HARRISBURG - Three state casinos urged the State House Gaming Oversight
Committee last week to approve a measure legalizing table games, such as poker,
blackjack, roulette, and craps.
Executives from the 3 casinos spent two hours before the committee promoting the
benefits the games would provide to the tsate. They said it would create 16,000
new jobs, increase revenues paid to the state, and provide capital to build
hotels at the casinos. The overall impact would reduce the state's budget
deficit and spur the state's economy.
The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition disputes these claims. They say table games
would decrease slot revenues by 8 to 13 percent instead of increasing them by 3
percent as claimed by the 3 casino representatives. The coalition represents
tracks which operate slot machines.
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