Morgantown approved as site of Pennsylvania's newest casino

Tony Romeo
June 12, 2019 - 4:18 pm

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Gaming regulators Wednesday approved the first license for a new category of mini-casinos in Pennsylvania. Many Philadelphia-area residents won’t have to travel far to get there when it opens not far off the Turnpike in Morgantown. 

The operators of the Hollywood casino near Harrisburg will build a casino in Morgantown, Berks County with 750 slot machines and 30 table games.

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The state legislature created a buffer zone to protect existing casinos from the new, so-called Category 4 mini-casinos, and the Morgantown location is just outside the zone protecting the Valley Forge Casino. 

Company officials told the Gaming Control Board they expect the Morgantown site to draw from the Reading area but also compete “very effectively” with the Valley Forge Casino for customers in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. 

But Kevin O’Toole, the board’s executive director, is not concerned.

“We’re confident that there’s a sufficient distance between any of the existing properties with the Category 4s," he said. 

The new Morgantown casino is expected to open by the end of next year.