Penn. casino requests to charge admission fee

May 27, 2013 5:35 PM

American casinos, unlike those in Singapore where locals pay an admission charge, keep their doors wide open in hopes customers will flock to their gaming tables.

So, it was unusual in Pennsylvania, when the state’s gaming regulators were faced with a request from the Lady Luck Casino, which opens at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resorts, about 40 miles from Pittsburgh, in July, that it be permitted to impose an admission charge.

Actually, the admission charge was required by state law. Nemacolin holds one of two “resort casino licenses,” that were approved with the understanding gambling would be an “amenity.” The other is the Valley Forge Casino Resort near Philadelphia.

Regulators approved a one-time entry fee of $10 or an annual membership for $45.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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