In the Cards

Billionaire Neil Bluhm looks to Millbury as home for slots parlor after no deal in Worcester

After failing to reach an agreement with Worcester officials for a slot machine parlor in the city, the gambling company run by Chicago billionaire Neil Bluhm is investigating several sites in the town of Millbury, southeast of Worcester.

“We have gotten to know Massachusetts over the last two years and are bullish on Millbury and the central area of the Commonwealth,” Greg Carlin, chief executive of Bluhm’s Rush Street Gaming, said in a statement. “Our early conversations with Millbury have made us all the more confident that this is the winning formula for the [slot parlor] license.”

The company, which is pursuing a slot parlor in the state as Mass Gaming and Entertainment, is in discussions with the town and expects to select a final site in the next few days.

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“This is a great opportunity for the town of Millbury,” Town Manager Bob Spain said in the statement. “It will create 400 new permanent jobs and provide additional needed revenue to help the town through the current financial crisis and allow us to address many of our pressing needs.”

Bluhm is one of four applicants for the state’s sole slot parlor license. The others are in Plainville, Raynham, and, most recently, Leominster.

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