December 28, 2017


What  Has Your Municipality Decided on Mini-Casinos?


The hour is late; will your municipality allow mini-casinos or have they voted to prohibit them?  Remember these “mini-casinos”  house between 300 and 750 slot machines and up to 40 table games.  This would not be good for any municipality!  You can click here to see if your local elected officials have voted to prohibit them.

If your municipality if not on this list, action must be taken NOW.  An official copy of the opt-out resolution must be delivered no later than December 31, 2017.

The PA Gaming Control Board recommends that each municipal governing body consult their solicitor in the development of the resolution which, at minimum, should include the following information:

  • Reference to the power granted under Section 1305.1 and the municipality’s decision to exercise the power to opt-out;
  • The date that the governing body adopted the resolution; and
  • The inclusion of signatures or seal necessary to establish that the resolution was officially adopted.

For those counties that already have casinos, they can opt out of allowing truck stops to have video gaming terminals (VGTs).   The “host county option” permits the county in which a Category 1, Category 2 or Category 3 Slot Machine Licensee is located to pass a resolution expressing their desire to opt out of the placement of up to five video gaming terminals (VGTs) at truck stops within the host county.  Go here for more details, as well as the definition of a truck stop.  Note the resolution must reference the power granted under Section 4506 and the county’s decision to exercise the power to opt-out.   The deadline for this resolution to be delivered is December 29, 2017.

Those counties which have let Harrisburg know they have voted to opt out can be found here 

These resolution(s) must be sent here:

Pamela Lewis, Board Secretary

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

303 Walnut Street

Commonwealth Tower, 5th Floor

Harrisburg, PA 17101 

Action Steps

Check with your local elected officials to see what action, if any, they have taken.  If no action has been taken, urge them to act NOW and pass a resolution prohibiting them and send Harrisburg a copy of it.  Click here if you don’t know what municipality your live in.    Click here to find the contact information for your municipality.

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