HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania -- As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Yes to table games at state casinos, but no to video poker machines in thousands of bars and clubs statewide.
Penn National Gaming was the view today of Timothy Wilmott, president of Penn National Gaming Inc., which runs a racetrack/casino 20 miles northeast of here plus several other casinos in other states.
"Two other casino executives -- from the Pittsburgh area -- agreed about bringing table games to Pennsylvania casinos but wouldn't comment on Gov. Ed Rendell's controversial plan to allow 80,000 or so video poker machines in bars and taverns across the state.
"Ed Fasulo, president of the Rivers Casino, which will open in Pittsburgh in August, and Mike Graninger, general manager of The Meadows, which will open its enlarged, permanent casino in April, said table games would increase employment and the state's income tax base.
"But they tactfully sidestepped commenting on Mr. Rendell's idea for video poker to raise tuition relief for college students..."
|Penn National Gaming owns and operates casino and horse racing facilities with a focus on slot machine entertainment. The company presently operates sixteen facilities in thirteen jurisdictions including Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ontario. In aggregate, Penn National's facilities feature over 18,600 slot machines, nearly 400 table games, almost 1,200 hotel rooms and approximately 565,000 square feet of gaming floor space.|
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