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(NECN) - The race to begin casino gambling runs through southeastern Massachusetts Thursday afternoon as the state gambling commission debates whether to lift a restriction on commercial casinos that had been put in place to give tribal communities a head start in the process.
It's the latest chapter in what is already a complicated situation.
There are four gaming licenses at stake: a slot machine parlor license and three Las Vegas style casino license.
In the 2011 expanded gaming act, three casino licenses would be given out geographically. Eleven groups made the January deadline for applications.
Region ‘A’ is eastern Massachusetts. Region ‘B’ is western Massachusetts. Region ‘C’ is southeastern Massachusetts. This one is the trickiest because of the federally recognized Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.
The focus is on section C and no one knows more about that than Clyde Barrow.
He is an expert on the casino industry and respected director of the Center for Policy and Analysis at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Watch the attached video for his analysis of the situation.