SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - There's a new threat to a casino in western Massachusetts, and one hasn't even been built yet.
Nevada is trying their hand at online gambling but how will that affect the resort casino industry? It's something that people worry will hurt a casino here in western Massachusetts.
It may just be beginner's luck but online gambling has the industry bracing for a blow.
Business owner David Glantz is hoping bets will be "all in" for a casino in Springfield. "It's in close proximity to my store, I'll be happy for Springfield in general, I'll be happy to see some build up in the downtown area," said Glantz.
A Las Vegas firm, Ultimate Gaming , was the first to offer online poker in the U.S but now other states are considering turning to the internet as well.
MGM Springfield is promising to bring millions in new revenue to Springfield and thousands of new jobs but people we spoke with do feel online gambling would eat into that.
"Obviously if people are able to sit at home and gamble on the computer there's no reason for them to come outside," said Glantz.
Nathaniel Patterson of Springfield said, "It's not good, it's not good. In fact, I got caught up in that accidentally, I thought it was a game and it wasn't."
Others think the experience of gambling in a casino and at home are very completely different.
"Getaway, night out, enjoyment, entertainment, with gambling attached to it but not the focal point," said Ralph D'Arco of Springfield.
An internet gambling amendment was added to the state budget but it was not included in the final passage. However, Morgan Stanley predicts by 2020, online gambling in the U.S. will bring in more than $9 billion a year.