The seven member Board determined that Washington Trotting Association, operator of Meadows Racetrack and Casino, had fulfilled the obligations under its initial casino operator’s license and therefore qualified to have its license renewed.
The decision was based on a process that allows both the operator and the public to provide information to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. A public hearing was held for Washington Trotting on May 4, 2011 at the City Hall Council Chambers. At the hearing, representatives of the licensee submitted exhibits and presented testimony on various aspects of its operation since opening The Meadows in June of 2007.
The Board also reviewed testimony from the public, government officials, a horseman’s organization, and the PA State Police, as well as the Gaming Control Board’s Office of Enforcement Counsel, Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement, Office of Compulsive and Problem Gaming, and the Bureau of Casino Compliance. A second public hearing was held in Harrisburg on August 18, 2011, to allow Board members to further question representatives of The Meadows prior to voting on the renewal.
To date, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has generated $1.05 billion in gross revenue from nearly four and half years of slot machine play, plus $35 million of gross revenue since the addition of table games in July 2010. Total tax revenue generated and returned approximately $603 million. The casino has also paid the state authorities $66.5 million in combined fees for its slots and table games license. The Pennsylvania casino currently employs over 1,300 persons.