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Joseph Billhimer

Executive Vice President, Pennsylvania, The Cordish Companies

Joseph Billhimer

“We would support legislation that makes clear slot machines, as defined in Pennsylvania’s Gaming Act and which includes skill games, are only legal in licensed casinos.” —Joe Billhimer, Executive Vice President, Cordish Gaming Group

The Cordish Companies became an east coast gaming dynamo when it opened the Live! Casino in Maryland outside of Baltimore in 2012. Now, Cordish has moved into the Pennsylvania market, first with a mini-casino near Pittsburgh, and last month with the Live! Casino Hotel in Philadelphia. Gaming veteran Joe Billhimer is in charge both casinos and explains why he’s very enthusiastic about the markets on each side of the state. The Philadelphia facility is in the city’s Stadium District, where Cordish already operated the non-gaming Xfinity Live! project, so the casino carries a heavy sports theme. Billhimer met with GGB Editor Frank Legato in Philadelphia prior to the grand opening.

Frank Legato is editor of Global Gaming Business magazine. He has been writing on gaming topics since 1984, when he launched and served as editor of Casino Gaming magazine. Legato, a nationally recognized expert on slot machines, has served as editor and reporter for a variety of gaming publications, including Public Gaming, IGWB, Casino Journal, Casino Player, Strictly Slots and Atlantic City Insider. He has an B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in communications from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the author of the books, How To Win Millions Playing Slot Machines... Or Lose Trying, and Atlantic City: In Living Color.