2012 News Countdown: Split gambling vote

Jan 2, 2013

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Once again, it was a busy year in the Ocean State, and Rhode Island Public Radio’s counting down the top ten news stories of 2012. At number 2 is the split vote to expand gambling at one video slot parlor, but not at another.

In November, Rhode Islanders voted to expand gambling to include casino-style games at Twin River. The vote received overwhelming support in Twin River’s host community of Lincoln.

But even though it passed statewide, Newport voters narrowly rejected a proposal to bring table-style games to Newport Grand. That means Newport Grand will continue to operate with just video slot machines.

Rhode Islanders have rejected previous attempts to expand gambling. Voters may have acted differently this time because of plans for three new casinos and a slot parlor in Massachusetts.

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