Monday, March 31, 2008

More Slot Parlors Possible In The Pocono Mountains

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The Mohegan Tribe's slot parlor in the Pocono region of Pennsylvania is likely to get more competition in the future. Licenses for two resort slot parlors are available in the state and two of the remaining three contenders are in the Pocono Mountains.

Under state law the "resort" licenses will allow a maximum of 500 slot machines in each facility.

The Resort at Split Rock, owned by Vacation Charters Ltd., and Fernwood Hotel and Resort, owned by Bushkill Group Inc., are applying to open slot parlors in the Poconos while the third applicant is the Valley Forge Convention Center in Montgomery County.

The first round of public hearings for Fernwood is scheduled for April 30 at 9 a.m. at the Middle Smithfield Township Municipal Building, 25 Municipal Drive, East Stroudsburg. The Split Rock hearing will be held on May 1 at 9 a.m. at the Kidder Township Building, Route 1003, Lake Harmony and the Valley Forge hearing is May 20.

Comments from the public will be accepted for 60 days following the public hearings. Licensing hearings will the be held by the state's gaming commission in the fall.