Saturday, June 13, 2015
A casino arms race is underway
If you’re crawling home, locked in rush-hour traffic on the Southeast Expressway, take heart. You’ll soon hit the outdoor advertising equivalent of a trifecta, a succession of flashy billboards that, roughly speaking, urge you to smile and empty your pockets.
Perhaps you’ve been too distracted by the 24/7 conversation in these parts about whether the Boston bid for the 2024 Olympics is our date with destiny or simply a fool’s errand. Meantime, nothing less than a casino arms race is exploding all around us.
With the blessing of Massachusetts voters, the state’s casino era will be inaugurated on June 24 in Plainville, where a $250 million facility — with 1,222 slot machines, whiz-bang electronic blackjack tables, as well as a food court and restaurants — will open on a 90-acre site just 18 miles north of Providence.
Let the games begin.