Pennsylvania's Third Mini-Casino Slated for Ohio Border
Pennsylvania's third mini-casino license was awarded to Mount Airy Casino Resort on Thursday. Mount Airy won the state's third blind bidding process with a $21.2 million bid to build a casino in Lawrence County, along the state border with Ohio.
The plan will put Mount Airy's satellite operation all the way on the other side of the state. According to Vincent Jordan, vice president of marketing and gaming at Mount Airy, the Lawrence County area has an ample population with “a lot of opportunities.”
Officials in Lawrence County have been vying for consideration for a mini-casino. They jumped on the opportunity to welcome a satellite casino after multiple investors tried and failed to establish a gaming facility in the county. Officials hope the casino will give the local economy a boost.
Lawerence County Commissioner, Dan Vogler, says his area offers a population of one million – a figure he gets by combining adding together five surrounding counties, two of which are in Ohio.
Mount Airy's bid was the best of only three submissions received by the state. Due to the state's blind bidding process, the two casinos who lost the bid could have remained anonymous. However, the Virginian Pilot reports that the proposals came from market leader Parx Casino in Philadelphia, and Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, the owned by online gambling's most significant opponent, Sheldon Adelson.
After collecting Mount Airy's $21.2 million license fee, which is due within 48 hours to secure their license, the state will have made $112 million on their mini-casino expansion.