On June 6, 2007, about 8 combination video blackjack games and slot machines were installed at the Mohegan Sun at the Pocono Downs racetrack and casino located outside of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Bobby Soper, President of the Pennsylvania Facility, said that they are blackjack casino games and the rules are the same as regular Blackjack table games.
The main difference is that no real cards are used and there are no live dealers handling the cards. The 8 blackjack machines can accommodate 5 players, but gamers can play independently from other players to comply with the state's restriction on casino table games.
The use of the machines was permitted in April 2007 after being specifically made for the state of Pennsylvania, according to a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Gaming Board. Doug Harbach said that the result by any of the players in the game does not bother the result of another player.
If each player is playing from a card deck, there would be 5 different card decks for each player. A Chicago based casino columnist, John Grochowski, said that the multi-player machines are increasingly becoming popular at casino facilities across the country. They are less overwhelming compared to casino table games with live casino dealers.
Grochowski claims that casinos can minimize their expenses with the use of the machines by using them as $1 games that do not require a staff.
The Pocono Downs was the first slots casino facility to open in Pennsylvania when they offered the machines in November 2007.
The Pocono Downs has 1,203 machines currently in operation and was the 3rd casino facility in Pennsylvania to utilize the multiplayer video table games.
Wednesday, June 20 , 2007