FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 21st, 2005

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

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

CONTACT

Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

PA Gaming Control Board Approves Operator Licensing Regulations

Rules Also Focus on Category 1 Operators, Treatment Program

HARRISBURG: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, charged by statute with overseeing the development of slots gaming in the Commonwealth and subsequently regulating the multi-billion dollar industry, today unanimously approved general regulations governing licensing standards for gaming-facility operators, specific standards for operators of facilities at horse racetracks and requirements for gaming-addiction treatment and prevention programs.

“Putting this group of regulations in place is another important step forward for the Gaming Control Board,” said Tad Decker, Chairman of the Board. “Anyone contemplating applying for an operating license will now have an initial road map of rules that they must follow to obtain a license. For those considering applying for one of the seven Category 1, or racetrack, licenses, the rules are even more defined.”

Decker said the Board will soon begin considering draft regulations covering operators of five standalone facilities and two resort-based facilities – the Category 2 and Category 3 operators authorized under Act 71 of 2004. The Act authorizes the Board to write regulations governing all aspects of gaming in the Commonwealth.

The regulations approved today will be available on the Gaming Board’s Web site, www.pgcb.state.pa.us, along with public comments on the draft of these regulations and the Board’s responses to those comments. Click on “Regulations” on the Web site’s home page to reach this information.