Mini-casino bid goes to Mercer County

Cornelia Mascio
Febbraio 22, 2018

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Wednesday hours after the auction that Las Vegas Sands had selected a site in northwestern Pennsylvania that intruded on the 15-mile buffer zone around the location picked by the victor of the previous auction earlier this month.

Sands submitted the winning $9.9 million bid for a casino on the other side of the state in Mercer County, on the border of Ohio.

The next mini-casino will likely not be coming to Mercer Count after all.

However, the law dictates that any Category 4 mini-casino can not be built within 25 miles of another mini-casino.

Bids are now limited to the state's licensed casino owners.

Harbach said that it was determined after the geographical pinpoint was announced that the casinos would be within that 25 miles limit.

The operator of the Sands Casino Bethlehem, Sands Bethworks Gaming LLC, was the high bidder Wednesday for a Category 4 casino license in Pennsylvania. The first three license auctions raised over $110 million.

There are still six more licenses to auction off.

Each mini-casino can have 750 slot machines and license holders can pay another $2.5 million to operate 30 table games.

Representatives of the Gaming Control Board will reconvene at 10 a.m. Thursday on the matter.

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