Tuesday, October 7, 2008

One Of Two Possible Pocono Mountains Slot Parlor Applicants Withdraws

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The Resort at Split Rock in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains withdrew its application today for a "Category 3" 500-slot machine parlor, almost guaranteeing that the Pocono Mountain Bushkill Group will get one of the two slot licenses remaining.

Officials for Split Rock said the economic situation affected their decision to withdraw from the application process.

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 other remaining slot parlor applicant is the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, which is south of the Tribe's Pocono Downs racetrack-slot parlor.

Hearings on the applications will be held at the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg on October 22-23.

If the Bushkill Group is awarded a license, three slot parlors will be in the Pocono Mountains, including the Tribe's slot parlor and Mount Airy Resort.

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 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.