John Taylor, Chairman of the Twin River Casino in Rhode Island has said that they are prepared for the changes in business that the expansion of gambling in Massachusetts could bring. The Twin Rivers, situated in Lincoln has recently added a selection of table games that include blackjack and roulette and have also made progress on the purchase of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Biloxi. The 3 new casinos coming soon to Massachusetts could have a devastating effect on the Rhode Island gambling industry, and estimates are placed that around $1.1 Billion comes into Rhode Island from Massachusetts residents as they cross the state border to play in Rhode Island casinos, however that could all change. That number could drop massively and hurt the Rhode Island gambling industry, which is the third largest industry in the state.
Foxwoods plans to build a casino in Fall River in Massachusetts, extremely close to Twin River Casino, and that property would be designed as a full entertainment complex with a spa and 20 eateries, and when asked about the potential damage that could be down in R.I, Foxwoods CEO Scott Butera stated that the 2 establishment were radically different and regarding Foxwoods he said, "This is not a gambling hall, this is a destination resort." John Taylor however believes that Twin River Casino will step up to the competition and said that, “We’re going to focus on delivering a great customer experience for people who come, we think we’re going to be able to deliver a more intimate player experience than a destination casino.” The 14 extra table games that were added in December have already brought in extra customers and Taylor stated that, “It’s really done a lot for the business.” There’s a long way to go in this particular battle and much is at stake, especially for the gambling industry of Rhode Island.