In a meeting held on August 14, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved requests from state casinos allowing them to lower the number of slot machines at their respective gambling facilities.
The casinos which sought to reduce the number of slot machines to reduce gaming floors were Presque Isle Downs Casino, The Meadows Casino, and Rivers Casino. The casinos said that it was crucial for them to enhance their properties and infrastructure.
While Rivers casino secured permission to reduce the number of slot machines by 158 Presque Isle Downs got approval to bring down its slot machine numbers by 41. Now, Rivers casino will host a total of 2,600 machines while Presque Isle Downs will have 1,525 machines on its casino floor.
The Meadows Casino also got permission to reduce its number of slot machines by 485 to about 2,500.
While the permissions were granted, some members of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board raised concerns as the decline in the number of slot machines will impact the state revenues from casino gambling.
According to the current gambling laws, licensed casino operators in Pennsylvania can have no less than 1,500 slot machines.
Last week, the PGCB also launched an exclusive self-exclusion program for gamblers who want to stay away from Video Gaming Terminals (VGTs). The gambling authority has confirmed that the launch of VGTs at several qualified truck stops in the Commonwealth would begin later this month.