Pennsylvania Casinos Receives Approval to Feature Casino Table Games

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Pennsylvania Casinos Receives Approval to Feature Casino Table Games

The state of Pennsylvania is quickly ascending the list of state that has a prominent presence in the casino gaming industry. On April 8th, 2010, three more casino facilities received the right to install and offer casino table games.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has been very busy over the past few months. The Pennsylvania Board has been conducting public hearings in the counties where casino facilities have asked for permission to operate casino games like blackjack and craps and roulette, which can only be previously found in Atlantic City and Las Vegas gaming facilities.

Already, two casino facilities had been given the go signal for casino table games and on April 8th, 2010, Sands Resort Bethlehem, Hollywood Casino at the Penn National Race Course and the Mount Airy Casino Resort were all approved to offer table games.

Gaming Analyst Steve Schwartz said that by the end of 2010, Pennsylvania casino facilities should be well on their way to surpassing gaming facilities in New Jersey as the top gambling destinations in the northeastern part of the U.S. Schwartz said that casino table games will be the key to placing Pennsylvania casinos on the top.

Casino facilities in Pennsylvania have already reached a milestone regarding the casino industry in Atlantic City. In December 2009, Pennsylvania casinos had higher slot machine earnings than casinos in Atlantic City for the first time in history. That was immediately followed by the news that state legislators had approved table games in January 2010.

Other northeastern states are not keeping still watching the Pennsylvania gaming industry expand. The states of Maryland and New York have improved their gambling options and the legislators in the states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine are also considering their gaming options. Delaware lawmakers approved sports betting in 2009.


David M. Bedingfield