Poll shows support for table games in PA
March 31, 2009
Pennsylvania residents support immediate table games expansion, according to a statewide poll by Susquehanna Polling and Research.
The poll found 60 percent of respondents support expandingPennsylvania's slot machine law to include table games. Additionally, 80 percent of those in favor of table games want the state to legalize them immediately rather than wait for all state-approved casinos to open.
The results are similar to the Franklin & MarshallCollege/Times-Shamrock Newspapers poll released in March that found 63percent of those surveyed favor table games expansion.
"The Susquehanna poll is yet another strong indication thatPennsylvanians are ready for table games," said Bill Paulos, a principalwith Cannery Casino Resorts (CCR), which owns The Meadows Racetrack &Casino in western Pennsylvania. "Our guests at The Meadows repeatedly ask about table games and areeager to see them in Pennsylvania."
Table games expansion would have a dramatic and immediate positive effect on the local job market and economy in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Meadows would nearly double its employment by creating about 700 family-sustaining jobs, and investment in the local and regional economy would increase.
"The Meadows certainly would benefit from table games, but this is a real opportunity for the partnership between the gaming industry and state government to truly benefit thousands of Pennsylvanians by putting people to work and investing in local goods and services," Paulos said. "No other public-private partnership could make the same claim under the current economic conditions."
CCR is investing more than $450 million into The Meadows. About 1,000 local jobs were created for construction of the temporary and permanent casinos. Nearly all construction was done with the assistance of local construction companies.
When opened, the permanent casino will provideabout 1,000 permanent family-sustaining jobs, filled mostly by arearesidents. Additionally, The Meadows purchases 95 percent of all goods andservices from local companies for its day-to-day operation.
The 350,000-square-foot casino, set to open April 15, will feature more than 3,700 slot machines and integrate the long-standing tradition of harness racing at The Meadows with state-of-the-art gaming facilities. It also will provide eight great places to eat including three featured dining venues: a premier steak house, a specialty restaurant overlooking the racetrack and a diverse food court. A centrally located lounge and bar will feature panoramic views of both the gaming floor and the racetrack.
Plans also include a boutique-style bowling alley that promises to capture the growing popularity of the sport, but in a setting that will create a nightclub feel. It will feature a creative menu and stylish lounge space.
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