Thursday, August 26, 2010
The first numbers on the launch of table games at Pennsylvania casinos have been released and Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh is topping the list. In the first 24 days (7/8 – 7/31) of operations the casino had gross revenues on 85 tables of $3,052,531. That resulted in $427,354 in state tax and $61,051 in local tax being collected. Of the nine casinos operating table games in July that was the highest take from the third highest number of tables. Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack had the most tables at 99 but had fewer days of operation. The Medows Racetrack and Casino grossed $1,911,064 from 62 tables over the same 24 days. Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Executive Director Kevin O'Toole says, "While the implementation of table games created a significant patron traffic increase in July, it is too early to draw any conclusions on these numbers or the effect of table games on slot machine gaming."