One of Pennsylvania’s 12 existing brick-and-mortar casinos earlier this month announced plans for a mini-casino in the Pittsburgh area.
Mount Airy Casino Resort announced “immediate plans” for Mount Airy Pittsburgh, set to break ground at the end of the year. The casino will be located off Interstate 376 and the PA Turnpike in Beaver County. The developer said it should only take a year to build.
“We’re thrilled to bring our four-diamond customer service, high quality entertainment and luxurious amenities to Beaver County and the surrounding communities, while contributing a positive lasting impact on the local economy,” said Lisa DeNaples, owner and managing trustee of Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Poconos.
Mount Airy Pittsburgh will be equipped with 750 slot machines and 30 table games.
The state was home to more than 25,000 slot machines as of July, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The machines generate more than $2 billion in revenue annually.
Under Pennsylvania gaming law, which was updated last fall, the state’s existing casino licensees can bid for the right to build so-called mini-casinos. Satellite casinos is another term that has been used for the new facilities. Online gaming was also approved under the omnibus bill.
State officials can authorize up to 10 mini-casinos sprinkled around the state. However, in April, regulators said that they only received five bids for mini-casinos.