Patrons started playing table games at Twin River Casino yesterday in what is called a "soft opening." The table games were to close at four o'clock this morning in anticipation of a grand opening ceremony tomorrow. Last fall voters approved letting Twin River transition from a slot parlor to a full-fledged casino offering games like blackjack and roulette.

Meanwhile, The Massachusetts Gambling Commission has released the second application for companies hoping to build a casino or slots parlor in Massachusetts. The application asks for detailed information from would-be developers, including building and site design, economic development plans and how they will manage traffic and other issues in the area where they hope to build.