Check Accepted for First Gaming License

WILKES-BARRE (PRNewswire) – Gov. Edward G. Rendell recently accepted a check on behalf of the citizens of Pennsylvania for $50 million from Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will celebrate its grand opening Nov. 14 with a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. and doors opening at 10 a.m., pending final approval by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Phase One of the Mohegan Sun project features two floors housing almost 1,100 slot machines, a food court, bar and patio. An additional third floor will be used for office space.

On Sept. 26, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board unanimously approved five applications for slot-machine gaming operator licenses, the first such licenses awarded under the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act of 2004.

The six licenses are all associated with horse-racing tracks that are currently operating or are under construction across the commonwealth.
Three of the entities approved, including Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, have indicated that they expect to begin gaming operations sometime between October 2006 and January 2007.

The Gaming Control Board approved licenses for: 
— Chester Downs and Marina LLC (Chester Downs, Delaware County) 
— Downs Racing LP (Pocono Downs, Luzerne County) 
— Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment Inc. (Philadelphia Park, Bucks
County) 
— Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association (Penn National, Dauphin County)
— Washington Trotting Association Inc. (The Meadows, Washington County)

Since then, a sixth applicant for a Conditional Category 1 license, Presque Isle Downs Inc. (Presque Isle Downs, Erie County), was awarded.

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