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Casino regulators weigh safety protocols, eye June 29 opening

Gaming regulators on Thursday weighed health and safety protocols they could impose on casinos to limit the risk of exposure to the coronavirus when they reopen, possibly by June 29. Massachusetts Gaming Commission staff presented the commission with three sets of increasingly comprehensive minimum guidelines focusing on social distancing, hygiene, safety and reporting measures for Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, all of which have been closed since March 15.

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10/23/2020

article Roulette players adjusting, casinos adapting in pandemic
(Massachusetts) -- Even now that roulette has been reintroduced to gaming floors, crowd sizes at Massachusetts casinos are still "well below" occupancy levels...

10/16/2020

article Gaming centers leaning on slots to keep money flowing
(Massachusetts) -- Despite restrictions around the number of people allowed onto gaming floors and the number of active machines, gamblers put nearly $605 million into...
article No Increase In Problem Gambling Seen After MGM Springfield Casino Opens
(Massachusetts) -- The opening two years ago of the first Las Vegas-style casino in Massachusetts – MGM Springfield – boosted the local and state economy, provided job...

10/15/2020

article Revenue mostly flat at Mass. casinos as restrictions limit gambling
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at the state’s three casinos remained mostly flat in September, the second full month since the industry emerged from a...
article Springfield, MGM continue talks on $2.3 million underpayment from casino during coronavirus
(Massachusetts) -- City officials said this week that MGM Springfield continues to owe $2.3 million to the city. The contractual payment has been delayed since April due...

10/12/2020

article Massachusetts regulator greenlights roulette at Encore Boston, MGM Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted Thursday to allow the return of roulette at MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor, but with precautions...

10/9/2020

article Massachusetts casinos cleared to offer roulette games
(Massachusetts) -- Two Massachusetts casinos have been cleared by state gambling regulators to start offering roulette games again. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission...
article Spin the wheel: Casinos cleared to reintroduce roulette
(Massachusetts) -- Roulette wheels can spin once again in Massachusetts casinos, but only with COVID-19 safety precautions that outlaw the typical rowdy atmosphere of...

10/8/2020

article Roulette allowed to resume at MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted Thursday to allow the return of roulette at MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor, but with precautions...
article Roulette can resume at Encore, MGM Springfield casinos
(Massachusetts) -- State regulators on Thursday cleared the Encore Boston Harbor and MGM Springfield casinos to reintroduce roulette games for the first time since the...

10/5/2020

article Once Promising Massachusetts Sports Betting Bill Now Aims for 2021
(Massachusetts) -- New casinos, bipartisan legislative support and a rabid sports fanbase seemingly made Massachusetts the perfect legal sports betting candidate....

10/3/2020

article Webinar Focuses on Impacts of Resort-Casino in Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- The Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) study, based at UMass Amherst’s School of Public Health and Health...

10/1/2020

article Plainville's Plainridge will be getting new manager
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino will be getting a new manager to go with its renewed license. Penn National Gaming, the company that operates the state's...

9/26/2020

article Casinos expanding operations after limited reopenings
(Massachusetts) -- It’s been almost three months since the slots parlor and casinos in Massachusetts reopened and regulators said Thursday that each of the...

9/25/2020

article Casinos expand operations after limited reopenings
(Massachusetts) -- It’s been almost three months since the slots parlor and casinos in Massachusetts reopened and regulators said Thursday that each of the...

9/24/2020

article Casinos expanding operations after limited reopenings
(Massachusetts) -- It’s been almost three months since the slots parlor and casinos in Massachusetts reopened and regulators said Thursday that each of the...
article Plainridge to make report to gaming commission
(Massachusetts) -- Representatives of the area’s only gaming venue will be making a report on its first and second quarter operations before the state’s...

9/18/2020

article Plainridge applauded as it seeks five-year extension
(Massachusetts) -- When Plainridge Park Casino was ordered to shut down in March to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, Plainville Town Administrator Jennifer...

9/17/2020

article Plainridge Park Casino applauded as it seeks 5-year extension
(Massachusetts) -- When Plainridge Park Casino was ordered to shut down in March to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, Plainville Town Administrator Jennifer...

9/16/2020

article Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville reports another revenue drop
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino continued to struggle back to prepandemic profits in August, the slot parlor’s first full month in operation since being shut...

9/15/2020

article MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor and Plainridge Park saw year-over-year decrease in gaming revenue
(Massachusetts) -- The state’s three casinos recorded about $71 million in gross gaming revenue in August — a year-over-year decrease of 17.4% in the first...
article State: MGM generated $18.4 million in revenue in August
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has released August earnings numbers for MGM Springfield. Last month, the casino generated more than $18.4 million...
article The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Releases August 2020 Gross Gaming Revenue for Plainridge Park Casino, MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission reported today that the month of August 2020 at Plainridge Park Casino (PPC), MGM Springfield and Encore Boston...

9/11/2020

article Mass. college presidents to state lawmakers: Don’t allow betting on our sports teams
(Massachusetts) -- The leaders of the most prominent college athletic programs in Massachusetts are urging state lawmakers not to pass any sports betting law that allows...

9/10/2020

article Are video arcades more dangerous than casinos during a pandemic? It’s a legal question for Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Casinos and video arcades, both of which feature rows of electronic games that people use in close proximity to each other, pose similar risks of...
article Massachusetts Abandons Its Puzzling Public Health Distinction Between Casinos and Video Arcades
(Massachusetts) -- A week after Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was sued in federal court for keeping video arcades closed as a COVID-19 hazard while allowing casinos...
article The Massachusetts Gaming Commission appoints Karen Wells as New Executive Director
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) today selected Karen Wells as its new Executive Director. The MGC’s five commissioners voted...

9/9/2020

article Plainridge becomes latest casino to cut ties with furloughed staff
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino is the latest Massachusetts establishment to formally cut ties with workers who were furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic....

9/8/2020

article Are video arcades more dangerous than casinos during a pandemic?
(Massachusetts) -- Casinos and video arcades, both of which feature rows of electronic games that people use in close proximity to each other, pose similar risks of...

9/4/2020

article Plainridge Park Casino to open drive-thru betting lanes
(Massachusetts) -- Someone in Massachusetts could hop in their car Saturday and take care of their to-do list entirely from the driver’s seat: stop off for...

9/3/2020

article Massachusetts gaming arcade, Bit Bar, sues Gov. Charlie Baker over coronavirus reopening plan
(Massachusetts) -- A Massachusetts arcade based in Salem, Bit Bar, is suing Gov. Charlie Baker over his coronavirus reopening plan claiming it should be allowed to open...

9/1/2020

article Massachusetts casinos lay off hundreds, citing pandemic
(Massachusetts) -- A Massachusetts casino has laid off nearly 400 workers who had been furloughed because of the coronavirus pandemic, saying their jobs are unlikely to...

8/29/2020

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chastises Encore Boston Harbor for Initial Response to Oversize Hotel Party
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) officials have scolded Encore Boston Harbor after an oversize party took place in a hotel suite earlier this...

8/21/2020

article Encore Casino Enacts New Safety Measures After Hectic Week
(Massachusetts) -- Encore Boston Harbor announced a series of safety enhancements after a week that saw a shooting, stabbing and a large party on or near the casino...

8/19/2020

article Massachusetts Roulette, Craps Ban Will Be Devastating for Encore Boston Harbor, Expert Warns
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s (MGC) decision to delay once again offering table games such as craps and roulette at gaming properties...

8/18/2020

article State casinos collect $45M in July
(Massachusetts) -- State tax revenue from gambling began to trickle back in last month as the state’s slots parlor and two casinos reopened for the first time...
article In Plainville, Plainridge reports promising revenue for a shortened July
(Massachusetts) -- For nearly any other month, it would be a bit of bad news for Plainridge Park Casino. But the $7.7 million in revenue the state's only slot parlor...

8/17/2020

press release Mass. casinos took in $45m last month
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue began to trickle back last month as the state’s two casinos and its slots parlor reopened for the first time since March,...
article Reopened Massachusetts casinos collected $45M in July
(Massachusetts) -- State tax revenue from gambling began to trickle back in last month as the state’s slots parlor and two casinos reopened for the first time...
article Despite casinos reopening, it’s currently game over for arcades in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- If you want to visit a casino in Massachusetts, you’re in luck. But if it’s an arcade you seek, game over. Arcades have been shifted from...

8/15/2020

article Gaming Commission: No dice for return of craps, roulette
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts casino-goers hoping to bet it all on black will need to continue their wait. Roulette will not return to the state’s three casinos...

8/14/2020

article Poker, roulette and craps off the table in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Concerns over increasing COVID-19 cases led the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to reject requests by casino operators to offer tournament poker,...

8/13/2020

article Mass. Gaming Commission Won’t Lift Restrictions On Craps And Roulette At Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will not let the state’s casinos bring back table games like craps and roulette. Encore Boston Harbor and...
article Zoning change for $300 million Wareham Park racetrack withdrawn; though developers say they’re still committed to project
(Massachusetts) -- Developers of the proposed $300 million Wareham Park thoroughbred racetrack, hotel, gaming and entertainment venue have withdrawn a zoning change...

8/11/2020

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission to consider giving OK for return of roulette, craps at casinos during COVID-19 pandemic
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday will consider a request by casinos to restart roulette and craps games during the coronavirus pandemic...

8/9/2020

article Foxboro gets state gambling mitigation funds
(Massachusetts) -- The town is receiving $83,000 in state casino mitigation funds to address traffic concerns. The money is earmarked for a full-size pickup truck and...

8/3/2020

article Controversial integrity fee back in discussions in MA
(Massachusetts) -- While the Massachusetts (MA) Senate didn’t include sports betting in an economic development bill that passed Wednesday, the State’s House...

8/2/2020

article Massachusetts resuscitates the issue of integrity fees in sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- As states begin to plan for life after the pandemic, the legalization of sports betting and marijuana provides an easy path to rebuilding budgets....

7/31/2020

article Massachusetts Sports Betting Delayed After Senate Removes Proposal From Economic Development Bill
(Massachusetts) -- Any hopes of Massachusetts becoming the nineteenth state to legalize sports betting were extinguished Wednesday when the state senate failed to...
article Sports betting momentum dies in Senate
(Massachusetts) -- The Senate kept legal sports betting out of the economic development bill it passed Wednesday night, but key senators said they still plan to...
article Massachusetts Lawmakers Want Study on Third Category 1 Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts lawmakers have added an amendment to an economic development bill that would require the state Gaming Commission to submit a report on...

7/30/2020

article Sports betting momentum dies in Mass. Senate
(Massachusetts) -- The Senate kept legal sports betting out of the economic development bill it passed Wednesday night, but key senators said they still plan to...
article Casinos Want To Reopen Craps And Roulette Tables After Promising First Weeks Back
(Massachusetts) -- In the three weeks since the slots parlor and casinos in Massachusetts began reopening, there have been very few incidents related to the pandemic-...
article Massachusetts casinos get good marks in coronavirus reopening; Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield ask for return of craps, roulette
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ three casinos — MGM Springfield, Plainridge Park and Encore Boston Harbor — have handled the first three weeks of their reopening from...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission OKs $200K public safety grant for West Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has approved West Springfield’s request for $200,000 from the Community Mitigation Fund, enough to pay 19%...
article Rooms to spare: Bay State hotels grapple with stubbornly low occupancy
(Massachusetts) -- It generally takes as long as two years for a regional resort like Encore Boston Harbor to ramp up and reach its prime operating margins. The $2.6...

7/29/2020

article Sports betting legislation in Massachusetts halted despite high-powered backing
(Massachusetts) -- Despite a quartet of proponents that included daily fantasy giants DraftKings and FanDuel, MGM Resorts International, and the Boston Red Sox, a push...

7/28/2020

article Massachusetts Betting Amendment Proposes 30% Tax on Online Wagering
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts lawmakers have voted amendments on House Bill 4879 to expand the scope of online lotteries in the state and increase sports betting tax...

7/25/2020

article House releases sports betting bill
(Massachusetts) -- CONSIDER ITS UNCERTAIN ODDS as falling somewhere between a Hail Mary pass and a slam dunk. With a week left before the scheduled end of the...

7/24/2020

article In Massachusetts, sports betting proposal advances as part of economic development bill
(Massachusetts) -- A bill to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts is expected to advance over the next week as part of a multi-million-dollar economic development...
article Massachusetts Suddenly on Sports Betting Fast Track
(Massachusetts) -- With just a week before its formal legislative session ends, Massachusetts lawmakers are implementing their own version of the two-minute drill to...
article Sports betting is back on the table in the Mass. Legislature
(Massachusetts) -- State lawmakers are making a renewed effort to pass a bill authorizing sports betting in Massachusetts in the waning, hectic days of the legislative...
article OP/ED: Massachusetts must take gaming digital or lag behind
(Massachusetts) -- Lawmakers in Massachusetts have an unprecedented set of challenges to face before the Legislature adjourns at the end of this month. With important...

7/22/2020

article The Red Sox say legal sports betting could help Massachusetts recover from the pandemic. Charlie Baker agrees.
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Charlie Baker said he “absolutely” agrees that legalized sports betting in Massachusetts could generate revenue for the state...

7/21/2020

article Sports betting supporters make final push for legalization bill in Massachusetts before legislative session ends
(Massachusetts) -- As lawmakers solicited ideas to accelerate the state’s economic recovery, a Boston Red Sox attorney made a push to get a sports betting...

7/16/2020

article Massachusetts casino patrons complying with mask requirements, say state regulators
(Massachusetts) -- While face masks have been the subject of consternation — and angry arguments — elsewhere, gamblers at Massachusetts casinos are...
article Recently Reopened Mass. Casinos See No Major Issues With Public Health Guidelines
(Massachusetts) -- Players have been good about keeping their masks on and keeping distance from one another at the slots parlor and casinos that have reopened in recent...

7/15/2020

article WCCC seeks students to become dealers for soon-to-be Hempfield casino
(Massachusetts) -- Blackjack games, roulette wheels and a craps table soon will fill an empty space inside Westmoreland Mall, though not as part of the casino being...

7/12/2020

article Two of three Mass. casinos now back as Encore opens doors Sunday
(Massachusetts) -- Encore Boston Harbor, the luxury casino in Everett, opens its doors Sunday as part of the state’s Phase 3 plan that began Monday. Plainridge...

7/8/2020

article Patrons waiting at the door for opening of casino in Plainville
(Massachusetts) -- They were feeling lucky. Patrons began lining up outside Plainridge Park Casino before its doors reopened Wednesday morning. Plainridge was the first...
article Plainridge Park Casino Patrons Return to Temperature and ID Checks
(Massachusetts) -- Slot machines are not meant to be turned off for four months at a time, as it turns out. A few hours after Plainridge Park Casino reopened Wednesday...

7/7/2020

article Massachusetts’ three casinos are slowly reopening over the next week
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ three casinos are slowly reopening as part of the state’s Phase 3 plan that began Monday. Plainridge Park Casino in...
article Plainridge Park Casino put in new signage, hand sanitizing stations ahead of reopening
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville is getting ready to reopen their doors to the public on Wednesday and are offering a sneak peek at how they plan...
article The state’s casino industry blinks back to life as Plainridge prepares to open Wednesday
(Massachusetts) -- The plexiglass partitions at Plainridge Park Casino are up. The dining tables in the food court are set far apart. And the rope dividers are in place...

7/6/2020

article Massachusetts Casinos and Other Large Venues Can Begin to Reopen
(Massachusetts) -- Today, July 6, marks the start of phase three of Massachusetts’ reopening plan (except in the city of Boston, which will embark on phase three...
article Plainridge to be first Mass. casino to reopen on Wednesday
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park will be the first casino in Massachusetts to reopen Wednesday, pending approval from state gaming officials."We expect to reopen...

7/5/2020

article Massachusetts casinos cleared to reopen this month
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts casinos have finally been cleared to reopen to the public, albeit under significant operating restrictions. On Thursday, the...

7/3/2020

article Plainridge Park set to reopen on Wednesday
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park is on track to be the first casino in Massachusetts to reopen. Gov. Charlie Baker announced Thursday that the state will enter Phase 3...

7/2/2020

article Phase 3 of the Massachusetts reopening plan will begin Monday. Here’s what that means.
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Charlie Baker announced Thursday that Phase 3 of the Massachusetts reopening plan will begin Monday, as the state continues to report decreasing...
article Casinos in Massachusetts can reopen, but MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor remain undecided
(Massachusetts) -- More than 16 weeks after gaming regulators ordered the three casinos in Massachusetts to shutdown, the casino floors will be allowed to reopen - under...

6/30/2020

article Everett casino places 3,000 employees on furlough
(Massachusetts) -- Encore Boston Harbor, the $2.6 billion resort casino in Everett, said Monday that it is placing about 3,000 of its employees on an indefinite furlough...
article Massachusetts Extends Racing and Simulcasting Law
(Massachusetts) -- The state statute authorizing live racing and simulcasting in Massachusetts that was set to expire at midnight June 30 has been extended for another...

6/29/2020

article Encore Boston Harbor furloughs 3,000 employees as coronavirus pandemic drags on
(Massachusetts) -- Encore Boston Harbor announced furloughs for 3,000 employees as the Everett casino awaits the start of the state’s third reopening phase to...

6/28/2020

article 5 Things To Know About Casinos Reopening In Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming will soon be back on in Massachusetts. Casinos in the commonwealth are set to open for gaming in phase three of the state's reopening plan...

6/25/2020

article 5 Things To Know About Casinos Reopening In Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming will soon be back on in Massachusetts. Casinos in the commonwealth are set to open for gaming in phase three of the state's reopening plan...

6/24/2020

article Massachusetts regulators have finalized their requirements for reopening casinos
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has finalized minimum requirements the state’s two casinos and slots parlor will have to meet should they...

6/23/2020

article Massachusetts Casino Reopening Rules Finalized; Gamblers Can’t Walk Around With Drinks
(Massachusetts) -- It was not without a little bit of grumbling from operators, but the Massachusetts Gaming Commission finalized its minimum health and safety standards...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission approves coronavirus reopening requirements for casinos
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday set a number of requirements for the state’s three casinos to reopen amid the coronavirus...
article Here's what Massachusetts casinos will look like when they reopen
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission finalized its minimum health and safety standards for the reopening of the state's slots parlor and resort casinos...

6/18/2020

article Safety Measures for Massachusetts Casino Reopening
(Massachusetts) -- As major casino companies such as MGM Resorts and Wynn Resorts seek to get eager gamblers back to their slot machines and blackjack tables following...

6/17/2020

article Massachusetts casino reopenings promise ‘sense of normalcy’ despite restrictions on gambling
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming regulators — facing pushback from the state’s big-name casinos — failed to vote on Wednesday on pandemic-era gambling...
article Masked Casino Gamblers May See Fewer Options
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming regulators had hoped to finalize their rules for a safe reopening of the state's casinos and slots parlor Wednesday, but opted instead to...
article No poker, no roulette: Massachusetts Gaming Commission talks reopening rules for reopening casinos.
(Massachusetts) -- No craps. No roulette. No poker. But there will be nearly six-foot-tall plexiglass dividers at blackjack tables separating dealers from players...

6/12/2020

article Casino regulators weigh safety protocols, eye June 29 opening
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming regulators on Thursday weighed health and safety protocols they could impose on casinos to limit the risk of exposure to the coronavirus when...
article Gaming Commission considering several options to reopen casinos, slot parlors
(Massachusetts) -- As they prepare for the eventual reopening of the state's slots parlor and casinos, gaming regulators on Thursday combed through some of the...

6/11/2020

article Massachusetts casinos aim for June 29 reopening
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ three casinos — MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor and Plainridge Park — are working to reopen with Encore using...

5/31/2020

article Massachusetts Lottery Director Says Online Games Critical for Future Success, COVID Expediting Need
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Lottery Director Michael Sweeney says the state needs to authorize online games, otherwise the lottery as in current form could become...

5/21/2020

article Massachusetts casinos on track to lag behind Connecticut reopenings
(Massachusetts) -- As they continue to devise a plan for a safe and socially-distant reopening of the state's gambling halls, regulators at the Gaming Commission...
article Massachusetts On Track To Lag Connecticut Casino Reopenings
(Massachusetts) -- Competitor casinos in Connecticut are readying themselves for a June 1 reopening. But an early July reopening is likely the best case scenario for...

5/17/2020

article Mass. casinos to stay closed through May
(Massachusetts) -- The state's slots parlor and casinos will remain closed until at least June 1 and each establishment is developing a plan to open with limited...

5/15/2020

article Casinos will stay closed through May
(Massachusetts) -- The state's slots parlor and casinos will remain closed until at least June 1 and each establishment is developing a plan to open with limited...

5/14/2020

article Massachusetts casinos to stay closed through May
(Massachusetts) -- The state’s slots parlor and casinos will remain closed until at least June 1 and each establishment is developing a plan to open with limited...

5/13/2020

article Mass. Gaming Commission to consider reopening date for casinos amid coronavirus
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is meeting Thursday to discuss the proposed reopening plans for the state’s three casinos and when they...

5/11/2020

article Massachusetts could allow outdoor slots despite increase in crime
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts, like everywhere else, took a major hit from the coronavirus. At some point, though, things have to be able to return to normal, and the...

5/8/2020

article Regulators keep horse racing industry closed
(Massachusetts) -- The 2020 horse racing season in Massachusetts was already going to be lighter than usual, but now the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the starting gun...

5/7/2020

article Mass Gaming Commission Delays Casino Openings, Creates Opening Plans
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) voted unanimously, 5-0, to further postpone the opening date for casinos in the state to May 18, which is...

5/2/2020

article Mass. casino closures extended until May 18
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming regulators voted Friday to prolong their mandated shutdown of the state's slots parlor and casinos until at least May 18 in line with Gov....

5/1/2020

article Coronavirus outbreak to keep Massachusetts casinos closed through mid-May
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming regulators voted Friday to prolong their mandated shutdown of the state's slots parlor and casinos until at least May 18 in line with Gov....
article Massachusetts casino closures extended to May 18
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ three casinos will remain closed through May 18, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission agreed Friday. The closure, approved...

4/30/2020

article Regulators To Vote On Massachusetts Casino Operations Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
(Massachusetts) -- Casino and betting regulators will meet Friday morning and are likely to further extend the shutdown of the state’s casinos and slots parlor,...

4/25/2020

article Casinos, regulators look for lessons from Macau
(Massachusetts) -- There is no timeline for when Massachusetts casinos might be able to reopen, but state regulators are starting to look into how gambling facilities in...

4/23/2020

article MGC in talks over 'safe and sustainable reopening'
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gaming regulators are looking to Macau, China, for insights into what a safe and effective reopening of casinos here might take....

4/20/2020

article Massachusetts casinos facing worst month amid COVID-19 crisis
(Massachusetts) -- Revenue at Plainridge Park Casino, MGM Springfield, and Encore Boston Harbor —the three casinos in Massachusetts— nose-dived in March as...

4/19/2020

article Sports Betting Legalization Effort in Massachusetts Hits a Coronavirus Snag
(Massachusetts) -- Sports betting has been barely existing on the map since all major sports leagues in the US, Europe and UK have been suspended to allow the players to...

4/18/2020

article Before they closed, casinos pulled in $35M in March
(Massachusetts) -- Before they closed on March 15, the state’s casinos and slots parlor collected about $35 million in gross gaming revenue, generating just under...

4/17/2020

article Before they closed, casinos pulled in $35M in March
(Massachusetts) -- Before they closed on March 15, the state’s casinos and slots parlor collected roughly $35 million in gross gaming revenue, generating just...
article Massachusetts Sports Betting Bill Hits Wicked Sharp Curve In Coronavirus Crisis
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts picked the wrong time to begin its first serious push for sports betting legislation. The Joint Committee on Economic Development and...

4/16/2020

article Massachusetts Casino Revenues Were Falling Even Before Closure Order
(Massachusetts) -- As expected, casino revenue plunged in Massachusetts in March, according to the latest report from state gambling regulators. Before they were told to...

4/15/2020

article Before they closed, casinos pulled in $35M in March
(Massachusetts) -- Before they closed on March 15, the state's casinos and slots parlor collected roughly $35 million in gross gaming revenue, generating just under...
article Coronavirus impact: Casino gaming revenues take nosedive amid shutdowns of Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park
(Massachusetts) -- Casinos in Massachusetts reported a nosedive in gross gaming revenues in March, triggered by the mid-month closure of the three casinos — but...
article Mass. casinos record their worst month yet amid coronavirus closures
(Massachusetts) -- Revenue at the three casinos in the state plummeted in March as the coronavirus pandemic took hold, leading regulators to close the facilities halfway...

4/10/2020

article Gamblers get more time to cash in their casino winnings
(Massachusetts) -- With casinos closed statewide due to the coronavirus, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has stepped in to make sure that gamblers are not out of...

4/9/2020

article New rule extends life of Massachusetts uncashed gaming prizes
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gaming regulators granted a reprieve Thursday to any gamblers whose unclaimed winnings are close to expiring. With the state's slots...

4/7/2020

article Massachusetts Lawmakers Taking Another Shot At Legal Sports Betting
(Massachusetts) -- When professional sports shut down on March 12, the Boston Bruins were in first place in the NHL’s Atlantic Division and the Boston Celtics were...
article New Massachusetts Sports Betting Vehicle Might Have Green Light
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts finally appears to be serious about legalizing sports betting. New England‘s sports capital had been strangely quiet on the topic...

4/4/2020

article Gaming Commission votes to extend casino closures
(Massachusetts) -- The state's three casinos will remain closed until 12 p.m. May 4. The Mass. Gaming Commission voted unanimous 5-0 in a roll call vote to extend a...

4/3/2020

article Commission keeps Mass. casinos shuttered until May 4
(Massachusetts) -- It will be at least another month before casino gambling starts back up in Massachusetts. The Mass. Gaming Commission on Friday morning voted...
article Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield, Plainridge Park Casinos Closed Through May 4
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ three casinos – Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield, and Plainridge Park – will all remain closed until at least...
article Massachusetts Casinos To Remain Closed Until May 4
(Massachusetts) -- Casinos in Massachusetts will remain closed through April. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has ordered the state’s three casinos to remain...

3/27/2020

article Coronavirus casino shutdown pay running out at MGM Springfield, Encore Boston and Plainridge
(Massachusetts) -- Expect most of the 2,000 or so employees at MGM Springfield during the coming days to join the flood of dislocated workers filing unemployment claims...
article Plainridge employees to be furloughed without pay amid pandemic
(Massachusetts) -- Employees at the Plainridge Park Casino will be out of work without pay starting April 1, while the parent company of the Plainville casino closes its...

3/26/2020

article Massachusetts Casinos Will Remain Closed Until at Least April 7
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) says the state’s three commercial casinos will remain closed until April 7. During the agency’s...

3/25/2020

article Coronavirus impact: Massachusetts Gaming Commission extends shutdown of 3 casinos
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Wednesday voted to extend the shutdown of the state’s three casinos to April 7 due to the coronavirus...
article Massachusetts casino closures extended until April 7
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts casinos will be closed until at least April 7 in keeping with the governor’s urging that people should stay at home until then...

3/24/2020

article Coronavirus: Mass. Gaming Commission to take up shuttered casinos
(Massachusetts) -- While the casinos remain closed statewide due to the caronavirus, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is carrying on by way of telephone conference...

3/20/2020

article Plainridge racing season postponed until June
(Massachusetts) -- What was already slated to be a lighter-than-usual racing season will now be even shorter than planned. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted...

3/17/2020

article Mass. Lottery revenue dropped by $1.3 million in one week and more losses are coming
(Massachusetts) -- Revenue at the Massachusetts Lottery dropped by $1.3 million last week and the shutdown of restaurants and bars will, among other Covid-19...

3/16/2020

article Coronavirus shutdown of casinos complete, says Massachusetts Gaming Commission; revenue figures for February released
(Massachusetts) -- All three Massachusetts casinos — MGM Springfield, Plainridge Park and Encore Boston Harbor — completed their emergency shutdowns and...
article Disruptive? Yes. But casino closings go smoothly
(Massachusetts) -- Late Saturday night and into the early hours of Sunday, it all went smoothly -- getting gamblers off the gaming floor, securing all the chips, dice...
article Mass. casinos were showing signs of stability before coronavirus. Now they’re closed
(Massachusetts) -- The outlook for the Massachusetts casino industry looks murkier than ever, as the state’s three facilities wait out the coronavirus outbreak...

3/15/2020

article Coronavirus will close Massachusetts casinos for at least two weeks
(Massachusetts) -- State regulators have closed all three Massachusetts casinos for at least two weeks in hopes of slowing the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19....

3/14/2020

article State casinos agree to temporary closures
(Massachusetts) -- In a rare Saturday morning session, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission agreed to temporarily close the state’s three casinos amid the...
article Wynn, MGM casinos in Massachusetts temporarily closing
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ gaming regulator voted Saturday to temporarily suspend operations of the state’s three casinos in response to the...
article Massachusetts coronavirus spread forces casino closures
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts' three casinos are expected to cease gambling operations by Sunday morning after a unanimous vote from the Massachusetts Gaming...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission Shuts Down State’s Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted unanimously Saturday to temporarily suspend operations at the state’s three casino properties,...

3/13/2020

article Coronavius threat could force casino closures; decision rests with state, federal authorities
(Massachusetts) -- Casino owners like MGM Resorts International, which owns MGM Springfield, are talking with state regulators about cleaning slot machine handles and...
article Gaming commission to decide status of casinos amid coronavirus risk
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is set to vote in a rare Saturday morning session on the status of the state’s three casinos amid the...

3/6/2020

article As sports betting moves forward, bar owners in Western Massachusetts say they’re being left out
(Massachusetts) -- More than two dozen TV screens are crammed into the Rumbleseat sports bar, which sits on the corner of Springfield Street and Asinof Avenue in...

3/5/2020

article South Shore Chamber Pushes for Wareham Slots Parlor and Track
(Massachusetts) -- Business officials on the South Shore are getting behind legislation that would allow the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to license a slots parlor...

3/3/2020

article Branches taking different paths on sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- More than a year in the making, the first bill to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts emerged from a joint House-Senate committee Friday and took...
article New Massachusetts Sports Betting Amendment Keeps Legalization Hopes Alive
(Massachusetts) -- A new amendment to Massachusetts H366, which was filed in 2019, is circulating on Beacon Hill and was filed just in time to beat a Feb. 28 deadline to...
article Would-be Brockton casino operator spent nearly $700k on lobbying last year
(Massachusetts) -- You could call Neil Bluhm a betting man. A real estate magnate from Chicago, Bluhm and his local venture, Mass Gaming & Entertainment, ended up as...

3/2/2020

article Here's What Legal Sports Betting Could Look Like In Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- State lawmakers gave the first glimpse of what sports betting in Massachusetts could look like when they released legislation Friday that had been...

3/1/2020

article Sports betting would be legal under bill moving ahead in Mass. Legislature
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts casinos and a handful of online operators would be allowed to offer betting on college and professional athletic events under new...

2/29/2020

article Sports betting bill in play on Beacon Hill
(Massachusetts) -- Adults in Massachusetts would be able to bet on professional and Division I college sports in person and through web or mobile apps under legislation...

2/28/2020

article New Bill To Legalize Pro and College Sports Betting Advances
(Massachusetts) -- Adults in Massachusetts would be able to bet on professional and Division I college sports in person and through web or mobile apps under legislation...
article Sports betting would be legal under bill moving ahead in Mass. Legislature
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts casinos and a handful of online operators would be allowed to offer betting on college and professional athletic events under new...

2/27/2020

article OP/ED: Need more revenue? Pass sports betting bill
(Massachusetts) -- “Revenue can’t wait.” That was House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s justification for legislation he unveiled this week that would...

2/25/2020

article Gaming Commission wants public input on Southeast casino
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gaming regulators are looking for public input as they decide whether to re-open the application process to license a casino in...

2/24/2020

article Mass. House Speaker Robert DeLeo takes wait-and-see approach with Rep. David Nangle’s federal fraud case
(Massachusetts) -- House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Monday he plans to let charges of bank fraud and illegal campaign spending against Rep. David Nangle play out in court...

2/22/2020

article Encore Boston Harbor Slots Stopped Working Briefly Friday Due to Technical Glitch
(Massachusetts) -- Officials at the Wynn Resorts gaming property confirmed the technical glitch to Boston TV stations. It was not officially known how many of the slots...

2/19/2020

article Revenue up slightly at Plainridge, but still short of past performance
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino ticked up slightly in January from the month before, but was still significantly less than past Januarys....

2/18/2020

article Flowers and Gambling Debts Detailed in Democrat’s Indictment
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts state Representative David Nangle was arrested Tuesday on federal charges that his golf club dues, his gambling habit and even flowers...
article Mass. Rep. David Nangle, accused of using campaign funds for personal debts, barred from gambling during federal fraud case
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Rep. David Nangle, who was arraigned on a host of bank and wire fraud charges, was released on bond Tuesday afternoon on the condition...
article Nangle case raises specter of gambling-related fraud
(Massachusetts) -- The financial fraud case against state Representative David M. Nangle includes the kind of allegations that public health watchdogs in the gambling...
article State Representative David Nangle used campaign funds to fuel casino gambling habit, prosecutors say
(Massachusetts) -- Longtime state Representative David Nangle was arraigned Tuesday on more than two dozen charges of alleged fraud dating back to 2014, but his illegal...
article Monthly revenue for MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park rebounds in January; Encore Boston Harbor sees drop
(Massachusetts) -- Gross gambling revenues at MGM Springfield rose in January as the casino rebounded from its worst month ever in December, according to data released...
article State casino betting levels off after holidays
(Massachusetts) -- Revenue at the three Massachusetts casinos reverted closer to average levels in January, with Encore Boston Harbor coming down from its record high...

2/16/2020

article LETTER: Both Mass. and casino need to see value of committing to footbridge
(Massachusetts) -- A Feb. 7 Business column by Jon Chesto (“Will gondolas soon carry casino-goers?”) described Encore’s proposal for an aerial gondola...

2/11/2020

article UMass Amherst Receives Multiyear Contract To Research Casino Impacts
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has awarded $1 million per year over the next three years for an ongoing investigation into the impact of bringing...

2/6/2020

article OP/ED: Another casino: positive addition or hobbling earning potential?
(Massachusetts) -- Do we need another casino in Massachusetts? If it were up to me the answer would be “No.” Colin Young of the State House New Service wrote last week...

2/4/2020

article Massachusetts gaming regulators could reopen casino license competition
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission posted this week a query on its website and is asking for responses by March 16.

2/3/2020

article Massachusetts considering adding another casino
(Massachusetts) -- There is serious consideration about opening a new casino in Massachusetts, as state gambling regulators are weighing the idea of reopening the...

2/2/2020

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission considers reopening casino license competition
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators are seeking public comment on this question and others as they weigh whether to reopen the competition for the state’s...
article Did Mass. miss the boat on gambling economy? House Speaker Robert DeLeo says it’s ‘still a bit early’ to judge
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Springfield reported its worst monthly gaming revenue results in December. Plainridge Park took a hit from the opening of Encore Boston Harbor,...
article Despite predictions, state lottery ticket sales have not been hurt by casinos
(Massachusetts) -- For years, Rajesh Keshar heard the concerns of his fellow owners of corner stores in Everett about what the Encore Boston Harbor casino might do to...

2/1/2020

article Massachusetts considers reopening casino license competition
(Massachusetts) -- Does Massachusetts need another casino? State gambling regulators are seeking public comment on this question and others as they weigh whether to...

1/30/2020

article Gaming panel seeks feedback on Region C casino bids
(Massachusetts) -- As it weighs a potential relaunch of the process to license a third resort casino, the state Gaming Commission wants to hear what residents think and...
article Our Opinion: Reality sets in on casino revenue
(Massachusetts) -- The Baker administration's projection that gaming revenue will decline in fiscal 2021 is a wise and welcome acknowledgment that revenue...

1/28/2020

article Budget suggests expanded gaming revenues stalling out
(Massachusetts) -- The second full budget cycle with two full-scale casinos operating in Massachusetts won’t be as fruitful as the first -- the Baker...

1/27/2020

article 25 Investigates: Young Children left unattended while parents gamble at Massachusetts casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Michael Minichello lives across the street from the bright lights of Encore Boston Harbor. “My 5 year old always wants to come over,”...

1/25/2020

article Lottery Lawsuit: Massachusetts man claims 2 women cheated him out of $4 million in scratch ticket winnings
(Massachusetts) -- A Massachusetts man says two women cheated him out of $4 million in lottery winnings by taking advantage of his inability to read or speak English....

1/24/2020

article 'The Market Is Saturated' As MGM Springfield Changes Up Leadership
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Springfield's Mike Mathis is out. He's been in the mix from just about the beginning, but after the casino posted its worst revenue numbers since...

1/22/2020

article Baker Isn't Betting On Casinos In Proposed Mass. Budget
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts's underperforming casinos may yet reverse their fortunes and produce the tax windfall their operators forecast, but Gov. Charlie...

1/20/2020

article Medford Home Rule Petition would set up special revenue fund for Wynn casino money
(Massachusetts) -- City officials earlier this month approved one of the last requests from outgoing Mayor Stephanie Burke for a Home Rule Petition to be sent to the...

1/16/2020

article Mass. Gaming Highs, Lows Reflected In December Numbers
(Massachusetts) -- In terms of revenue, December was the best month on record for the Encore Boston Harbor casino but the worst for both of the state's other two...

1/10/2020

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission Looking For New Executive Director
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission needs to hire a new executive director. After five years, Ed Bedrosian has resigned from the top administrative...

1/9/2020

article Casino industry employed 9,000, paid $385 million in wages in 2018
(Massachusetts) -- The number of Massachusetts residents employed in the casino gaming industry soared from fewer than 500 to almost 9,000 during 2018 and the new...
article House leaders looking to extend simulcasting until December
(Massachusetts) -- One week out from the expiration of the legal authority for horse racing and simulcast wagering, a bill allowing those activities to continue until...

1/8/2020

article BOSTON GLOBE: Mass. should step up on online sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- With the NFL playoffs now underway, many sports fans will be betting on their favorite teams with their phones — that is, if they live in New...

1/5/2020

article The 2019 Year in Review: The Opening of Something Big for Everett
(Massachusetts) -- There were few years that were more anticipated in Everett than 2019. So many things were on the calendar – particularly the long-awaited...

1/3/2020

article Gaming Commission director departing for private sector
(Massachusetts) -- The Mass. Gaming Commission will begin looking for a new administrative head next week when Executive Director Edward Bedrosian leaves to pursue an...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission Leadership Shakeup Continues
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) will once again need to find a replacement for one of its top posts, as Executive Director Ed Bedrosian is...

1/2/2020

article Former Massachusetts Gaming Chief Heads Back to Orrick
(Massachusetts) -- Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is bringing back Massachusetts state gaming official Ed Bedrosian to lead its gaming regulatory practice. Bedrosian...
article Gaming commission’s executive director stepping down
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is in the market for a new top staffer. Ed Bedrosian, who has been the commission’s executive director since...

12/30/2019

article Massachusetts State Senator Lesser Says Sports Betting Might not Happen There in 2020
(Massachusetts) -- Previously, Gov. Charlie Baker (R-Mass) said he believed his state could have sports betting operational by mid-2020, but some politicians there...
article OP/ED: A gamble worth taking? As NH moves, the clock is ticking for Massachusetts on sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- On Monday, anyone over the age of 21 who is in the Granite State could legally place an online bet on a professional sporting event — if the...
article No, the lottery didn’t really stack $1 billion in cash in Copley Square
(Massachusetts) -- The opening scenes look more like a tease for a bank-heist film than the beginning of a commercial. In the dark of night, trucks roll into an empty...

12/29/2019

article Legalized sports betting might not come to Massachusetts in 2020, legislator says
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts might not have legalized sports betting in 2020 despite Gov. Charlie Baker’s predicted mid-year launch, a top legislator handling...

12/27/2019

article The biggest news stories of the decade in Greater Taunton
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe unveiled plans in in April 2012 to build a $500 million casino in Taunton. In July, Gov. Deval Patrick announced a gaming...

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