Table games make their debut at Hollywood Casino

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- A new gambling era has begun in Maine.

Gamblers on Friday began trying their luck at blackjack, poker and roulette as the state's first table games opened for business at the Hollywood Casino in Bangor.

About 60 people were waiting outside the casino when it opened at 8 a.m., and the seats at the blackjack and poker tables were filled by midmorning.

Hollywood Casino had been limited to just slot machines since it opened in 2005, but Penobscot County voters in November approved the addition of table games.

The casino is starting off with seven poker tables, six blackjack tables and a roulette table. With the new games, it's added 91 jobs.

The Oxford Casino plans to have a dozen table games when it opens in June in Oxford.

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