Penn National eyes turnpike site in Berks County for 3rd Pa. casino

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 12, 2018 2:44 PM

A view of the table games at Hollywood Casino. (Photo: Jeremy Long, Lebanon Daily News)

(Harrisburg) -- A midstate-based casino operator is giving details about a mini-casino it's planning on 36 acres of vacant land along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, a short drive from Reading and Philadelphia's suburbs.

Penn National Gaming applied late last month with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to build the 80,000 square-foot Hollywood Casino Morgantown, Berks County, featuring 750 slot machines, 30 table games and sports betting.

Berks County-based Penn National owns Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County and is seeking approval for another mini-casino in a former Sears store at a suburban York mall.

Earlier this year, Pennsylvania auctioned five mini-casino licenses out of 10 authorized to owners of the state's 12 casinos. Penn National snapped up two.

Full-fledged casinos can operate up to 5,000 slot machines and at least 250 table games.

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