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Three More Pennsylvania Casinos Launch Table Games

14 July 2010 by Devon Chappell

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.

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