WORCESTER (AP) - After hearing presentations and recommendations from gambling industry policy experts, the head of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission says he's confident the state can support multiple casinos and a slot parlor.
Commission members were joined by policy experts to discuss the Northeast's current gambling market during a Thursday morning forum at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester.
Chairman Stephen Crosby said he believes the analyses conducted by the various policy experts support the assumption that Massachusetts can support the multiple gambling venues outlined in the law Gov. Deval Patrick signed in November.
Despite concerns over competition with casinos in Connecticut and Rhode Island, forum panelist Clyde Barrow said there is enough unmet demand in the region to avoid market saturation.
But Stephen Norton, another panelist, raised concerns that markets do overlap.