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Analyst Sees Some Time Before New England Reaches Slot Machine Saturation

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) _ A gambling industry analyst says slot machines in New England are nowhere near saturation, but legalization of casino gambling in Massachusetts and the addition of slot machines would hurt Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Clyde Barrow, director of the Center for Policy Analysis at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, said at a conference at the Mohegan Sun on Tuesday that slots saturation is possible in the future, but not now.

He says failed legislation that would have brought thousands of slot machines to Massachusetts would have drawn huge numbers of gamblers from Connecticut and Rhode Island.

A deal to bring casino gambling and slots to Massachusetts fell apart in the Legislature in August.

BNP Media, an industry company, and the research firm Spectrum Gaming Group are sponsoring the first New England Gaming Summit.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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