Pennsylvania Studies Casino Table Games Expansion

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Pennsylvania Studies Casino Table Games Expansion

Atlantic City has long been the main standard by which other casino gaming plans on the East Coast of the United States are judged. But that is no longer the case, with different states all over the US taking advantage of the revenue problems of Atlantic City casino facilities.

The state of Pennsylvania is one of those states that have been improving their gaming options over the past few years. Rep. Bill DeWeese introduced a proposal on June 18th, 2009 that will allow expanded casino table games like craps at Pennsylvania casino facilities. It does not seem far-fetched to believe that the gaming proposal will pass.

DeWeese said that the meeting he had with the Senate president and the House Appropriations chairman led him to believe that his casino table games proposal had more momentum now compared in the past since Republican members are telling the governor that they are not voting for broad based taxes. The proposal states that casino operators will pay a $10 million dollars up front fee to the state for the right to host casino table games.

Governor Rendell is an ardent supporter of casino gaming expansion but believes that this may not be the appropriate time for casino table games. Gov. Rendell said that he is not sure that it brings enough money to make any difference in the state budget. DeWeese estimated that a total of $200 million dollars to $300 million dollars annually could be generated for Pennsylvania.


Peter McCarthy