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State should cast a wary eye on building casino in phases

OUT IN Western Massachusetts, a potential bidding war for a casino license for the region has yielded lively discussions about how to reinvigorate Springfield and how best to secure benefits for the city. Here in the Boston area, though, the only bidder so far — a group involving the Suffolk Downs racetrack — has already begun tamping down expectations about what it might deliver when.

Its maneuverings should be a warning to potential casino sites across the state, and to a Massachusetts Gaming Commission charged with maximizing the long-term economic benefits of a problematic industry.

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