Casinos and slots

March 09, 2010 7:21 AM
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Industry Insider by Ray Poirier |
    They both wear the Democratic tag but their vision of expanded gambling in Massachusetts differs completely.
    House Speaker Robert DeLeo is proposing two casinos and slot machines at the state’s four racetracks. Gov. Deval Patrick agrees with the two casino plan but threatens a veto of racetrack slots.
    Both argue that casino legislation should be passed soon as a means of creating jobs “that would help those suffering in the blue-collar depression.”
    But not with slots emporiums, says Patrick.
    “The point is that slots at the tracks are not where the jobs are. Where the jobs are is in the resort casino destination setting,” says Patrick.
    Just up north from the Bay State, New Hampshire is considering legislation that would put slot machines in its three racetracks. The bill also would permit the slots licensees to pay an additional fee and install casino-styled table games.
    And that’s where the proposal runs into problems with Gov. John Lynch who expresses concern that gaming expansion would have a major impact on the state’s quality of life.