After ‘blackmail,’ games OK’d

Table games are coming to a Pennsylvania casino near you within the next nine months after the state Legislature finally approved the additional gambling options — and hundreds of millions in new revenue for empty state coffers.

All it took was a tug of war between the House and Senate and what state Sen. Mike Stack, D-Phila., described yesterday as “political blackmail” by Gov. Ed Rendell, who threatened more than 1,000 state worker layoffs if it wasn’t adopted this week.

Rendell is expected to sign the bill into law today.

The measure, panned by opponents who say it was a blank check for casinos, exempts city casinos from the smoking ban.

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