Twin River celebrates table games with gala

Dustin Diamond and Todd Bridges

Table games have been open at Twin River for about three weeks, and the casino boss said Thursday the new attractions are drawing well.

"It's going a little bit better than actually than we thought it was going to go. The numbers are coming in more favorably than we thought they would," Twin River Chairman John Taylor said.

Taylor would not get into specific numbers as they have not yet been run through the state Lottery Commission.

"Probably better to report first then kind of break numbers now. But it's kind of meeting and just exceeding our expectations," Taylor said.

Taylor spoke to NBC 10 at an invitation-only party for about 2,000 people to celebrate the opening of table games at Twin River. The bash included live music, a Clydesdale horse, and a number of celebrities, including Todd Bridges who played Willis on "Diff'rent Strokes" and Dustin Diamond who played Screech on "Saved by the Bell."

"It gives us an opportunity to introduce the property to a younger demographic, maybe people who haven't been here before," Taylor said.

The state gets 18 percent of the cut from the table games. That figure was originally projected to be more than $6 million a year.