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana outpaced the other 11 casinos in the state and brought in the highest amount of revenue.
  • Yaamava' Resort & Casino at San Manuel - Yaamava' Resort & Casino at San Manuel is Southern California’s luxurious gaming destination. It is committed to staying at the forefront of the industry by continually exploring new and innovative ways to improve the gaming experience. This commitment is reflected in the casino's ongoing efforts to bring first-to-market games with mind-blowing themes, game-changing features and groundbreaking technologies that elevate guest experience. This year, throughout the month of March alone, six game titles from leading suppliers IGT, AGS, Aristocrat, Light & Wonder, Bluberi and Everi made their world debut on the Yaamava’ casino floor. In addition to its exceptional gaming offerings, the property also boasts a variety of other amenities for guests to enjoy.
  • Foxwoods Resort Casino - Foxwoods is the Northeast’s largest premier resort casino. The past year was a significant year of innovation, evolution and development for the property, as it unveiled its new High Stakes Bingo Hall with 2,200+ seats, opened its newly renovated Expo Center, significantly upgraded and expanded its dining offering, and reached an agreement with Great Wolf Resorts to bring one of their beloved indoor water park resorts to Mashantucket, CT. The property’s casino offers the most comprehensive array of games in the region and has over 2,900 slot machines across four floors. On average, Foxwoods takes $27m-$30m a month in slot revenue. 
  • Pechanga Resort Casino - Located in Temecula Valley's wine country area, Pechanga Resort Casino offers luxury and comfort, as well as a massive 200,000 square feet of gaming space which features 5,400 slots and 152 table games, a non-smoking poker room with 38 tables, and an ultra-modern, 700-seat bingo facility. In October last year the property announced a multi-year partnership with the LA Clippers that makes it the exclusive tribal casino of the team. Pechanga also teamed up with the San Diego Wave Fútbol Club making it the first and only California resort & casino to join forces with the team. Both partnerships reaffirm the property’s commitment to foster relationships with a diverse portfolio of sports teams and to deliver unique events and experiences for guests.
  • Choctaw Casino & Resort - Durant - A couple of years ago, Choctaw Casinos & Resorts invested $600m to expand its Durant property and ever since has experienced an explosive growth. The property’s casino floor offers over 7,400 slots; 100+ tables offering a variety of popular games; a poker room with over 25 tables at the Sky Casino; a racebook with wall-to-wall TVs and three self-service terminals; and more. Last year, the operator enhanced the overall gaming experience with the launch of Choctaw Slots, a free-to-play gaming experience for the social casino segment featuring more than 100 casino favorites, including slots, video poker, blackjack, keno, and more.
  • Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia - Since its grand opening in 2021, Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia has transformed the South Philadelphia Stadium District into a one-stop destination to enjoy the fast-paced action of four major professional sports teams, world-class gaming, memorable entertainment, premier dining, and well-appointed hotel accommodations. The property’s casino floor offers over 2,000 slots, 140+ live action table games, a stylish poker room with 29 tables and a FanDuel Sportsbook. Last year the property celebrated its first anniversary and revealed that during its first year of operation, it contributed more than $325m to the local and state economies.
  • Sycuan Casino Resort - Sycuan Casino Resort has become a community landmark and one of San Diego's premier casino and resort destinations. It boasts a newly expanded casino floor with more than 2,300 slot machines and 54 table games. In 2022, Sycuan welcomed San Diego Padres Pitcher Joe Musgrove as its first MLB ambassador. This year, Sycuan re-signed Musgrove for a further two years. As part of the agreement, the MLB All-Star pitcher will make exclusive casino appearances and participate in community events. Earlier this year Sycuan Casino Resort also became the exclusive US home of Cage Warriors (Europe's Leading MMA Organization) for 2023.
  • Bally’s Twin River Lincoln - In 2021 Bally’s broke ground on a $100-million expansion at its flagship Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln, Rhode Island. In April this year, the property officially opened 40,000 square feet of new gaming space which adds 355 slot machines, 57 table games, 27 stadium-style games, and a first-class, high limit gaming area to the casino. Additional property enhancements, which were unveiled this year, include a new contemporary food hall, which provides seating for 150 guests, including an exclusive private dining area with exterior views, a cigar lounge, and the region’s largest Korean-inspired spa.

The Property - North America of the year category is sponsored by Light & Wonder.

About Light & Wonder: Light & Wonder, Inc. (along with our subsidiaries, “Light & Wonder”) is a leading cross-platform global game company focused on creating games that players love to play wherever they love to play them, be that land-based casino, online or on mobile. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada with more than 6,000 employees across six continents, we create content, hardware, table games and systems that connect iconic titles across any place or channel. By turning games into expansive entertainment, Light & Wonder keeps thrilling players with characters and stories for endless fun.


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