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Casino bidding could expand in Southeastern Mass.

Tribal area may open to others

The state gambling commission made its first tentative step toward opening Southeastern Massachusetts to commercial casino development, discussing a proposal Tuesday to accept applications from commercial developers even as the Mashpee Wampanoag continue to pursue a tribal casino in the region.

The commission indicated that it would probably drop the commercial bids if the tribe makes significant progress on winning approval for its casino, creating a potential risk for would-be developers.

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