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SBD/Issue 73/Facilities & Venues
Game On: PA Supreme Court Okays MTR Gaming’s Slots License
Published January 5, 2005
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal of the state Horse Racing Commission’s September ’02 decision awarding a thoroughbred track license to Chester, West Virginia-based MTR Gaming, effectively removing “the last legal obstacle to construction of a new” racetrack in Erie, a $100M project that “eventually will include a slot machine casino along Interstate 90,” according to Tom Barnes of PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. MTR CEO Edson “Ted” Arneault said that he hopes to begin construction in April or May on the track, which will be called Presque Isle Downs. Developer Charles Betters, who filed the appeal, said he was “disappointed” the Supreme Court will not hear his case. Betters, who had been attempting to get a racing license in order to build a track and casino in Pittsburgh, “has two other lawsuits pending” – one in Commonwealth Court and one in federal court – “aimed at overturning the new Pennsylvania slots law” (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 1/4).