Where Category 4 Casinos Won’t Be Going

Where Category 4 Casinos Won’t Be Going

Last month we wrote about the proposal in what became Act 42 to create a new category of casinos in Pennsylvania–category 4 or “mini casinos.”  There were restrictions written into the law that prevents category 4 casinos from locating in certain counties (Carbon County can be added to the list regarding the language about sixth class counties that are contiguous to counties hosting a category 2 casino) and municipalities are able to pass a resolution against having a category 4 casino within their boundaries.

The Gaming Control Board is to receive the opt-out resolutions which are to be filed by December 31st of this year to be effective.  After that, category 4 casinos could be located in municipalities that have not, subject to the restrictions noted above.

As of 5 PM yesterday the Board had published the names of 136 municipalities that do not wish to have a category 4 casino.  That’s about 5% of the total number of municipalities statewide.  At least one of PA’s big cities has indicated that it would be fine with hosting a category 4 casino.