By Molly Daly

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (CBS) — There’s a new casino in the Delaware Valley. The Valley Forge Casino Resort held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting Saturday morning.

The dice started rolling at a minute past midnight, a little early to stage a news conference and photo op. So, the dignitaries and the press assembled at 11 a.m.

“You’re talking about 600 slot machines, 50 tables. We have ten other casinos, Category 1 and 2, [they] have no less than 1800 machines,” says Gaming Control Board Chairman William Ryan, who adds that Valley Forge is on a smaller scale.

Since Valley Forge is a Category 3 casino, you can’t just walk in and gamble. You need to be a guest at the hotel, buy a membership, or spend at least $10 in one of its retail outlets to be allowed onto the gambling floor. That, says Ryan, sets it apart:

“This is definitely a different type of casino from the first ten we’ve opened here in Pennsylvania.”

And that, it’s hoped, will lure people who’ve come to bask in the history to stay and try their luck.

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