BOSTON (WWLP) - Now that Massachusetts has approved casino gambling, more casino options could come to southern New England.
Connecticut's Mohegan Sun is seeking to build a casino in Palmer, as other casino developers look at Springfield and Holyoke as competitors for a western Massachusetts site.
And Rhode Island voters will be asked next year to approve a ballot question on whether to turn a slot parlor into a casino. This means New England could have a variety of new gaming casinos.
22News asked people here in western Massachusetts if they want New England to become the next Las Vegas. Peter Roarke of West Springfield said, "I don't think casinos are a good idea. I'm sorry to see we're headed down that path. I don't believe in it."
"Hopefully we would get some benefit not just the risks and problems but the benefit," said Elizabeth Stevens, "as someone who lives in Springfield, I'm kind of rooting for Palmer."
Like it or not, casinos are coming to the Bay State, since Governor Deval Patrick signed the casino gambling bill into law Tuesday morning. The bill, which represents the largest expansion of gambling in Massachusetts since the creation of the State Lottery in 1971, allows for the construction of three resort-style casinos and one slots parlor.