New England Operators Count On Class II Gaming Loopholes

Casino developers and racetrack operators are turning obscure state laws to their advantage in their bids to crack Massachusetts and New Hampshire, two New England markets that have proven historically resistant to gambling expansion.

Relying on rules designed to allow religious organisations and charities to raise money through bingo games and Las Vegas nights, New Hampshire racetrack operators are offering an increasing array of table games. Meanwhile, a newly recognised Indian tribe in Massachusetts says it will push ahead with a gambling complex featuring bingo slot machines, which are legal under Class II gaming rules, if state lawmakers refuse to give a green light to full-fledged casino gambling.

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