Wednesday was a pivotal day in the history of Twin River. With the introduction of table games, the former dog racing park – turned – slots parlor is now the state’s first full fledged casino.
Wielding pruning shears, Governor Lincoln Chafee and other dignitaries cut a giant red ribbon, signaling the start of table games at Twin River.
Earlier, the Governor betrayed his bias for another type of gambling when he listed the games now available at Twin River.
"Blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat, Spanish 21, Three Card Poker, Let It Ride, Big Six Wheel. These are just some of the games. I’d be better off betting on the horses. Thank you," said Chafee.
The tables filled quickly with players. Nick Cioe of Riverside says he’s thrilled to have table games so close to his home.
"I welcome it," said Cioe.
"Do you play often?"
"Yeah, usually at Foxwoods, though, is where I spend my time. So it will be nice to be close to home now, you know?" said Cioe.
Rhode Island voters approved expanding Twin River from a slots parlor to a full casino in last Fall’s elections. The games are expected to generate an additional 15 to 20 million dollars a year for the state treasury.
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