On Politics
4:30 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Twin River Faces Looming Threat From Planville Slot Parlor

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted Friday to green-light a slot parlor in nearby Plainville, Massachusetts -- a scenario that would threaten to siphon customers from Rhode Island's most lucrative gambling entity, the Twin River casino in Lincoln.

In an interview, John E. Taylor Jr., Twin River's chairman and CEO, says he expects the slot parlor would cut Twin River's $290 million in annual revenue for the state by about 10 percent.

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RI News
3:56 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Plainville Slot Parlor Gets Initial Approval; Potential Twin River Competitor

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

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

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.

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On Politics
12:39 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

RI Supreme Court Upholds Standing for Narragansetts in Gambling Lawsuit

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has upheld a Superior Court finding that the Narragansett Indian tribe has standing to sue the state over the addition of table games at Twin River and Newport Grand. Yet it remains unclear if the tribe's suit will move forward.

Under state law, the Narragansett tribe gets about one fifth of one percent of all net revenue from video lottery terminals at Twin River in Lincoln. That’s up to a maximum of $10 million a year.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Political Roundtable: Raimondo on the Pension Plan, Economic Development, and Gambling Revenue

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

General Treasurer Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss 2014; the health of the state pension plan; her views on boosting Rhode Island's economy; and whether adding table games is the best way for the state to protect one of its largest revenue sources.

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Morning News Podcast
9:32 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Snowfall in Hope, RI
Credit Susan Greenhalgh

Winter Storm Nemo is heading our way.  Making sure veterans have what they need as they return to civilian life.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast. 

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11:15 am
Wed January 2, 2013

2012 News Countdown: Split gambling vote

(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.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Most RI Powerball winners got $4 each — was it worth it?

Almost 48,000 winning Powerball tickets were sold in Rhode Island, although most were for the princely prize of $4, according to the state Lottery. Take away the $2 per-ticket cost, and the net gain for the vast bulk of winners was $2.

That’s a far cry from $587.5 million jackpot that sparked fevered dreams across the land of striking it rich. (Two winning jackpot tickets were sold, one each in Arizona and Missouri.)

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On Politics
3:03 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Narragansett chief wants a meeting with Chafee to talk gambling + discrimination

Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas has followed through on his plan to seek a meeting with Governor Lincoln Chafee.

The Narrgansetts remain on the sidelines as Rhode Island’s gambling halls are spending big bucks to promote an expansion of their offerings this November.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Narragansetts remain on the sidelines as RI + Massachusetts gear up for more gambling

Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas can only watch in frustration as 1) Massachusetts moves ahead with plans for expanded gambling in nearby Taunton; and Rhode Island’s slot parlors spend heavily in hopes of adding table games at Twin River and Newport Grand.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Twin River has spent almost 600K on casino campaign since March

Twin River has spent $578,741 since the start of March to encourage voters to support the expansion of gambling in Rhode Island during a statewide vote this November, state campaign finance records show. The comparable figure for Newport Grand is more modest: $21,400.

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