Presque Isle Downs & Casino Receives Table Game Approval
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has been spending the past couple of weeks holding public hearings on table games for various casinos. On Thursday, it was Presque Isle Downs & Casino that had their turn in front of the board.
The Gaming Board approved the application of the MTR Gaming Group, allowing the Presque casino to operate table games. They became the latest casino that will now prepare for the arrival of table games this summer.
Table game gambling was approved by Pennsylvania lawmakers earlier this year. Governor Ed Rendell had been pushing legislators since last year to approve the table games, but the legislation did not happen until Rendell threatened government cuts back at the beginning of 2010.
Pennsylvania casinos have been riding a wave of momentum over the past couple of years. In December, casinos in the state had higher slot revenue than Atlantic City casinos for the first time in history. The casinos are hoping that table games allow them to compete fully with the New jersey casinos in the future.
The entire Northeast is becoming a haven for casinos. Delaware, New York, Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland are all in the process of reviewing their casino options. Delaware has already added sports betting to the list of gambling options for their residents.
Presque Isle Downs & Casino is expected to add 500 new employees to operate the table games. The casino is planning on having the forty-eight tables ready by July, around the same time that other casinos will be unveiling their new games.
May 1, 2010
Posted By Terry Goodwin
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
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