Pennsylvania gambling went a step further this week with the official opening of table games at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that 80 people were waiting in line at 6 a.m. to get started on opening day. The North Shore casino has 86 table games including a poker room, blackjack, craps and roulette. Table games were also launched at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County and at Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie. State legislators approved table gaming this year as a move to help repair the budget deficit. The state keeps 14 percent of the revenue and the host counties and municipalities get one percent each.
The Rivers Casino is open 24 hours a day. It has five restaurants including a buffet and Andrew's Steak & Seafood, a restaurant named for several important Pittsburgh Andrews such as Carnegie, Mellon and Warhol. There are also several bars and a sports lounge.