Penn National files winning bid to operate casino near Pennsylvania's border

Jan 16, 2018 3:00 AM

Penn National Gaming has obtained the right to operate a casino near Pennsylvania’s southern border in York County, submitting a winning bid last week of just over $50 million. The chosen site is expected to draw heavily from Maryland.

Penn National plans to pay another $2.5 million for a certificate to operate 30 table games at the site.

Pennsylvania-based Penn National, one of the nation’s largest casino operators, beat out three other bidders from among the owners of the state’s 11 largest casinos, but is continuing to sue the state to block the construction of other new “mini-casinos” authorized under the state’s new gambling laws. The company claims part of the new law allows some of the new gambling venues to poach customers from existing casinos.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is auctioning the rights to the mini-casinos as the state government taps the gambling industry for cash to help address its major budget deficit.