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Casino strategy -- what's the plan?

Two days after the Sunday ProJo outlined how the advent of casinos in Massachusetts would devastate one of Rhode Island's top sources of revenue, we learn that "virtual blackjack" has been proposed for Twin River.

You didn't have to be a genius to see things heading in this direction. As I wrote back in June, it seems to be just a matter of time before Twin River and Newport Grand are expanded into full-fledged casinos.

Yet Dan Kennedy, who has kept a close focus on this issue in Massachusetts, asserts that the envisioned Middleboro casino "will never be built."

I like the outlook of RI EDC director Saul Kaplan, who says the state needs a greater focus on creating high-wage jobs. Still, considering the volatility of the casino landscape in southern New England, Rhode Island has a big stake in the outcome.

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