I'm excited. Now the Rivers in Pittsburgh doesn't have to bleed me dry (okay, so I only went once, but I still lost miserably). Plus a casino in the mountains is neat. Go mini-golfing, or to Woodland Zoo, then gamble.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board granted the resort casino license Thursday in a 6-1 affirmative vote. State Sen. Kasunic said it will add to the resort. It was also said that it'll bring more tourism to Nemacolin, but I don't think they need any help.
They'll be working with Isle of Capris Casinos Inc., who will fund the casino at an estimated cost of $50 million.
It will be added on to the already existing Wildside gaming center and will be called Lady Luck Nemacolin, which in my mind means Frank Sinatra will be playing really loud as soon as you walk in. She'll have 600 slot machines, 28 table games, a casual restaurant and lounge. I hope those slots include the Wizard of Oz ones the Rivers had that I didn't get to play because they were all taken. They were probably spitting out the cash money. Maybe I'd be a millionaire if one of them had been open.
Gettysburg is pretty excited, too - Nemacolin beat them for the license, and while gambling in the mountains is totally cool, gambling on a battlefield seems kind of wrong. Sure, Ft. Necessity is up in those mountains, too, but at least the casino won't be going in the fort or anything.
As for how Lady Luck will benefit the Nam, the county will get two percent of the revenue from the slots and one percent from the table games - an estimated $500,000 the first year, expected to reach $1.6 million by 2016 if the world doesn't end in 2012 as scheduled.
Oh, and jobs. Four hundred in the casino, 120 during construction, and 200 more for the resort. I'd rather work with puppies at Nemacolin Wooflands, but that's just me. Partly because in many cases, you can't gamble in a casino if you work there. Partly because I love puppies.
It could be 30-90 days before the license is actually received, and they'd like the casino up and running nine months after that. So would I. I'm ready when you are, Nemacolin.