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Table Games Approved in PA Senate

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

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.

PA Governor Must Really Want Table Games

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

I’m a big fan of table games, my favorite being blackjack. They’re a ton of fun and blackjack in particular has just the right mix of chance and strategy. It seems that Ed Rendell, the governor of Pennsylvania feels the same way. He is an advocate for the legalization of table games in Pennsylvania casinos and sees them as a way for generating extra revenue for a state that, like the rest of America, is hurting for cash.

When politicians want something bad enough, they usually resort to threats. It’s that way from city politicians all the way through the President of the United States. Such is the case here. Governor Rendell warns that if a bill legalizing the table games is not passed by the end of the week, the state will need to cut funds by laying off nearly 1,000 state employees, with the state prison system and the Department of Public Welfare seeing most of the cuts.

This is a common strategy. It is common for cities to claim that if they don’t get an increased budget they will lay off police and firefighters (rather than, say, not putting pretty plants along the highways). Prisons and welfare are kind of a state’s version of that threat. Rendell may in fact me serious about the threat, but if so, he would take a big hit politically. It will be interesting to see how things turn out.