Casino owner upping ante on bet in hopes of winning hand with reluctant House members
SALEM, N.H. (AP) - A casino owner hoping to open New Hampshire’s first video slots operation is upping the ante on his bet in hopes of a winning hand with reluctant House members.
Bill Wortman, a principal in Las Vegas-based Millennium Gaming, is holding a Town Hall meeting at Rockingham Park race track Wednesday night to explain the changes to residents who already have voted to support a casino. The Senate passed a bill to authorize one casino with up to 5,000 video slots and 150 table games, but the House has never supported casinos.
Wortman told the Eagle Tribune of Lawrence, Mass., the new plan includes a hotel with a spa and entertainment venue with seating for up to 1,500. The changes bump the cost from $450 million to about $600 million.