April 19th, 2013


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


Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

Gaming Control Board Schedules Hearing To Collect Public Input On Proposed Sugarhouse Casino Expansion

HARRISBURG, PA: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today announced that it will hold a hearing on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 in Philadelphia to receive comment from the public in consideration of the HSP Gaming, L.P. (SugarHouse Casino) request to modify its previously approved-development plan.

The hearing will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the National Constitution Center's Kirby Auditorium located at 525 Arch Street. 

Citizens, community groups and elected officials wishing to present oral or written testimony, which will become part of the evidentiary record in this matter, can now register by clicking on a special link on the Quick Links section of homepage on the PGCB website, The deadline for registration to speak at the hearing is noon on Monday, May 6th.

Written comments can also be mailed, with a postmark no later than Monday, May 6th, to the PA Gaming Control Board, P.O. Box 69060, Harrisburg, PA 17106, Attention: Board Secretary. The comments can be faxed prior to that deadline to 717-346-8350.

Complete information on the hearings, a copy of the petition submitted by HSP Gaming, L.P. to request the modification, and instructions on registering to speak or submitting written testimony can be accessed from the Quick Links section of the web site's home page titled "SugarHouse Casino Expansion Hearing". 

Public input hearings provide a forum for individuals to voice their support or opposition to the proposed expansion plan of SugarHouse Casino. Information received by the Board on this matter will be included in the record upon which the Board will consider the request at a future date.

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 30 years, the Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state's casino industry. The 11 casinos in operation all offer both slot machine and table game gambling, employ over 16,000 people, and collectively generate an average of $4 million per day in tax revenue. A portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners; provide funds to the Commonwealth's horse racing industry, fire companies, a statewide water and sewer project grant program, and the state's General Fund; and, established a new stream of tax revenue to local governments that host casinos for community projects. 

A wealth of information about the Gaming Control Board's regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania's gaming industry can be found at At this website, visitors can watch Board meetings live or view videos of past meetings, look up future meeting schedules and past meeting transcripts, obtain information on identifying a gambling problem and gaining assistance, access an interactive map of casino locations, request a speaker for their group, along with much more information. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

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