The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has given the go ahead to two southwestern Pennsylvania casinos to begin table game operations tomorrow morning (July 8) at 6 o'clock.
David LaTorre, a spokesman for the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County, says the approval came late this morning following an 8 hour test run Tuesday...."We couldn't be more pleased...it was a great test run. There were few if any glitches."
LaTorre says he's not sure if there will be a big crowd at 6 in the morning ready to play table games ..."Table games players don't follow the same pattern as slots players, they tend to play later in the day, in the evening."
But he does expect a steady flow throughout the day.
LaTorre says the casino will have 68 tables with 26 set aside for poker on the lower level and the other 42 will be for craps, roulette, baccarat, blackjack and pai gow poker.
LaTorre says they can change the mix of table games but only with Gaming Control Board approval and they might do that after they determine which games "work and which don't work."
Gaming Control Board spokesman Richard McGarvey says the Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore, was also given approval to begin running its table games July 8 at 6 a.m. The Rivers also had an 8 hour test run Tuesday.
There will be 86 table games at the Rivers Casino North Shore facility including 24 “non-bank” Poker Games where players compete against each other not the casino. The other 62 tables will host “bank games”... blackjack, craps, roulette, 3-card poker, Texas Hold'em, pai gow poker, mini baccarat, and 1 Big 6 wheel.