Massachusetts weighs another casino for crowded southeast

By Philip Marcelo, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) _ Massachusetts regulators are set to decide whether to award the state’s third and final gambling license.

The state Gaming Commission is beginning a multi-day review of a proposed resort casino for the Brockton Fairgrounds on Tuesday that will include scrutiny of the development’s site plan, finances and other factors. The five-member panel is expected to vote as soon as Thursday.

But the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe broke ground last month on a projected $1 billion project in nearby Taunton, raising questions about whether Massachusetts’ southeast corner is oversaturated with gambling.

The region is already home to Plainville’s Plainridge Park slots parlor and Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

The $677 million Brockton project by Rush Street Gaming calls for a full scale casino, 250-room hotel and restaurant, bar and entertainment options.

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