PITTSBURGH (KDKA) –They were chomping at the bit today at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino, as the new poker room was unveiled.

All the favorites are back in a re-designed room now located on the main casino floor next to the terrace restaurant.

“It was space that wasn’t utilized before, last part, farthest from the kitchen, gave us some space on the casino floor,” said Lance Young, the director of table games for the Meadows Casino.

The big draw: a view of the racetrack.

“The atmosphere here with being close to the main casino is great, but having a great view of the racetrack is something that I think is really nice,” said Nelson Smith of Greensboro, Pa.

The new room features 15 tables down from 20 in their previous room. But casino officials expect just as much, if not more, action.

“We’re hoping to get a little bit more revenue with it being right off the casino floor,” Young said.

In place of the old poker room, crews are already busy turning that area into a new banquet space for meetings, parties and weddings.

It will hold 300 for a seated dinner and feature state-of-the-art audio and visual.

“We are very excited to have a full banquet facility, probably unlike any other directly in the area,” Young said.

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