The legislature of the state of Pennsylvania approved a bill allowing casino table games at Pennsylvania gaming establishments in both the House and the Senate. Governor Ed Rendell had set a deadline on January 22nd, 2010 to approve a compromise agreement but it was not necessary as the legislature came to an acceptable compromise before the deadline.
Pennsylvania casino facilities will now be able to offer banked card games like blackjack aside from slot machines. This is good news for many casino players who have longed to enjoy casino table games.
Governor Ed Rendell had pushed long and hard for the passage of the casino table games bill, stating that the state budget had been planned with the expected $250 million from the additional gaming revenue included and that failure to approve the proposal could mean mass layoffs for thousands of government employees.
Gov. Rendell said that it will also have a serious effect in the state's economy if the proposal is not approved. The casino table gambling bill passed first in the Pennsylvania Senate, 28-22 and later in the day, the Pennsylvania House approved the bill with a vote of 103-89.
The Chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, Dante Santoni, said that this is a logical, bipartisan piece of legislation that makes their gaming facilities more attractive to players and more competitive with other gaming establishments in other states. He added that this will also help Pennsylvania cope up in these difficult financial times.
Under the new gaming law, gaming facilities are allowed to offer as much as 250 casino table games, while smaller gaming establishments are limited to fifty casino tables.
Casino facilities will now be able to give credit to qualified customers under the new law, which was one of the main concerns during the deliberation of the gaming bill.
Monday, February 15 , 2010