Hearing on Review of Provisions in Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act


Tuesday, April 9, 2013
9:30 a.m.
Hearing Room 1 NOB

Category 3 (Resort) Slot Machine License

The purpose of this hearing is to provide a comprehensive review of the provisions in the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act (Gaming Act) as they relate to a Category 3 (Resort) slot machine license in a well-established resort hotel. [4 Pa.C.S. § 1305 (relating to Category 3 slot machine license)]  In particular, there will be some focus on the access and membership provisions as they relate to the gaming area of a Cat. 3 (Resort) licensed facility.  The information presented at this hearing is intended to provide the members of the committee and general public with a better understanding of a Cat. 3 (Resort) and how such differs from a Category 1 (Racino) slot machine license and/or a Category 2 (Standalone Casino) slot machine license.  The committee will be hearing testimony from the following individuals:

9:30 am Opening Remarks by Chairs}Chairs of the committee will each have an opportunity to provide brief opening remarks and thoughts.
9:35 am {Overview of Sec. 1305 (relating to Category 3 slot machine license)}Gaming ActPennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB)
Kevin F. O’Toole, Executive Director (Profile)
R. Douglas [Doug] Sherman, Chief Counsel (Office of Chief Counsel) (Profile)
10:05 am Cat. 3 (Resort) Slot Machine Licenses}Valley Forge Casino Resort (Valley Forge Convention Center Partners, LP)
Ira M. Lubert, Principal (Independence Capital Partners) (Profile)
Michael [Mike] S. Bowman, President/CEO (Valley Forge Casino Resort)
Alex Figueras, Vice President of Finance (Valley Forge Casino Resort) (Profile)
Lady Luck Casino (Woodlands Fayette, LLC) (Management – Isle of Capri Casinos Inc.)
Elizabeth Tranchina, Vice President, Legal Affairs (Isle of Capri Casinos Inc.) (Profile)
10:55 am {Cat. 1 (Racinos) & Cat. 2 (Standalone Casinos) in Vicinity of a Cat. 3 (Resort)}Parx Casino & Racing (Cat. 1) (Greenwood Gaming, Inc.) (Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, Inc.)
Thomas [Tom] C. Bonner, Group VP/Legal & Chief Counsel (Bensalem Racing Association and Keystone Turf Club D/B/A Parx Casino & Racing) and Director (Greenwood Racing, Inc. & Major Subsidiaries)
 Alan Kohler, Esq. (Eckert Seamans, Attorney at Law)
 Also testifying on behalf of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem (Cat. 2) (Sands Bethworks Gaming, LLC) (Las Vegas Sands Corp.)
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino (Cat. 1) (Washington Trotting Association, Inc.) (Cannery Casino Resorts, LLC)
William [Bill] J. Paulos, Principal (Cannery Casino Resorts, LLC) (Profile)
Rivers Casino (Cat. 2) (Holdings Acquisition Co, L.P.)
Mary Cheeks, Senior Vice President of Finance (Holdings Acquisition Co, L.P., D/B/A Rivers Casino) (Profile)
SugarHouse Casino (Cat. 2) (Sugarhouse HSP Gaming, LP)
{Consultant} Steven [Steve] M. Rittvo, Chairman/CEO (The Innovation Group) (Profile)
 Written Testimony
 Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack (Cat. 1) (Chester Downs and Marina, LLC) (Caesars Entertainment Corporation)
Ron Baumann, Senior Vice President and General Manager (Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack) (Profile)