Las Vegas Sands

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could add table games to its Pennsylvania casino as soon as this summer, the company said on Friday.

The casino operator submitted an application today to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, which if approved, would add about 80 table games to its Sands Bethlehem casino.

"When the first card is dealt, Sands Bethlehem instantly becomes the most convenient gaming location for millions of New York City and northern New Jersey residents," Robert DeSalvio, president of Sands Bethlehem, said in a statement.

The news comes after Las Vegas Sands said on Wednesday that it narrowed its loss in the fourth-quarter, boosted by its Macau operations. Multiple analysts say Sands is a buy, given its strong presence and expansion opportunities outside the Las Vegas strip, including Macau, Singapore and Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania approved table games in casinos last month.

The new law is also poised to benefit

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, which operates a racetrack with slots in Grantville, Pa., that will also be adding table games.

-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.


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