Casino Resort License Renewal Due; Comments Sought

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – A 5-year slot machine operator license held by Valley Forge Convention Center Partner LLC, operator of the Valley Forge Casino Resort on First Avenue, is due for renewal by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and will be the subject of an April 27 (2022; Wednesday) hearing at which it said the public will be allowed to comment.

The in-person hearing is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. in the Upper Merion Township Building, 175 W. Valley Forge Rd. Advance registration to provide comments or submit written testimony during the hearing is required before April 24 (Sunday). Find registration information here. The hearing also will be streamed online at the board’s website.

Periodic license renewals are required under the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act. Renewal applications must include updates of information submitted since its last renewal.

The board explained the renewal process must include a public input hearing conducted by its Office of Hearings and Appeals to receive documentary evidence and hearing testimony that builds a record to be used by the board in its licensing decision. It also requires a separate public hearing in Harrisburg, at a later date, where casino licensee representatives will offer evidence and oral arguments, and board members can ask additional questions.

The renewal applicant – in this case, the casino resort – is required by law “to establish and demonstrate, by clear and convincing evidence, its eligibility and suitability for renewal of a gaming license.” Portions of the submissions will cover its “good character, honesty, and integrity; compliance with its statement of conditions; evidence on tax revenue generated; jobs created; success in implementing its diversity plan; and involvement in the surrounding communities.”

A board decision will be rendered after the hearing process is completed. The board oversees all aspects of gambling involving the state’s 16 land-based casinos, online casino games, retail and online sports wagering, and video gaming terminals at qualified truck stops, along with the regulation of online fantasy sports contests.

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