Last updated: August 22. 2013 8:52AM - 1137 Views
ANDREW M. SEDER aseder@timesleader.com

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HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday unanimously voted to renew the casino operator’s license of Downs Racing, LP, the operator of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Plains Township.

The seven member Board determined that Downs Racing had fulfilled the obligations under its initial casino operator’s license and therefore qualified to have its license renewed for a three-year period, the board said in a release.

A public input hearing was held for the license renewal on April 25, 2013 at the Plains Township Municipal Building. At the hearing, Downs Racing operators answered questions and explained why the license should be renewed. During the public comment portion of the event, those speaking did so in support of the casino, including Plains Township Commissioner Ron Filippini, United Way head Bill Jones and Lori Nocito, director of Leadership Wilkes-Barre.

Since opening in November 2006, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs has generated $840 million in tax revenue through slot machine and table games play, while the facility currently employees over 1,700 persons.

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