gaming control board
After several down years, slot machine revenue at Pennsylvania casinos rebounded in the last fiscal year.
The chairman of the Gaming Control Board says deliberations continue on who, if anyone, will get the second casino license for the city of Philadelphia.
The man in charge of the Valley Forge Casino Resort was in the hot seat this past week.
During a presentation to Gaming Control Board members, John Dixon, the Chief Technology Officer for Greenwood Gaming, which owns Parx, suggested it’s the next big thing in gaming to attract younger players.
Members of the Gaming Control Board aren’t tipping their hand as to when a decision might be coming on who will get the license for a second casino in Philadelphia.
Samantha Krepps, a spokeswoman for the commission, emphasizes the race dates have been suspended, not Harrah’s racing license.
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.