It has taken over six years, but blackjack and other table games are finally coming to Pennsylvania casinos tomorrow. Earlier this year, Pennsylvania’s state legislature passed a bill allowing 700 tables to be put in their casinos. Governor Ed Rendell then signed the bill into law. Tomorrow, the first 202 tables will arrive and be put into service.
With the addition of table games to the Pennsylvania gambling industry, people in the area won’t have to go as far as Atlantic City, New Jersey if they want to play blackjack. Rivers Casino and the Meadows Casino have already completed testing of their blackjack tables under the supervision of the Pennsylvania Gaming and Control Board. Thousands of players took part in the trial runs, while gaming officials kept a close watch on the event so make sure everything runs smoothly. The first full implementation of table games in the state starts tomorrow.
Aside from blackjack, the state’s casinos will also have poker, roulette, craps, baccarat and more. The state has already made $165 million in the last fiscal year in licensing fees from ten casinos for the privilege of offering table games. In the new fiscal year, which began this month, the state hopes to make an additional $15 million in licensing fees as well as $75 million from a 16% tax on revenue from the tables.
Governor Rendell said that the casino expansion is “good for the people of Pennsylvania” and various casino operators have said that, while people like playing the slots, most of their customers are excited about the addition of table games.
With blackjack and other table games coming to Florida and now Pennsylvania, here’s hoping that many more states in America follow suit.
If you don’t live in the United States or don’t live near any casinos and want to play blackjack, there are plenty of online casinos where you can play your favorite game. Online blackjack offers the same fun and skill of the traditional game with the added bonus that you can play with the comfort of your own home and tipping is not expected.