New Legislation Allows Table Games in PennsylvaniaBy: Harper Whitefield
Governor Rendell signed a legislation yesterday that allows Pennsylvania gaming halls to add table games to their floor. But before the action starts, casinos present in Pa. will have to wait for another 6 to 9 months to put the regulators in place.
Casino owners responded with much delight to the new legislation, and took immediate action to get the tables up as soon as possible. Las Vegas Sands was so confident about the passing of the new law that it already reserved most of the floor space of its new Sands Bethlehem for table games. The original plan to fill the floor with 2,000 slot machines was changed into only 250 machines.
The adding of table games to the Pennsylvania casinos is expected to create a lot of jobs. The Mounty Casino Resort in the Poconos is already looking for job candidates to fill the 275 to 350 new full time positions.At the same time, Mohegan Sun”s Robert Soper testified that the new casino dealers will be paid $6 or less without tips.