Gambling Control Board Getting Set For Table Games In Bangor 

Last week, voters in Penobscot County cleared the way for table games at Bangor’s Hollywood Slots. Tuesday in Augusta, the Gambling Control Board met to talk about regulating those games.Hollywood Slots General Manager John Osborne says he’s overjoyed at the thought of adding table games. “We are going to have live poker, which will likely be Texas Hold ‘Em, that seems to be the game of choice today,” Osborne said after the meeting Tuesday. “As well as Craps, Roulette, Blackjack, Let It Ride, and 3 Card Poker.”The gambling control board is now discussing the regulatory process that needs to be in place in order for Hollywood Slots to begin offering those games. Board Director Patrick Fleming says he’s confident they’ll have all their ducks in a row by spring, when Hollywood Slots plans to unveil table games. “So we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Fleming said. “We have a very small staff. But they understand that and we’re going to work with them all the way to make sure we meet those deadlines.”Osborne says they plan to add 89 new jobs. “A little bit more than half of that will be dealers and supervisors in that area,” Osborne said. “The balance will be people that are in support departments up to and including increased capacity in the hotel, food and beverage, our hospitality areas like player services, and security guards.”Each of those new hires will have to be licensed by the Gambling Control Board. “They’re going to have to go through the same background that everybody else has up to this point,” Fleming said. “There’s statutory requirements that they have to meet and that’s what we do. Make sure they meet those requirements.”Osborne also told the board they’re planning a name change. “I think adding the table games and the simulcast wagering facility to our location completes the facility as a casino,” Osborne told the board. “So we would move forward with actually doing an official name change to hollywood casino.”The board meets again next month.