RI & Mass Updates – Community Agreements, Slot Parlor Debates, and RI’s First Casino Arrests

A Chicago-based casino developer that ended talks for a slots parlor in Worcester now says it is working with officials in Millbury about finding a site there for a $200 million facility.

Mass Gaming & Entertainment CEO Greg Carlin said Tuesday the company expects to choose a site in town soon. Millbury Town Manager Bob Spain said the project is a great opportunity that would create 400 new permanent jobs and provide needed revenue. Under the state’s gambling law, the town would negotiate a host agreement for voters to approve before the project could be considered for the state’s single slots parlor license.

Plainridge Racecourse became on Monday the fourth casino applicant to complete negotiations with its host community, reaching a deal for a slot machine parlor that would pay the town of Plainville more than $4 million the first year the facility is open, according to a statement from the track.

Milford Mass now has a battle over the Foxwoods casino proposal in Milford. Signs for and against have now popped up on lawns all over Milford as pro and anti- casino factions prepare to get their say.

Both Wynn and Hard Rock have received their respective communities approval in Everett & North Springfield.

Meanwhile, considering slots parlor licenses, David Cordish, chairman of the board of directors of Cordish Cos., told the council he sees Leominster as a logical area to site the state’s sole slots-only casino. He said the state has required that the three casinos allowed under the state Gaming Expansion Act be in the Boston area, in Western Massachusetts and in Southern Massachusetts. He said the slots casino would be far enough away in Leominster that it would not cannibalize the full casinos.

And this just in,

After losing a bid for a casino in Springfield, Penn National Gaming is getting back into the sweepstakes for casinos in Massachusetts. Penn National announced late Thursday that it is proposing a $200 million slots-only facility in Tewksbury, close to the border of New Hampshire. So, it looks like New Hampshire will get its casino after all.


A retired Providence police officer on Wednesday was charged with larceny after allegedly swiping a woman’s purse from Twin River casino in 2011.  Lincoln police say Richard Bennett was caught on surveillance video picking up a purse that was left between two machines at the casino. Police Chief Brian Sullivans said Bennett was identified by the casino’s security officers.
The first gambling-related arrest was made at Twin River Casino early Wednesday morning, as police say a man attempted to steal chips from a fellow table-gamer.  Steven Sabitoni, 46, of Lincoln, was arrested and charged with one count of larceny under $1,500. Police said that surveillance footage confirmed Sabitoni took $250 in chips from a man sitting next to him at a blackjack table.

Welcome to the responsibilities of table game casino gaming, Rhody.

That’s all for now.