November 28th, 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 Gaming Control Board Recognized As People of the Year By Casino Journal Magazine

HARRISBURG: Casino Journal magazine, a publication that covers the entire North American gaming industry, has lauded the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as one of their “People of the Year” for 2007.

The yearly list is compiled by Casino Journal to single out individuals who made an impact in the gaming industry. In the article, Editor Andy Holtmann specifically commended both Board members and staff for creating a comprehensive gaming code and regulation from scratch, then applying it thoughtfully and efficiently to a somewhat contentious application and approval process for the coveted licenses.

“And, the entire Board should be commended for not just getting the job done, but setting an example for what dedicated regulatory oversight is all about,” Holtmann wrote.

The article praises present and former Board members who, with PGCB executive staff and all employees, worked tirelessly to review proposals and approve plans for each of the state’s standalone and racetrack-affiliated casinos. Currently, six of the eleven licensed slots casinos are in operation in Pennsylvania and together have already contributed more than $1 billion in revenues for the Commonwealth.

“If you want an example of how hard work and dedication can overcome sizeable challenges and result in true, measurable progress, you’d be hard pressed to find a better example than the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board,” Holtmann states in the article. “The present (and past) members of the Board over the last year have put forth blood, sweat and tears to ensure that the nation’s most significant new gaming market is securely regulated and fair to everyone involved.”

Casino Journal magazine is a publication dedicated to providing real-world solutions to challenges facing North America-based casino resort operators in this fast-paced age of new technologies, increased competition and heightened customer expectations. Access to the complete article can be found on Casino Journal’s web site at