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Pennsylvania Renews License For Lady Luck Casino At Nemacolin

Renewal Good For Another Five Years


The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has unanimously approved the license renewal for one of the state’s casinos.

The PGCB voted June 28 to renew the Category 3 resort casino license of Woodlands Fayette, LLC, operator of Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin in Fayette County.

In making the decision, the PGCB said that it determined Woodlands Fayette, LLC had fulfilled the obligations under its previously approved casino operator’s license and qualified to renew its license for an additional five-year period.

A public input hearing was held on Oct. 26, 2022, in the casino’s host municipality, Wharton Township, where personnel of Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin submitted exhibits and presented testimony on various aspects of the facility’s operation since its last license renewal was granted.

The public was also permitted to provide testimony about the casino and its impact on the community.

In reaching its decision, regulators also received information from local government officials, community groups and the PA State Police, along with the Gaming Control Board’s Office of Enforcement Counsel, Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement, Office of Compulsive and Problem Gaming, and Bureau of Casino Compliance.

Since its opening in July 2013 through May 2023, Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin has generated $289,042,481 in gross revenue from the play of slot machines and table games, resulting in a return to the Commonwealth of approximately $139,901,235in tax revenue from the play of games.

Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin currently operates 600 slot machines and 26 table games.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort employs 1,146 persons, including 167 at the casino. It also has 320 guest rooms.

Management of Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin was recently transferred from Churchill Downs, Inc. to self-management with the assistance of gaming consultant RRC Gaming Management.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board oversees all aspects of gambling in the state involving 17 land-based casinos.

The land-based casino industry in Pennsylvania consists of six racetrack (Category 1) casinos, five stand-alone (Category 2) casinos, two resort (Category 3) casinos and four mini-casinos (Category 4).