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Maine Lawmakers To Again Look At More Casinos

State Currently Has Two But Some Want In On Action

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The state of Maine is set to again consider expanded gambling.

Maine has two casinos at the moment, but others — a horse track, a veterans group and a tribe — want in on the action as well, according to the Associated Press.

Lawmakers in the state are set to discuss proposals this year for more facilities.

Opponents to the expansion, which include the existing facilities, have said such a move would cannibalize the market, which is isn’t too large to begin with.

The Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine reportedly has wanted gambling for more than two decades, and it will remain persistent in the fight during 2014.

The Associated Press reported that some gambling proposals were introduced to the legislature during the last session, but officials decided to wait in order to study the potential ramifications and also “develop a competitive bidding process” for future casino licenses.

In the past, Maine voters have shot down new casinos.

According to data from the American Gaming Association, the casino industry’s top lobbying group on Capitol Hill, Maine has a casino market of around $100 million (annually).

The first casino there opened in 2005.

The two casinos in Maine are the Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway and Oxford Casino.

 
 
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