Sometime this week, the board overseeing casinos in the state of Pennsylvania will vote on which two proposals will get licenses in Philadelphia. And tomorrow, Philadelphia Park’s casino will open in Bensalem.
People, then, are paying attention to the Pocono Downs casino — the one with Blinky the Clown, who offers to come to your room and to balloon tricks — in hopes to learn some lessons from the Luzerne County attraction.
The Bucks County Courier Times‘ James McGinnis (who also introduced us to Blinky) writes about the popularity of the casino, calling it “one of the most exciting attractions ever to hit rural Pennsylvania.”
In addition to clowns, the casino features, uh, well, food-court style restaurants, two bars that seat up to 20 people and a rewards center where players can “cash in points for air purifiers, fleece jackets and kitchenware.”
And all of this is drawing 10,000 people a day. There really is not much to do up there in Luzerne County, is there? Well, except talk about Poland, since Luzerne County is the only one in the U.S. where a plurality of residents reporting Polish as their primary ancestry. (It’s true!)
Poconos casino attracts crowds [BCCT]
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