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Pennsylvania Casino Gains Approval To Cut Slot Machines

Pennsylvania casinos have had the luxury of being part of one of the fastest growing state gaming industries in the US over the past couple of years. Casinos in Pennsylvania have taken a stranglehold on the industry in the Northeast, and analysts predict Pennsylvania will be the largest casino state in the region by 2012.

That does not mean that all of the slot machines in the state are always occupied. This week, Mount Airy Casino Resort had its request to decrease the amount of slot machines by 200. That would leave the casino with just under 2,100 machines moving forward.

The reason for the request was Mount Airy's win per machine figures. The casino has the lowest percentage of wins per machine, and officials believe the reason for that number is because of the amount of slot machines at the resort that are going unused, thus lowering the average win. With the reduction of the number of machines, the casino hopes to improve their win per machine figures.

The casino is spending money to maintain all of the machines in its facility, and that is a cost that executives feel can be reduced, helping the overall revenue figures. Currently, Mount Airy has a wins per machine figure of $188. That number is expected to jump to over $200 with the reduction of the slot machines.

Mount Airy has also announced plans to move their poker room to the third floor. Placing the poker room on the third floor will ensure additional space, which will be used as a waiting room for the room. Currently, the casino has eleven poker tables, which will not change with the move upstairs. The casino is touting the move as one that will bring increased comfort to customers.

Pennsylvania casinos added table games last summer after lawmakers legalized table game gambling at the beginning of 2010. The additional revenue generated from the table games has propelled Pennsylvania to the revenue status previously reserved for only Atlantic City, New Jersey, on the East Coast.

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