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Bangor Racino Takes Step Forward with OTB License

31 May 2005

Las Vegas Sun

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Another piece of the Bangor racino puzzle fell into place with the Maine Harness Racing Commission's approval of simulcast racing for Penn National Gaming Inc.

The panel voted 5-0 Friday to grant the Pennsylvania-based company a state license to operate the off-track betting facility that it's acquiring as part of its $3.8 million purchase of Miller's Restaurant in Bangor. The panel granted the company the authority to conduct simulcast wagering in a separate 5-0 vote.

The off-track betting facility is part of Penn National's plan to open a temporary gaming facility at the former Miller's Restaurant around July 1, according to Steven Snyder, the company's senior vice president for corporate development.

The company is beginning renovations aimed at turning the restaurant into a gaming facility that will house up to 500 slot machines, Snyder said. If all goes according to plan, that facility will be up and running by November or December.

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