Twin River begins construction for table games

Construction to turn Twin River into a full-fledged casino is in full swing.

The owners of the Lincoln slot parlor said Tuesday they hope to have table games online by July 1.

Spots for the 65 table games are already marked on the floor.

"Every table game will have a camera. We have a state-of-the-art security system" said John Taylor Jr., chairman of Twin River.

Twin River is renovating about 115,000 square feet of space for table games, cashier counters and back of the house space. An estimated 100 people daily are working on the project in some capacity for a total of 12,000 man hours so far.

"All Rhode Island-based contractors," Taylor said.

Officials hope it will put Twin River ahead of the game.

"To be able to compete, we have to have a product mix that allows us to successfully compete with what's going to come from Massachusetts," Taylor said.

Company officials are getting current employees familiar with how the table games will work. In all, they anticipate having up to 600 new people working at the casino. More than 350 jobs will be full time, and another 100 to 200 will be part time.

That's something that interests Lincoln resident Rob Johannes.

"I could do it with my other job. I live close by. I would walk to work," Johannes said.

"Get some money flowing in to the state, because it's not flowing right now," said Kimberly Mattis of Scituate.

Taylor said in the first year, Twin River anticipates the new table games will generate an additional $10 million for the state and another $5 million to $6 million in what's expected to be increased slot play generated by the added traffic.