However, the buffer zone around Las Vegas Sands’ selected site overlapped with the one selected by Mount Airy Casino Resort‘s owner, who won the third auction two weeks ago.
Mini-casinos can operate up to 750 slot machines and license holders can pay $2.5 million more to operate 30 table games. Bids are limited for now to the owners of Pennsylvania’s 11 casino licenses that allow holders to operate up to 5,000 slot machines and 250 table games.
The first three licenses raised $112 million for casinos, one in south-central Pennsylvania’s York County and one each in western Pennsylvania’s Westmoreland and Lawrence counties.
Pennsylvania-based Penn National Gaming won the first mini-casino license last month, bidding $50 million to put one in an area of south-central Pennsylvania that includes the city of York. A Baltimore-based developer that’s building a casino in Philadelphia’s stadium district won the second license, bidding $40 million to put up a casino in Westmoreland County, outside Pittsburgh.