State gaming officials were on hand as Penn National Gaming broke ground in Plainville on Friday, for the state's first and only slots parlor. 

The $225 million project will include 1,250 slot machines, and the first ever Doug Futie Sports Bar.  The Plainville slots parlor will almost certainly heat up competition with the Twin River Casino in Lncoln, Rhode Island . 

Gaming Commission Chair Steven Crosby says he welcomes the challenge......

Plainridge Park Casino is slated to open next spring.   In addition to hundreds of temporary construction jobs, the company says there will be 500 new, permanent jobs at the casino after it opens.