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Three Companies Make Pitches For Slot Parlor License

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission heard public presentations Monday from the three competitors for the lone slot machine parlor license available in the state.

   The Cordish Companies of Maryland is proposing the only slot parlor project west of Interstate 495. The project in the northern Worcester County city of Leominster would cost $200 million to build and over ten years pay just over $1 billion in taxes, according to Cordish President Joe Weinberg.

   The other slot parlor competitors are at a harness race track in Plainville and a former dog racing track in Raynham--both in the southeastern part of the state.  The gaming commission is expected to award a license by the end of this year.  The commission also controls licenses for three resort casinos, with one allocated for western Massachusetts.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.