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It's a new twist for New York racino

Dec 8, 2008 7:18 PM
by Ray Poirier | Desperate for revenues, New York lawmakers seem to have come to the conclusion that there is money to be made by adding table games such as blackjack to its gaming mix at the state’s eight race tracks that have video lottery terminals, also known as slot machines.

Current law, however, prohibits blackjack and other such table games.

No problem, say the politicians. "All we need to do is approve electronic games."

Although such electronic games are seen at many Nevada casinos, they fail to compete with the live-action table games. But, that probably won’t be the problem in New York since the electronic games will be the only ones available to blackjack fans.

The idea for electronic games is relatively new in New York. However, it has caught a fast track among lawmakers. It even has received the blessing of Gov. David Paterson’s office.

Reports indicate that Paterson is expected to include revenue from the electronic games in his new budget.

Use of electronic games could be a big winner for games’ producer Shuffle Master Inc.