The state House of Representatives is scheduled to take up the casino gambling crime and punishment bill Tuesday. Passage would pave the way for a pivotal moment in the history of gambling in Rhode Island.
Provided the House passes the gaming crime and punishment bill, Twin River will become the first full-fledged casino in modern Rhode Island history Wednesday, when it launches table games like blackjack, craps and roulette.
Dealers were practicing over the weekend with a select group of invited guests.
Twin River has installed 66 tables and has hired some 500 dealers for the launch of the games.
Craig Sculos, the vice president and general manager of Twin River, expects daily crowds – already numbering 15-thousand – to swell.
"It’s excitement. It’s energy. It’s a bit of nervousness from a property standpoint. The past six-seven months we’ve been dealing with design and architecture and nitty-gritty renovation. And as we roll into the opening what was on paper now becomes real," said Sculos.
Running the table game operation is Kevin Brown, who learned the casino trade in Atlantic City.
"Atlantic City was good for me for a certain amount of time and now it’s time to try something different and here I am," said Brown.
Twin River already generates 300-million dollars a year for the state. Table games are expected to add about 15 million dollars a year to that sum.
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