Friday, September 5, 2008

Pennsylvania To Consider Adding Two More Pocono Slot Parlors

Feather News

As reported previously by the Feather News, two more slot parlors are being considered for the Poconos region of the state, where the Tribe's existing slot parlor exists.

Suitability hearings have been set for the two Pocono applicants and one in King of Prussia, which is south of the Poconos. Only two of the three applicants will be selected.

The two "category 3" licenses restricts the number of slot machines to 500 at a resort hotel with no fewer than 275 guest rooms. The hearings will be held at the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg on October 22-23.

The Board will question applicants about their character, operational and financial suitability, community impact, diversity plans, plans for the prevention of compulsive gaming and other issues. The three applicants are the Valley Forge Convention Center Partners, which has 488 hotel rooms. Vacation Charters, Ltd., a.k.a. The Resort at Split Rock in the Poconos has 557 rooms and the Bushkill Group, Inc, a.k.a. Fernwood Hotel & Resort in the Poconos.

The Board conducted eligibility hearings for these applicants in October 2007 and public input hearings last May.

Pennsylvania's gaming act restricts who can enter the gaming area of a Category 3 slot parlor. Those allowed to play slots at the Category 3 slot parlors include registered overnight guests or patrons who use one or more amenities at the facility, such as the golf course, tennis court, entertainment facilities or spa.