All bets are on at Delaware Park

    The most northern of Delaware’s 3 racinos adds its table games. The final casino unveils its games next week.

    For months their billboards have promised the arrival soon of table games. Now Delaware Park is working out the kinks of its transition to the next level of gambling in the state. The public will get to see how things came together on Friday. The soft launch this week at the Stanton, Del. facility is aimed at seeing how the 42 will work. It’s all part of a $4million renovation. Most of that went towards the increased security systems to monitor table games and upgraded computer systems.

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    There were 700 slot machines taken off the casino floor to make room for blackjack, craps and roulette. 20 poker tables were added to a second floor at Delaware Park.

    Andrew Gentile, chief operating officer, says it’s an exciting time for the racino, but it’s success all boils down to convenience.  When Harrah’s casino in Chester opened, Gentile says there was a slight drop in the numbers coming to Delaware Park. He says there was an aggressive marketing campaign aimed at Baltimore. Now he says they face competition from a planned casino in Perryville, Md in September. He’s hoping Delaware Park can offer enough reasons for people to go the extra 20 miles from Baltimore and end up in Stanton.

    Gentile says there are between 400 to 450 new workers hired that are tied to the expansion. He says 350 of those are directly connected to table games and almost 290 of those people are from Delaware.

    Harrington raceway and casino opened before Memorial Day. Dover Downswill open next week.

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