The arrival of table games like blackjack and poker is expected to help draw more customers to Maine's casinos from New Hampshire and Massachusetts, who now typically go to Foxwoods casino in Connecticut.
It's estimated that the addition of table games will not only bring in additional revenue and tax money but also create new jobs as well as casinos hire additional pit bosses, dealers, and extra cashiers and other related positions.
As far as Maine casinos poised to add table games (which has been passed on the county level but still needs to be signed off on by the Maine Gaming Control Board), Hollywood slots is planning to add 14 table games and change its name to Hollywood Casino Bangor to reflect its expanded operations.
A new casino under construction in Oxford also plans to offer at least ten table games, likely following in Hollywood Slots' footsteps and offering blackjack, poker, craps, and roulette.
While slots pull in the bulk of revenue and profits for most US casinos, a wider range of offerings can help not just keep gamblers from leaving the state for other nearby casinos but also increase income from slots and other casino revenue.