Twin River can add table games following voters’ approval of the facility’s proposal to offer the new games to compete with casinos in Massachusetts. While the Massachusetts casinos won’t be built for years, Twin River wants to get its table games installed as soon as possible to get a good head start.
“Once Massachusetts starts to build, it’s still going to take three or four years before they open,” said state Rep. William San Bento, D-Pawtucket, who pushed to get the Twin River casino question on the ballot. “It’s major that we are going to be up and running first.”
Before they can begin to offer games like blackjack and craps, the casino must make the space for 65 gaming tables and hire 350 new employees. Whether the casino can have table games by July 1 will also depend on how quickly state gambling regulators approve Twin River’s plans.
Another Rhode Island casino, Newport Grand Slots, also tried to get table games but local voters did not approve the referendum.