Governor Rendell's threats to layoff 1,000 state employees must have worked because the Pennsylvania House and Senate have, at long last, voted to legalize table games in casinos statewide. The Post-Gazette's got the full deets in this article right here.
So now the question becomes: How fast can Rivers and The Meadows get table games up and running? Both have had floor plans in place for a while. (Apparently, The Meadows plans to release theirs to the public today.) But that's the easy part. Dealers need to be hired and trained, and equipment ordered and installed. Rivers officials are estimating those things will take four to six months. The Meadows is going a little more conservative, saying table games will likely launch in six to nine months.
According to the PG, Rivers is currently planning a 15 to 20-table poker room. That's a little small. (For comparison, Wheeling Island has 20 tables and Mountaineer a whopping 40.) I'm betting -- and hoping -- that number increases at some point. The Meadows, meanwhile, has said repeatedly that their poker room will feature 25 tables.
Poker tables could also be coming to Nemacolin Woodlands ... maybe. The new law re-opens the application process for the second of the state's two resort casino licenses, and Nemacolin is expected to apply.