During the hearing, the board analyzed and reviewed exhibits from casino officials, who estimate that adding the new poker room will bring in about $500,000 more revenue each year before expenses. Presque Isle Downs plans to add a 2,080-square-foot, nine-table room on the second floor. Currently the casino offers players slot machines and 44 table games, including roulette, blackjack and craps tables.

The board also voted to renew the casino’s Category 1 operator’s license. During the audience, the seven-member Board determined that Presque Isle Downs, operator of the Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie County, had fulfilled the obligations under its initial casino operator’s license and therefore qualified to have its license renewed. The new license is good for a three-year period.

In January 2010 the Pennsylvania legislature approved the addition of table games, including live poker, for all casinos. The board’s recent decision to approve Presque’s expansion leaves the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia, as the only Pennsylvania casino that does not have a poker room.

“We’re equally as excited about  the approval to commence with development and opening of our poker room, which we think we can accomplish in eight to 10 weeks from today,” said Fred Buro, Presque Isle Downs and Casino‘s general manager.

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