March 28, 2012
The operation of table games maybe a possibility in the future at the Newport Grand slot parlor. A proposed referendum for the table games has been approved by a senate committee. If passed by the state's Senate, it could be on the ballot for voters to have the final decision on in November.
The referendum was previously passed by the House. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the matter next week.
If approved, the Newport Grand will be able to offer Vegas style gaming. Guests to the casino will be able to enjoy games like blackjack and poker. The operation of table games will allow for the casino to compete against neighboring Massachusetts for gaming dollars. This potential could earn more revenue for Rhode Island.
Currently state law requires voter approval for the casino across the state as well as the city where the casino will be located.
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