August 6th, 2010


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


Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

Public Files of the Category 3 Resort Casinos License Applications Available For Public Inspection

HARRISBURG: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today announced that, beginning on Monday August 9, 2010, it will make available for review the public files relating to the four operator license applications for the remaining Category 3 resort license.

The files will be available at the Board’s Office of Hearing and Appeals located at One Penn Center, 2601 N. 3rd Street, Suite 502 in Harrisburg. Persons interested in reviewing these files must contact Deb Joyce at 717-346-2708 to arrange a time during normal PGCB business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

People who wish to obtain copies of particular pages of these documents can place orders through the Gaming Control Board at the time of their visit. In order to obtain copies as quickly as possible, the Board suggests that people bring a check to pay for the appropriate copying fees.

Three new applications were received for the Category 3 license which permits the operation of up to 600 slot machines and 50 table games at an existing resort hotel:

  • Mason-Dixon Resorts, LP which proposes a casino at the Eisenhower Hotel, Conference Center and Resort in Cumberland Township, Adams County
  • Woodlands Fayette, LLC which proposes a casino at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Wharton Township, Fayette County, and
  • Penn Harris Gaming, LP which proposes a casino at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg West in Hampden Township, Cumberland County.

In addition, the public inspection file also contains the non-confidential portions of an application and newly received documents to the applications for the Bushkill Group, Inc., which proposed a casino location at the Fernwood Hotel and Resort in Middle Smithfield Township, Monroe County. The original application for this proposal was received in 2007.

Public input hearings for the four applicants are scheduled for August 30 and 31, and September 2 and 8. More information on each of the public hearings is available on the Gaming Control Board’s web site, You can also signup to present comment in person at a public input hearing or submit written comment on an applicant at the web site.

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. To date, with nine of a maximum fourteen casinos in operation, legalized gaming in the Commonwealth has created over 8,000 new living wage jobs, revenue that has provided property tax reduction in each of the past three years for all homeowners, funds that have reinvigorated Pennsylvania’s horse racing industry, and new revenue to local governments that has funded scores of community projects. A wealth of information about the Gaming Control Board and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at At this web site, visitors can view videos of Board meetings and 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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