Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tribe's Pocono Downs Slot Revenue Up 20% Since Doubling Number Of Slot Machines

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In the ten weeks since the Tribe's $203 million Pocono Downs expansion opened July 17, slot machine revenue at the Pennsylvania slot parlor has increased by almost 20 percent.

The number of slot machines at the Pocono Downs racetrack-slot parlor doubled upon opening its expansion in July, reporting 2,478 slot machines last week.

Some Pennsylvania slot parlors say that a new law that took effect on September 11, which limits smoking areas to 25% of the gaming floor, have resulted in customers going to other casinos.

The state's gaming board could give permission to slot parlors to increase the size of their smoking areas to half of the floor space if the slot parlors show that the slot machines in the smoking section are generating more revenue than those in the non-smoking area.

The smoking limits were implemented at Pocono Downs when it opened its expansion on July 17, according to spokesman Jim Wise.

The casinos in Atlantic City also limit smoking to 25% of the gaming floor but a complete smoking ban will take effect October 15. Casino officials there believe that customers will continue to go to Pennsylvania slot parlors when the ban takes effect.

There are no smoking limitations at the two Indian casinos in Connecticut.