PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Casino games are headed to the Twin River slot parlor in Lincoln but not to Newport Grand after local voters in the Rhode Island resort community balked at expanded gambling.
Voters in Newport on Tuesday narrowly rejected a ballot question that sought to authorize games like poker and blackjack at Newport Grand.
Voters in Lincoln overwhelmingly voted to authorize table games at Twin River.
Both referendums were approved statewide, but casino referendums must be endorsed by local voters in order to pass.
Owners of the slot parlors had argued that table games would help them compete with casinos authorized in Massachusetts.
The first table games at Twin River could be operating by summer. Expanded gambling is projected to raise $100 million for the state annually.