BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is continuing discussions on the merits of the three applicants seeking to open the state's first and only slots parlor.
Commission chairman Stephen Crosby, who led a general overview of the proposals, on Wednesday gave the strongest grade of "very good" to a plan by Cordish Cos. to build a slots parlor in Leominster. Penn National Gaming, which hopes to add slot machines at the Plainridge harness racetrack in Plainville, earned the second highest grade from Crosby, with Raynham Park receiving the lowest grade.
Penn National and Cordish also received higher grades than Raynham in several other categories being used to evaluate the proposals, including economic development, mitigation efforts, financial strength, and building and site design.
The commission is expected to decide on the slots parlor license by Friday.
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