With Massachusetts Officially in the Casino Game, Now What?

Tourism Industry Still Struggles One Year After KatrinaBOSTON (AP) — The casino gambling industry is off and running with the recent opening of the state’s first official casino, Plainridge Park in southeastern Massachusetts.

Gambling revenues from the Plainville slots parlor are flowing daily into the state coffers, but officials say it’s too early to tell whether they will meet the $82 million in state revenues projected from gambling in the fiscal year that started July 1.

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is still working on plans to build a casino resort in Taunton, while the Aquinnah Tribe on Martha’s Vineyard would also like to open a gaming facility.

Meanwhile, Massachusetts’ two biggest casino projects — full-scale resorts by MGM and Wynn — face setbacks.

And gambling regulators are considering awarding a third resort casino license as regional competition ramps up.

Rhode Island and Connecticut casinos are making moves to protect their revenues.



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