This Week in PA Gambling is a round-up of some of the top stories in Pennsylvania’s gambling industry, online and off.
This week we take a look at the state’s gambling expansion plans, two casino expansions going in different directions, a possible smoking ban in PA casinos, and more.
State Senate Muddies Gambling Expansion Waters
The Pennsylvania State Senate’s Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee was supposed to meet this week to hammer out the details of a comprehensive gambling expansion bill that included iGaming initiatives. The meeting was canceled.
Then, the waters muddied even more when one Senator announced plans to generate additional revenue from the state’s gaming industry by approving new satellite gaming locations.
Slot Machine Revenues Drop Again
Gross slot machines revenues at Pennsylvania casinos dropped for the seventh straight month in April.
It was the seventh straight month of declines in slot machine revenue. A five month slide of overall gross gaming revenue ended in March when gross table game revenues broke records.
Casino Smoking Ban Considered
Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering a bill to improve the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act.
Smoking is currently allowed in some sections of casinos, but this bill would ban it altogether.
A story on House Bill 1309 and the effort to ban smoking in Pennsylvania casinos can be found on the Pittsburgh CBS affiliate’s website.
Sands Expansion Stopped
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem has stopped construction on its $90 million expansion while $1.3 billion sales talks continue with MGM Resorts International.
Sands announced plans last year to add more restaurants, a new poker room and more casino floor space. They broke ground in January, but Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez says construction has stopped now with no word on if and when it will continue.
A story this week in The Morning Call local newspaper contains all the details.
Parx Plans Expansion
Pennsylvania’s top grossing casino property is getting a face lift. Parx Casino announced plans last week for a $50 million expansion.
Parx is adding 45,000 square feet of space to the property that will feature two new restaurants, a new poker room and a multipurpose state-of-the-art live entertainment venue named Xcite Center. The project will open sometime next winter.
A Parx Casino press release contains more details.
Mount Airy Gets Four Diamonds Again
Pennsylvania’s Mount Airy Casino Resort has earned the 2017 AAA Four Diamond Award for the seventh straight year.
The Mount Airy Casino Resort was actually the first Pennsylvania casino resort to have receive the designation, given to lodgings that feature extensive amenities coupled with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail.
Mount Pocono’s Mount Airy Casino Resort has over 1,800 slot machines, 80 table games, a luxury hotel, high-end restaurants, an 18-hole lakefront golf course, 16,000 square foot spa, and a $5 million indoor/outdoor pool and entertainment complex.
A Mount Airy Casino Resort press release has more details on the property’s 2017 AAA Four Diamond Award.