The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has awarded Parx Casino’s holding company a license to open a mini-casino in Shippensburg Township, Cumberland County.
The PGCB issued a license to the Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment sub-brand on Wednesday. Parx expects to open the satellite gaming venue in November this year. The 73,000-square-foot casino, which will occupy about half the former big-box store, will be a scaled-down version of Parx’s casino in Bensalem, the state’s top casino by revenue.
The $65 million renovation is to begin next month, and the facility is scheduled to open in November, John Dixon, Greenwood’s chief operating officer, told the gaming board during a hearing in Harrisburg. The casino will contain 500 slot machines — the Bensalem flagship casino has more than 3000 slots — and electronic table games such as blackjack, baccarat, and roulette, but only with remote dealers.
Parx said it plans to apply for a sports-betting license for the site in the future.
The Shippensburg Parx is the fourth of five mini-casinos licensed under Pennsylvania’s 2017 gaming expansion, which extended the availability of casino gambling and wagering to all corners of the state by legalizing online gaming, video game terminals in truck stops, and the mini-casinos, which are officially called Category 4 casinos.