Penn National eyes turnpike site for 3rd Pa. casino

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania-based casino operator is giving details about a mini-casino it's planning on 36 acres of vacant land along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, a short drive from Reading and Philadelphia's suburbs.

Penn National Gaming applied late last month with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to build the 80,000 square-foot Hollywood Casino Morgantown, featuring 750 slot machines, 30 table games and sports betting.

Penn National owns Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course near Hershey and is seeking approval for another mini-casino in a former Sears store at a suburban York mall.

Earlier this year, Pennsylvania auctioned five mini-casino licenses out of 10 authorized to owners of the state's 12 casinos. Penn National snapped up two.

Full-fledged casinos can operate up to 5,000 slot machines and at least 250 table games.