FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 30th, 2011

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

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

CONTACT

Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

2010-2011 Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Annual Report Available On Web Site

HARRISBURG, PA:  The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has released its 2010-2011 Annual Report.  The 28-page document is available in electronic format and can be downloaded by visiting the Gaming Control Board’s web site, www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov, and choosing the special Annual Report link on the home page.

The Annual Report highlights the continued growth of licensed gaming in Pennsylvania in 2010 through the first half of 2011. The annual publication also includes accomplishments of all PGCB Bureaus including statistics on licensing and gaming revenues.

Since November 2006 when the first legalized casino opened, the Pennsylvania gaming industry has returned more than $5 billion in to citizens through tax and licensing revenues generated by slot machines and table games, while creating over 15,000 jobs.  Ten casinos are currently in operation in the Commonwealth.

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was established in 2004 with the passage of Act 71, also known as the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act. Pennsylvania’s first new state agency in nearly 40 years, the Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. Currently, the ten casinos in operation in the Commonwealth employ over 15,000 people and legalized gaming has generated $5.5 billion in tax and license fee revenue since the first casino opened in November 2006. A portion of that money is enabling property tax reduction for all Pennsylvania homeowners, providing needed funding to the Commonwealth’s horse racing industry, funding grants for fire companies and water/sewer projects, and establishing a new stream of tax revenue to local governments for community projects. A wealth of information about the Gaming Control Board and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. At this website, visitors can view videos of Board meetings and on the operation of the PGCB, obtain information on identifying a gambling problem and gaining assistance, look up future meeting schedules and past meeting transcripts, access an interactive map of casino locations, request a speaker for their group, along with much more information.

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