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In July 2004 the Pennsylvania legislature authorized the legalization of slot machines at 14 locations throughout the state: seven racinos, five stand-alone casinos, and two hotel resorts.
All casinos can have up to 5,000 machines, except the resort licensees, which are allowed up to 600. As of August 2011, 12 of the licenses had been awarded. One license for a racino had not yet been awarded, plus a license which originally been awarded to Foxwoods Casino in Philadelphia was revoked in December 2010.
In January 2010 the Pennsylvania legislature approved the addition of table games, including live poker, for all casinos. The first casinos began offering tables games in July 2010.
Pennsylvania gaming regulations require that gaming machines return a minimum of 85%. All casinos are open 24 hours and admission is free. However, the casinos at the two hotel resorts are not open to the general public. You must be a guest of the resort in order to play at their casinos.
The minimum gambling age is 18 for pari-mutuel betting and 21 for gaming machines.
Unless otherwise noted, all casinos offer: slots, video poker, craps, blackjack, roulette, three card poker, mini-baccarat and Pai-gow Poker. Optional games include: baccarat (B), poker (P), let it ride (LIR), Pai Gow (PG), Big 6 Wheel (B6), Spanish 21 (S21), four card poker (FCP)and Casino War (CW).
Following is information from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board regarding average slot payout percentages for the one-year period from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011:
Click here to see a list of Pennsylvania casino slot machine payback statistics.
For more information on visiting Pennsylvania call their Office of Tourism at (800) 237-4363 or visit their website at www.visitpa.com.
- Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack
- Hollywood Casino at Penn National
- Lady Luck Nemacolin
- Meadows, The
- Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs
- Mount Airy Resort & Casino
- Parx Casino
- Presque Isle Downs and Casino
- Rivers Casino
- Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
- Sugar House Casino
- Valley Forge Convention Center Casino