Plainridge Park to break ground

By: Melissa Randall

Plainridge Park in Plainville will soon be home to more than harness racing. The course will break ground Friday on a multi-million dollar expansion project that will add slot machines making it the site of Massachusetts first and only slot parlor.

1,200 slot machines will eventually be installed inside the $225 million dollar parlor. The venue is not allowed to have table games in accordance with their license.

Massachusetts projects the parlor will bring in $400 million in new gaming tax revenue in the first 5 years.

Plainridge Park got the green light from the state Gambling Commission last month. Massachusetts law allows for one slot parlor and three resort style casinos. Licenses for the casinos have not been given out yet.

The slot parlor is expected to open by next spring and bring with it about 500 permanent jobs.

There are concerns about Twin River in Lincoln which just expanded to table games last year. Gaming Revenue is Rhode Island's third leading source of tax revenue. One lawmaker tells ABC6 News that over the next four years the state could be half a billion dollars in the hole because of Bay state gamblers who don't visit Twin River anymore.

Penn National Gaming will hold a groundbreaking Friday afternoon.

Information provided by AP

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