Friday, August 27, 2010

Good times roll at Harrah's

Cha-Ching!


Hear that sound? That’s the sweet jingle of success emanating from Harrah’s Chester Casino.


They introduced table games a few weeks ago. On Thursday the state Gaming Control Board announced the first revenue numbers tied to the new poker, roulette and blackjack tables.


Guess what? Harrah’s is raking it in. You’re stunned, I know.


You can read all about it here.


Harrah’s took in almost $2 million in revenue from table games. That puts it in fourth place among the state’s nine operating casinos.


Across the state, the take was $17.5 million.


Table games no doubt was a welcome tonic at Harrah’s, where revenue from slots seemed to be in the doldrums for almost a year. Not that the casino was exactly hurting.


But it’s not just the casino that is winning big. Table games at Harrah’s provided $276,105 in state taxes, and $39,444 in local taxes.


And don’t for get that the addition of table games resulted in 600 more jobs at the Chester facility.


There’s one more intersting development for Harrah’s on the horizon.


SugarHouse, the first of two proposed casinos on the Philadelphia waterfront, is set to open its doors on Sept. 23.


It will be interesting to see what kind of effect a Philly casino will have on the Chester site.


But for now, it’s let the good times roll.



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