Both of these casinos depended heavily on Massachusetts residents to support their bottom line. What we are seeing is a leveling off, if not a contraction, of the gambling industry.
Perhaps the best comparison is Rhode Island’s Twin River, a huge slots parlor that recently was granted permission to become a full-fledged casino. It was done out of desperation: Twin River, which emerged from bankruptcy in 2010, sees Massachusetts gambling parlors as a significant threat to its survival.
Perhaps if there had been a lot more time, and a better thought-out plan, the developers could have presented Salisbury with something enticing and feasible. But the mad scramble, and all the red flags that went with it, were all Salisbury had to look at.