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May 05, 2010

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino was granted permission to offer guests table games, a spokesman said the table games should be up and running by July of 2010.

On April 29 in Harrisburg, The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved a petition that allows the Washington Trotting Association to offer table games such as poker, blackjack, craps and roulette at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. The PGCB also approved a petition for Presque Isle Downs in Erie for similar table games.

The gaming board approved 25 black jack tables, five craps tables, three roulette tables, two mini baccarat tables, four pai gow tables, two three-card poker tables, one big six wheel as well as 20 poker tables. Spokesman David LaTorre from the Meadows also stated the North Strabane Township casino would have six poker tables reserved just for tournament play.

In a prepared statement Chairman for PGCB Greg Fajt said "Our parallel goals are to prepare our staff to properly protect the public's interest as Pennsylvania expands into table games while working with the casinos to spur the creation of more living wage jobs and tax revenue as quickly as possible," LaTorre said the Meadows welcome the PGCB's decision but made it clear they have a lot of work to do in a few short months. New candidates for began training for the 549 new positions in early April. La Torre said for now.

The Meadows isn't setting a starting date for gaming tables. "We feel we can have our table games up and running this summer, but at the end of the day, the date will depend on when the PGCB deems that we're ready," LaTorre said, adding that both The Meadows and the board still have much work to do before people can begin playing table games.
"We're just really at the beginning of the process," he said.

Both of the casinos finished their own public hearings prior to the April 29 approvals.

The two casinos informed the board they are prepared to pay the state-mandated $16.5 million certification fee for the table games by June 1. The casinos also explained that the table games expansion would create more than 1,000 new jobs.

By approving The Meadows and Presque Isle Downs the PGCB brings the number of casinos approved to offer gaming tables to 7. The board stated that all nine Pennsylvania casinos currently operating have petitioned for gaming tables.

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