Pennsylvania Casino Owned By Anti-Online Poker Billionaire

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As Pennsylvania nears the finish line in its years-long efforts to legalize and regulate online casino gaming, Sheldon Adelson’s casino in the Keystone State now has a “potential buyer.”

According to a report from The Morning Call, employees of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem were informed Thursday via email that the $800 million casino has a “sole buyer interested in purchasing the property.”

“The sale is not imminent, and there is a lot of work that still needs to be done before a sale is final,” Sands Bethlehem president Mark Juliano said.

Adelson, one of the richest men in the world, in 2013 pledged to “spend whatever it takes” in a political campaign to stop internet poker and other web-based casino games. Though Adelson has never achieved the federal ban that he seeks, he apparently has been successful in at least slowing the growing appetite for state-by-state legalization. No new state has passed iGaming legislation since 2013.

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However, Pennsylvania, which has 12 casinos in total, is approaching the finish line.

In November, Sands Bethlehem said it was going to spend $90 million to upgrade the property. The plan would give it the largest gaming floor in the state.

The casino already has more than 15 percent of the state’s $3 billion gambling market.

According to The Morning Call, also of note is that just last week the casino’s 146 security guards became the first Las Vegas Sands workers to ratify a union contract. Adelson, a major Republican donor, is anti-union. His company is the largest casino operator in the world.