HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania's unexpected two-month experience with gambling has ended with Gov. Richard L. Thornburgh's signing of a bill banning card tournaments in saloons.
Thornburgh signed the measure Thursday, immediately banning all cash contests, including blackjack and poker games, on the premises of any licensed liquor establishment.
State Senate Majority Leader John Stauffer, a Republican supporter of the bill, said Friday that the governor's approval ends a legislative "nightmare."
The measure repeals a law signed last spring that said liquor licensees may sponsor and host "a dart, billiard, bowling, shuffleboard, rings or card tournament."