Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem renews casino license for 5 years

Apr 9, 2018 9:56 AM

Although under agreement to be sold to a small Alabama tribal gaming operator, executives from the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, formally appeared late last week before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to renew its license for another five years.

At a public hearing in Bethlehem’s Town Hall, President and CEO Brian Carr said by May the 150,700-foot casino will have 3,053 slot machines, 189 table games and 26 poker tables.

The Sands, part of the global casino/resort operator Las Vegas Sands (LVS), employs nearly 2,500 people in the state at an average annual compensation of $44,900. Last year, it contributed $628,961 in charitable donations and drew 9 million patrons, Carr told the board.

Local media report that the proposed sale was not mentioned during two-hour hearing. The pending $1.3 billion deal Sands struck with Wind Creek Hospitality, an affiliate of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama is not final remaining in the due diligence stage.