casino gambling http://ripr.org en Bills Signed Aimed At Making Twin River More Competitive http://ripr.org/post/bills-signed-aimed-making-twin-river-more-competitive <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee signed several bills designed to attract more gamblers to Twin River Casino.&nbsp; The Lincoln casino is one of two in Rhode Island, and the only one with table games.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:21:42 +0000 John Bender 36508 at http://ripr.org Bills Signed Aimed At Making Twin River More Competitive Massachusetts Ruling Could Be A Big Win For RI's Gaming Industry http://ripr.org/post/massachusetts-ruling-could-be-big-win-ris-gaming-industry <p>Rhode Island’s gaming industry may get a major boost. Massachusetts residents will decide if they want to get rid of all casino gambling in the Commonwealth.&nbsp; Massachusetts casinos would pose direct competition to the Ocean State’s gaming revenue.</p><p></p><p>Two casinos have already been approved in Massachusetts: a resort-style in Springfield and a slot parlor in Plainville. The slot parlor would be fewer than twenty miles from Rhode Island’s Twin River casino in Lincoln.&nbsp; But the new ruling could allow Commonwealth voters to stop that project dead in its tracks.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:13:21 +0000 John Bender 35997 at http://ripr.org Massachusetts Ruling Could Be A Big Win For RI's Gaming Industry Newport Residents May Vote Once Again On Table Games At Newport Grand http://ripr.org/post/newport-residents-may-vote-once-again-table-games-newport-grand <p>The Newport City council has approved a resolution that could put table games back on the ballot. The council will ask the General Assembly to put the question to Newport voters.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 13:09:54 +0000 John Bender 34340 at http://ripr.org Newport Residents May Vote Once Again On Table Games At Newport Grand The Bottom Line: How Twin River Will Compete With Gambling In MA http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-how-twin-river-will-compete-gambling-ma <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment The Bottom Line.</p><p>This week Dave and Mark talk with Twin River Chairman John Taylor. They discuss where Massachusetts is looking to put a slot parlor and casinos and what that means for Twin River’s bottom line.</p><p></p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p><p>You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.</p><p>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. <a href="mailto:news@ripr.org">news@ripr.org</a></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:50:11 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 31189 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: How Twin River Will Compete With Gambling In MA What Casinos In Massachusetts Could Mean For RI's Gaming Industry http://ripr.org/post/what-casinos-massachusetts-could-mean-ris-gaming-industry <p>Rhode Island’s gaming industry is keeping a sharp eye on what’s happening in Massachusetts as the state’s gambling commission works out where to license up to three resort-style casinos and a slot parlor.</p><p></p><p>Rhode Island pulls in enough money from Twin River and Newport Grand to make gaming the third largest source of revenue for the state. Casinos in Massachusetts threatens that revenue.</p><p>So how close is Massachusetts to having casino gambling? Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison spoke with The Boston Globe’s Mark Arsenault to find out.</p><p></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:51:15 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 28266 at http://ripr.org What Casinos In Massachusetts Could Mean For RI's Gaming Industry Twin River Sees Its First Arrest Connected to Table Games http://ripr.org/post/twin-river-sees-its-first-arrest-connected-table-games <p>State Police have made their first arrest at Twin River Casino connected to the Las-Vegas style table games that opened there last month.</p><p></p><p>46 year old Steven Sabitoni of Lincoln has been charged with larceny for stealing $250 worth of chips from a blackjack table.</p><p>Detectives verified the theft by viewing casino surveillance footage.</p><p>Twin River has permanently banned Sabitoni from the casino premises.</p><p>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. <a href="mailto:news@ripr.org">news@ripr.org</a></p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:41:01 +0000 John Bender 18238 at http://ripr.org Twin River Sees Its First Arrest Connected to Table Games Table Games Open at Twin River Casino http://ripr.org/post/table-games-open-twin-river-casino <p>Wednesday was a pivotal day in the history of Twin River.&nbsp; With the introduction of table games, the former dog racing park – turned – slots parlor is now the state’s first full fledged casino.</p><p></p><p>Wielding pruning shears, Governor Lincoln Chafee and other dignitaries cut a giant red ribbon, signaling the start of table games at Twin River.</p><p>Earlier, the Governor betrayed his bias for another type of gambling when he listed the games now available at Twin River.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:42:02 +0000 Flo Jonic 17219 at http://ripr.org Windfall Expected From Table Games Opening at Twin River http://ripr.org/post/windfall-expected-table-games-opening-twin-river <p>Rhode Island expects to pocket six-and-a-half million dollars just from table games in the next fiscal year.</p><p></p><p>Fred Carstensen&nbsp; is an economist at the University of Connecticut who has been studying casino gambling in that state. He said as casinos open in Massachusetts, Rhode Island should expect to get a smaller piece of the casino pie.</p><p></p><p></p><p><em>"It’s not a bottomless pit, you’re shifting money away from other activities and frankly it doesn’t really create value," said Cartensen.</em></p><p></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:30:44 +0000 Catherine Welch 17157 at http://ripr.org Windfall Expected From Table Games Opening at Twin River Rhode Island Gaming May Take a Hit Once Massachusetts Casinos Open http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-gaming-may-take-hit-once-massachusetts-casinos-open <p>Casino gambling just like in Las Vegas is scheduled to begin Wednesday at Twin River in Lincoln.</p><p>The one-time dog track has become the first venue ever in Rhode Island to offer table games thanks to voters, who approved the change to stave off competition from new casinos proposed for Massachusetts.</p><p>Gambling is a major part of the state budget, and to better understand how games like blackjack and roulette will affect the budget, Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with Paul Dion from the State Department of Revenue.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:26:03 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 17150 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Gaming May Take a Hit Once Massachusetts Casinos Open The new Rhode Island: Gambling is us http://ripr.org/post/new-rhode-island-gambling-us <p>There’s an old chestnut in banking: If you owe the bank $10,000, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank $100 million, you own the bank.</p><p>That’s pretty much what has happened in Rhode Island state government’s quest to regulate the state-sponsored gambling emporiums at Newport Grand and at Twin River (aka Twin Rivahs in Vo Dilundese) in Lincoln.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:02:00 +0000 Scott MacKay 17054 at http://ripr.org