Gaming Comm. to decide on slots parlor license

Who will earn the right to open the state’s first and only slots parlor?

The answer to that question will start to take shape on Tuesday, when the Massachusetts Gaming Commission opens what is expected to be several days of deliberations before awarding a license for a facility with up to 1,250 slot machines.

The three applicants for the license are the Plainridge harness racetrack in Plainville, operated by Penn National Gaming; Raynham Park and partner Greenwood Racing; and Cordish Cos., which has proposed a slots parlor in Leominster.

Commissioners say they will rate the proposals on several criteria, including finance, building and site design, and economic development.

A decision is expected on Friday.

The state’s 2011 gambling law allows for three resort casinos, but only one slots parlor.

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