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23% of Rhode Islanders visit slot parlors

The Place Your Bet III gaming behavior survey said 23 percent of the over-18 Rhode Island population had made a visit to Twin River or Newport Grand during 2010.
Posted 9/13/11

DARMOUTH – Twenty-three percent of the Rhode Islanders over the age of 18 made a visit to Twin River or Newport Grand in 2010, according to the Place Your Bet III survey released Tuesday.

The survey, conducted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Policy Analysis, said Newport Grand and Twin River had 191,927 individual visitors from Rhode Island.

The two facilities also had 359,434 visitors from Massachusetts, or 7 percent of the over-18 population, in 2010. That percentage dramatically decreased when looking at individual visitors as a percentage of population from other New England states. Connecticut saw 2 percent of its 18 and over population visit the two gambling facilities. New Hampshire had 1 percent and Maine, 0.5 percent, visiting the slots parlor.

Thirty-two percent of the 21+ Rhode Island population visited Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun during 2010, compared with 24 percent of Massachusetts residents and 38 percent of Connecticut residents.

Massachusetts residents constituted 55.6 percent of all individual New England residents who visited the Rhode Island slot parlors during 2010, the center said, after accounting for 37.3 percent in 2008.

Bay State patrons made an average of five trips annually to the Rhode Island slot parlors, it also noted.

Seventeen percent of visitors went Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun for non-gaming activities such as concerts or restaurants. The non-gambling visitors also increased at Twin River, the survey noted, primarily for food and beverage.

Eighty-two percent of Massachusetts residents who visited a Connecticut casino did not visit Twin River or Newport Grand despite their closer proximity, it said.

The center surveyed 3,839 adult residents of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, on their gaming behavior.

For the full report, click here.

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