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Massachusetts Has Its First Casino, What's Next?

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Massachusetts made a big splash with the opening of Plainridge Park, the state’s first casino. There were capacity crowds on opening day June 24th and through the first full week of operation, the slots parlor took in $6.1 million.  University of Texas professor and casino industry expert Clyde Barrow said projections that Plainridge would gross $200 million in its first year may have been too conservative. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Barrow for an update on the New England Casino scene.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.