"Now he's got his approval. Pennsylvania
lawmakers reached a budget deal Friday night that will legalize table games, opening the door for an estimated $200 million in extra gambling fees and taxes annually for the cash-starved commonwealth.
State officials say blackjack
, poker, craps and other table games should be introduced in about six to nine months - a little slower than Toth's ambitious timetable
- once the regulatory system is completed."
Reading at the 2nd article, this looks like a done deal. Just a few regulatory details to iron out. But the success for Pennsylvania casinos
will largely depend on just how greedy the state will be, tax-wise.
And no, Atlantic City is not happy about this at all. I have Philadelphia Park Casino just 20 minutes away from me. Never even been there, but that will probably change. Thing is, there is not another one around for, I believe, over 50 miles. AC is probably closer than the next PA casino. Given the population of Philly and environs, this gold mine will be jammed to the rafters every day of the week. You better believe they have an ambitious timetable.