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Sands out, Parx in for latest mini-casino license

22 February 2018

In the second auction, held January 24, Stadium Casino LLC won with a bid of $40.1 million for a facility near Greensburg, Westmoreland County, a location that will allow it to compete for the Pittsburgh market.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today said it awarded a mini-casino license, also known as a Category 4 license, to Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment Inc., which operates Parx Casino in Bucks County. After the careful assessment of the authority, this meant that the bid should be considered invalid.

A winning bid submitted by worldwide casino developer Las Vegas Sands Corporation to build a fourth mini-casino in Pennsylvania has been invalidated by state gaming regulators following a row over the location of the new proposed mini-casino.

The reason for the controversy is that this area which had previously been secured by the winning proposal made from Mount Airy to build a mini casino in Lawrence County.

Pennsylvania is nearly mid-way through the process to auction ten licences to build mini-casinos in the state.

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The license allows Greenwood to operate 300 to 750 slot machines in the approved location. The area is 40 miles southwest of Harrisburg.

The second and third auctions, meanwhile, led to the selections of locations in western Pennsylvania, which will heat up that market and compete with some facilities in Northeast Ohio.

The $9.9m winning bid from Las Vegas Sands would have been located on a site in Hempfield Township near Mercer County. Peggy Mazyck from the Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau said that she was surprised by the sudden change of plans and contacted the gaming authority responsible for the license issuing. Penn National has a casino 45 miles away and the rights to build another mini-casino in neighboring York County.

This story will be updated.