Updating an earlier story, it seems that table games – including blackjack – are on their way to being legalized in the state of Pennsylvania. A bill was introduced to the state House and Senate that would legalize and regulate table games. The added revenue would help a struggling economy and, according to Governor Ed Rendell, help the state avoid job cuts.
Yesterday the state Senate approved the bill and it is now up to the House. It is believed that there are enough votes to pass the bill in the House and some say it could pass as soon as tonight. Slot parlors are already present in Pennsylvania and some have been trying for a while to add table games, such as blackjack, craps, baccarat and more.
Earlier Governor Rendell had warned Congress that if the bill did not pass, the state would be forced to lay off nearly 1,000 workers, with most being in the state prison system and the Department of Welfare. With unemployment already ridiculously high, saving jobs should be a priority for any politician. If this bill passes the state House, it will save almost 1,000 of them, according to the governor.