Mini-casino bids postponed due to bad weather

The  Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board postponed the auction for the license of its fifth mini-casino on Wednesday due to bad weather which resulted in closing the Harrisburg Capitol Complex.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was supposed to open bids on Wednesday for the next mini-casino license. But after a winter storm hit Harrisburg, most state offices closed and the auction got delayed.

Local developer and government officials were looking forward to the upcoming auctions and were hoping that the next mini-casino license would land in Mercer County. The Gaming board has now postponed the bids until Friday.

On February 21, the board awarded the license to Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem centered near Greenville. Under the state’s mini-casino law, bidders need to announce a point where they could establish their facility within 15 miles of the allocated location.

The delayed auction would now be streamed on

Four licenses have been awarded which includes two mini-casinos at Western Pennsylvania.

Greenwood Gaming Entertainment Inc got with associated with Maryland-based Cordish Companies to secure a $40.1 million bid for building a mini-casino in Westmoreland County.

Derry Township was identified as the Central location in a joint bid where the proposed facility can be built within a 15-mile radius that can house up to 750 slot machines and up to 40 table games.

Lawrence County secured another mini-casino license.

Reportedly, Penn National Gaming which was initially opposed to the idea of the creation of Pennsylvania’s ‘satellite casino’ scheme might fetch great revenues from it.

The regional casino operator may also offer other states an alternative to legalized casino gambling while experiencing the least fallout on existing gaming properties.  

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