gaming control board
Six firms are in the running for a second casino license in Philadelphia, and today the Gaming Control Board will get a detailed review of those applications from the mayor’s Commerce Director Alan Greenbeger.
A Gaming Control Board spokesman says the panel will seek dismissal of a lawsuit filed earlier this week attempting to stop the board from issuing a license for a second casino in the city of Philadelphia.
This is a practice that’s been put on hold for the time being by a top gaming board official, who wants to make sure they’re not accessible to young people.
SugarHouse plans to build a multi-story parking garage that would have some of the expanded gaming floor beneath it.
Gaming Control Board spokesman Doug Harbach says this is not a public input hearing. In fact, even the board members will mostly just listen as the applicants for the casino license make presentations.
The state deadline for applications for a second casino in Philadelphia is Thursday.
Now that the state Supreme Court has rejected Foxwoods’ appeal of its license revocation, attention turns to whether that license will remain in Philadelphia end up somewhere else in the state or end up nowhere at all.
Workers are still putting the finishing touches on the Valley Forge Casino Resort, but the $150-million gaming facility will be ready to go for two nights of testing before the real opening.
The Gaming Control Board has approved some final adjustments to the plan to allow the public to access the gaming floor at the Valley Force casino expected to open next spring.
Sugarhouse is gambling that the demand for their slot machines and table games will grow as the facility does.
The new head of the board that regulates Pennsylvania casinos says he favors moving the board’s investigation unit into the state attorney general’s office.
William Ryan says he and his colleagues know they have work to do. “A realization that we do have to regain the confidence of the people, the confidence of the legislature, the confidence of the governor.”
Representatives from Parx Casino will be in Harrisburg this morning to meet with the state Gaming Control Board to talk about the Bensalem casino’s plan for dealing with the ongoing problem of kids left in cars.
SugarHouse ranked fifth out of ten casinos in the state, with $53.5-million in gross table games revenues in the fiscal year, despite the fact that it has the fewest number of tables and was the last to come on line.
Michael Sklar, an attorney representing The Rivers, says the problem of underage gambling will continue unless the minors themselves are punished. “It’s like a bar: the kids are gonna try.”