Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
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|Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem|
|Address||77 Sands Blvd|
|Opening date||May 22, 2009|
|No. of rooms||302|
|Total gaming space||139,000 sq ft (12,900 m2)|
|Signature attractions||The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem|
|Owner||Las Vegas Sands|
|Previous names||Sands BethWorks (while in planning)|
|Years renovated||Casino floor expansion (late 2009-2010), Hotel (early 2011), Shopping mall (late 2011-2012)|
|Website||Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem|
The casino is owned, operated, and constructed by the Las Vegas Sands corporation. It is one of five stand-alone casinos that was awarded a slots license by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on December 20, 2006. The casino was slated to open in July 2008, but demolition took longer than expected due to the heavy concrete foundations of the old steel building. Its opening was delayed until the second quarter of 2009. The first concrete for the complex, which is located on the former Bethlehem Steel land on the south side of the city, was poured on November 15, 2007.
The casino opened May 22, 2009. In the winter of 2009-2010, the Casino was granted a license for table games which will allow the casino to expand its games to include poker, blackjack and craps. Table games began operation on July 18, 2010. The hotel opened May 27, 2011.
Since the expansion in November 2009, Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem features over 3,000 slot machines, 129 table games, and several electronic table games. While the Las Vegas Sands Corporation owns a number of properties, this is the only casino of the three the Corporation owns in the United States to carry the Sands brand in its name, since the original Las Vegas Sands was demolished and replaced with The Venetian and the Sands Atlantic City was sold to new owners and demolished.
Hotel amenities 
On May 27, 2011, the Sands Hotel opened. It features 302 rooms, 22 suites, 12,000 square feet of meeting space, an indoor pool and a fitness center.
The hotel features these room types: Deluxe Queen Room, Deluxe King Room, Executive Suite, and Presidential Suite. There are 16 Executive suites and 6 Presidential suites. Rooms (and suites) are available in Smoking or Non-Smoking, and in compliance with ADA regulations, handicapped-accessible rooms are available.
- Burgers And More by Emeril (BAM)
- Carnegie Deli
- Cobalt Café
- Emeril's Chop House
- Emeril's Italian Table
- St. James Gate Irish Pub and Carvery
- The Market Gourmet Express: Bananas, Green Leaf's, South Philly Steaks & Fries, Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen, Mo' Burger, Far East, Casa Java
- Coil Lounge
- Infusion Lounge
- Molten Lounge
- Vision Bar
Other nightlife includes: Free live music 7 days a week in Molten Lounge; 1 night a week in St. James Gate Irish Pub and Carvery
A total of 31 stores are being constructed in an indoor outlet mall, The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem, which will connect the casino to the hotel. The shopping mall is being built under the Minsi Trail Bridge. The mall will have 133,000 sq ft (12,400 m2) of retail space when completed. The mall's first stores opened on November 1, 2011, and others by February 2012. Current stores include: Talbots, ULTRA Diamonds, Nine West, DKNY, Guess, Spritz Designer Fragrances, Lenox, The Old Farmer’s Almanac General Store, and Hartmann Luggage. Also, The Sands & Co. gift shop is open and is located just off the casino floor in the casino lobby.
The events center was designed by Howard Kulp Architects of Salisbury Township and feature's 50,000 sq ft (4,600 m2). This includes 2,250 seats or up to 3,500 standing.
The Sands Casino hosts the yearly Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival. The festival was held June 5, 2011. The hotel also has 5,000 sq ft (460 m2). of meeting space with 3,000 sq ft (280 m2) of prefunction and exhibition space.
Gaming tables 
Sands spent $26 million to add these 129 games: 41 blackjack tables, four craps, four roulette, four three-card poker, five mini-baccarat, four midi-baccarat, four pai gow, one Big Six, two Let It Ride, two Caribbean stud, four Texas Hold'em Bonus, one Casino War, one sic bo and 12 poker tables. There is also a 30-table poker room. Table games began operation on July 18, 2010.
See also 
- Darrow, Chuck (November 1, 2011). "Sands opens shopping mall". The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia). Retrieved November 4, 2011.
- Satullo, Sara K. (November 1, 2011). "Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem opens outlet mall this morning". The Express-Times (Easton, PA). Retrieved November 4, 2011.