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Pennsylvanians Want No More Casinos

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Legalized gaming in the Keystone State is where it’s at (well, at least according to voters who are happy with the way things are for now), as a new poll reveals that Pennsylvanians are at their limit when it comes to regulated casino gambling, online or not.

The poll taken from voters in Pennsylvania was completed by uinnipiac University, a private nonsectarian, co-educational university located in Hamden, Connecticut. The University’s poll states that by a margin of 55% to 37%, Pennsylvania voters think legal gambling in the state is a “good thing”…but only where it is now.

Pennsylvanian voters seemingly understand the importance of the tax revenue generated by the states existing land based casinos, but they draw the line at creating more casinos on land and are against online casinos.

The poll reveals that while Pennsylvanians are happy with the casinos they have, they are not willing to have one built in their own neighborhood. They also believe online casinos could lead to greater issues and addictions.

71% of those polled said that if people are going to gamble, it’s better to have Pennsylvania get the income from it, 70% said there should not be more casinos in Pennsylvania, and 57% don’t want a casino in the community where they reside.

By a margin of 62% to 33%, voters in the state are against any regulation of online casino activity and 70% stated that they believe any more casinos in the state – online or not – would lead to further gambling addiction.

Interestingly enough, the Pennsylvania casino industry has been growing very swiftly. 12 out of the 14 planned casinos in the physically well-positioned gaming state have been in business, opening their doors to millions of players from both Pennsylvania and beyond. These casinos provide a full selection of slots and certain table games and are said to have over $3.14 billion each year in total casino related revenue. This effectively makes Pennsylvania the 2nd largest casino market in the United States.

Now that neighboring New Jersey has created its successful launch of online casinos (and Delaware too), we will definitely keep a feel on the Keystones State’s pulse in this matter. It is certain that Pennsylvania does not want to lose its number 2 spot.

Pennsylvania casinos are open or planned at these locations: Parx Casino and Racing in Bensalem, Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack in Chester, Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie, Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin in Farmington, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono, Lawrence Downs Casino and Racing Resort in New Castle, Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia, Rivers Casino in Pittsburg, The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington, and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre. There is one license left to award in Philly.

With all of these physical casino locations, one can’t help but feel that there is more to investigating the potential success online casinos may have on the state’s economic status. While the findings in this poll are not surprising – for or against further development of gambling – the market is obviously ready. The location of Pennsylvania shows the further potential for income from neighboring residents, just as it is for New Jersey.

Three More Pennsylvania Casinos Launch Table Games

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

There's more than rows of slots at PA's Mount Airy Casino these days

There's more than rows of slots at PA's Mount Airy Casino these days

Look out Atlantic City, table games have been let loose in Pennsylvania casinos. Just days after the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Meadows Racetrack & Casino and Presque Isle Racetrack & Casino in Eric, PA, opened table games to the general public under new legislation passed in January of this year, three more casinos have followed suit. Now included in the ranks of Vegas-esque casinos are the Mohegan Sun, Mount Airy Casinos and the Hollywood Casino outside of Harrisburg.

Considering that the first slots casinos in PA opened in 2006, the development of the brick ‘n mortar gambling industry has certainly come a long way in a short time. Needless to say, getting table games legalized is no easy task, let alone slot machines. The Seminole Indians were at it for years in Florida before successfully getting table games included in their repertory of wagering options.

Couple this with the resistance imposed by nearby Atlantic City, New Jersey, where casino gambling has long been a hub for residents in Northeast America, and you have yourself a classic “made in America” love story. And not that Pennsylvanian’s are really that much in love with casino gambling to begin with, but rather, that anything is possible with enough money and government support. Okay, maybe that’s not a classic American love story, but it’s definitely an American tale.

The Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Poconos has come out with the most table games – 72 to be exact – while Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, has opened a floor with 62 table games. Hollywood Casino has unveiled 52 new table games, which include twenty-two blackjack tables, four craps tables, four roulette tables and a poker room with twelve tables poised for tournament action.

The new casino offering is expected to bring in tens of millions of dollars for PA State and County government via a 16% tax rate on the revenue earned at table games. Further helping the Pennsylvania economy are prospects of approximately 4,400 new jobs as a direct result of table games. These include pit bosses, dealers and cashiers.