How the slots stack up

Little has come easy since the gambling law passed in late 2011. Casino regulators are embroiled in litigation, and casino developers have been kicked out of more communities than have accepted them. But this week a milestone for supporters finally arrives: the state gambling commission will award its first license, for a slot parlor by Friday. The final evaluation unfolds throughout this week.

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Mark ArsenauLT, ROBERT S. DAVIS, PATRICK GARVIN/GLOBE STAFF