States Weigh Rules for Slots With Video-Game Elements 

Tourism Industry Still Struggles One Year After KatrinaBOSTON (AP) — Gambling regulators across the country are considering whether casinos should be allowed to offer slot machines incorporating video-game and arcade-like elements in an effort to attract younger gamblers.

The latest is Massachusetts, where the state Gaming Commission is scheduled to discuss draft regulations Thursday.

So-called “skill-based” slot machines are meant to appeal to millennials, who tend to view traditional machines as old fashioned.

Anti-gambling activists are concerned the machines can be more addictive than traditional electronic games.

The Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe is working on plans to build a casino resort in Taunton.

Marcus Prater, of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers, says it’s too soon to pass judgment: the new machines are still in development and haven’t hit casino floors.

Nevada and New Jersey already have laws and regulations in place. Policymakers in Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland and other states have also discussed the machines.

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