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The Meadows to add electronic table games in April

February 26, 2009

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Pennsylvania may not have table games, but The Meadows Racetrack & Casino is going to give its guests the next best thing when it unveils electronic table games during the April 13 invitation-only testing of the $175 million permanent casino.

The Meadows’ electronic table-games pit will feature 10 electronic blackjack tables and two three-card poker tables, which will allow up to 60 players to use the machines at one time. The pit will be located in front of The Meadows’ main bar, Pacers, situated in the center of the main casino floor.

\"Everywhere I go, whether it’s on our casino floor or out in the community, people constantly ask when we’re getting table games, especially young adults,\" said Meadows vice president and general manager Mike Graninger. \"We can’t change the law, but we can certainly do everything we can to provide our guests with a fun alternative that is as close to table games as you will find anywhere. Our electronic table-games pit is going to be the site of a lot of fun.\"

The April 13 testing for invited guest only will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. While no specific grand-opening date has been set, it could occur soon after the test and with approval by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. A media tour will precede the testing, from 9:30 a.m.to 11 a.m. on April 13. Proceeds from the test will benefit area volunteer fire departments.

The Meadows receives no revenue from the test night.

Adding just 40 table games at The Meadows would provide a dramatic impact through the following economic benefits:

700 additional family-sustaining jobs for local Pennsylvania residents and generating $28 million in payroll, thus doubling the number of jobs and more than doubling The Meadows’ payroll for casino operations; $37 million annually in additional tax revenue for local and state taxpayers; $31 million more in investment in the local and regional economy; and nn additional $6 million investment by The Meadows into the permanent facility, bringing the total investment into The Meadows complex to more than $450 million.

\"During times like these when we constantly read about job layoffs, table games in Pennsylvania would create thousands of jobs across the state and tens of millions of dollars in additional tax revenues in just the first 12 months,\" Graninger said. \"I don’t know of any other industry that could do something like that right now in this economy.\"

The Meadows is owned by Cannery Casino Resorts (CCR), which is investing more than $450 million into the property. 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 provide about 850 family-sustaining jobs, filled mostly by area residents. Additionally, The Meadows purchases 95 percent of all goods and services from local companies for its day-to-day operation.

The 350,000-square-foot casino 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. (The Meadows)

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