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Casino Games Begin at Twin River in RI

Gambling-casino2LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) — Bettors will soon be able to play blackjack, roulette and craps at the Twin River Casino as Rhode Island moves to get a head start on neighboring Massachusetts.

Twin River will open 65 new tables offering Las Vegas-style games with a ribbon cutting Wednesday morning. The Lincoln, R.I., facility won voter approval last fall to expand from a slot parlor into a full-fledged casino.

On a recent tour of the new tables, Twin River chairman John Taylor said the facility has hired some 400 new employees to support the expansion.

Supporters say the expansion will protect state gambling revenue from competition from Massachusetts, where casinos have been authorized but not yet built.

Those who prefer Twin River’s slots can rest easy: Twin River still has more than 4,500 slot machines.

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