Too many players in the casino game?

Planned Trump Plaza closing raises issue of market saturation

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Another casino announced it could close soon in Atlantic City. 22News is working for you with finding out if that might change people’s opinion on a casino in Springfield.

As Massachusetts prepares for the possibility of casinos, Atlantic City is seeing its boardwalk reduced from 12 to 8 casinos. Saturday, owners of the iconic Trump Plaza casino announced plans to close as soon as September.

With some casinos blaming their closure on oversaturation of casinos in the Northeast, 22News found out if people thought an MGM in Springfield would be successful. Supporters said a casino would bring hope for city development and unemployed people.

Click here for a look at the locations of casinos within 250 miles of Springfield

“I think it’s a good advantage for people that are out of work that eally look into going to whatever you need to beat the person to work in that casino. I don’t think it’s going to affect us much,” said Bonnie Carroll who is a proponent of a Springfield casino.

If voters do decide in November that casinos should be allowed in the Commonwealth, many fear that this one in Springfield could not only be competing with those in Connecticut but also in other parts of Massachusetts.

“I don’t think people are going to come here from other states…Boston casino, they’re going to be supported by the Boston area. It’s going to be a different story out here, I don’t know if it’s necessarily going to be something that works,” said Steve Kuselias who is against the casino for many reason.

Since MGM plans to build luxury apartments and retail shops in addition to slots and tables, some said they weren’t sure if Springfield’s casino could be compared to those in Atlantic City.

“It will certainly change the face of Springfield, especially where they want to put it. This is old Springfield and it’s sort of sad, but I mean you can’t stop progress,” Wayne Russell told 22News.

For a look at all the casinos within 250 miles of Springfield, 22News is working for you with a gallery we made on our website.

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