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Table games unveiled at Twin River

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By: Melissa Toupin

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A convoy of trucks full of table games unloaded at Twin River Wednesday morning. Dozens of the games were unveiled for the first time. Those games include craps, blackjack and baccarat. 

"It really makes this whole process now feel very real," said Craig Sculous, Twin River Vice President and General Manager.

Since voters approved a referendum last fall the Lincoln slot parlor has been working towards becoming a full-fledged casino. Officials are hoping the table games will make Twin River more competitive with Massachusetts. 

"Without a comparable product mix we weren't going to be able to  do that. With this we think we will be able to kind of successfully compete, " said John Taylor,  chairman of the board for Twin River.

The addition of 66 new take games is expected to deliver a big economic boost to Rhode Island. The spin off from the games is estimated to be between 60-65 million dollars.

Twin River is on track to add 500-600 new jobs as a direct result of table games. Nearly 80% of those jobs will go to Rhode Island residents. 

Table games will be live on or before July 1st. Taylor says the construction process is going better than thought, and they might be able to pull forward that date.

Taxpayer reaction to the table games remains mixed.

"I'm not much  of a gambler, so I guess to me it doesn't really matter," said Helder Silveira.

"I go down to Foxwoods now, so if its closer its even better," said Marianne Currie.

"Rhode Island has been going through a tough time, especially with jobs, so every opportunity for getting new jobs in this state is big," said Harold Contreras.

"There are plenty of people inside the state of Rhode Island that go to other states and spend their money there, so why not have it be right here," said Amanda Flynn.

Twin River's general manager is not ruling out more expansions in the future including with entrainment and dining.

"I think we will always stay true to what works for us, but I think now the future becomes even more wide open," said Sculous.

Twin River also anticipates that slot play will increase by millions of dollars due to the added traffic.

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