Rivers Casino Makes Their Case For Table Games In Pennsylvania
The state of Pennsylvania is moving quickly when it comes to casino expansion. After receiving good news regarding slot revenue in December, lawmakers legalized table games shortly after 2010 began.
Rivers casino is one of the newest gambling facilities in the state, and casino executives could not have been any more pleased with the timing of their arrival. After just months of operations, the casino learned of legislative plans to add table game gambling to state casinos.
On Monday, executives from Rivers Casino made their pitch to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Part of the process of adding the table games is that a public hearing must take place. That hearing occurred today, but not many business or community leaders showed up to the hearing.
"If someone were to come here and say they were going to manufacture a product and create 458 new jobs, this whole room would be filled," said Todd Moyer, the general manager of Rivers Casino. Moyer was emphasizing the jobs that would be created if the table game license was filled.
Pennsylvania has been one of the states where unemployment has hit record highs. The construction and permanent jobs that would be created at Rivers would reach over 400, and that is a number that the Gaming Board will not take lightly.
Many of these public hearings have simply been formalities. The casinos in the state expect that they will have table games up and running by the summer. Once the table games are operational, Pennsylvania will have a legitimate opportunity to overtake Atlantic City, New Jersey as the gambling capital of the Northeast.
Rivers Casino has a plan to add forty-two blackjack tables, twenty-four poker tables, and several tables of popular games such as roulette and craps. The casino would also prefer to eliminate 126 of their current slot machines, but regulators may not approve that move.
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