Area casinos don’t seem phased by Taunton’s plans

By Alana Cerrone

acerrone@abc6.com

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Just two months ago, Plainridge Casino opened up its doors in Plainville, bringing in a whopping $18 million in gross gambling revenue in its first month.

It’s just about 16 miles from the site of the proposed resort casino in Taunton, but the folks at Penn National Gaming aren’t shaken.

In a statement, they say, "Our focus at this time remains the deliberations by the MA Gaming Commission relative to region C."

Eventually, you’ll be able to get from Providence to any one of four casinos in 45 minutes or less.

That includes a proposed site in Tiverton, where the owners of Twin River are hoping to relocate Newport Grand.

But officials there tell me the plans for Taunton and Tiverton are so different that it won’t even matter.

Matthew Wojcik, the Tiverton Town Administrator, says, "We’re looking for the rainy day crowd…the tourists that might be in Newport and come up here to spend the day as opposed to going for a whole day, getting a show, getting a meal and staying overnight"

Twin River in Lincoln has already taken a hit in revenue from a local competitor, according to spokeswoman Patti Doyle.

"We’re seeing it a little already from the opening of the Plainridge Casino which is 12 miles from our borders…but it’s been minimal thus far.”  

They say they’ll continue to focus on their place in the market as a convenience casino, but plans are in the works to add a hotel.

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