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Some say racinos pose threat to gambling take

BOSTON (AP) -- The centerpiece of the House proposal to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts is to allow the state's four race tracks to offer slot machines. Lawmakers see that as a way to preserve jobs and boost local aid while bringing only marginal competition to the planned resort-style casinos.

But if the example of other states holds true for Massachusetts, these so-called "racinos" don't stick with just slots for long.

Racinos in Iowa, Pennsylvania and Delaware have expanded to offer table games, in addition to slot machines, and have many of the amenities of large-scale casinos.

That has potential casino developers in Massachusetts nervous about any plan that would include expanded gaming at the state's race tracks. They say it would mean a smaller piece of the gambling profits for them.

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