Analysts Praise Pennsylvania Table Game Approval

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell signed a bill last week that would allow slot machine-only casinos in the state to add table games to game rooms.

Under the new law, large Pennsylvania casinos will be able to add up to 250 table games each, while small resort-style casinos will be able to add up to 50 games each. Casino operators will pay $16.5 million in advance for a license, and their table game income will be taxed at first at 16 percent, which will be lowered to 14 percent in two years.

“The favorable tax rates are pretty positive for Pennsylvania operators,” JPMorgan gaming analyst Joe Greff told investors. State gaming regulators expect it to take up to six months for the dice and cards to be first tossed. 카지노사이트

Los Capital Partners gaming analyst Todd Eyler told investors that in theory Pennsylvania could reach 3,100 table games with 14 casinos.

“We expect initial demand to be closer to 815 games based on the number of casinos in operation, final tax rates and upfront licensing fees,” Eiler told investors.

The three biggest winners in the aisle appear to be Shuffle Master Gaming, Penn National Gaming, which operates casinos in Harrisburg, and Las Vegas Sands Corporation, owner of Sands Bethworks in Bethlehem.

Las Vegas-based Shuffle Master is a major supplier of automated card shufflers. Some analysts expected the company could deploy up to 500 devices this week.

Table games allow Sands Bethworks, located about an hour’s drive from the outskirts of Manhattan, to attract additional customers and allow Las Vegas Sands to add extra-game amenities.

Stifel Nikolaus Capital Markets gaming analyst Stephen Wichinsky said the biggest loser was the casino in Atlantic City. “The Atlantic City property will be under more pressure because the table tennis was the last line of defense,” Wichinsky said. “Atlantic City could now lose more customers from the New York City area.”

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