An amendment could prevent some casinos to enjoy the new legislation. A few weeks after gambling received the seal of approval in PA. Major casinos are looking to comply with the law. But many are also planning major expansion. This is the case of the Mount Airy Resort and Rivers Casino.
While some are planning to grow, others are screaming injustice. Because of a last-minute addition to the 939th page. Indeed, an unknown lawmaker added 28 words to the bill 2 hours before it got signed. The addition to the document prohibits a ‘category 4 license’ in ‘a 6th class county’. But also forbid ‘a category 2 facility’ to exist within a 25 miles barrier of a ‘ 6th class county’.
What are the impacts of the 28-word amendment?
Well, according to some its beneficial to the Mount Airy Casino Resort. But to a lesser extent, Rivers Casino Pittsburgh. But also because Mount Airy Casino Resort is currently a 4 class license holder. Some believe the addition to the bill will protect the monopoly of Mount Airy in the region. It’s important to know that Mount Airy is one of the largest casinos in PA. Its annual gross revenues are currently at around $235 million. We think their revenues will increase with the legalization of gambling.
VP of Penn National Gaming Incorporated claims injustice!
E. Schippers, Senior VP for Penn National said in an interview. “What’s upsetting to us is that Penn National is negatively affected by this. At the same time, they give this gift to Mount Airy. It’s unequal treatment. This is an eleventh-hour giveaway!”
Until now, no official sources have commented from the legislator side. Mount airy representatives have not yet commented on this matter either. But we’ll make sure to report any changes on this subject as always. So bookmark this page to stay on top of the news.