Sunday October 21, 2012

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) -- Voters in Rhode Island, Oregon and Maryland will decide Nov. 6 whether to expand their states' gambling offerings as states continue to turn to casinos and slot parlors for economic development and badly needed revenue.

The three states have scheduled casino-related gambling ballot questions. Rhode Island will decide whether to allow two slot parlors to offer poker and blackjack to compete with casinos authorized in Massachusetts.

Maryland voters will be asked to approve table games for its casinos and authorize a new one in Prince George's County, close to Washington.

A push in Oregon to build a casino near Portland appears dead after backers announced they don't expect voters to approve their ballot question.

Forty states now authorize casinos, slot parlors or tribal gambling facilities.


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