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Casino Campaign Launched in Maine

26 July 2011 by admin

maine-location-mapThe push to bring expanded gambling to the U.S. state of Maine just got more organized. A special interest group has launched in order to campaign for bringing table games to a Bangor, Maine slot casino. Voters will have the final say on the matter.

On Monday, Prenobscot County for Table Games and Jobs Coalition held a press conference announced the launch of their campaign. The group said that it wants to bring blackjack, roulette, craps and other table games to Hollywood Slots casino. During the press conference, the group said that adding table games to the casino would create jobs and increase revenue for the city and state, both of which are in debt and needing more funds.

Currently table games are prohibited from casinos by state law. However, earlier this month Governor Paul LePage (R) signed a bill into law that would allow table games at the casino if voters in Penobscot County approve of the change. The referendum will be placed on the November ballot and if voters choose expanded gambling, the law will be amended to allow it.

The newly formed Prenobscot County for Table Games and Jobs Coalition has not yet said what the exact impact of expanded gambling would be. John Osborne, the general manager of Hollywood Slots, has provided numbers. He predicts that allowing table games at his casino would create 100 new jobs worth $4 million annually in salary and benefits. More salary and more casino revenue also means more tax revenue for the governments.

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