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AP: PA Table Games Bill in Review

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Jan/05/2010

(Associated Press) - Elements of the table games bill that passed the Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday and awaits House action:

_Games such as blackjack and poker would be allowed at slots casinos.

_Licenses would cost larger casinos $16.5 million, and resort casinos $7.5 million. Those fees would increase after June 1.

_A third resort casino license could be added in 2017.

_Gross revenue tax rate would start at 16 percent, dropping to 14 percent in the second year. Two percent would go to local government, the rest to the state.

_Gambling Control Board and casino employees would be subject to additional ethics rules.

_Larger casinos would be allowed 250 tables, resorts 50. Resort casinos may also add 100 slot machines to the 500 they are allowed now.

_$3 million would go to treat compulsive gambling and substance abuse.

_Casinos would be allowed to conduct poker tournaments

_All fees and taxes would go into the state's general fund until the Rainy Day contingency fund reaches $750 million. After that, the money would go into the Property Tax Relief Fund.

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