Last year, the State authorities approved the Bill 711, which provided authorization for existing Pennsylvania casinos to conduct table games through the filing of a petition with, and approval by, the Gaming Control Board.
In March, 2010, the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and the Parx Casino became the first to properties to gain the Board approval to operate table games. Only a month later, approvals were granted to the operators of Mount Airy Casino Resort, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Presque Isle Downs and Casino and Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. By July, 2010, the first casinos began offering tables games, and by August, all of the state’s casinos had card tables operating at their respecting gaming facilities.
The bill, which allowed the possibility of bringing table games to the existent casinos, also helped to generate thousands of jobs and boost the gaming tax revenue. After only one month, Pennsylvania casinos generated $34.555 million in gross revenue, with $4.837 million in tax revenue for the state and $691,104 in tax revenue for local governments. The numbers increased month by month, and in April, 2011, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced that March’s table game revenue at state casinos was the highest since tables were introduced. Statewide, table games produced $54,606,617 gross revenue in March compared to the previous high month of December 2010 when gross revenue totaled $44,080,346. In May, total gross revenue collected from card tables exceeded $50 million for the third consecutive month.
Since their inception, table games have returned more than $238 million in tax revenue to the state and local communities, including $73,390,655 in taxes from the play of table games along with $165 million in one-time table games certification fees paid collectively by the casinos. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, which regulates the state’s casino industry, says that an approximate of 6,000 jobs were created with the introduction of the table games.