Company wins right to build mini-casino near Shippensburg

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Thursday that the owners of Parx Casino in suburban Philadelphia had picked a general location along Interstate 81 in Cumberland County, a short drive from Gettysburg and Shippensburg.

The remaining six auctions run biweekly, from March 7 to May 16, and the state's racetrack and standalone casino operators have first dibs on the new licenses before the process is opened to the state's two resort casinos, previous auction winners and other qualified entities.

Pennsylvania gambling regulators are invalidating an auction for the rights to a mini-casino after Las Vegas Sands Corp. submitted the highest bid. That application will contain the precise site of the proposed casino, as well as details about the casino itself.

HARRISBURG - Penn National Gaming secured the right to put up a casino near Pennsylvania's southern border, submitting a winning bid Wednesday...

Check back to Cumberlink.com as more information becomes available. One of the law's provisions prohibits mini-casinos from locating within a 25-mile radius of an existing casino, a buffer Penn National argues is insufficient to protect its Hollywood Casino because the facility is isolated in the middle of the state. The Las Vegas-based company oversees the operation of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, so this move could have resulted in the operation expansion into Western Pennsylvania. Peggy Mazyck from the Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau said that she was surprised by the sudden change of plans and contacted the gaming authority responsible for the license issuing.

The latest bid replaces one made Wednesday by Las Vegas Sands to build a $9.9 million gaming facility within a fifteen-mile radius of Hempfield Township in northern Mercer County.

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