Rhode Island is already home to two casinos, although in these facilities state law currently permits only slot machine gambling. Whether or not blackjack, online blackjack and other table games should be permitted in these establishments, Republican Governor Don Carcieri recently vetoed a bill, which would have let voters decide, but proponents of the measure were not deterred. All it will take to get the measure back on the ballot is the passage of a similar resolution in neighboring Massachusetts, benefits of legalizing table games and another state weighing the risks, according to State House spokesman Larry Berman.
By contrast, gamblers in Kansas are holding a slightly better hand. In 2007, gambling was legalized in Sumner County, but to this point, attempts to get a casino built have stalled. At present, for a full-service casino to legislators in the county, three different developers are pitching proposals. With so much interest, it now appears only a matter of time before Kansas voters can step up to a blackjack table to try their luck and a contract is awarded to someone.
In July of 2010, Pennsylvania introduced table games to their nine casinos, a measure which resulted in a tax revenue increase of more than 17% over the same month in 2009. Such increases are not going unnoticed by lawmakers in states still weighing whether or not to be dealt in to the legalized gambling boom, in an unstable economy.