Pennsylvania collects 1st $1 million under new gambling law

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 1, 2017 4:43 PM

FILE - In this May 24, 2012 file photo, patrons play the slot machines at Harrah's Casino in Chester, Pa. The odds are long on Northeast's casino projects hitting financial expectations. A review of tax data in the last several states to open casinos: Ohio, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, shows that overall revenue is below baseline forecasts. Officials blame miscalculations of spending habits and new competition, but some also question how much the numbers reflected wishful thinking. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Harrisburg) -- Cash is already rolling into Pennsylvania's coffers as a result of a sprawling, two-day-old gambling expansion law.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Wednesday that Valley Forge Casino Resort has paid a $1 million fee to allow gambling by people who aren't taking part in other amenities there.

The provision allowed the payment by the state's two licensed resort casinos to be relieved of requirements in the original 2004 casino law that gamblers also must take part in other amenities at an establishment or be guests there.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill on Monday, and the effect is immediate.

Valley Forge Casino says on its website it's open to the public at no cost.

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