PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s the first anniversary of table games at the Rivers Casino, and general manager Craig Clark says it’s all good news for Pennsylvania taxpayers.
“We’ve made some money for Pennsylvania and Allegheny County.
Clark noted that “$8.4 million has been generated by the table games and poker operations.”
Besides the tax revenue, Clark says the local casino has created jobs for all the dealers on the floor.
“Five hundred new jobs,” he said. “Table is a very labor extensive component of a casino. Five hundred new jobs created during the last year.”
To help celebrate the anniversary, officials from the Mario Lemieux Foundation joined in slicing a cake to replicate a new Lemieux $5 poker chip that will be introduced in September.
It’s part of a special Lemieux Foundation poker tournament on Sept. 17.
“The money will support the projects of the Mario Lemieux Foundation,” said director Nancy Angus. “We have Austin’s Playroom project and we build playrooms in medical facilities. We have 22 operating, and we will have 28 by the end of the year.”
Whether you throw the dice at craps, enjoy roulette, or try your luck with blackjack, it looks like table games will have more anniversaries in Pennsylvania – and one special one with Mario Lemieux.
Signup for this poker tournament is Sept. 1.
Whether you win or lose, it’s going to be a lot of fun, and as a charity, the Lemieux Foundation will certainly hold the winning hand.