New report pans slots parlor in Worcester

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A slots parlor does not match the vision city officials have for Worcester and would do more harm than good, according to a new report from The Research Bureau. The report, titled “Should Worcester Welcome a Slot-Machine Casino,” paints a gloomy picture of what could be expected if a slots parlor should open its doors near downtown Worcester. That is what is being proposed by Mass Gaming LLC, an offshoot of Rush Gaming, which has made known its plans to compete for the only slots parlor license being issued by the state and build a casino on the old Wyman-Gordon property along Madison Street in the city’s Canal District.

Modern slot machines are designed to allow for faster play, entice players to sit longer at them and, in the case of a casino in Worcester, will draw money off those least able to afford it, according to the report, which was released Friday.

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