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3:56 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Plainville Slot Parlor Gets Initial Approval; Potential Twin River Competitor

Plans for a slot parlor in nearby Plainville, Massachusetts, have received their final approval.

Twin River will face serious competition should a slots parlor be constructed in Plainville Mass.
Twin River will face serious competition should a slots parlor be constructed in Plainville Mass.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

On Friday, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted to green-light Penn National Gaming's plan for the Plainville slot parlor.

Plainville is just a little bit north of Attleboro, so a slot parlor there would compete for customers with Twin River in Lincoln. That’s a concern for Rhode Island, since gambling is the state’s third-largest source of revenue.

Twin River's chairman, John Taylor Jr., says he expects Twin River to remain competitive due to its location and attractions. But he acknowledges the Plainville slot parlor could cut the roughly $300 million earned by Twin River each year for the state by about 10 percent.

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