Twin River Casino plans for more table games, jobs

Twin River Casino plans for more table games, jobs

LINCOLN - Twin River Casino will hire approximately 90 employees by the end of this year as it adds 14 more table games to the existing 66, according to a release. The exact mix of the games has yet to be released, but will include additional Blackjack tables.

The Rhode Island Division of Lotteries has approved the additional games to be installed within the existing building's footprint, while keeping the number of video lottery terminals, or VLTs, at 4,583.

Gilbane Building Company and JCJ Architecture will complete the estimated $1 million build-out.

"When we began table games on June 19 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 weeknights," said John Taylor Jr., chairman of the Twin River board of directors, in the release. "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, particularly during weekend hours."

Approximately 560 new employees have already been hired since the referendum to allow table games was passed by voters in Nov. 2012, bringing the total workforce to 1,448 employees.

Taylor said more than 80 percent of employees are Rhode Islanders.

"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," Taylor said.

Taylor noted that revenue to the state from the first month and a half of table games operations totaled more than $1 million, along with increased VLT revenue this July as compared to last year.