Las Vegas Sands Petitions for Casino Table Games in Sands Bethlehem
Las Vegas Sands Corporation filed a formal application with the Pennsylvania gaming regulators on February 22nd, 2010 to add eighty casino table games to its gaming facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania by early summer.
Pennsylvania legislators, with the support of Governor Ed Rendell, change Pennsylvania's existing gaming laws to permit the state's slot machine-only gaming facilities to add casino table games in exchange for a tax on gaming revenues.
Pennsylvania is looking to solve a huge state budget deficit. If approved, the organizations plans to offer games like craps, which can only be previously enjoyed in casino facilities in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, onto casino floor of Sands Bethlehem that currently houses three thousand slot machines.
Sands Bethlehem president Robert DeSalvio said that with the arrival of the casino table games, Sands Bethlehem can instantly transform into the most convenient gambling location for millions of residents of New York City and northern New Jersey.
Las Vegas Sands President Michael Leven said that success from the casino table games could permit the group to move forward with their other expansion plans at the casino, including building a hotel and meeting space.
Leven said that the pending addition of casino table games in their facility has given them the opportunity to study their strategy as it relates to the Sands and they are very hopeful that this chance will be an excellent catalyst for their balance sheet and the future development in their gaming facility.