Live Table Gaming Is Now Legal In Indiana
STATEWIDE -- Live table games are being allowed at Indiana's racinos for the first time. It's part of a massive overhaul of the state's gambling laws, which includes sports betting, which began in September.
"It's something that Indianapolis, the whole state has been waiting for for a long time," said Colin Skidmore, director of table games at Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, talking to WISH-TV. "Just to get land-based casinos to have live dealers, live table games, real dice, roulette wheels and have a great time with our guests."
Matt Bell, president of the Casino Assoc. of Indiana, says table games are part of the expansion, but you've actually been legally allowed to play the same games in another form.
"Live table games at our racinos is a new gaming opportunity. But, I would argue that you can currently play so same games electronically. So, is that an expansion? I'm gonna leave that in the eye of the beholder."
Casinos have put in thousands of hours of training for the dealers and have invested millions of dollars in upgrading their gambling space to accommodate the new games. Bell said he believes expanded gambling in Indiana will pay off, as opposed to gambling in Illinois, where Bell believes overregulation will take a toll.
"We'll be ahead of Illinois. We'll offer a better experience than Illinois, and that will allow us to draw
customers from across the state line that otherwise might belong to them."
Live table games begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
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