The Boston Globe has reported Thursday (Feb. 27) that the Massachusetts Gambling Commission has given conditional approval to a proposal to site the state's new slot machine parlor at Plainridge Race Course in Plainville.
The five-member panel voted 3-2 on Thursday to approve the proposal by Penn National Gaming, subject to a number of administrative conditions. Penn National must get back to the commission by 9:30 a.m. Friday to indicate that it accepts the conditions. If it does, the commission will take a final vote to approve the proposal.
Last year Penn National bought Plainridge and announced plans to bid for a slot machine license. It was awarded the license over Cordish Cos., which had proposed a facility in Leominster. Before Penn National stepped in, Plainridge Racecourse's chances of a slots license seemed remote because of allegations against Plainridge CEO Gary Pionkowski involving the track's finances. Penn National secured an option to buy the 89-acre racetrack property at Interstate 495 and Route 1, about five miles south of Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots.--harnessracing.com