TWIB: Mass. gambling landscape

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November 24, 2013, 1:46 pm
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(NECN) – Reverend Richard McGowan, a gambling expert from Boston College, talked about the complexity of the gambling landscape in Massachusetts now that all four cities that voted on casino proposals voted against them.

There is a ballot initiative to repeal the gambling law, now that so many have shown opposition to it.

“Legislature said they were going to allow a maximum of three casinos. We might not get any. I think it’s a real possibility if they don’t go back to the legislature ‘Okay, what do we want to do different?’’ Personally, I think three were too many in the first place,” said the reverend.

He thinks the idea behind this would be to get the casino revenue back from Connecticut. Reverend McGowan also speculated as to where he thinks a casino would be best in Massachusetts.

“I would still probably say in the Boston area. It’s the one that makes the most sense. Although, the Springfield one- it’s probably the one most needed, in the sense that- remember, the governor wanted this for economic development. So, Springfield probably needs it more in that way,” he explained.

However, he thinks from a revenue point of view, a casino in Revere or Everett would make more sense.

More complexities revolving the gaming commission are also discussed.

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