The Opening of the Parx Satellite in Shippensburg Planned for February 2023
The opening of a nearby mini-casino has long been anticipated by gamblers in south-central Pennsylvania’s area of Shippensburg, but they will now have to wait a bit more.
According to a post on the Parx Casino‘s Facebook page, which will oversee Cumberland County’s mini-casino as a small satellite facility about 150 miles away, it will now debut at the start of 2023 instead of in the latter part of this year as originally planned.
The opening date was not specified, but if it occurs in February, it will occur about four years to the day after Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment Inc., the parent company of Parx, placed the winning bid of $8.1 million at an auction held by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) for the right to construct the mini-casino.
The mini-casinos, which may have up to 750 slot machine games and up to 40 table-based games, were approved by a comprehensive 2017 law that also permitted sportsbooks and iGaming in NJ. The smaller casinos were intended to expand access to casino gaming for residents of the state’s non-metropolitan areas, where the original casinos were concentrated, as well as to generate tax revenue through an auction, which ended up contributing more than $120 million to the state.
Although the legislation allowed for up to ten mini-casinos, the state will only have five: the three Live! Pittsburgh casinos that have already opened in Hollywood Casino Morgantown, Hollywood Casino York, and Westmoreland County; Shippensburg Township’s Parx Establishment; and a potential casino that will be located near State College.