Massachusetts Ruling Could Be A Big Win For RI's Gaming Industry

Jun 30, 2014

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.  Massachusetts casinos would pose direct competition to the Ocean State’s gaming revenue.

Twin River in Lincoln is currently the only casino in the state to offer table games. Voters rejected the proposal for Newport Grand.

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.  But the new ruling could allow Commonwealth voters to stop that project dead in its tracks.

Economic analyst Clyde Barrow said that would change the casino landscape in New England.

“The main thing that it does is really open the door for an expansion of gaming in places such as Rhode Island should they decide to go forward with a hotel or something alternative in Rhode Island,” said Barrow.

That would be good news for Twin River, the only facility that currently allows table games in Rhode Island. Voters rejected that proposal for Newport Grand, but the issue goes back on the ballot this November.