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Massachusetts Gaming

12/17/2018

article Revenues dip at Massachusetts and Connecticut casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenues have tumbled at Massachusetts' casinos for another month. The state Gaming Commission reported Monday that MGM Springfield...

12/16/2018

article Planridge expansion always in the cards
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, the state’s first (and for almost three years only) legal gambling establishment, wants to expand and...

12/15/2018

article Lottery could see net gains by selling products online
(Massachusetts) -- You can’t blame state Treasurer Deb Goldberg for trying. And you can’t blame her if what she predicted comes to pass. Goldberg, whose...

12/13/2018

article Plainville, North Attleboro, Wrentham ask state to allow Plainridge Park Casino to expand
(Massachusetts) -- With competition in the gambling industry on the rise, area towns are asking the state to allow Plainridge Park Casino to expand. In letters to the...
article Towns Surrounding Plainridge Park Casino Petition Massachusetts Gaming Commission for Table Games
(Massachusetts) -- Several towns located near the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, Massachusetts, are urging the state’s gaming agency to allow the slots-only...

12/12/2018

article Some towns are calling for table games at Plainville casino to keep up with R.I. casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Officials in Plainville and three neighboring towns are calling on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to support an expansion of Plainridge Park...
article State officials launch Holiday Responsible Gambling Campaign
(Massachusetts) -- The Holiday Responsible Gambling Campaign warns about the dangers of buying lottery tickets for children or encouraging any form of underage gambling...
article Officials: Lottery tickets 'not appropriate' gifts for kids
(Massachusetts) -- With the gift-buying season well underway, state gambling regulators and responsible gaming advocates are reminding players that Massachusetts Lottery...

12/8/2018

article UMass study shows casino gambling hasn't increased addiction
(Massachusetts) -- After it was announced MGM would be opening a casino in Springfield, some worried there would be increase in gambling addictions in our area. In its...

12/7/2018

article UMass report finds Plainridge casino has brought significant financial benefits, few socioeconomic problems
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ first casino is bringing significant financial benefits to its region and to the state, while having minimal socioeconomic...

12/6/2018

article SEIGMA Team Releases Most Comprehensive Report on Impacts of Casinos Ever Undertaken and One-Page “Fact Sheets”
(Massachusetts) -- The Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) team has officially released the Social and Economic Impacts of Expanded...
article Study: Casino social impacts not so negative
(Massachusetts) -- A new study by the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that social and economic impacts of casino gambling is not as bad as what people think it...
article Study: No increase in gambling addiction with Mass. casino opening
(Massachusetts) -- Researchers say the introduction of casino gambling in Massachusetts hasn't led to an increase in gambling addiction or related problems yet. The...
article UMass gambling survey shows economic gains, shifting views in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- As Massachusetts gets closer to having two full casinos in operation, a study shows that, since 2015, the public has become more accepting of...

12/3/2018

article Massachusetts Sports Betting Gains Support from Red Sox
(Massachusetts) -- Another high-profile supporter is backing legal sports betting. Boston Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy told the Boston Herald he believes legal...

11/26/2018

article Deb Goldberg’s all in for online lottery
(Massachusetts) -- State Treasurer Deb Goldberg is in a high-stakes horserace to expand the state’s profitable lottery online as Beacon Hill lawmakers appear ready...

11/20/2018

article Great Barrington horse racing on hold until state gambling, racing laws change
(Massachusetts) -- A plan to revive thoroughbred racing at the former Great Barrington Fairgrounds in 2019 is no longer on track. But with a change in state law, it...

11/18/2018

article Plainridge slot machines bring in $13.5 million in October
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino brought in $13.5 million in October, about in line with previous earnings. The $13,525,789 was slightly below the gross revenue...

11/15/2018

article Gambling revenues down at MGM, Plainridge
(Massachusetts) -- October was the worst month since January for the slots parlor at Plainridge Park Casino, and MGM Springfield saw players wager less money – and...
article MGM Springfield Revenue Is Down For October
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Springfield's revenue lagged somewhat in its second full month of operation. The casino says it was an exciting past month while new marketing...

11/14/2018

article Gaming Commission debates cost-benefit of Suffolk Downs racing
(Massachusetts) -- Horse racing overseers approved Suffolk Downs to run four days of live Thoroughbred horse races next year, but regulators said the trade-off of...

11/12/2018

article Massachusetts lawmakers eyeing possible legal sports betting bill
(Massachusetts) -- Sports betting is set to begin in Rhode Island around Thanksgiving. A Supreme Court decision earlier this year paved the way for legal sports betting...

11/6/2018

article DraftKings Campaigning To Bring Legal Sports Betting to Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- It appears that DraftKings believes its home state will be among the next to legalize sports betting, or wants to make sure that’s the case....

10/29/2018

article Massachusetts Sports Betting Likely In 2019, Despite Chaos At Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in mid-May enabling each state to legalize sports betting, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said his state...

10/22/2018

press release A Statement from MGC’s Director of Communications about recent Boston Magazine article regarding the Region A casino licensing process
(Massachusetts) -- The following is a statement from MGC’s Director of Communications Elaine Driscoll about a recent Boston Magazine article regarding the Region A...

10/21/2018

article Gaming Commission continues research on casino impact
(Massachusetts) -- Although it’s too soon to project the economic impact of the MGM Springfield casino, a researcher told the state Gaming Commission Thursday...

10/18/2018

article Casino Projects Draw More Women Into Building Trades
(Massachusetts) -- Pipefitter Savy Man-Doherty says when most people meet her, they don't realize she works on construction sites for a living. But at 5 feet 2...

10/16/2018

article Revenue at Plainridge takes a $1M dip
(Massachusetts) -- Revenue at Plainridge Park Casino took a $1 million dip in September, sinking to $14.3 million. Whether the slide is related to additional competition...

10/12/2018

article Lottery players can claim losing tickets as tax deductions
(Massachusetts) -- Two big lottery jackpots are up for grabs this weekend. Tonight's Mega Millions drawing is for $548 million. Saturday's Powerball jackpot is $...

10/11/2018

article Gaming Commission continues research on casino impact
(Massachusetts) -- Although it’s too soon to project the economic impact of the MGM Springfield casino, a researcher told the state Gaming Commission Thursday...

10/4/2018

article SouthCoast Casino Could be Reconsidered by State Regulators
(Massachusetts) -- The possibility of a casino on the SouthCoast of Massachusetts isn't dead, after all. State regulators over the next two months will be soliciting...
article Two-month window opens for Region C casino feedback
(Massachusetts) -- Over the next two months, state regulators want people in the gaming world and residents of southeastern Massachusetts to weigh in on a variety of...

10/3/2018

article State wants to hear from SouthCoast on possible casino (yes, again)
(Massachusetts) -- Over the next two months, state regulators want people in the gaming world and residents of southeastern Massachusetts to weigh in on a variety of...

10/1/2018

article PODCAST: Baystate Business: Casinos, Colleges and Fenway (Radio)
(Massachusetts) -- On the Friday, September 28 edition of Bloomberg Baystate Business we spoke with Boston Globe reporter Jon Chesto about the latest on the Everett...

9/30/2018

article Charlie Baker’s chance to shape the Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- Should the state cancel the Wynn Resorts license for its giant casino under construction in Everett? Reopen the contentious application process in the...

9/29/2018

article Gaming commission to open comment period on southeast Mass. casino
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming regulators want to hear from residents of southeastern Massachusetts and those in the gambling world before deciding whether to revisit the...
article Editorial: Gaming Commission change needed
(Massachusetts) -- Commission needs to improve the way it does business now. Chairman Stephen Crosby abruptly resigned this week amid accusations of bias in favor of...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission Elects New Interim Chair as Wynn Investigation Nears End
(Massachusetts) -- The twisting saga surrounding the high-profile Wynn investigation took another turn this week, as the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) selected a...

9/28/2018

article A third Massachusetts casino could get another look
(Massachusetts) -- Prospects for a casino in southeastern Massachusetts got a bit of a boost this week when the Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced it will solicit...
article Gaming commission pours cold water on Brockton casino request
(Massachusetts) -- Don’t hold your breath. That’s essentially the message that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission had on Thursday for the company that wants...

9/27/2018

article Gambling panel picks interim head amid Wynn investigation
(Massachusetts) -- A former deputy superintendent of the New Jersey State Police has taken over as interim head of the Massachusetts’ casino regulatory agency...
article Mass. gambling panel picks interim head amid Wynn investigation
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts' gambling commission has picked an interim head after its longtime chairman abruptly resigned. Commissioner Gayle Cameron was...

9/26/2018

article Crosby resigning as Mass. Gaming Commission chairman
(Massachusetts) -- Stephen P. Crosby, who has led the Massachusetts Gaming Commission from its infancy to a 100-member agency overseeing the state’s growing casino...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission head resigns amid Wynn investigation
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission lost its chairman a day before discussions about its investigation of Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts Ltd. were to...
article In effort to derail Wynn, Mohegan bets big on lobbying
(Massachusetts) -- Mohegan Sun has been doubling down on its lobbying efforts in Massachusetts amid rival Wynn Resorts’ legal troubles. Mohegan’s campaign to...
article Collins Tower ideas include possible casino
(Massachusetts) -- As state legislators continue expanded gambling talks, the latest ideas for Collins Tower include a casino. A second gambling expansion hearing that...

9/25/2018

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s Wynn Resorts Investigation to be Updated Thursday, State Gaming License Could Be at Stake
(Massachusetts) -- Thursday’s Massachusetts Gaming Commission meeting will reveal where the commission stands in its investigation into how Wynn Resorts responded...

9/23/2018

article 'How do I do business with the new casino?'
(Massachusetts) -- When the Encore Boston Harbor resort opens next summer in Everett, Wynn Resorts hopes to have a bevy of local companies providing goods and services...

9/21/2018

article Brockton casino backers push for second chance
(Massachusetts) -- The backers of a Brockton casino proposal want a second roll of the dice. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission held an agenda setting meeting on...
article EDITORIAL: State is profiting on gaming revenues
(Massachusetts) -- At first glance, Massachusetts' state-sponsored gambling ventures seem more like sure bets. The opening week of the state's first resort...

9/19/2018

article Suffolk Downs claims casino conspiracy
(Massachusetts) -- The former owner of Suffolk Downs race track is demanding more than $3 billion for what it alleges was a conspiracy by Wynn Resorts and a local real...
article Suffolk Downs Operators Seek $3 Billion In Lawsuit Over Casino License
(Massachusetts) -- The operator of Suffolk Downs in East Boston, Mass., is seeking $3 billion in a lawsuit filed against casino executive Steve Wynn and others claiming...

9/17/2018

article Plainridge has robust August
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino has just concluded the most successful August in its three-year history, but now it is contending with new competition. A new...

9/15/2018

article Lottery sends windfall to cities and towns
(Massachusetts) -- Business couldn't be better for the State Lottery, which sold a record $5.29 billion in tickets last fiscal year. That also bodes well for cities...

9/7/2018

article No, you can’t bet on the Patriots in New England yet
(Massachusetts) -- With Sunday’s kickoff, the New England Patriots start their first season in an era of dramatic expansion for US sports betting. But...

9/6/2018

article What you need to know about the prospect of sports betting in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- As NFL season kicks off, fans across the country will be considering a new prospect: legalized sports betting. While this has been the case in Nevada...

8/30/2018

article New competition for Plainridge Park Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino will have new competition starting Saturday as a full-scale casino is opening in Tiverton, R.I. The two casinos are within 45...

8/27/2018

article If Wynn Resorts Is Found Not Suitable In Massachusetts, Here Is What's Next
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts is neck-deep in building a $2.5 billion casino on the outskirts of Boston and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has not yet...

8/25/2018

article New Casino Competition Arrives With Opening Of MGM Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- After three years of construction, MGM Springfield — the $960 million casino and entertainment complex — opened Friday with spectacle and...

8/20/2018

article State treasurer: Casinos ‘will not harm’ Massachusetts Lottery
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Lottery sees the new MGM casino opening Friday in Springfield as a line of defense against the threat from online sports betting —...

8/17/2018

article You can sign up to exclude yourself from Massachusetts casino floors
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission and the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling are reminding residents of the Voluntary Self-Exclusion...

8/14/2018

article Massachusetts projects open paths for women in construction
(Massachusetts) -- One way the casino industry in Massachusetts mandates diversity within its construction projects is by only giving gambling licenses to companies that...

8/10/2018

article An increasing number of women are finding high-paying jobs in an unexpected place—building casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Every day, thousands of construction workers head to the site of the Encore Boston Harbor casino. It's a group that includes an increasing number...

8/8/2018

article Responsible betting is a priority for gaming backers in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- It’s an exciting time to be a gaming enthusiast in Massachusetts. Plainridge Park continues to thrive, MGM Springfield is set to open in just a...

8/1/2018

article In Legislature's race to finish, racing bill falls short
(Massachusetts) -- A bill authorizing live horse racing and simulcasting to continue in Massachusetts for another 12 months apparently got lost in the shuffle as state...

7/28/2018

article Reconsideration of Brockton, Mass casino on hold until September
(Massachusetts) -- A Thursday decision by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will see a request to reconsider its 2016 rejection of a proposed $700 million casino on...

7/26/2018

article Casino board shelves Brockton group’s request until September
(Massachusetts) -- State gaming regulators are interested in getting an updated look at the gambling market in the Northeast and what a third resort-style casino would...
article Gaming commission to give second look to southeastern Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gambling regulators are interested in getting an updated look at the gambling market in the Northeast and what a third resort-style...

7/24/2018

article Stronach Group exploring construction of track in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- The Stronach Group intends to file plans for a proposed racetrack in central Massachusetts in advance of a Monday meeting with local government...

7/23/2018

article Bloomberg Podcast: Casinos and The Hitman
(Massachusetts) -- Bloomberg Boston Bureau Chief Tom Moroney and Radio News Anchors Peter Barnes, Pat Carroll, Anne Mostue and Janet Wu are joined by top names from...

7/18/2018

article Mass. Legislators Agree To $41.9 Billion Compromise Budget Plan
(Massachusetts) -- Eighteen days into the state's new fiscal year, House and Senate negotiators reached agreement Wednesday on a $41.9 billion budget, potentially...

7/16/2018

article Plainridge revenue was up in June
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino continues to do a solid business on Route 1, scoring the best June it's had since it opened three years ago. The slots...

7/5/2018

article Fueled By Casino Construction, Campaign Encourages Women To Join Building Trades
(Massachusetts) -- Seven years ago, getting into carpentry wasn’t even on Tyeka Robinson’s radar. She was a single mom struggling to make ends meet. “I...

7/3/2018

article OP/ED: Can our troopers be trusted to police casinos?
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts State Police — roiled by fraud, corruption and embezzling charges — soon will be rubbing shoulders with high rollers,...

7/2/2018

article Competition between MGM and Foxwoods/Mashantucket Pequot begins
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Springfield in Massachusetts won’t open until August and although the joint Native American casino venture in nearby East Windsor,...

6/28/2018

article Researchers Find Little Negative Impact From First Casino In Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- The first casino opened in Massachusetts three years ago and newly reported research has found few downsides. Results of a study of the economic and...

6/27/2018

article Plainridge Park Casino Praised by Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Slots Parlor Revenues Surge
(Massachusetts) -- The Plainridge Park Casino in Massachusetts is delivering millions of dollars in state taxes to government coffers each and every month, it has also...

6/26/2018

article Plainridge, gaming commission give rosy view of state's first casino on its third anniversary
(Pennsylvania) -- The state Gaming Commission came to the hometown of Plainridge Park Casino Tuesday and learned the slot machine parlor just had the best first quarter...

6/22/2018

article Gaming Commission to present gambling impact report to Plainville Tuesday
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission will present a report on the impact of slot-machine gambling on the local area at a public meeting Tuesday. The commission...

6/18/2018

article Massachusetts Sports Betting Must Wait Until 2019, Says Gov. Charlie Baker: Slow and Steady Outlook Called For
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the Bay State will look seriously at legalizing sports betting, but he doesn’t see it happening this year.

6/17/2018

article DraftKings, tech sector lobby for sports betting in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- DraftKings and one of the state’s powerful technology industry associations is advocating for Massachusetts to legalize sports betting, arguing...

6/16/2018

article Editorial: Lottery must get with the times and go online
(Massachusetts) -- Too big to fail? That’s what all those Wall Street banks thought about their corporations before the 2008 financial crisis. More recent history...

6/13/2018

article Goldberg warns growing competition could make Lottery 'irrelevant'
(Massachusetts) -- With time running out again on a bill that would authorize the state Lottery to move online, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg offered a message to business...

6/11/2018

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in limbo as gaming industry advances in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- As the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sits in limbo before the Trump administration, non-Indian gaming interests continue to make strides in Massachusetts....

6/9/2018

article Brockton Casino Resort Project Might Get a Second Chance this Year
(Massachusetts) -- Brockton, Massachusetts has had its experience with gambling industry and casino operators willing to introduce their offerings to the area in the...

6/7/2018

article Company renews bid for Brockton casino
(Massachusetts) -- Two years after state gambling regulators rejec ted a Brockton casino proposal backed by Rush Street Gaming, the company is formally asking for its...

5/27/2018

article Carr: You can bet the hacks will screw it up
(Massachusetts) -- The hacks on Beacon Hill are slipping — it’s been almost two weeks since the Supreme Court gave the OK to legalized sports betting...

5/26/2018

article Weighing risks, Massachusetts hedges bet on sports wagering
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts has plenty to gain or lose as policymakers weigh the state’s response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on sports betting.
article New casino near Mass. slated for Sept. opening
(Rhode Island) -- A new $140 million casino near Massachusetts is expected to open earlier than anticipated. The Providence Journal reports the group behind the casino...
article Woman accused of trying to poison co-workers at Plainridge Park Casino
(Massachusetts) -- A janitor at Plainridge Park Casino has been charged with trying to poison two co-workers she didn't want to work with by intentionally pouring...

5/25/2018

article Everett casino water taxis to run from Seaport and Financial District
(Massachusetts) -- The recently rechristened Encore Boston Harbor casino-resort going up in Everett will have year-round water taxi service to whisk people from stops in...

5/24/2018

article Casino cleaner charged with trying to poison co-workers
(Massachusetts) -- A member of the cleaning crew at a Massachusetts casino has been charged with trying to poison two co-workers she didn't want to work with by...
article MORON ALERT: Plainridge Park Casino employee faces charges after police say she tried to poison two coworkers to avoid working with them
(Massachusetts) -- Authorities say a member of Plainridge Park Casino's cleaning staff tried to poison two of her coworkers by pouring cleaner into their sodas to...

5/20/2018

article If legalized sports betting is coming to Massachusetts, it won’t likely happen fast
(Massachusetts) -- If Massachusetts decides to legalize sports betting, local legislators think it probably won’t happen fast. Following the Supreme Court’s...

5/17/2018

article Orrall would plan for Lottery to be involved in sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- Republican treasurer candidate Rep. Keiko Orrall believes the Lottery should be looking for ways that it can become an "active participant"...

5/16/2018

article COLUMN: Is gambling here to stay?
(Massachusetts) -- Is it time to say uncle? For those of us who abhor state-sponsored gambling, these are lousy days indeed. A casino rises in Springfield. And, despite...
article GOP State Treasurer Candidate Says Lottery Should Participate in Sports Betting
(Massachusetts) -- Republican State Treasurer candidate Keiko Orrall believes the Lottery should be looking for ways that it can become an “active participant...

5/15/2018

article Massachusetts could take a gamble on sports bets
(Massachusetts) -- A massive change could be coming to how fans interact with professional sports in Massachusetts, after a blockbuster Supreme Court ruling yesterday...

5/7/2018

article 25 Investigates: Welfare cash withdrawn at strip clubs, cruise ship, casinos
(Massachusetts) -- A 25 Investigates review found millions in state welfare cash spent outside of Massachusetts – including taxpayer-funded withdrawals at strip...

5/3/2018

article Massachusetts Sen. Stan Rosenberg resigns after ethics report says he failed to protect state Senate from his husband Bryon Hefner
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Sen. Stan Rosenberg has resigned, ending a political career that at its peak had him becoming one of the most powerful people in state...

5/2/2018

article Western Massachusetts projects, developments and casinos that died on the vine
(Massachusetts) -- For a variety of reasons, there are countless ideas, concepts and pitches for projects that never come to fruition. They make it to various stages of...
article Western Massachusetts projects, developments and casinos that died on the vine
(Massachusetts) -- For a variety of reasons, there are countless ideas, concepts and pitches for projects that never come to fruition. They make it to various stages of...

4/28/2018

article Massachusetts Looks To Make Daily Fantasy Sports Law Permanent With Budget Provision
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts lawmakers took a major step toward keeping daily fantasy sports legal in their current version of the budget. An adopted amendment to...

4/27/2018

article Amid Delay In New Lottery Policy, Repeat Winners Keep On Winning
(Massachusetts) -- It's been a charmed decade for Ali Jaafar. The Watertown man keeps hitting it big on the Massachusetts State Lottery, winning millions of dollars...

4/20/2018

article First-of-its-kind study aims to help shape Mass. gambling industry from ground up
(Massachusetts) -- When Massachusetts lawmakers agreed to allow casino gambling in the state, they did something unique. They mandated a long-term study of both the...

3/26/2018

article Anti-Gambling Group's 'Hypocrite Hall Of Fame' Calls Out Legislators, Others Who Choose Not To Gamble
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts is well represented on a "Hypocrite Hall of Fame" list released Monday by an anti-gambling group. The list slaps the hypocrite...

3/18/2018

article Plainridge Park in Plainville enjoyed a strong February
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino raked in $13.9 million in revenue in February, one of its best winter months on record. Traditionally, the month has been a...

3/16/2018

article Massachusetts receives $5.5m from Slots
(Massachusetts) -- The State of Massachusetts has collected $5.5 million from slot taxes in February, 82 per cent of which is intended for the Local Aid fund. In its...

3/15/2018

article Slots add $5.5M to state coffers in February
(Massachusetts) -- Bettors poured $163.7 million into slot machines at Plainridge Park Casino last month, generating about $13.9 million in revenue for the casino and $5...

3/7/2018

article Mass. Gaming Commission chairman expresses interest in leading UMass Boston
(Massachusetts) -- Stephen Crosby, the chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, is interested in becoming the next head of UMass Boston.

3/1/2018

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission examines public safety report for Plainridge Park
(Massachusetts) -- On 1 March 2018 during a public meeting, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) released its second Public Safety Impact Report analyzing changes...
article Sports betting could follow casino, marijuana legalization in Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- If lawmakers decide to make sports betting legal in Massachusetts, wagers might generate as little as $8.6 million in tax revenue under the most...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission observes Problem Gambling Awareness Month
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission announces its support and recognition of March 2018 as Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM). For the 14th year...

2/12/2018

article Western Massachusetts stage big enough for all types of entertainment in 2018
(Massachusetts) -- The Western Massachusetts arts and entertainment scene remained strong in 2017, according to the industry's movers and shakers. But no matter what...

2/3/2018

article Mohegan Sun asks for Wynn to lose gaming license, claims gaming board was biased
(Massachusetts) -- Lawyers for Mohegan Sun are asking a state judge to toss out the gaming license awarded to Wynn Resorts as part of a long-simmering lawsuit that...

1/29/2018

article Massachusetts gaming panel to meet Wednesday on Wynn allegations
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gaming regulators will meet in public Wednesday to discuss “serious allegations of misconduct” by Steve Wynn, whose Wynn...

1/26/2018

article Gaming board loses on its vet of Vegas mogul
(Massachusetts) -- State gaming commission officials could not immediately explain how they missed explosive sexual assault allegations against Everett casino developer...

1/25/2018

article New Gambling Legislation Introduced in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Senator Eileen Donoghue of Massachusetts has introduced new legislation involving several areas of gambling. The bill seeks to regulate daily fantasy...

1/24/2018

article Bill would make fantasy sports gambling legal
(Massachusetts) -- With the legal status of daily fantasy sports set to expire in about five months, Sen. Eileen Donoghue has proposed making the popular fantasy...

1/23/2018

article Fantasy sports bill includes tax, panel
(Massachusetts) -- With the legal status of daily fantasy sports set to expire in about five months, Sen. Eileen Donoghue has proposed making the popular fantasy...
article Legislator proposes a 15% tax on revenues of daily fantasy sports companies
(Massachusetts) -- A proposal on Beacon Hill to permanently legalize daily fantasy sports providers would also impose a new 15 percent tax on the revenues of Boston-...

1/17/2018

article Massachusetts Slots Casino Plainridge Park Posts Six Percent Gain in 2017
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino, a slots and electronic tables facility, saw its gross gaming revenue jump 6.3 percent in 2017.

1/16/2018

article Annual gambling revenues rise at Massachusetts’ lone casino
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ lone casino is enjoying a rise in gambling revenues. The state Gambling Commission reported Tuesday that Plainridge Park Casino...
article Plainridge took in $12.7 million in December
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino generated $12.7 million in revenue in December, slightly more than in the same month the year before. In its monthly report to...

1/11/2018

article MGC Presented with Most Recent Study of Players’ Gambling Behaviour
(Massachusetts) -- Rachel Volberg, an epidemiologist at the Massachusetts Amherst’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and her associates have presented...
article UMass Team Reports Gambling Research to Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- Results of a baseline study on gambling behavior in Massachusetts that establishes how people participated — or not — in gambling prior to...

1/10/2018

article Bay State gamblers subject of long-term study
(Massachusetts) -- The relationship between roughly 3,000 Massachusetts residents and the expanding menu of Bay State gambling options will form a unique data set for...

1/4/2018

article Bristol: Prepare to pay more to drink, smoke and gamble
(Massachusetts) -- Perhaps you noticed there was a lot in the papers the last couple of months about cutting taxes. I don’t know about you but my eyes glazed over...

1/1/2018

article Sports gambling case has Massachusetts casinos at the ready
(Massachusetts) -- The odds are fairly good that the Massachusetts gambling market could significantly change even before all of the state’s casinos are open. As...
article Casino Interested In Opening Massachusetts Sports Betting If Legalized
(Massachusetts) -- If the ban on sports betting in Massachusetts were to be struck down, the state’s first casino would be ready to capitalize. Plainridge Park...
article Massachusetts Cases To Watch In 2018 (sub req.)
(Massachusetts) -- The year ahead promises to bring several high-profile cases to Massachusetts as the office of newly appointed U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling gets ready...

12/15/2017

article Northampton casino mitigation advisory committee meets to discuss local impact of Springfield MGM opening
(Massachusetts) -- An advisory committee for Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz held its first meeting Thursday to discuss plans to mitigate the potential economic impact...
article What impact will Springfield's MGM casino have on business in Northampton? A look at the concerns from the community
(Massachusetts) -- Northampton has expressed concerns for how the MGM casino in Springfield may affect it financially. As the opening of Springfield's MGM casino looms,...

12/10/2017

article Gaming commission ups Plainridge's share of horse fund
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission has once again voted to increase the share of a horse-racing development fund that goes to Plainridge Park Casino. The...

12/7/2017

article Wanna Bet? Getting Ready for Sports Gambling in Massachusetts
(New York) -- Anticipating that the U.S. Supreme Court might rule next year that states can legalize sports wagering, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday...

12/2/2017

article Training school launching for prospective casino workers
(Massachusetts) -- A new casino training school is launching in Springfield as the western Massachusetts city prepares for the opening of the state's first Las Vegas...

11/25/2017

article Massachusetts' PlayMyWay program moving towards achieving its goals
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ new responsible gambling program is now in use and appears to be moving towards achieving its goals, according to the...

11/23/2017

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission launches website
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) announced this week the launch of a new mobile-enabled MassGaming website, which was redesigned to meet the...

11/5/2017

article Under New Law, Ex-Offenders Could Compete For Some Casino Jobs
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts lawmakers have passed a measure that would make it easier for people with criminal histories to work at casinos in the state, including...

11/1/2017

article Mass. House Chair Signals Openness To Ceding Control Over Horse Racing
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission could put an end to the strife between warring factions within the horse racing community and put the industry on...

10/31/2017

article Suffolk, horsemen hope to use casino subsidies to build racetrack
(Massachusetts) -- The former owners of Suffolk Downs and two organizations representing horsemen and breeders in Massachusetts have formed a partnership to push for a...
article Policeman Denies Trying to Launder Stolen Cash at Casino
(Massachusetts) -- A Boston police officer charged with stealing about $2,000 in bank robbery cash from the police department's evidence room and trying to launder...

10/30/2017

article Survey at Plainridge Park Casino shows majority of spending recaptured from casinos outside of MA
(Massachusetts) -- A recent survey of Massachusetts gamblers has shown that had the Plainridge Park Casino not opened, the lion’s share of money spent there since...

10/29/2017

article Study: Majority of Casino Revenues Comes From Residents
(Massachusetts) -- New research is shedding light on the patrons of Massachusetts' first and so far only casino. University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers said...

10/27/2017

article Massachusetts’ First Casino Recaptures Gambling Revenue from Neighboring States, Study Finds
(Massachusetts) -- The greater portion of money spent at Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, Massachusetts would have been spent at casinos in neighboring states, a...

10/26/2017

article Study: 90 percent of Plainridge customers also visited other casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Ninety percent of Plainridge Park Casino customers previously went to out-of-state casinos to gamble, mostly in Rhode Island and Connecticut,...
article Survey at Plainville casino shows most spending is recaptured from out-of-state casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Has the opening of a casino in Plainville kept Massachusetts gamblers’ money from going out of state? It’s a sure bet, according to a new...

10/20/2017

article House,Senate Pass Legislation to Help Open Up Casino Jobs
(Massachusetts) -- The State Legislature has approved a major change aimed at helping those with minor criminal records from the past not be barred from getting casino...

10/12/2017

article Exemption sought for some with criminal records for casino employment
(Massachusetts) -- People with criminal records could find it easier to get a job at one of the casinos being built in Massachusetts if a provision adopted Wednesday by...
article OP/ED: An easy casino fix
(Massachusetts) -- Beacon Hill may soon make it easier for casinos to hire workers with criminal records, and given the effort to provide employment opportunities to...
article Plainridge Park releases economic impact analysis
(Massachusetts) -- The UMass Donahue Institute released an analysis of the impacts from Plainridge Park Casino's first year of operation.
article Study: Plainridge brought back $100 million in spending to state
(Massachusetts) -- In its first full year of operation, Plainridge Park Casino brought back to Massachusetts $100 million in spending that was going to out-of-state...

10/11/2017

article Some Massachusetts casino employees could be exempted from criminal background check under new proposal
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed exempting certain casino employees from criminal background checks. Massachusetts House lawmakers tacked...

10/10/2017

article Legalisation of online lottery sales a possibility in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- After neighbouring state New Hampshire passed legislature approving online lottery ticket sales in the state, lawmakers in the Bay State of...
article Massachusetts Lottery Could Become Sixth State Lotto to Go Online
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Lottery is worried that neighboring New Hampshire’s legalization of online keno will hamper sales, and that’s why...
article Massachusetts to push for online lottery
(Massachusetts) -- Four of the five candidates that will likely succeed Jennifer Flanagan in the Senate have expressed their intentions to make lottery games available...

10/9/2017

article Massachusetts senate candidates make online lottery pitch
(Massachusetts) -- Legalization of online lottery in Massachusetts is turning out to be a hot political debate for many candidates eyeing a senate seat.

10/6/2017

article Md. casino revenue jumps 39 percent from year ago
(Maryland) -- Maryland’s six casinos are generating more gaming revenue for the state, and MGM National Harbor remains the casino revenue king. All six casinos...

9/28/2017

article Voluntary Exclusion From Casino Not Easy For Western Mass. Residents
(Massachusetts) -- MGM's Springfield casino is scheduled to open in less than a year. That could have local residents with gambling addictions nervous. The state...

9/25/2017

article Powerball pot lifts Massachusetts lottery sales
(Massachusetts) -- With the benefit of a large and well-publicized jackpot, the Massachusetts Lottery recorded $512.9 million in sales in August, an increase of $44...

9/20/2017

article Asked about Bridgeport casino proposal, Gov. Charlie Baker says he still feels good about MGM Springfield project
(Massachusetts) -- Whether or not MGM succeeds in opening a casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the Bay State will hold the company...
article Mass. Lottery retailers fight online sales bill
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Lottery says it could stop being successful unless a bill allowing online ticket sales becomes law, while retailers say their future...

9/19/2017

article At Springfield hearing, lawmakers urged to keep casino money local
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts' two new casinos -- including the MGM Springfield complex under construction in the city's South End -- will soon generate tens...

9/16/2017

article Plainridge took in $14.2 million in August
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino took in $14.2 million in gross revenue in August while paying $6.9 million in taxes to the state. Revenue at the slot machine...
article Commission agrees to more purse money
(Massachusetts) -- There may be less thoroughbred horse racing in Massachusetts than at almost any other time but Suffolk Downs told the Gaming Commission that its race...

9/11/2017

article Massachusetts reviews gaming revenue funds
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s Bruce Stebbins has reportedly sent letters to local towns and regional organisations to invite them to submit...

9/8/2017

article Massachusetts reviews gaming revenue funds
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s Bruce Stebbins has reportedly sent letters to local towns and regional organisations to invite them to submit...

9/4/2017

article Gaming revenues could help float local development
(Massachusetts) -- Any tax revenue from Massachusetts’ first large casinos are at least a year off, but local and state officials are already eyeing some of that...

8/30/2017

article Massachusetts faces revenue losses following lottery changes in New Hampshire
(Massachusetts) -- State officials from Massachusetts have sounded the alarm about the potential for significant revenue loss following neighbouring New Hampshire’...

8/27/2017

article Historic prize renews focus on lottery’s future
(Massachusetts) -- The historic Powerball prize claimed by a Massachusetts woman this week focused new attention on the state lottery, a vital, if not always well...

8/17/2017

article Plainridge Casino in Massachusetts has record-breaking month with over $196.4 in wagers
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ Plainridge Park Casino has reportedly seen its strongest month yet since opening two years ago. The impressive windfall will by...
article Plainridge Park Casino posts revenue record
(Massachusetts) -- Plainville’s Plainridge Park Casino revealed that the facility achieved its second best results in July as it recorded US$15.5 million in gross...

8/15/2017

article Massachusetts' 1st casino posts monthly betting record
(Massachusetts) -- Bettors wagered more than ever before at the state's lone slots parlor in July -- approaching $200 million -- helping Plainridge Park Casino post...
article Plainville's Plainridge Park Casino had booming month in July
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino had a booming month in July as it took in $15.4 million in revenue, the second best month in its brief history. The only month...

8/7/2017

article EDITORIAL: The gaming of the state lottery has to stop
(Massachusetts) -- With a wink and a nod, the state lottery has cashed thousands of tickets from the Jaafar family of Watertown. Members of the clan have turned in more...

8/2/2017

article Lottery in Massachusetts reports billions
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts State Lottery Commission revealed that net profit was up 4.6 percent to US$1 billion, the best number the lottery has ever achieved...

8/1/2017

article Lower sales and prize payouts, but record profit at Lottery
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Lottery surpassed the $1 billion mark in net profits for the first time in its history, raking in $1.035 billion in fiscal 2017...

7/26/2017

article Commission asked to hold off iGaming legalisation
(Massachusetts) -- The Special Commission on Online Gaming, Fantasy Sports Gaming and Daily Fantasy Sports submitted a draft report to the legislature where it...
article Massachusetts Moves to Legalize DFS, DraftKings Miffed by Online Gaming Label
(Massachusetts) -- A special commission in Massachusetts has recommended the State Legislature regulate daily fantasy sports, but pass on regulating online poker and...
article Local Officials Generally Supportive of Later Last Call For Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- As some high profile Massachusetts politicians criticize recent legislation that paves the way for casinos in the commonwealth to serve alcohol until...
article Massachusetts Lawmakers Extend Racing, Simulcasting
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts lawmakers voted to extend the current statute authorizing and governing live racing and simulcasting in the state on the evening of July...

7/25/2017

article Local Officials Generally Supportive of Later Last Call For Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- As some high profile Massachusetts politicians criticize recent legislation that paves the way for casinos in the commonwealth to serve alcohol until...
article Stronach Group mulling plans for Massachusetts racing
(Massachusetts) -- The Stronach Group has asked the Massachusetts state legislature to give the state gambling commission more power to change simulcasting and account-...

7/21/2017

article Casino drinking hours increase as Massachusetts Governor signs budget bill
(Massachusetts) -- On Monday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a budget that will increase the hours for serving alcohol at two planned casinos. These casinos...

7/20/2017

article Marty Walsh opposes new 4 a.m. last call for casinos: ‘If I had a casino, God only knows’
(Massachusetts) -- A provision in the Massachusetts budget signed into effect this week by Gov. Charlie Baker allows casinos to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., extending...

7/19/2017

article Pols hope bid for extended serving hours at casinos comes up snake eyes
(Massachusetts) -- Boozing on the casino floor until 4 a.m. is a bad idea that could lead to more problems, both Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Senate President Stanley C....
article Senate leader opposes 4 am last call for casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Senate President Stan Rosenberg says he "hates" a new law that could allow casinos in Massachusetts to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. The...
article Senate leader opposes later last call for casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg, a chief architect of the state law that legalized casino gambling, said Wednesday he was strongly...
article Walsh, Rosenberg assail new 4 a.m. casino drinking measure
(Massachusetts) -- Boston's mayor and the state's Senate president today assailed a new provision in Gov. Charlie Baker's $39.43 billion budget allows drinks...

7/18/2017

article Cops, activists outraged over late-night booze
(Massachusetts) -- A new law allowing casinos to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. — two hours later than cross-border competitors Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun — has...
article Massachusetts casinos will be able to serve alcohol until 4 am
(Massachusetts) -- Casinos in Massachusetts will be able to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., giving gambling facilities an extra two hours to offer up booze. A provision...

7/17/2017

article Massachusetts Legislature proposes 17% cut for problem betting services
(Massachusetts) -- According to a report by the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, the State is set for a proposed 17% budget reduction in the department of...

7/13/2017

article Massachusetts cuts problem gambling funding
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts is getting ready to open two new casinos and concerns have arised among problem gamblers as the state has cut funding for assistance...

7/11/2017

article MGM Springfield to offer local businesses chance to sell company casino supplies, equipment
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Springfield will be hosting a local vendor fair on Wednesday, July 19, at the MassMutual Center on Main Street to share information about its...
article Mass. Legislature slashing problem gambling services funding by 17 percent causes concern among advocates
(Massachusetts) -- With casinos on the horizon and online gambling gaining more attention, the Legislature has proposed reducing funding for problem gambling services by...

6/30/2017

article Massachusetts Lottery to post record profit
(Massachusetts) -- Treasurer Deborah Goldberg announced earlier this week that gross sales in the Massachusetts Lottery are 2 percent lower than 2016, but it’s...

6/28/2017

article Industry bids to protect race horse fund
(Massachusetts) -- Key players in the state's horse racing industry want to keep their hands on state fund that they say ignited a "very swift renaissance...

6/27/2017

article Citing growth, harness industry bids to protect race horse fund
(Massachusetts) -- Key players in the state's horse racing industry want to keep their hands on state fund that they say ignited a "very swift renaissance...

6/26/2017

article Revenues rise slightly in Plainridge Park's second full year
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts' first — and so far only — casino has enjoyed a modest revenue bump in its second full year in operation. Plainridge...

6/25/2017

article Kirby: Much to celebrate at Plainridge, but it's no sure bet
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino turned two on Saturday. There’s a lot to celebrate. Hundreds of previously unemployed or part-time workers now have full-...

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