Penn National files application for Pennsylvania satellite casino

Penn National files application for Pennsylvania satellite casino

Friday, September 14, 2018 Posted by News Team
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Venue in Springettsbury Township would be operator's first Class 4 satellite facility

Penn National Gaming has filed an application with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) for Hollywood Casino York, its first Category 4 satellite gaming facility in the state. 

The operator aims to establish the venue at the York Galleria Mall in Springettsbury Township, and  has planned to invest $120m in the project. This includes $52.6m in licence fees for Category 4 slots and table games. 

Penn plans to open the facility with around 500 slot machines and 20 table games, though it is being designed to accommodate up to 750 slots and 40 table games. 

In addition to its gaming floor, the Hollywood Casino York will also feature a casual dining restaurant and sports bar, a small entertainment lounge and a “grab and go” food outlet. 

The project is expected to create 200 permanent local jobs and around 75 construction jobs. Construction is expected to take between 12 and 18 months, once Penn has secured all necessary approvals, including that of the PGCB. 

“We believe the York Galleria Mall, which is a well-known retail destination in York County, is an ideal site for our planned Hollywood Casino York,” Penn National Gaming chief executive Timothy J. Wilmott said. 

“We explored numerous other potential opportunities within York County, but the mall’s convenient location, existing infrastructure and ample parking, as well as the support of Springettsbury Township officials and the local business community, helped cement our decision.”

The operator was awarded Pennsylvania’s first Category 4 licence in January this year, with each facility permitted to host up to 750 slot machines and 40 table games. Should the PGCB approve the venture, Springettsbury Township will receive 2% of gross tax on slots revenue, and 1% from table games.

“Penn National Gaming has been proud to call Pennsylvania home for over 45 years,” Wilmott added. “We look forward to adding hundreds of new team members in York County and becoming another economic engine for Springettsbury and the greater York business community.”

The Pennsylvania legislature cleared the way for operators to establish satellite casinos late in 2017, passing the measure as part of the gambling expansion bill that also legalised iGaming. While Penn originally spoke out against the satellite facilities, it has since embraced the concept. 

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