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Valley Forge Casino Pays $1M Fee, Becomes Full-Access Casino

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Valley Forge Casino Pays $1M Fee, Becomes Full-Access Casino

Pennsylvania is already reaping the rewards of the gambling expansion it passed earlier this week. The state received a $1 million fee from Valley Forge Casino to change the terms of its resort category license. Now Valley Forge can operate as a full-access casino.

Valley Forge was waiting with the money in hand, ready to buy the upgrade on Tuesday after Governor Tom Wolf signed the gambling expansion into law on Monday. The casino gained the ability to operate like all other casinos in the state. By Tuesday afternoon the casino had changed its access restrictions to the gaming floor, making it easier for patrons to enter.

For the past five years, the casino has operated a 40,000 square-foot gaming floor with 600 slot machines and 50 table games. However, access to the floor was restricted to hotel guests, membership holders, and patrons of the resort’s other amenities.

The restriction influenced the property to boost its other amenities – conference and banquet facilities, two luxury hotel towers, eight dining options, and regular live entertainment. The new classification allows the casino to up their gambling offering as well – Valley Forge could add up to 250 slot machines and 15 poker tables. It can also apply for an online poker license once it becomes available.

Valley Forge CEO Eric Pearson said forcing patrons to pay a membership fee to play on the casino floor if they were not staying at the hotel confused and frustrated guests. Pearson says the upgrade in their operating license will help them attract new visitors.


Hailing from Wisconsin but arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, I'm better known at various US online poker rooms under the pen name "OreoBob" and "SoyFlush". I'm an avid poker player and editor-at-large who has contributed as a freelance writer for diverse national and international iGaming publications since 2004.

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