COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
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 Approves 6th Conditional Operator License
Board Also Awards 2 Manufacturer Licenses
HARRISBURG: Building on its initial award of five operator licenses in September, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today unanimously approved the application of Presque Isle Downs Inc. for a sixth gaming operator license under the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act of 2004.
All six approved licenses are associated with horse-racing tracks that are operating or under construction across the Commonwealth. Three of the approved entities have indicated that they expect to begin gaming operations between November 2006 and January 2007.
"Today's license approval continues the momentum we began building a month ago," said Tad Decker, Chairman of the Gaming Control Board. "Pennsylvanians will soon begin to enjoy the benefits envisioned by the Governor and the Legislature when Act 71 became law in 2004: lower property taxes, new jobs and a reinvigorated horse-racing industry."
Under Act 71, the Gaming Control Board is authorized to award 14 slot-machine gaming licenses to facilities across Pennsylvania. Seven Category 1 licenses are authorized for horse-race tracks, though only six of the conditional licenses have been applied for.
The Board plans to act on all permanent licenses for Category 1 facilities before the end of the year along with five Category 2 licenses for standalone slots facilities - two in Philadelphia, one in Pittsburgh and two at tourism-enhanced locations across the state - and one Category 3 license for existing resorts. The recent withdrawal by the Seven Springs Resort has left a second Category 3 license available, and the Board expects to announce a timetable for applying for that license in the future.
In separate votes, the Board today also voted unanimously to approve licenses for Mikohn Gaming Corporation and DigiDeal Corporation to be manufacturers of slot machines and associated equipment in the Commonwealth.