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Reading Community Ready for Satellite Casino

Sadonna Price

In Pennsylvania, recent legal changes have opened the state to a variety of gambling expansions. Included in the mix are the ability for as many as ten satellite casinos to be created. Until the end of the year, municipalities of the state can choose to be a host city for one of these mini-casinos. For the past few weeks now, several communities have opted out of being home to a new gaming venue. It seemed as if no community was going to allow a satellite casino to be added to their region, until this week. The Reading City Council and administration are on board for a mini gaming venue and recently announced their support to approve Reading as a host.

The City Council Of Reading Voted “Yes”

Yesterday, the city council of Reading voted yes, unanimously, to approve a satellite casino. City Councilman John Slifko commented that with gambling facilities, there will always be negatives. But the positives outweigh them. With a satellite casino, the Councilman feels that Reading will be able to revitalize the downtown area and the community can reap the good aspects of the option.

Reading Mayor Wally Scott knows that while the community is not guaranteed a mini casino, they want the state to know that they are open to hosting. Reportedly, Reading is already seeing interested operators who are asking about properties in the area. According to Scott, two individuals have inquired about a property owned by the city at Fifth & Penn as well as a property on Penn Street that is privately owned.

Satellite Casinos – Category 4 Licensing

The satellite casinos to be created in the state will have category 4 licensing and will be allowed to offer slot games and table games. As many as 750 slot machines can be added with 50 table games the maximum.  Reading seems to be one of the only communities open to hosting a satellite casino. The Gaming Control Board of the state has kept a running tally on the municipalities that have opted out, with more than 200 having been added to the list as of writing.

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