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Plainville slots parlor, state's first gambling facility, scheduled to open June 24

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PLAINVILLE, Massachusetts — The first gambling facility authorized under the state's 4-year old casino legislation is scheduled to open June 24.

Officials at the Plainridge Park Casino say their facility that features 1,250 slot machines will open on that date.

The harness racing track has been undergoing a $125 million in renovations to become the first legal casino-style gambling facility in Massachusetts. The facility will not offer table games. State law allows for up to three full service casinos. Two have been approved, in Springfield and Everett.

Officials from Penn National Gaming, the owners of Plainridge, say the facility will also offer dining and entertainment at nine restaurants, retail space and a parking garage. Harness racing will continue.

Penn National officials say they will hire 500 employees.

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