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Casino rivals take pitches to Springfield

After showdown in Maryland, MGM and Penn will pitch Western Mass. plans Tuesday

Fresh off their brutal political battle over casino expansion in Maryland, rival developers MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming will share a stage in Springfield Tuesday, facing the voters who will decide if either company should be permitted to build a gambling resort in the city.

It will be Springfield’s first chance to see the contenders side by side since a third competitor, Ameristar, conceded it is unlikely to survive the city’s application process and dropped its plans for a Springfield casino. A fourth casino company that had explored a bid in Springfield, Hard Rock International, did not meet the city’s application deadline.

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