May 20th, 2011


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


Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

Documents Detailing Decision By PGCB To Grant Category 3 Resort Casino License To Nemacolin Woodlands Now Public

HARRISBURG: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today publicly released on its web site the order and adjudication that contain the reasons for its decision to grant a Category 3 slot machine license Woodlands Fayette, LLC, operators of the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Wharton Township, Fayette County.

The documents are available for download and printing by visiting the Gaming Control Board’s website, and choosing a link under the What’s New section on the home page titled “Orders & Adjudication - Nemacolin Licensing Decision.”

The award, made on April 14th of this year on a 6 to 1 vote, was the second award of a Category 3 license.  The Board has previously awarded the Valley Forge Convention Center with a Category 3 license. Those two Category 3 licenses are the only ones currently available under the Gaming Act, though recent amendments to that law would enable the Board to consider a third such license after the year 2017.

Parties who have standing in this licensing matter can file an appeal to this licensing decision no later than 30 days from the date of the order directly to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

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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 14,000 people and legalized gaming has generated over $5.1 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 At this web site, 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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