In Pennsylvania, Plans For Fifth Mini-Casino Remain Stuck
Plans for a fifth mini-casino in Pennsylvania near State College are stuck in a lawsuit. Cordish Companies, who own the Live! Philadelphia hotel-casa and the live! Pittsburgh casino, are suing Ira Lubert for his involvement in the bid.
Mini-casinos were created in 2017 by the gambling expansion act. The Parx Casino in Shippensburg has been delayed because of building issues but is set to open by end of the year.
Lubert is a Penn State graduate and member of the school's Board of Trustees. He has a net worth listed as $45 million. Lubert put together a $10 million bid for a mini-casino near State College. His bid was accepted on Sept. 2, 2020. The site chosen was a closed Macy’s at Nittany Mall in College Twp.
The Cordish Companies are suing Lubert and his new company SC Gaming LLC. They claim that when Luber partnered with other people in his bid, that rendered the bid ineligibly. Lubbert created State College Gaming to apply and pay for the license, which is against the rules. The hearing is scheduled for March 7.