Extended Regret over the 2017 Pennsylvania Gambling Expansion

After a 2-year struggle, Pennsylvania’s smallest casino, Lady Luck Nemacolin is now seeing a substantial turnaround in slot gaming revenues.

YOY stats for the casino indicate that slot revenues increased as much as 24.4% since August last year for the casino, while the states total slot revenue has only gone up by a measly 2%. So what changed for Lady Luck and why the sudden improvement?

Up until October 2017, unless operators were prepared to pay a $1m fee, state legislation dictated that only overnight patrons and guests were permitted to visit Pennsylvania’s casinos. Everyone else would need to pay an entrance fee, or spend a minimum of $10 at one of the resorts’ amenities. Naturally this deterred much of the public and pushed them towards casinos with open door policies outside of the state.

Since Lady Luck was taken over by Churchill Downs back in March this year, the new ownership meant they could afford to take the plunge in June. Since paying the fee, they’ve seen an improvement in the number of visitors by 25%.  


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A Massachusetts native, blogger Angeline Everett grew up in the Allston neighborhood of Boston and earned a degree in casino management from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. After graduating, Angeline moved to Atlantic City where she joined the young team at the Borgata Casino as a compliance representative, while blogging on the side. After a few years in the back office, Angeline moved to the floor to work first at a casual poker dealer and later casual poker floor supervisor. Fascinated with games of chance since she was a child, Angeline currently divides her time between blogging and work on her first book.