Kasunic and Mahoney Pleased with Decision to Allow Table Games at Nemacolin

Uniontown, February 20, 2013 – State Sen. Richard A. Kasunic and Rep. Tim Mahoney today praised the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for its decision to issue a table games certificate for Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Fayette County.

 

“Including table games will help generate more jobs, spur increased economic development, attract more guests, draw more conventions and stimulate ancillary business and economic investment throughout our region,” Kasunic said.

 

Mahoney added, “This decision will enhance Nemacolin’s reputation as a world-class destination resort and spur numerous spin-off benefits for local communities.  Additionally, it will provide Fayette county with another significant economic generator that I am sure will offer significant benefits to our residents.”

 

The lawmakers noted that offering table games will enable Nemacolin to compete with other casino resorts that offer that gaming option for their guests.

 

“All 11 of the other casinos in our state offer both slot machine and table game gambling,” Kasunic said. “It’s worth noting that they employ over 16,000 people and generate about $4 million dollars every day.”

 

The Fayette County lawmakers said the approval does not substantially expand gaming in the region. They said this modest table games expansion would only add about 30 tables — and confine all gaming activity to the resort’s casino.

 

While most gaming proceeds are used for property tax relief, gaming dollars also fund water and sewer infrastructure work, grants for fire departments, revenue for local and county projects, and bolster the state’s growing horse racing and breeding industries. Last year, the industry generated $1.3 billion in proceeds.

 

On January 31, Kasunic and Mahoney testified before the gaming Control Board in support of licensing table games at Nemacolin.

 

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