PENN told: Put in more seats for horse players

Apr 1, 2013 5:08 PM

Millions of dollars invested in two state casinos was given little recognition by the Ohio State Racing Commission last week when it ordered Penn National Gaming Inc. (PENN) to revise its plans for a racino in Grove City.

The Commission said the new design of a facility planned to replace Toledo’s Raceway Park did not provide the same number of seats in the enclosed area used by horse players as the former racetrack did.

The company had planned to have 650 seats in an outdoor bleacher area but that did not sit well with the regulators.

“That is window dressing,” said Commissioner Bill Koester. “NO one is going to sit in those seats.

Penn National officials said redesigning the facility would delay the project by several months.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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