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Fast Tracking a Suffolk Downs Casino

Roulette wheels could be turning and gaming profits rolling in as early as 2013 in a swank resort gambling palace on the site of Suffolk Downs — primed for fast-track construction — as Gov. Deval Patrick signaled yesterday he’s ready to sign off on three resort casinos and a slot parlor in the Bay State.

“The full-time casino jobs and tax revenue will come sooner at Suffolk Downs than anywhere else,” said Michael Monahan of IBEW, who believes the East Boston track could be up and running a full year before other contenders are ready because it’s already a gaming facility with a functioning structure.

“The ownership of Suffolk Downs has all their architectural drawings done, they have a (general contractor) selected, and speaking to the electrical portion … our contractors have already budgeted the job and (are) ready to go,” Monahan said.

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