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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Pennsylvania's 1st slots casino opens

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 26 minutes ago

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - Pennsylvania's first slot-machine parlor, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, opened Tuesday to a shower of confetti and rain as the state embarked on its ambitious plan to have gamblers pay for cuts in property taxes.

Hundreds of gamblers — mostly senior citizens — poured into the casino as the doors were opened and occupied most of its nearly 1,100 seats in less than 10 minutes.
Inside, Wilkes-Barre car dealership manager Vince Esposito was one of the first to start playing, putting a $20 bill into a Double Powerball machine. "That's entertainment," he said as he pushed the button. Right beside him, Sharon Chapman of Summit Hill put in $20 and hit for $50 within two minutes.


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