FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 2nd, 2006

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
P.O. Box 69060
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9060

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Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

PA Gaming Control Board Finds 3 Submissions Ineligible For Consideration

HARRISBURG: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today entered orders finding that three entities seeking licenses to operate gaming facilities in the Commonwealth had made submissions to the Board that were statutorily ineligible for consideration for licensure.

The Board gave the entities – Trum Construction Co., Pennsylvania Gaming Group LLP and North Shore Gaming LP – an opportunity to show that the submissions were eligible and to ask the Board for reconsideration.

“Given the competitive nature of this process, for us to have taken any other actions than the ones we took today could have created an unfair and inequitable result for the entities that met the requirements,” Board Chairman Tad Decker said.

In reviewing the submissions, the Board’s Bureau of Licensing determined that Trum Construction, which proposed a Category 2 gaming facility in western Pennsylvania, had failed to pay the required filing fees or submit the statutorily required letter of credit or bond demonstrating its ability to pay the $50 million license fee required under the gaming act.

The Bureau of Licensing determined that Pennsylvania Gaming Group, which proposed a Category 2 facility in Lancaster, had failed to submit the statutorily required letter of credit or bond demonstrating its ability to pay the $50 million license fee required under the gaming act.

Finally, the Bureau of Licensing determined the North Shore Gaming, which had proposed a Category 2 facility in Pittsburgh, had failed to submit the statutorily required letter of credit or bond demonstrating its ability to pay the $50 million license fee required under the gaming act.

In each case, the Board voted unanimously to find the submissions statutorily ineligible for consideration and to offer the groups the opportunity to make their arguments to the Board for reconsideration.