Mini Casino Permit Approved For Hempfield TWP. PA Today

HEMPFIELD TWP., Pa. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced that Mercer County will be the location of a new casino.

The location will be within a 15 miles radius of Hempfield Township.

The announcement was made Wednesday.

The bid for the casino came from casino operator Sands Bethlehem at $9.8 million.

The state’s racetrack and standalone casino operators have first dibs on the new licenses. If all 10 licenses are not auctioned off, the state can conduct additional auctions open to the two resort casinos — Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin and Valley Forge Casino Resort — and, later, to previous auction winners and any other qualified entities.

Wednesday’s auction — in which two bids were received — was the fourth of a planned 10, running biweekly until May 16. The creation of 10 mini-casinos across the state is just one aspect of the massive gambling expansion law signed last year by Gov. Tom Wolf.

The law estimated $100 million could be generated if all 10 slot and table games licenses were sold at the minimum asking price of $7.5 million and $2.5 million, respectively. So far, the four winning bids have totaled nearly $121.3 million.

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