Table Games Debut in The Pocono Mountains

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Pocono Mountains, Pa., July 13, 2010 – The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) is proud to announce the debut of table games in the four-county region today. The area’s only casino, Mount Airy Casino Resort, welcomes the arrival with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. to officially introduce 74 varied table games. The Pocono Mountains (www.800poconos.com) forecast a wave of curious guests from the surrounding regions, as well as the local community, to come experience the region’s latest attraction.

“Table games are a great addition to the myriad of amenities the Pocono Mountains already offers,” said Carl Wilgus, PMVB president and chief executive officer. “One of the best parts of the activity is that visitors can partake in this activity during the day, at night or both.”

On the main gaming floor, players planning to gamble at Mount Airy Casino Resort can now play 46 table games including craps, roulette, blackjack and poker. The resort also opened a new Poker Room which offers “Let it Ride”, three-card, seven-card stud, Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Pai Gow and standard poker. An additional Asian-themed room holds the remaining 17 tables with baccarat, Pai Gow tiles, poker and blackjack. Staffers in this room are fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin, as well as 12 other dialects.

When the re-invented Mount Airy Casino Resort opened their doors in 2007, table games were in their hopeful future. On April 7, 2010, the Pennsylvania Gaming Board approved the petition, which also gave way to move forward with plans for the resort in the upcoming year including 200 more hotel rooms, expansions to their conference facilities, several new businesses, a possible second hotel and concert arena. The 188-room resort is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s only casino hotel currently in operation.

About the Pocono Mountains

With 2,400 square miles encompassing Pennsylvania’s Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties, the Pocono Mountains region is home to rolling mountain terrain, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, thriving woodlands and 170 miles of winding rivers.  Winters offer guests the opportunity to ski, snowboard, snow tube and even snowshoe their way through snowy wonderlands encompassing over 163 ski trails, while summers also cater to the active traveler allowing exploration of 261miles of hiking and biking trails, over 35 golf courses, whitewater rafting, boating, fishing and open access to nine state and two national parks.

Any time of year is a good time to visit the Pocono Mountains, located within driving distance of most major East Coast cities.  This region teeming with history offers year-round cultural tours and art exhibitions, abundant antiquing and brand-name shopping and a full calendar of festivals showcasing the heritage, music and food of the Pocono Mountains.

Even the most discerning traveler will find comfortable accommodations in the Pocono Mountains, which offers an eclectic mix of resorts, distinctive properties and quaint, country inns and bed and breakfasts.

Pocono Mountains visitor information is available online at www.800poconos.com or by phone at 800-POCONOS (800-762-6667).  Follow @PoconoTourism on Twitter to stay current with up-to-date information.  Established in 1934, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is a private, non-profit, membership organization.  The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for the four counties of Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne in northeastern Pennsylvania.