July 12th, 2007


Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
Commonwealth Tower, Strawberry Square
303 Walnut Street, 5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101


Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

PA Supreme Court Upholds PGCB Licensing Decision For Mt. Airy Lodge

HARRISBURG: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court today unanimously affirmed the licensing decision of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to award a Category 2 slot machine license to Mt. Airy Lodge (Mount Airy #1, LLC) in the Poconos.

“We are pleased that the Supreme Court upheld this licensing decision,” said Tad Decker, Chairman of the Gaming Control Board. “As we have expressed on a number of occasions, the Board went about its task after spending a year reviewing the applicants, holding public input hearings across the Commonwealth, and probing each applicant indepth at licensing hearings.”

Decker adds that the Court’s ruling recognized this thorough review of the Board and the appropriateness of the decision to award a license to Mt. Airy.

Under the state Gaming Act, the Supreme Court is vested with exclusive appellate jurisdiction to consider appeals of any final order, determination or decision of the board involving the approval, issuance, denial or conditioning of a slot machine license.

The appeal to the Mt. Airy decision was filed by Pocono Manor, an unsuccessful applicant for one of the five available Category 2 licenses.