Why didn’t any PA Casino’s bid to have a new casino license in PA?… WTAJ Investigates

Why didn’t any PA Casino’s bid to have a new casino license in PA?… WTAJ Investigates


THERE’S BEEN DISCUSSION IN RECENT YEARS ABOUT BULDING A CASINO SOMEWHERE IN CENTRAL PA. CITIES LIKE ALTOONA AND STATE COLLEGE HAVE BEEN NAMED AS POTENTIAL OPTIONS…. OUR EVAN HINKLEY IS FOLLOWING THIS STORY AND JOINS US LIVE– WITH HOW SOON WE COULD ACTUALLY SEE THAT CASINO. EVAN? JOHN, IT WILL BE AT LEAST ANOTHER YEAR… PERHAPS MUCH LONGER UNTIL CENTRAL PA SEES A CASINO. THERE WERE TALKS OF PUTTING ONE HERE AT THE NITTANY MALL.. BUT NO EXISTING CASINOS WERE INTERESTED IN EXPANDING TO THE AREA. THE SOUNDS OF ROULET WHEELS AND OTHER GAMES WON’T BE HEARD ANYTIME SOON IN CENTRAL PA… WEDNESDAY, NONE OF THE STATES 13 CASINOS BID ON THE LATEST LICENSE AVAILABLE FOR SLOT AND TABLE GAMES. “having recieved no responses this auction is cancelled.” STATE LEGISLATORS WILL NOW NEED TO APPROVE A NEW LAW… BEFORE NEW CASINO’S CAN GO IN. SOMETHING SOME IN CENTRAL PA DIDN’T WANT TO HEAR “When something like this happens… the lost opportunity for employment is what we really regret.” IF A NEW CASINO WERE BUILT–IT WOULD HAVE TO BE SOMEWHERE IN GRAY ON THIS MAP– MAKING CENTRAL PA AN OPEN SPOT AS LONG AS LOCAL GOVERNMENT SIGNS OFF… SOMETHING COLLEGE TOWNSHIP DID IN CENTRE COUNTY. OPENING THE DOOR FOR CASINO PLANS AT THE NITTANY MALL.–WHICH SOME BELIEVE WILL RE- VITALIAZE THE AREA WE REACHED OUT TO STATE CASINOS TO SEE WHY THEY DIDN’T EXPAND TO CENTRAL PA. PENN NATIONAL GAMING–WHO MANAGES TWO EXISTING CASINOS IN PA, TOLD US THEY’RE ALREADY BUSY ENOUGH WORKING TOWARDS TWO NEW CASINO’S–ONE IN BERKS COUNTY AND THE OTHER IN YORK COUNTY THEY SAID THEY’D BE COMPETING AGAINST THEIR OWN CASINOS BY PUTTING ONE IN CENTRAL PA. BUT ADDED THAT THEY FEEL IT’S A GOOD MARKET FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO CAPITLAIZE ON. THERE’S NO TIMELINE AS TO WHEN BIDS COULD OPEN BACK UP FOR CASINO LICENSES . REPORTING LIVE IN COLLEGE TOWNSHIP, CENTRE COUNTY, EVAN HINKLEY, WTAJ NEWS. (JOHN) STILL TO COME ON WTAJ NEWS AT 6 — A BLOOD DRIVE IS BEING HELD THIS WEEK IN A LOCAL

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