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5/29/2017

article Lottery to help Massachusetts budget
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Lottery is expected to reach another record despite not achieving better results than last year. The data reveals that the Lottery...

5/28/2017

article Tax revenue shortfall could hit $575 million
(Massachusetts) -- The Baker administration has been tight-lipped about the scope of the state’s immediate budget problems, but the potential depth of the revenue...

5/25/2017

article Unions concerned about MGM apartments
(Massachusetts) -- Local labor leaders have expressed concern about whether or not the 54 apartments that are to be constructed by MGM as part of the company’s...

5/22/2017

article Online Gambling Legislation Likely to Remain Dead in Massachusetts for Another Year
(Massachusetts) -- Online gambling legislation seems to be highly unlikely to be passed in the state of Massachusetts in 2017. Over the current legislative session,...

5/19/2017

article State looks to dip into horse fund
(Massachusetts) -- With state revenue lagging, legislators are considering dipping into a fund that was created to support horse racing to patch up the budget.

5/18/2017

article Massachusetts Senate President: Online Gambling And Lottery Action Unlikely In 2017
(Massachusetts) -- It looks like online gambling is on hold in Massachusetts. The state had been a leading candidate to join the ranks of online gambling states in 2017...

5/17/2017

article Online lottery sales on slow walk in state Legislature
(Massachusetts) -- Authorization for the Massachusetts Lottery to sell its products online is not likely to come in 2017, the Senate president said Wednesday morning,...

5/16/2017

article Majority oppose Massachusetts lottery expanding to online games
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters are overwhelmingly against expanding the Massachusetts Lottery to the internet. While the internet puts the world at your...
article Massachusetts Senate to take $15m from racing?
(Massachusetts) -- In the race to stake a claim to millions of dollars set aside in an account to help the horse racing industry, the Senate may have just claimed the...
article Slots parlor posts third best month
(Massachusetts) -- After its best month in about a year and a half in March, Plainridge Park Casino raked in even more money in April, counting about $14.3 million in...

5/15/2017

article Plainridge Park Casino has best month for revenue since 2015
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino brought in $14.3 million in gambling revenue in April, its best month since August 2015, according to monthly figures released...
article Plainridge slots has third best month ever
(Massachusetts) -- After its best month in about a year and a half in March, Plainridge Park Casino raked in even more money in April, counting about $14.3 million in...

5/11/2017

article WARNER: Fighting addiction is new frontier of online gambling
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts looks poised to enter a new gambling frontier. First, we had the Lottery that allowed people to gamble at their corner store, and then...
article Can a Casino Lower Unemployment? Plainridge Study Suggests It Can
(Massachusetts) -- The UMass Donahue Institute released a compilation of results from two years of new employee questionnaires at Plainridge Park Casino. This report is...

5/10/2017

article Half of casino hires were unemployed or working part-time, survey finds
(Massachusetts) -- Half of new employees at Plainridge Park Casino, the state’s first casino, were unemployed or working part-time when they were hired, a new...

5/7/2017

article Reps roll the dice on last call
(Massachusetts) -- Last call is proving to be a tough call for Massachusetts lawmakers when it comes to casinos. Tucked away in the House version of a proposed $40.5...

4/23/2017

article Plainridge Park Casino reports revenue boost
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino, in Plainville, Mass., generated $14.1 million in gambling revenue in March, the third best month the gambling facility has...

4/20/2017

article Casinos serving alcohol until 4AM may impact local businesses
(Massachusetts) -- Last week, 22News brought you a story about the house budget proposal that has a provision allowing casinos to serve alcohol until 4:00 a.m. to...
article Plainridge Park hit historic results
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission reported that the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville collected US$14.1 million in revenue, the third best month...

4/19/2017

article Casinos seek to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. in Massachusetts, 2 hours past bars, restaurants
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has "never talked about" extending alcohol serving hours at casinos, its chairman said, though House...
article Massachusetts considers bill to boost poker rooms
(Massachusetts) -- Lawmakers from Massachusetts are considering a bill that is set to expand the time frame where casinos can serve alcohol. They believe that the...

4/18/2017

article Plainridge Park Casino has best month since 2015
(Massachusetts) -- The house had a good month. Plainridge Park Casino brought in $14.1 million in gambling revenue in March, eclipsing the $14 million mark for the first...

4/17/2017

article The mystery of the Massachusetts casino alcohol extension request
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts powers to be is about to get their knickers in a twist over an application to extend the alcohol stop tap in casinos to 4 am, and...
article HAND: 4 a.m. shut off for alcohol at casinos met with indifference
(Massachusetts) -- A proposal to allow casinos to serve alcohol to gamblers until 4 a.m. has been met with a shrug of indifference by the state’s only operating...

4/16/2017

article Rosenberg against late night alcohol sales at casinos
(Massachusetts) -- A House budget proposal that would allow alcohol to be served in casinos until 4 a.m. could become a slippery slope to other changes, eroding the...

4/15/2017

article Foxboro gets funds for crime statistics
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission has awarded $1,180 to Foxboro to make its computerized crime statistics accessible to a consultant who analysizes casino-...
article Foxborough Awarded Grant From Mass. Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- The town will receive some mitigation funds from the state's gaming commission. The Mass. Gaming Commission voted 4-0 Thursday to approve...
article Rosenberg pans casino last call provision
(Massachusetts) -- Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said on Thursday he was not a fan of a House proposal that could allow Massachusetts casinos to serve alcohol to...

4/14/2017

article Should casinos be allowed to serve alcohol until 4AM?
(Massachusetts) -- State Representative Carlos Gonzalez told 22News he’s not ready to commit either way; its tied to a House budget proposal. It would allow...

4/13/2017

article House proposal would extend last call for alcohol at Massachusetts casinos to 4 a.m.
(Massachusetts) -- A proposal included in the House budget would let Massachusetts casinos serve alcohol for an extra two hours, from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. Christopher...
article Rosenberg knocks House plan for extended serving hours at casinos
(Massachusetts) -- A House budget proposal that would allow alcohol to be served in casinos until 4 a.m. could become a slippery slope to other changes, eroding the...

4/7/2017

article Boston Newspaper Wants Online Poker Outlawed, But Supports Internet Lotto Gambling
(Massachusetts) -- The state of Massachusetts should not legalize and regulate online poker, but the sale of lottery tickets over the internet would be good for the...

4/6/2017

article Legalizing Online Gambling in Massachusetts May Save State Lottery
(Massachusetts) -- The steady decrease in Massachusetts State Lottery sales has prompted some state officials to become more vocal in their support for online gambling....

4/2/2017

article Lawmakers caught up in collision of online gaming, gambling
(Massachusetts) -- As the commission looking into online gaming and online gambling presses ahead in its study of ways to regulate and possibly make money from the...

3/31/2017

article Editorial: Legislature must ensure Lottery grows its business
(Massachusetts) -- As the special commission charged by the Legislature with weighing the possibility of legalizing and regulating fantasy sports, eSports and non-...

3/30/2017

article Daily lottery play linked to gambling addiction
(Massachusetts) -- People with a gambling problem are most likely to play the lottery each day and have a greater portion of friends and family who gamble themselves, a...
article Rolling the dice – State bets GameSense program will stem problem gambling
(Massachusetts) -- Who hasn’t done it? Plunked down a dollar or two for a scratch ticket when you hit the convenience store for gas or milk? Kicked in a few bucks...

3/29/2017

article Massachusetts Lottery battling to stay viable against online gambling
(Massachusetts) -- As the commission looking into online gaming and online gambling presses ahead in its study of ways to regulate and possibly make money from the...
article Massachusetts Lottery sales down
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts State Lottery is not winning as big as they have in years past. The Lottery announced Tuesday their sales are down by $6 million...
article Regulators weigh sale of last thoroughbred horse track
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gambling regulators are considering the proposed sale of New England's last remaining thoroughbred horse racing track. The owners of...

3/27/2017

article Massachusetts reviews online gambling
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission said that the legalisation of the online gambling would help the state to regulate and tax already existing...
article State lawmakers are mulling legalization of online gambling
(Massachusetts) -- Just two years after its first casino opened, Massachusetts is exploring a major expansion that would position it as one of only four states to allow...

3/20/2017

article Plainridge Park Casino posts $12 million in revenue in February
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, Massachusetts, reported $12 million in revenue in February, down from a peak of $13.8 million in July, according...

3/15/2017

article Slot parlor revenue falls, but in a short month
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino stayed above $12 million in February, but just barely. Since the slot parlor opened in 2015, monthly...

3/10/2017

article CROSBY: The safeguards of the Casino Gaming Law
(Connecticut) -- In a recenT Globe column, I described the emerging success of the Massachusetts Legislature’s strategy to make our destination resort casinos an...

3/8/2017

article Casino Mitigation Funds Sought For CATV Studio Move
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts casino industry regulators will be asked to help pay to build a new studio for Springfield’s public access cable television. It is...

3/6/2017

article Massachusetts casino operators reportedly don’t object to online gambling there
(Massachusetts) -- While the push for online lottery sales in Massachusetts suffered a setback last August when a provision to approve the games was dropped from...

3/4/2017

article Massachusetts Considering Online Gaming After Casino Operators Don't Object
(Massachusetts) -- As two big resort casinos are under construction in Massachusetts, state lawmakers are looking into whether to allow online gambling. Currently,...

3/2/2017

article Massachusetts casinos are dealt new hands
(Massachusetts) -- The ground is shifting under the feet of the state’s two marquee casinos under development, as Wynn Boston Harbor has scaled back its ambitions...

3/1/2017

article State considers online gaming after MGM and others said ‘O.K.’
(Massachusetts) -- Casino gambling is legal in Massachusetts, so should the state now move to legalize online gambling? The Massachusetts Gaming Commission met Tuesday...

2/28/2017

article Gaming Commission looks into regulating online gambling
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Springfield’s resort casino is taking shape in Springfield’s South End, expected to open in 2018. But resort casinos will face new...
article Casino gambling not bad for state, study says
(Massachusetts) -- The state’s gamble with casinos has not negatively affected lottery revenue, the second-biggest source of local aid in Massachusetts, according...

2/20/2017

article Online lottery could yield windfall for private companies
(Massachusetts) -- If the state lottery moves online, the easy lure will probably mean more losses for many gamblers. But a handful of technology companies, armed with...

2/15/2017

article Plainridge casino’s revenue slips
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino fell by about 4 percent in January, skidding to its lowest monthly level since December 2015. Revenue...
article Plainridge slots brought state $12M in January
(Massachusetts) -- The state's slots parlor generated more than $12.1 million in revenue last month, with $5.95 million of it going to local aid or a horse racing...

2/3/2017

article Plainridge Park Casino plans $9 million update over five years
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino will spend more than $9 million repairing and updating its facilities in its first five years of operations, according to a...

2/2/2017

article Financial and Health Problems, Stress are Most Common Negative Gambling Impacts
(Massachusetts) -- Researchers studying gambling in Massachusetts before the opening of two new major casinos in the state presented results today to the Massachusetts...

1/25/2017

article Zuniga reappointed to state Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Gaming Commission member Enrique Zuniga has been reappointed to the state's casino authority. Zuniga was among commission members to...

1/22/2017

article Slots parlor not hurting lottery sales
(Massachusetts) -- A study commissioned by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission suggests the opening of the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville in June 2015 did not...

1/20/2017

article How will casinos affect lottery sales?
(Massachusetts) -- Researchers at UMass Amherst studied how casino gambling in Massachusetts affects the state’s lottery ticket sales. They found that during the...
article Plainridge Park Casino didn't damage Mass. Lottery sales, UMass Amherst report says
(Massachusetts) -- The opening of Plainridge Park Casino, the sole slot parlor in Massachusetts, did not ding state lottery sales, according to new report from UMass...
article Report: State’s First Casino Hasn’t Hurt Lottery Revenues
(Massachusetts) -- A state-funded study says lottery sales haven’t been hurt by the opening of Massachusetts’ first casino in Plainville. Researchers at the...

1/19/2017

article Plainridge slots didn’t effect state lottery sales
(Massachusetts) -- Academic researchers say the opening of Plainridge Park Casino in 2015 — the state’s first casino — had no negative impact on sales...

1/18/2017

article Destination casinos are a catalyst for development
(Massachusetts) -- WHEN THE LEGISLATURE and Governor Patrick legalized casino gambling in 2011, they developed a strategy to expand the usual benefits of casinos: Rather...
article MA Gaming Chairman: Casino Host Communities Already Benefiting Economically From State’s Development Strategy
(Massachusetts) -- In a recent Boston Globe op-ed, Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) Chairman Stephen Crosby was happy to report that the vision Massachusetts...

1/16/2017

article CROSBY: Destination casinos are a catalyst for development
(Massachusetts) -- WHEN THE LEGISLATURE and Governor Patrick legalized casino gambling in 2011, they developed a strategy to expand the usual benefits of casinos: Rather...

1/11/2017

article Massachusetts to consider online gaming regulation in 2017
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts has become the latest state in the US to be linked with a potential move to legalise online gaming after State Treasurer Deborah...

1/9/2017

article Massachusetts To Consider Online Gambling In 2017
(Massachusetts) -- In an effort to keep its gambling industry competitive, the state of Massachusetts will consider legalizing online lottery gaming in 2017. Currently...

1/6/2017

article Massachusetts Treasurer Readies To Champion MA Online Lottery Push, But Voices Of Dissent Still Linger
(Massachusetts) -- There has been a multi-year effort to authorize online lottery sales in Massachusetts. But despite significant legislative progress last year, and...

1/3/2017

article Area legislators urge caution in online gambling proposal
(Massachusetts) -- State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg intends to press the Legislature again this year to approve online lottery games as a way of boosting revenue, but...

1/2/2017

article Massachusetts Casinos Held at Bay in 2016, But Future Looks Buoyant
(Massachusetts) -- It was a turbulent year for Massachusetts casinos. Legalized in 2011 through the state’s Expanded Gaming Act, five years later only one gambling...

12/28/2016

article Push on to expand Lottery online
(Massachusetts) -- On your lunch break, imagine whipping out your phone and testing your luck on a scratch ticket. Plenty of people are already betting on fantasy sports...

12/22/2016

article No, The Introduction of Casino Gambling in Massachusetts Hasn’t Sparked A Massive Crime Wave
(Massachusetts) -- In an attempt to mitigate the harmful aspects of gambling while maximizing benefits, Massachusetts has approached casino expansion in a very cautions...

12/20/2016

article State treasurer wants to make lottery more appealing to Millennials
(Massachusetts) -- State lottery sales have not seen an increase, especially when it comes to instant tickets. Lottery sales have become stagnant over the years, and the...

12/19/2016

article Massachusetts study finds no link between crime and Plainridge Park Casino
(Massachusetts) -- In Massachusetts, an official year-long study has found “no significant causal relationship” between a rise in certain crimes and police...

12/17/2016

article Gambling and Crime Do Not Go Hand-In-Hand, Study Concludes
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling and crime aren’t interrelated, regardless of the narrative opponents to casinos try to purvey. That’s according to a yearlong...

12/16/2016

article Study: No significant link between Plainridge Park casino and crime uptick
(Massachusetts) -- A yearlong study of crime data around Plainridge Park concludes there's "no significant causal relationship" between a rise in certain...

12/15/2016

article Revenue at Plainridge Park casino steady in November
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino held steady in November from the previous month, while showing a slight improvement over November 2015.

12/12/2016

article Haunted by outsized expectations, Plainridge Park now deemed a ‘robust’ success
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park, the state’s first casino, opened last June to sky-high hopes. Perched near the Rhode Island border, the slots parlor would stop...

12/5/2016

article Massachusetts gaming regulators to study casino industry and possible impact of legalized marijuana
(Massachusetts) -- In the state of Massachusetts, there are gambling facilities in the works that would cater to players who enjoy table games, slots and more. The...

12/2/2016

article Key Takeaways From The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Annual Report
(Massachusetts) -- On Nov. 22, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission submitted its fifth annual report to the state government. The report covered a wide range of topics...

11/28/2016

article State's gambling audit pays off
(Massachusetts) -- A report issued last week by the state auditor’s office is the first audit dealing with a functioning casino, examining the oversight the...
article The abiding success of Keno in a casino era
(Massachusetts) -- A couple dozen men sat hunched at the bar, elbow to elbow with longtime pals. They were waiting for the next Keno drawing on the TV screens, as they...

11/27/2016

article The abiding success of Keno in a casino era
(Massachusetts) -- A couple dozen men sat hunched at the bar, elbow to elbow with longtime pals. They were waiting for the next Keno drawing on the TV screens, as they...

11/26/2016

article Audit: 1st Mass. casino not hitting hiring goals
(Massachusetts) -- The first and only casino in Massachusetts so far has been “falling far short” of its job creation promises, and the state agency charged...

11/25/2016

article Area officials find fault with Plainridge Park Casino audit
(Massachusetts) -- The state auditor has faulted Plainridge Park Casino for not living up to a license agreement to hire 90 percent of its workers from Plainville and...

11/23/2016

article Gaming panel seeks clarity on pot law
(Massachusetts) -- The state gaming commission is reaching out to the Treasurer’s office for help developing a new system now that recreational marijuana use has...
article Audit Finds Massachusetts Gaming Commission Not Ensuring Casino Workforce Development Requirements Met
(Massachusetts) -- An audit of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC), released today by Auditor Suzanne M. Bump, found that it did not ensure that Plainridge Park...
article Plainridge manager: Slots average highest in country
(Massachusetts) -- On a per-machine basis, the slots parlor at Plainridge Park in Plainville has the highest revenue of any similar gaming facility in the country, the...
article Plainridge slots average $346 per day
(Massachusetts) -- On a permachine basis, the slots parlor at Plainridge Park in Plainville has the highest revenue of any similar gaming facility in the country, the...

11/22/2016

article Audit Shows Plainridge Park Casino Not Meeting Hiring Goals
(Massachusetts) -- The first and only casino in Massachusetts so far has been “falling far short” of its job creation promises, and the state agency charged...
article No marijuana smoking in casinos, at least for now
(Massachusetts) -- Marijuana is set to become legal next month for recreational use, but don’t expect to partake while playing those spinning, colorful slot...

11/21/2016

article Audit: state's 1st casino not meeting hiring goals
(Massachusetts) -- A state audit has found the Massachusetts Gaming Commission did not ensure the state's first casino was meeting its hiring goals. Auditor Suzanne...

11/20/2016

article Plainridge Park Casino reports five percent revenue decline in October 2016
(Massachusetts) -- The Plainridge Park Casino is a slots only casino in Plainville, Massachusetts that currently enjoys a slot machine monopoly in the state but is still...

11/15/2016

article Plainridge Park's gambling revenues declined in October
(Massachusetts) -- Revenues at Massachusetts's first and so far only casino are on a downswing. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission reported Tuesday that Plainridge...
article Revenue at Plainridge Park falls by more than 5 percent in October
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino tumbled by more than 5 percent in October, marking the slot parlor’s worst month since January. The...

11/14/2016

article After long decline, harness racing receives jolt from Plainville casino
(Massachusetts) -- In a blur of taut muscles, eight horses charged across the finish line, capping off a full card of harness racing at Plainridge Park Racecourse. In...

11/13/2016

article In Revere, a move away from a tradition of gambling and on to a new start
(Massachusetts) -- Gamblers once bet more than $1 million a day at the Wonderland Greyhound Park. Now, the shuttered track is so deteriorated that the city inspector has...

11/11/2016

article OP/ED: Should the state Gaming Commission revisit the Brockton casino plan?
(Massachusetts) -- Over the past couple of years, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has undertaken several attempts at awarding a resort casino license in Southeast...

11/10/2016

article Massachusetts Voters Reject Another Slots Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters on Tuesday soundly rejected a plan for a second slot machine facility in the Bay State. More than 60 percent of voters (3.8...

11/9/2016

article 61% of Massachusetts voters reject expanded gambling measure
(Massachusetts) -- By a 61 percent to 39 percent margin, Massachusetts voters opted not to add an additional slots parlor license at Suffolk Downs on top of the three...

11/8/2016

article Lottery places bet on Internet games
(Massachusetts) -- State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg finally formally acted on her intentions last week by filing a bill that would authorize the Massachusetts State...
article Treasurer pushes plan to create ‘iLottery’
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg is advancing her plan to create a so-called “iLottery,” filing a bill with the state Legislature...
article Mass. Voters Reject Proposal For 2nd Slots Parlor In The State
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters have rejected a proposal to expand the state's five-year-old casino gaming law to allow for a second slots parlor here. The...
article Question 1, authorizing second slots parlor in Massachusetts, fails
(Massachusetts) -- Voters on Tuesday rejected developer Eugene McCain's push for a second slots parlor in Massachusetts, according to the Associated Press. Question...

11/6/2016

article Editorial: Reviewing the ballot questions
(Massachusetts) -- Early voting in Massachusetts has proved popular in its inaugural run, and as many as a third or more of eligible voters have already cast their...
article Get Out and Vote
(Massachusetts) -- The Sentinel & Enterprise urges all registered voters to cast a ballot in the election Tuesday. Here is a list of the newspaper's endorsements...
article Voters to decide fate of legalizing marijuana, adding charter schools
(Massachusetts) -- Question 1 on the Massa­chusetts ballot regards ex­panded slot-machine gaming. The proposed law would allow the state Gaming Com­mission...

11/5/2016

article From more gambling to legal pot, voters weigh ballot issues
(Massachusetts) -- With no statewide races on the ballot and Massachusetts considered safely in Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s column, much of...

11/4/2016

article Documents reveal true backers of drive for a 2nd slots parlor
(Massachusetts) -- The $3.2 million campaign to open a second slots parlor in Massachusetts has been secretly financed by a team of developers who brought gambling to...
article Mass. likely voters skeptical of Question 1 allowing 2nd slots parlor, Western New England University poll says
(Massachusetts) -- Fifty percent of likely voters in Massachusetts aren't interested in allowing the state to set up a second slots parlor, according to a new poll...
article Springfield creating police unit in response to casino
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield’s mayor and police commissioner say the city is creating a 41-member police unit to address crime in the neighborhood where a...

11/2/2016

article Sudbury Election Guide: Get Ready to Vote on Nov. 8
(Massachusetts) -- OK Sudbury residents, it’s almost time to join the rest of the country to vote not only for our next president, but state senators,...
article Massachusetts Legislature Studying Online Gambling and Daily Fantasy Sports
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Legislature has begun its review on the merits of passing online gambling and daily fantasy sports (DFS) legislation.
article Massachusetts Special Commission to Examine Roadmap to Online Poker, Casino, DFS Regulation
(Massachusetts) -- In Massachusetts, a newly established commission to examine the pros and cons of legalizing and regulating online poker and casino gaming met for the...
article Treasurer pushes plan to create ‘iLottery’
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg is advancing her plan to create a so-called “iLottery,” filing a bill with the state Legislature...

11/1/2016

article OP/ED: A Worthless Gamble
(Massachusetts) -- This election, the people of Massachusetts will be voting on four ballot questions, the first of which, if approved, would expand a five-year old...
article Our View: Vote No on Question 1
(Massachusetts) -- The Herald News encourages a No vote on Massachusetts Ballot Question 1. The initiative is to let the state Gaming Commission issue an additional...
article Massachusetts to Explore Online Gambling Legalization
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts has indicated interest in looking at the legalization and regulation of online gambling as an attractive opportunity for the expansion...

10/29/2016

article Experts joining state lawmakers to study online gaming
(Massachusetts) -- Legal and gaming experts are set to join a group of lawmakers for the first time Monday to begin a study of online gaming and fantasy sports gaming, a...

10/26/2016

article What would approving another slots parlor mean for Mass.?
(Massachusetts) -- Only one slots parlor, in Plainville, has opened since casino gambling was legalized in Massachusetts in 2011. Question 1 on the Nov. 8 ballot would...

10/21/2016

article Wynn’s antislot group hired Revere political operative
(Massachusetts) -- When Wynn Resorts quietly launched a campaign to scuttle a proposal for a slots parlor in neighboring Revere last month, the opposition group hired...

10/18/2016

article Revere voters reject slots parlor in nonbinding vote
(Massachusetts) -- For the first time in recent years, Revere voters rejected the offer of a gambling facility in their city, snubbing their noses at a developer’s...

10/17/2016

article Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino up 1 percent in Sept.
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino ticked up by 1 percent in September, as managers of the state’s first casino continued to sacrifice...

10/16/2016

article Meet the man behind Question 1
(Massachusetts) -- He left the University of California Berkeley to study meditation in Hawaii. He sold high-end properties on the Big Island until Thailand beckoned,...

10/12/2016

article MGM Springfield construction moving along as scheduled
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Springfield construction is on schedule and the city skyline continues to change. Just a couple weeks ago they installed that 205 foot crane, and...

10/9/2016

article For most area lawmakers, the answer to Question 1 is no
(Massachusetts) -- Area legislators are largely against Question 1, the November ballot question that would permit a second slot parlor in the state.
article Question 1 asks Massachusetts voters take on additional slots parlor
(Massachusetts) -- When it passed its gaming act in November 2011, Massachusetts thought it had reached a delicate balance among casinos and slots parlors in the state.
article Revere leaders decry referendum for slots
(Massachusetts) -- Question 1 could give Revere another chance at a casino -- a chance most people in Revere don't want. The ballot initiative to build a slot-...

10/6/2016

article Legislation being prepared to take the Massachusetts Lottery online
(Massachusetts) -- In Massachusetts, a senior government official has announced that she intends to file and champion legislation that would allow the eastern state...

10/5/2016

article Hundreds turn out for MGM Springfield career session hoping to get casino jobs
(Massachusetts) -- It may be nearly two years before MGM Springfield plans to open its doors, but hundreds of Western Massachusetts residents have already signaled...

10/3/2016

article Question 1 would allow 2nd slots gaming parlor
(Massachusetts) -- Question 1, more than anything else on the Nov. 8 ballot, may leave voters scratching their heads because it’s about allowing another slots...

10/1/2016

article City Officials Oppose Slot Casino in Revere
(Massachusetts) -- Mayor Brian Arrigo has released a statement regarding a proposed slots casino parlor and hotel at the site of Lee’s Trailer Park on Revere Beach...

9/30/2016

article Ballot Question Would Expand Slots Parlors
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters in the November 8 election have an opportunity to allow a second slots parlor in the state as a way to support a limping horse...

9/28/2016

article How will Gov. Charlie Baker vote on farm animal, slots ballot questions?
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Charlie Baker has been a strong advocate on two of this year's ballot questions, opposing marijuana legalization and supporting an expansion...
article Question 1 foes highlight out-of-state forces behind slots parlor support
(Massachusetts) -- The main opponent of a ballot question that could open the door to the state issuing another slots parlor license sought to paint Question 1’s...

9/27/2016

article Question 1 Seeks To Allow 2nd Slots Parlor In Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- One of the four ballot questions Massachusetts voters will decide this November would expand the state's five-year-old casino gaming law to allow...

9/26/2016

article Slots parlor group hires casino developer
(Massachusetts) -- The group that wants to open a slots parlor in Revere has hired a Las Vegas-based casino developer and manager to help shepherd a proposal that faces...
article Opposing Question 1, Baker says he wants to see casino impacts first
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Charlie Baker — a vocal advocate for one of the four questions on November’s ballot who is looking to defeat another — outlined...

9/23/2016

article East Boston gears up to fight a casino, once again
(Massachusetts) -- Three years ago, East Boston residents rallied against a proposed casino in their neighborhood, launching a grass-roots campaign that improbably...
article MGM Casino Springfield Construction project update
(Massachusetts) -- The MGM Springfield parking garage is taking shape as construction crews have put up three levels of the garage’s framework. 2 large cranes are...
article With Plainridge came many jobs
(Massachusetts) -- About 800 people from Norfolk and Bristol counties worked on construction of Plainridge Park Casino, including 74 from the immediate Plainville area,...

9/22/2016

article MGM Springfield to begin vertical construction in coming weeks
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission held their 200th public meeting Thursday with an update from MGM Springfield. Casino President Mike Mathis said...

9/21/2016

article State studying impact of gambling in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- The state is studying the impacts of gambling before the first full resort casino opens in Massachusetts. Under the state’s 2011 gaming law,...
article Professor briefs lawmakers on problem gambling study results
(Massachusetts) -- An estimated 88,000 adults in Massachusetts are problem gamblers, and another 390,000 are deemed “at-risk” gamblers and may bet more than...

9/20/2016

article MGM Resorts International joins Question One opposition
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International has allied itself with fellow American casino operator Wynn Resorts Limited in its opposition to an upcoming state-wide...
article MGM Springfield’s parking garage framework raised
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Springfield construction is on schedule, and you can see the parking garage finally taking shape. 22News put together a time lapse for you, which...

9/19/2016

article Wynn voices opposition to slots parlor project in Revere
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts declared its opposition to an international developer’s campaign to open a slots parlor in Revere, saying it would run counter to...
article No. 200: Massachusetts Gaming Commission conducts 200th open public meeting on Thursday
(Massachusetts) -- Nearly five years after the Massachusetts expanded gambling bill was signed into law, the Gaming Commission is about to hit a milestone: 200 public...
article Expedite Lottery gaming guidelines
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission made the right call recently by appointing a panel to craft comprehensive regulations to oversee online gambling...

9/17/2016

article Plainridge Park Casino sees drop in August revenues as it looks to give back more to gamblers
(Massachusetts) -- The Plainridge Park Casino opened as slots only casino in Plainridge, Massachusetts during June 2015 and currently enjoys a monopoly in the state as...

9/15/2016

article Revenue falls at Plainridge Park Casino, but gamblers gain
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino tumbled by more than 5 percent in August, as managers of the state’s first casino continued to...

9/14/2016

article Editorial: Saying no to slots
(Massachusetts) -- It has become increasingly obvious over the years that the ballot box is just not a good venue for resolving complex policy questions.

9/13/2016

article Opinion: Dodging Bullets in Revere
(Massachusetts) -- It’s hard to blame Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo for taking his fight against building a proposed slot machine parlor locally to the courts even as...

9/12/2016

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission: Single Omnibus Bill May Be Best Path Forward For Online Gambling
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) may not make policy, but it can make recommendations to the legislature, which it has done since its...
article To carry the state, slots parlor developer seeks local support
(Massachusetts) -- The international developer seeking to bring a slots parlor to Revere has launched an aggressive campaign to win statewide approval for the plan in...

8/25/2016

article Proposed $17 million hotel across street from MGM Springfield casino temporarily delayed by Historical Commission vote
(Massachusetts) -- Developer Louis Masaschi of Longmeadow hopes to demolish the former Smith Carriage Co. building on Park Street to build a hotel near the MGM...

8/18/2016

article Plainridge to get more money to fund harness racing track
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission endorsed a plan Thursday to send more money from a racehorse development fund to the harness track at Plainridge Park...

8/16/2016

article Plainridge Park Casino’s July revenue is the highest all year
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino surged in July, making it the slot parlor’s best month since last August. Gross gaming revenue in...

8/15/2016

article Massachusetts casino generates $88M in taxes in 1st year
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts' only casino collected nearly $180 million in gambling revenues in its first year of operation. The profits mean that Plainridge...
article Horse racing's supporters want another track, parking lot
(Massachusetts) -- Robert Temple remembers when horse racing enthusiasts flocked to Suffolk Downs, crowded into the grandstands to watch thoroughbred legends tear up the...
article Plainridge Park Casino revenue jumps up to $13.8 million in July
(Massachusetts) -- The gross gaming revenue for Plainridge Park Casino, the sole slots parlor in Massachusetts, rose to $13.87 million, the state's Gaming Commission...

8/14/2016

article Gaming projections can't be taken seriously
(Massachusetts) -- It would nice if the rosy tax revenue projections from the state's budding casino empire come true, but we're expressing caution. Don't...
article Officials see MA taking in $300 million from casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Once two resort casinos under development are open to gamblers, diners and shoppers, Massachusetts can expect to pull in about $300 million in annual...

8/11/2016

article Proposal To Bring Horse Racing Back To Brockton Fairgrounds Is Dealt A Blow
(Massachusetts) -- A proposal to bring horse racing back to the Brockton Fairgrounds after 15 years was dealt a major blow on Wednesday.

8/10/2016

article Gaming Commission Chairman believes Massachusetts will benefit greatly from its two new casinos
(Massachusetts) -- While there has been a lot of debate and opposition to the proposed MGM Springfield and Wynn Boston Harbor casinos in Massachusetts, Steve Crosby the...
article How Massachusetts will spend $300M casino revenue
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts will receive hundreds of millions of dollars every year once MGM Springfield and Wynn Boston casinos open for business. Once MGM...
article Gaming Commission refuses to pay $1.4m to restart thoroughbred racing in Brockton
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission Wednesday unanimously rejected a $1.4 million request to upgrade the Brockton Fairgrounds racetrack, with some...

8/9/2016

article Gambling chief said state will win big from casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Once two resort casinos under development are open to gamblers, diners and shoppers, Massachusetts can expect to pull in about $300 million in annual...

8/8/2016

article Holdups Continue To Be The Story For Land-Based Casino Developers In Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Back in 2011, Massachusetts passed a law that allowed for up to three commercial casinos and a single slots casino to be built in the state. Five...
article Plainridge casino fined for not complying with state alcohol rules
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino has been fined $10,000 for failing to comply with alcohol storage and distribution requirements, officials said. In a news...
article Plainridge Park casino fined $10,000 for alcohol violations
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has fined Plainville's Plainridge Park Casino $10,000 for violating alcohol regulations. The casino, which is...
article State horse fund, facing long odds, can't find enough purses to fatten
(Massachusetts) -- It seemed like a sure bet for the Sport of Kings: A tax on casinos aimed solely at reviving Massachusetts horse racing. Five years after it was...

8/5/2016

article Gamblers signing up for addiction prevention effort
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gambling regulators say they're encouraged by early numbers from a unique gambling addiction prevention effort being tested at the...

8/4/2016

article Online lottery backers will try again on Beacon Hill
(Massachusetts) -- Beacon Hill backers of online lottery games say they will try again next session, after lawmakers scratched out a proposal that would have allowed the...
article Online Lottery failed to make cut in late-session flurry
(Massachusetts) -- Having been denied the legislative authority to move products online, the head of the Massachusetts Lottery said the agency will continue to make its...

8/2/2016

article Massachusetts Fantasy Sports And iLottery Progress Could Set The Table For Online Gambling
(Massachusetts) -- With the 2016 session coming to a close, the Massachusetts legislature managed to pass a bill that ostensibly legalizes daily fantasy sports and calls...
article The Massachusetts Model Could Become The Gold Standard For Gambling Regulation
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts may have been late to the casino party that’s swept across the United States during the past two decades, but now that it has...

8/1/2016

article Mass. Gaming Commission OKs partial casino relief funds for Hampden County Sheriff's Department, Caring Health Center
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved partial funding on Monday to assist the Hampden County Sheriff's Department and the Caring Health...

7/31/2016

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission meets again to consider casino mitigation funds for Caring Health Center, sheriff's department
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has a special meeting on Monday to consider requests for funds filed by the Hampden County Sheriff's...

7/27/2016

article A second Mass. slots parlor? Easier said than done
(Massachusetts) -- An international developer prevailed in his unlikely quest to get a referendum on the November ballot asking voters to demand a second slots parlor in...
article Casino piloting program to help patrons track gambled funds
(Massachusetts) -- A pilot program was recently launched at the Plainridge Park Casino that allows gamblers to monitor the amount of money they spend on electronic...

7/25/2016

article One year in, Plainridge casino seen as modest success
(Massachusetts) -- On its opening day in June of last year, Plainridge Park Casino was thronged with gamblers, eager to try their luck at the state’s first Las...

7/23/2016

article Plans to bring horse racing to Brockton hit a snag
(Massachusetts) -- Plans for the return of thoroughbred horse racing to the Brockton Fairgrounds this summer have the general support of the state Gaming Commission, but...

7/21/2016

article In Mass. lottery, a tie counts as a win
(Massachusetts) -- In big, bold letters, the state lottery’s $30 instant game tickets trumpet the odds of winning — better than one in three. But there...

7/20/2016

article Firms fatten lobbyists’ coffers
(Massachusetts) -- Boston-bound General Electric dropped $135,000 on lobbyists through the first six months of the year, a sign that it is keeping a heavy presence on...

7/19/2016

article Lottery sales jump even as racetrack bets drop
(Massachusetts) -- The state Lottery collected record-high wagers, worth $9.7 billion, for the financial year that ended March 31, even as interest waned at the horse...
article Online betting a big gamble for Lottery
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts State Lottery and the state treasurer are supporting legislation to allow online gambling, but neither can say how much revenue it...

7/18/2016

article Ruling on Caring Health Center request for casino mitigation funds possible this week
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission could rule on Thursday if the Caring Health Center will receive $257,075 in casino mitigation funds to help...

7/15/2016

article Should the Legislature allow the Massachusetts Lottery to offer online gambling?
(Massachusetts) -- In this ever-changing economy that has seen a massive shift toward digital and mobile platforms, we need to embrace new technologies to ensure that...
article State Senate OKs online Lottery
(Massachusetts) -- The Senate authorized the Lottery to expand into cyberspace as part of an economic development bill that passed Thursday night on a 39-1 vote. The...
article Plainridge Park Casino take declined in June as slots parlor turned 1
(Massachusetts) -- Gross gaming revenue for Plainridge Park Casino fell to $12.3 million in June, after seeing $13.5 million in May. The slots parlor, which is located...

7/14/2016

article Has Plainridge Park Casino plateaued?
(Massachusetts) -- The latest gaming revenue numbers for Plainridge Park Casino, the lone slots parlor in Massachusetts, are expected to be out later this week.

7/13/2016

article Online gambling on the mind of Massachusetts State Lottery officials
(Massachusetts) -- Lottery players in the state of Massachusetts may soon have access to gaming options online, if a proposal by the Massachusetts State Lottery is...
article 'The False Dream And The Cost': Littlefield On Online Gambling
(Massachusetts) -- According to The Boston Globe, the Massachusetts State Lottery wants to expand: “The Massachusetts State Lottery is calling on lawmakers to open...

7/11/2016

article BLOG: Lottery Games Online? Scratch That Idea
(Massachusetts) -- JEN FLANAGAN is distressed. The state senator from Leominster, a 40-year-old Democrat, is worried that not enough young people are wasting their money...
article MGM Springfield investing in Holyoke to train culinary staff
(Massachusetts) -- Holyoke will use its share of the neighboring-community impact payments made by casino operator MGM Springfield to pay tuition for 50 Paper City...

7/10/2016

article Lottery games online? Scratch that idea
(Massachusetts) -- JEN FLANAGAN IS distressed. The state senator from Leominster, a 40-year-old Democrat, is worried that not enough young people are wasting their money...

7/8/2016

article Casinos emerge as surprising savior for struggling racetracks
(Massachusetts) -- Two years ago, thoroughbred horse racing was dead in Massachusetts, a victim of years of declining interest and a failed casino bid at the region...
article Massachusetts Takes Step Toward New Track
(Massachusetts) -- The creation of a non-profit Thoroughbred racetrack and equine center in Massachusetts advanced closer to reality with the release of a favorable...

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