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RI News
9:56 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Developer Joe Paolino Confirms Purchase Agreement For Newport Grand

Joe Poalino hoped to buy Newport Grand slot parlor in 2014, but only if table games, like poker and black jack were allowed. Newport voters rejected the proposal.
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Developer Joe Paolino has made a deal to buy Newport Grand slot parlor.  Paolino says there are still a few a details to be worked out.

Newport Grand produces far less revenue for the state than Twin River in Lincoln. Yet it remains part of Rhode Island’s third-largest revenue stream. Paolino said he thinks Newport Grand offers a great opportunity.

He would not say how much he's paying for the slot parlor, or whether he had partners in the venture. He says a confidentiality agreement limits him from saying more.

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Politics
9:21 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Developer May Try Again To Bring Table Games To Newport

Table games are not coming to Newport Grand, at least for the time being.
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Developer Joe Paolino says he’ll try again to bring table games to Newport. Voters approved turn the Newport Grand slot parlor into a casino, but Newporters voted it down. 

Massachusetts voters gave gambling there a thumbs up. And that will hurt the slot parlor, said Paolino “You know right now I’m more concerned about the workers, because the workers are the ones that really put up this fight, they’re very concerned about their jobs.”

Proponents pushed the jobs angle; while opponents said a casino didn’t fit in Newport.

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On Politics
4:51 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Voter turnout high in Newport's 5th Ward polling place

Newport voter turnout, likely driven by the casino referendum at Newport Grand,  is high. That report comes from old friend and former great ProJo reporter Brian C. Jones.

As of 3:30 about 820 of the estimated 2,200 voters eligible to cast ballots at the city’s `Fifth Ward’ polling place at Rogers High School had voted. Election officials said that there have been a steady stream of voters all day.

As the late U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill  so famously said, ``All politics is local.’’

Politics
9:12 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Expanded Casino Gaming On The Line As Newporters Head To Polls

Newport Grand slot parlor; supporters hope to open table games in the facility, pending approval from voters.
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This Election Day Newport voters will decide whether table games like poker and blackjack will be allowed at Newport Grand slot parlor.  The issue has become divisive in the small waterfront city.

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Rhody Votes 2014
8:39 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: A Closer Look At The Casino Issue Dividing Newport

Newport Grand has stood without table games for 38 years, now Newport residents could change that on November 4th.
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Newport residents defeated the expansion of table games like poker and blackjack at Newport Grand slot parlor two years ago.  But because casinos with table games are likely coming to southern Massachusetts, the issue is back on the ballot. 

This time however, a team of developers want to buy Newport Grand, and they have a plan to sweeten the pot, hoping to get approval.  As part of our Rhody Votes coverage Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender explains how the issue is dividing residents in this historic city by the sea.

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