Three developers to compete for Mass. slots-parlor license

Three casino developers competing for Massachusetts’ sole slots-parlor license will each deliver a 90-minute presentation to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Monday, the Taunton Gazette reported. More

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Three developers to compete for Mass. slots-parlor license

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TWIN RIVER CASINO, the largest slots parlor in Rhode Island, will face direct competition from the winner of Massachusetts' sole slots parlor license. Raynham Park, PPE Casino Resorts and Penn National Gaming -- the three developers vying for the license -- will present before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Monday.
Posted 10/7/13

BOSTON – Three casino developers competing for Massachusetts’ sole slots-parlor license will each deliver a 90-minute presentation to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Monday, the Taunton Gazette reported.

Raynham Park, PPE Casino Resorts and Penn National Gaming submitted their final applications before Friday’s deadline, and must now pitch their proposals to the gaming commission. PPE is scheduled to present at 10 a.m. on Monday, followed by Penn National at 12:30 p.m. and Raynham Park at 2:30 p.m.

The winner of the Massachusetts slots license will directly compete with Rhode Island’s Twin River slots parlor, where half the patrons are Massachusetts residents.

Raynham Park owner George Carney and Pennsylvania-based Greenwood Racing plan to build a $230 million slots parlor at the former greyhound track on Route 138 in Raynham. According to the Gazette report, the project gained 86 percent approval in a townwide referendum.

PPE, an affiliate of the Baltimore-based Cordish Cos., won local support for its plans to build a $200 million slots parlor in Leominster, Mass., with 62 percent approval.

Penn National secured support from 76 percent of voters last month for its plans to open a slots parlor at the Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville, Mass., after Tewksbury voters rejected a zoning change in August that would have permitted Penn National to build a slots parlor on town land.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission expects to award the slots license by December or January, the Gazette reported.

The commission also announced Friday that it has set an extended deadline of Oct. 31 for cities and towns to submit petitions to be recognized as a “surrounding communities,” which would make them eligible to seek mitigation payments from developers to offset the infrastructure impact of a slots parlor or casino.

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