Two planned Western Pa. mini-casinos will provide hundreds of jobs

Gary Rotstein | Monday, November 19, 2018, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Little information has been released publicly thus far about two planned mini-casinos in Western Pennsylvania, but their applications to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board have begun giving hints of the hundreds of jobs, thousands of patrons and millions in revenue that are anticipated.

No projected opening date has been made available for either of the small casinos, which can have up to 750 slot machines and 30 to 40 table games. One is planned by Mount Airy Casino Resort in Big Beaver, near the intersection of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Beaver Valley Expressway, and the other is by Stadium Casino LLC at Westmoreland Mall’s former Bon-Ton store in Hempfield.

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Court tosses out Pa. ban on political donations from casino interests

Andrew Maykuth | Wednesday, September 19, 2018, The Philadelphia Inquirer

A federal court has overturned the state’s ban on political contributions from people involved in the gaming industry, ruling that the law aimed at curbing the influence of casino interests was too broad.

The suit was brought by Pasquale “Pat” Deon Sr., a Bucks County businessman and chairman of the SEPTA board who is also a major shareholder in the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Deon was joined by Maggie Hardy Magerko, an owner of 84 Lumber, who is a beneficiary of the trust that owns Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin in Fayette County.

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No legal sports betting yet in Pennsylvania, but it’s on the way

Gary Rotstein | Tuesday, September 4, 2018, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This week’s arrival of the NFL season brings with it new opportunities for sports bettors in various states to place a legal wager on the Steelers, who are favored by nearly a touchdown over the Browns Sunday.

Just don’t expect to do so in Pennsylvania. Soon, perhaps, but not yet — and possibly sooner in the Philadelphia and Harrisburg areas than in the Pittsburgh region.

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Pennsylvania to auction off casino licenses

Rich Cholodofsky | Thursday, December 14, 2017, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

The first of 10 satellite casino licenses to be built in Pennsylvania will be auctioned off next month.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has announced a series of nine dates throughout the first half of 2018 in which it will receive sealed bids to purchase licenses for facilities to operate casinos with up to 750 slot machines and eventually as many as 40 table games.

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New legislative appointees to Pa. Gaming Control Board bring lobbying world a little closer

Charles Thompson | Thursday, August 24, 2017, Harrisburg Patriot News

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati stayed with those he knows when it came to his latest selection to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Scarnati, a Republican from Jefferson County, picked Harrisburg lawyer Merritt Reitzel to take the $145,000-a-year spot vacated this month by former Cameron County Commissioner Anthony Moscato.

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