Pennsylvania casinos scoff at $1M all-night liquor license

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania lawmakers recently passed legislation giving the state’s 12 casinos the ability to sell liquor between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., but casinos say they aren’t biting.

That’s partly because the cash-strapped state wants $1 million per license.

Sands Casino CEO Mark Juliano told the Morning Call of Allentown that the Bethlehem casino won’t pay the $1 million, and he doesn’t know of any casino that will.

Juliano says it’s also not worth hiring the staff to serve the sparse late-night crowds and Sands doesn’t want to be the go-to drinking hole after every other place closes.

Eric Schippers of Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course says it has no need to serve liquor around the clock and it probably wouldn’t take a license if it were free.

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