Twin River adding non-smoking table games

LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — Between this August and later in the fall, Twin River says it’s going to add 28 table games, including 16 poker tables, on its second floor in non-smoking areas.

The tables will also offer a mix of traditional games including blackjack as well as poker, the casino’s chairman, John E. Taylor, Jr., said in a statement Tuesday. The additional games came after customer requests to bring them to the second floor.

It’ll also mean about 120 jobs will be created.

The additional games were approved by the Lottery Division of the Rhode Island Department of Revenue. 274 slot machines will be removed in exchange for the table games going in.

The change is part of a bid to stay competitive as a new slots parlor is set to open later this month at Plainridge Park Casino in nearby Plainville, Mass.

Twin River’s parent company, Twin River Worldwide Holdings, is seeking state approval to buy its in-state slots parlor competitor, Newport Grand, and move it to Tiverton.