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Pennsylvania Opened Poker Tables In Casino

Pennsylvania Opened Poker Tables In Casino

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Thursday was the beginning of a new era in Pennsylvania casinos, which were permitted to officially open poker tables.  Their license was recently approved earlier in the year by state legislators and it was made official at 6 AM.  This licensing was granted four years after the state decided to legalize slot machines to help cut away at the state deficit.

There were 80 people lined up outside of Rivers Casino awaiting the tables to open.  Soon after, 200 more were ready to throw their money on the table.  The six tables in the poker room were completely full only a few hours after opening.  The casino’s general manager, Todd Moyer, doesn’t think he could have wished it to be any better for business.

It’s estimated that by 2012, over $865 million will be generated from the table games.  The state keeps 14 percent of this revenue and $103 million will be required for the state tax revenue.  The counties hosting these poker casinos will each receive 1 percent revenue share on top of it.

Rivers Casino isn’t the only gambling house taking full advantage of the new legislation.  Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington Count has also launched their poker tables to increase their revenue.  Everyone coming to the casinos seems very excited about being the first to play on these limited tables.  It’s become quite a spectacle to see.

Since the ropes have been taken down at the poker tables in Pennsylvania, they will never be put back up again.  The tables are open for play and it looks like it’s going to remain that way for quite some time.

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