BOSTON (AP) — A divided Massachusetts Gaming Commission chose Plainville on Thursday to be the site of the state’s first and only slots parlor.
On a 3-to-2 vote, the panel offered the slots parlor license to Penn National Gaming, which plans to operate a $225 million facility at the Plainridge harness racetrack. The track has been struggling to stay afloat as horse racing faltered in Massachusetts in recent years.
Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby voted along with Commissioner James McHugh for a competing bid from Cordish Cos. to build a slots parlor in Leominster, saying it would offer more jobs and opportunities for the state’s economically challenged north-central region. A third applicant, Raynham Park, did not receive any votes.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker reports