lsewhere in the Philadelphia area, Parx Casino (the former Philadelphia Park Racetrack) has also been approved.
“The Gaming Control Board staff continues to work swiftly, but thoroughly, in its efforts to provide table games gambling in Pennsylvania casinos by midsummer,” said Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Chairman Greg Fajt.
The addition of table games - including blackjack, craps and poker - is slated for midsummer and will increase tax revenue at the formerly slots-only casinos and create 4,000 jobs, Fajt said.
Harrah’s will create 681 jobs. It will spend us$ 16.5 million on the state certification fee and another us$ 19 million on expansion to accommodate the table games. Construction on the site will create another 85 jobs, casino representatives said at a public hearing before the regulatory board.
Next up for consideration will be another Philadelphia casino, SugarHouse, which is slated to open in September.