A new round of auctions for casino licenses in Pennsylvania could regenerate gaming interests in Mercer County.

The state gaming control board has announced it will offer five mini-casino licenses in a series of auctions starting in September.

A company that had an interest in Mercer County last year is no longer in business so county leaders say any new effort would be like starting from scratch.

"Nobody has approached Mercer County about being one of those options, so I'd say at this point it's probably going to be a long shot.  But we're doing our due diligence and finding out whether there's still interest and if there would be a casino coming here we want to make sure it's done right," said Mercer County Commissioner Matthew McConnell.

A mini-casino would be licensed for up to 750 video slot machines and a maximum of 30 table games.