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State’s gaming table is just about set

WEST SPRINGFIELD — In a glitzy ceremony replete with a live 1980s hair-band rocker and a dead pop star’s famous leather jacket, Hard Rock International joined the crowded field of ­applicants Friday competing for the sole casino resort license in Western Massachusetts.

The $700 million to $800 million Hard Rock project at the Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds joins three ­other casino resort hopefuls in the west, MGM Resorts, Penn National Gaming, and Mohegan Sun, and probably rounds out the field before Tuesday’s state application deadline.

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