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Massachusetts Voters Reject Another Slots Casino

Residents Say 'No' To More Gambling

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Massachusetts voters on Tuesday soundly rejected a plan for a second slot machine facility in the Bay State.

More than 60 percent of voters (3.8 million) said “no” to Question 1. Nearly 2.5 million people approved of another slots casino, targeted for Suffolk Downs.

The failed ballot question read: “A ‘yes’ vote would allow a second slots parlor to exist in Massachusetts. The 2011 gambling law currently allows for up to three resort casinos and one slots parlor. The slots parlor license is owned by Penn National Gaming, which operates Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville.”

The plan was opposed by Gov. Charlie Baker, among other top officials in the state.

While the one and only slots parlor is already open, none of the full-scale casinos have started taking bets yet. Wynn Boston Harbor and MGM Springfield are both still under construction after experiencing their respective setbacks. The city of Boston once opposed the Wynn casino.

The third casino, which is being developed by the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, has faced resistance from local property owners in the town of Taunton.

Despite voters rejecting another expansion of gambling just five years after the new casinos were approved, state officials have started looking at regulating daily fantasy sports sites and online casinos.