1st Mass. slots parlor license to be awarded

The state gaming commission is preparing to award its first license for expanded gambling in Massachusetts.

The panel meets on Thursday to decide between three applicants for the only slots parlor allowed under the state’s 2011 gambling law. The proposals are in Leominster, Plainville and Raynham.

The commission spent the previous two days reviewing reports on five major categories used to evaluate the applications: general overview; building and site design; finances, economic development and mitigation.

The Leominster and Plainville proposals vied for the strongest grades in most of the categories, while Raynham trailed the others in nearly every category.

Commission chairman Stephen Crosby says the panel will deliberate publicly before reaching a decision later Thursday or Friday.

The facility will be allowed up to 1,250 slot machines, but no casino-style table games.

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