Court Clears Way for Poconos Gaming Resort

Harrisburg, PA -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has cleared the way for the opening this fall of a $412-million gaming resort in the Pocono Mountains.

On Thursday, the court unanimously upheld the decision by the state's gaming control board to award a gaming license to Pennsylvania businessman Louis DeNaples, who is building the Mount Airy Casino Resort. A New Jersey developer who failed to win the license had sued the board.

The resort, on a nearly 900-acre site, is planned to contain 188 guest rooms, a 100-seat conference center, a 300-seat nightclub, spa, restaurants, shops, and a casino with 2,500 slot machines. An 18-hole golf course is already located in the area. An additional 212 guest rooms are expected to open by the end of next year.

Last December, the gaming board awarded five licenses for freestanding slots parlors from a pool of 13 applicants. Four of the rejected applicants appealed the decisions. The state supreme court has not yet issued rulings on the other three appeals.

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