September 30, 2013
Twin River Casino will add 14 more table games to its existing 66 by the end of this year, and in so doing, hire approximately 90 more new employees. The announcement comes on the heels of the Rhode Island Division of Lotteries approval last week to install the additional games, all within the existing Twin River footprint. The number of Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) will remain at 4,583. Gilbane Building Company and JCJ Architecture have been re-engaged to complete the build-out at an estimated cost of $1 million.
“When we began table games on June 19th of this year we had some confidence of their success but clearly, they have exceeded our expectations, particularly during certain times of the day such as early afternoons and week nights,” said John E. Taylor, Jr., chairman of the Twin River Board of Directors. “We think the time is right to expand our table game offering as evidenced by our success in just two short months, and by the number of guests waiting to play at certain tables.”
Mr. Taylor noted that approximately 560 new employees have been hired since the referendum to allow table games was passed by Rhode Island voters in November of 2012, for a total workforce right now of 1,448. The approximately 90 new employees to support the introduction of 14 more games are above and beyond that, and hiring will commence immediately.
“Our employees, just over 80 percent of who are Rhode Islanders, have done an incredible job of delivering a terrific guest experience to our loyal VLT guests as well as the new ones we are welcoming with the table game offerings,” Mr. Taylor noted. “We are proud of the fact that we have not only exceeded the employment promise we made during the campaign, but have assembled a workforce comprised of dedicated, hardworking professionals with strong ties to this state.”
Mr. Taylor concluded, “Last, we are of course proud that revenue to the State from the first month and a half of table games operations was significant, more than $1 million, along with increased VLT revenue this July as compared to last year. This is a promising beginning for table games, and good news for the State.” The exact mix of new games will not be announced until the opening date draws nearer, but will include additional Blackjack tables.