Town voters handily approved a slot parlor proposal in Leominster yesterday, with 61 percent in favor of the project. It wasn’t as overwhelming a result as we have seen elsewhere in the state, but it sure beats the alternative.

The $200 million gaming and entertainment complex is proposed by Maryland-based The Cordish Companies, and will compete with Raynham Park/Greenwood Racing and Plainridge Racecourse/Penn National Gaming for the state’s sole slot parlor. That assumes Penn National will be approved by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission – its background check is not yet completed. A suitability hearing for the company was held on September 19, and you can read the transcript here.

Cordish runs the successful Maryland Live! casino south of Baltimore. That property opened in June 2012 as a slot parlor, and added table games in April of this year. It currently offers more than 4,000 slot machines and a large number of tables. The Massachusetts slot parlor will be limited to 1,250 gaming machines.

The license is expected to be awarded before the end of this year, and whatever proposal wins out, it will become the first gaming facility in Massachusetts.