Pennsylvania regulator awards Parx Casino operator casino licence

| By Nosa Omoigui
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has voted unanimously to award a Category 4 casino licence to Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, operator of Parx Casino.
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Parx Casino Shippensburg’s 73,000sq ft venue will offer 500 slot machines, electronic table games, and a restaurant and sports bar facility. There is also the scope for the casino, which is targeting late 2022 for opening, to offer sports wagering in the future.

During the building phase, Greenwood expects to create 175 construction jobs and 125 permanent jobs upon completion.

Greenwood first filed an application with the board in 2018 after bidding $8.1m for the right to build a casino in the state, settling on Shippensburg Township in Cumberland County as the location.

A Category 4 licence permits the user to operate between 300 and 750 slot machines. There is also potential for the licence holder to operate up to 30 table games at the cost of an additional $2.5m fee, with the capability of adding an additional 10 tables games after its first year of operation.

Pennsylvania reported record gaming revenue figures of $432.5m in November 2021, in addition to record sports betting revenue.

The exisiting Parx Casino site recorded slot revenue of $31.6m, up by 14.7% from 2020.

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