The operator of the Sands Casino Bethlehem, Sands Bethworks Gaming LLC, was the high bidder Wednesday for a Category 4 casino license in Pennsylvania.
Sands had bid nearly $9.9 million for the fourth license for a Category 4 casino, which would allow it to operate 300 to 750 slot machines in a western Pennsylvania location it had chosen.
But the victory was short-lived.
Shortly after the license was awarded to the casino operator, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s executive director Kevin O’Toole invalidated the bid because the location – within a 15-mile radius of Hempfield Township, Mercer County – intruded upon the reserved area of a previously secured Category 4 location held by Mount Airy No. 1 LLC.
Mount Airy earlier this month won the bid for a license for a casino in Lawrence County on the Ohio border. Mount Airy operates a casino and resort in Paradise Township in the Poconos.
Because the Sands bid did not comply with Act 42 requirements with regard to the distance between casinos, the second and only other bidder, Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment Inc., will be considered for the mini-casino, according to the Gaming Control Board.
Representatives of the Gaming Control Board will reconvene at 10 a.m. Thursday on the matter.