HARRISBURG, Pa (CBS) — Governor Wolf has signed a bill to greatly expand gambling across Pennsylvania.
The state’s existing casinos will have the first crack at ten “mini-casinos” with up to 750 slot machines and 30 table games to start.READ MORE: 'Hold Him Accountable': Philadelphia School District Teacher Let Student Make Wooden Gun In Shop Class, Parent Says
Unless they are co-owned, mini-casinos cannot be located within 25 miles of an existing casino.
Mini-casinos cannot be located in Montgomery County because there already exists a smaller “resort” casino in Valley Forge.READ MORE: All Lanes Of I-95 Northbound Near Bridge Street Closed Due To Crash
Municipalities will have until the end of the year to opt out.
In terms of location, Jenn Kocher, spokeswoman for the Senate majority leader said, “When it came to the mini-casinos, we were looking to try to create a balance.”
Truck stops could have up to five video gaming terminals, and Kocher says under the definition in the law, about 100 locations would qualify.MORE NEWS: At Least 3 People Shot, Killed In Violent Thursday Night In Philadelphia
Counties in which there are currently existing casinos can opt out.