Pa. casinos took $67.9M at table games in March

Laureen Jolley spins the roulette wheel in the new Parx East Casino in the old Philly Park building on opening day, December 22. 2010. (Laurence Kesterson / Staff Photographer) EDITORS NOTE: PARX23, 12/22/10, Bensalem, Pa. The second half of Parx Casino - Parx East - officially opens today (WED -12/22) at 10am with new live table games such as pai-gow, pai-gow tiles, mini-baccarat, geared toward the Asian clientele, as well as 3 card poker, 4 card poker, blackjack, roulette and craps tables. A new dining outlet - The Noodle Bar - also debuts today. This latest expansion adds to last month's launch of a new poker room on the third floor and has created approximately 400 new jobs at the state's top grossing casino.

Gamblers lost $67.93 million playing poker and other table games at Pennsylvania casinos last month, the highest total since table games began in July 2010, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported.

The total was $551,490 more than the figure for March 2013, which was the previous high.

Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, which has been up for sale for nearly a year, continued to hold the top spot in table games, with $15.3 million in revenue, slightly less than the figure a year ago.

The biggest gain in dollars was registered by SugarHouse, which registered a $825,555 increase in table games revenues.

The state collected $9.8 million in tax revenue from table games.

- Harold Brubaker