Friday, January 4, 2008

Rhode Island Lawmaker Wants Slot Parlors to Become Casinos

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A Rhode Island lawmaker said he plans on filing legislation in the General Assembly that would allow the state's two slot parlors to operate 24 hours a day and a separate bill that would allow the slot parlors to become full-scale casinos. The two slot parlors are Twin River and Newport Grand.

Representative William San Bento says he expects a vote on round-the-clock gambling within a couple of weeks. Last year, voters in Lincoln, R. I., rejected 24-hour gambling at Twin River in a nonbinding referendum.

Rhode Island became the first state to allow pari-mutuels to operate video gambling in 1992, when slot machines were first introduced into Lincoln Greyhound Park (now Twin River) and Newport Jai Alai (now Newport Grand). Twin River now has nearly 4,700 and Newport Grand has 1,070. Newport Grand is adding 835 new slot machines.