On July 1st, Governor LePage signed a bill and gave conditional approval to table games at licensed gaming facilities, however, the initiative will not be effective until voters in Penobscot County approve the measure. If voters approve the measure, gamblers will be able to play conventional table games such as poker, blackjack, roulette, craps and other games at Hollywood Slots in Bangor. The question will be on the ballot in November. The statewide referendums will also ask voters whether they approve the development of new a casino in Lewiston and a racino in Biddeford.
Supporters, including local groups Penobscot County for Tables Games and Jobs Coalition, say the addition of table games to Hollywood Slots would create approximately 100 new jobs at the casino, and generate an additional $1 million in tax revenue each year.
“It’s going to be a grass-roots campaign. People in Maine have questions and want to see the people promoting table games at Hollywood Slots & Raceway, so I’m anticipating I’ll know every square mile of Penobscot County before Nov. 8.” said John Osborne, general manager of Hollywood Slots.