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Casinos, DraftKings voice differing views on sports betting

Gambling companies are voicing differing views on how best to regulate sports betting as state lawmakers hold hearings on legalizing the industry in Massachusetts. Boston-based DraftKings, which has emerged as a major player in the national sports gambling landscape, said in testimony Tuesday that it wants the state to allow it and other online operators to offer sports bets outright.

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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...
article MGM casino eager for sports betting law
(Massachusetts) -- It’s a question of when, not if, Massachusetts legalizes sports betting, and MGM Springfield will be ready to take the action within weeks, said...
article Addiction Researchers Say To Treat Problem Gambling, Train More Counselors
(Massachusetts) -- As part of the state's casino rollout, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health hired researchers to look at whether there's enough...

12/26/2019

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...

12/25/2019

article BOSTON HERALD: Sluggish pace on sports betting bill a huge gamble
(Massachusetts) -- Mike Mathis remains respectful, but you can tell he’s getting antsy. Mathis, the MGM Springfield Casino president, went on the most popular...
article Year In Mass. Gambling: Encore, DraftKings And The Lottery
(Massachusetts) -- It's been a big year for the gambling industry in Massachusetts. The state lottery set a revenue record. Boston-based DraftKings emerged as a...

12/22/2019

article MGM Springfield head: It’s time for Mass. to take up sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- It’s a question of when, not if, Massachusetts legalizes sports betting and MGM Springfield will be ready to take action within weeks, the...

12/20/2019

article State taking tentative tack toward sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- It's a question of when, not if, Massachusetts legalizes sports betting and MGM Springfield will be ready to take the action within weeks, the...

12/17/2019

article Plainridge Park Casino has worst full month since 2015 opening
(Massachusetts) -- Some eight years after lawmakers approved casino gaming, Massachusetts has now collected more than $500 million in gaming revenue, though the month...
article Latest casino numbers show tough month
(Connecticut) -- Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville brought in less revenue in November than it has in any full month since its June 2015 opening, and November was the...

12/8/2019

article FanDuel Gets OK in Massachusetts for Online Racebook Geared to Daily Fantasy Sports Players
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) gave the green light Friday for Suffolk Downs to add a new mobile deposit wagering provider, one that seeks...

12/5/2019

article Mass. OK’s Suffolk Downs betting plan with FanDuel
(Massachusetts) -- Most sports betting remains illegal in Massachusetts. But the two major forms of wagering that are permitted here — daily fantasy sports and...

11/26/2019

article Addiction Researchers: To Treat Problem Gambling, Train More Counselors
(Massachusetts) -- As part of the state's casino rollout, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health hired researchers to look at whether there's enough...

11/16/2019

article Oldest And Newest Massauchesetts Casinos Struggle in Q3
(Massachusetts) -- The newest and oldest casinos in Massachusetts struggled to make a buck in October, while in six months the estate of MGM Resorts had its best showing.

11/15/2019

article Plainridge has its slowest month yet as casino competition increases
(Massachusetts) -- It was another uneven month for Massachusetts casinos in October, with the Plainridge Park slots facility recording its slowest month since opening in...

11/10/2019

article Our Opinion: Too many casinos spoil the windfall
(Massachusetts) -- When Claude Rains' Captain Renaud closes down Rick's in "Casablanca" he professes to be "shocked" that gambling has been...

11/8/2019

article Plainridge Park Casino brought ‘significant economic benefits’ to Eastern Massachusetts, bolstered employment, UMass Amherst study says
(Massachusetts) -- A long-range study by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst says construction of the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville brought...

11/7/2019

article Study updates impacts of Plainridge Park Casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Plainridge Park Casino has created job opportunities for the unemployed and underemployed, among other economic benefits, without an increase in...
article UMass Amherst study updates impacts of Plainridge Park Casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Plainridge Park Casino has created job opportunities for the unemployed and underemployed, among other economic benefits, without an increase in...

11/5/2019

article Proposed Region C casino license in Southeastern Mass. crippled by market over-saturation, political in-fighting
(Massachusetts) -- Eight years after it was created, Massachusetts’ third full-scale casino license for the southeastern region, remains unclaimed. The lead contender...

11/4/2019

article Massachusetts casinos keep missing their revenue targets. What’s wrong?
(Massachusetts) -- During the years of debate over whether to allow casinos in Massachusetts, proponents invariably returned to this point: The state was losing out on a...

11/1/2019

article Portsmouth voters to have their say on Keno gaming
(Massachusetts) -- In addition to choosing a new City Council, when residents head to the polls Tuesday, they will also be voting on three ballot questions. The one...

10/31/2019

article Sisterhood in the Brotherhood: Fighting Sex Discrimination in Construction
(Massachusetts) -- Stephanie Stephens grew up near Springfield, Massachusetts. She joined the Army at 17 and served for three years, including two combat deployments to...

10/30/2019

article ‘Inside The Edge’ Humanizes The Romanticized World of Professional Gambling
(USA) -- I’m not what you’d call a “winning” blackjack player. I couldn’t count cards if my life depended on it and being dealt an ace...

10/28/2019

article Massachusetts study raises concerns gambling addiction among working-class Asian immigrants
(Massachusetts) -- A study released last week raises concerns about the lack of multilingual entertainment and culturally sensitive counseling in Chinatown, suggesting...

10/26/2019

article ICYMI: Regulators want briefing on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s casino status
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming regulators want to know the exact status of federal litigation around the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s quest to secure land in trust before...

10/25/2019

article Study calls for addressing Asian American gambling addiction
(Massachusetts) -- A new study is recommending Massachusetts officials address gambling addiction in Asian American communities. Researchers with the University of...

10/23/2019

article Wareham Slots, Horse Track Plan Pitched To Lawmakers
(Massachusetts) -- Local officials and a developer pitched lawmakers Tuesday on a bill that would pave the way for a planned horse track and gambling facility in Wareham...

10/18/2019

article The Short List Looks Ahead To The Greenfield, Mass., Mayoral Race
(Massachusetts) -- In our look back at news of the week, we check in on the mayoral race in Greenfield, Massachusetts. There's an open seat after the incumbent, Bill...

10/17/2019

article OP/ED: Hold all bets
(Massachusetts) -- Maybe the rapid expansion of legalized gambling in Massachusetts isn’t the jackpot everyone thought it was going to be. And that has...

10/15/2019

article Sept. gaming revenue figures released for state's three casinos
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has released September gaming revenue numbers for the state's three casinos.

10/12/2019

article Gaming regulators size up first license renewal
(Massachusetts) -- A couple of months after opening a second resort casino and celebrating a full year of another, the Gaming Commission has turned its attention to...

10/11/2019

article No clear odds on legal sports betting in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- It’s been a year and a half since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling gave states the ability to allow sports betting programs and so far about a dozen...
article OP/ED: Lottery holds up well to new competition
(Massachusetts) -- So much for concerns that legalized casino gambling would dent the revenue stream known as the Massachusetts Lottery. The lottery recorded $1.104...

10/7/2019

article Rowley resident wants to slow down race track
(Massachusetts) -- A Dodge Road resident wants the selectmen to take a deliberate approach when they review a proposed horse racing track proposed on 284 acres in town....

10/4/2019

article Forum To Highlight Successes On Diversity In Construction
(Massachusetts) -- The building of the $2.5 billion Encore Boston Harbor casino saw more women work on the job site than any other construction project in Massachusetts...

9/29/2019

article Revenue at Mass. casinos: two up, two down
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ two major casinos are reporting gambling revenue increases while the state’s smallest and oldest gambling hall’s...

9/26/2019

article MGM Springfield loses nearly 200 employees to Encore Boston Harbor
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Springfield has lost nearly 200 full-time employees who were recruited by Encore Boston Harbor before it opened in July, according to MGM...

9/25/2019

article As sports betting looms in Massachusetts, will your local bar be getting in on the action?
(Massachusetts) -- Paul DeFranzo has been playing Keno for as long as he can remember. A $5 bet while out to dinner, or a $10 bet while watching the game at a local bar...
article With slots revenues lagging, casinos seek to put a new spin on an old game
(Massachusetts) -- On a recent weekday morning, there were plenty of slot machines available at the Encore Boston Harbor casino, with their flashing lights, inviting...

9/23/2019

article Wareham Developer Proposes Slots for Ex-Horse Track
(Massachusetts) -- The plans for a mixed-use development with a horse track and gambling hall in Wareham now envision a slots parlor at the site rather than a small-...

9/22/2019

article With slots revenues lagging, casinos seek to put a new spin on an old game
(Massachusetts) -- On a recent weekday morning, there were plenty of slot machines available at the Encore Boston Harbor casino, with their flashing lights, inviting...

9/19/2019

article Encore Boston Harbor Revenue Up 8%, MGM Springfield $144M Short Of Expectations
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ two biggest casinos both posted revenue gains in August, but it still wasn’t enough for one to hit a first-year revenue...

9/17/2019

article MA gaming facilities paid $24.3M in August taxes
(Massachusetts) -- The state's coffers are expected to grow by about $24.3 million after the three expanded gambling facilities in the state pulled in about $86...

9/16/2019

article Encore Boston Harbor has best month, MGM Springfield struggles
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts’ new Massachusetts casino had its best month yet in August, while the state’s two other gaming operators do their best to...
article Revenues up at Wynn, MGM casinos but down at Plainridge Park
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ two major casinos are reporting gambling revenue increases while the state’s smallest and oldest gambling hall’s...
article State received $24.3 million in taxes from casinos in August
(Massachusetts) -- The state's coffers are expected to grow by about $24.3 million after the three expanded gambling facilities in the state pulled in about $86...

9/15/2019

article Legal Massachusetts Sports Betting: Don’t Bet On It This Year
(Massachusetts) -- Those looking to legally bet on the New England Patriots this Sunday in Massachusetts will have to cross state lines in order to do so. This will...

9/14/2019

press release UMass Amherst Researchers Release New Findings in Groundbreaking Gambling Study
(Massachusetts) -- New findings released Sept. 12 from a groundbreaking gambling study by a University of Massachusetts Amherst research team show that out-of-state...

9/13/2019

article Brockton casino denied again by gaming commission
(Massachusetts) -- A casino still may not be in the cards for Brockton. The developers behind a proposed casino at the Brockton Fairgrounds had no luck before the...
article Brockton Casino Developer Suggests He’ll Drop Proposal
(Massachusetts) -- The billionaire casino developer who has been pushing for years to build a casino in Brockton suggested that he will drop his efforts after the...

9/12/2019

article Gaming commission declines to reconsider Brockton casino project
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday refused to reconsider its 2016 denial of a proposed casino in Brockton, leaving no project with a...
article Mass. Gaming Commission Won't Review Its Denial Of Brockton's Casino Proposal
(Massachusetts) -- The billionaire casino developer who has been pushing for years to build a casino in Brockton suggested that he will drop his efforts after the...
article No luck: Brockton casino denied again by gaming commission
(Massachusetts) -- A casino still may not be in the cards for Brockton. The developers behind a proposed casino at the Brockton Fairgrounds had no luck before the...

9/11/2019

article Are Massachusetts casinos keeping gambling dollars in the state?
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts may be recapturing some of the revenue that for years flowed to casinos elsewhere, according to a statewide study in which participants...

9/7/2019

article LETTER: Wareham residents will have their say on proposed gaming-horse racing proposal
(Massachusetts) -- To the Editor, In regard to the NOTOS’s Groups proposed casino, horse track and hotel complex, I have been hearing comments from my friends and...

9/6/2019

article More People Can Bet Legally This Football Season - Not In Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- The professional football season kicks off this week, but Massachusetts residents looking to place a legal wager on a game without traveling out-of-...

9/4/2019

article MGM Springfield Supporting Lawmaker Says Casinos Are Not Economic ‘Silver Bullet’ for Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- A Massachusetts lawmaker who has been a supporter of MGM Springfield said over the weekend that casino gaming is not going to be the engine to the...

8/30/2019

article Have Encore, MGM, and other casinos saturated the market?
(Massachusetts) -- Here’s the last word that casino executives in Southern New England want to hear right now: saturation. They had better get used to it. As of...

8/29/2019

article Don’t count on legal sports gambling in Mass. this football season
(Massachusetts) -- Hoping to place a legal wager on the Patriots this season in Massachusetts? Don’t bet on it. Massachusetts lawmakers say they are in no rush to...

8/28/2019

press release New $34 Million Municipal Complex in Plainville Improves Town Services and Enhances Health and Wellbeing of Emergency First Responders
(Massachusetts) -- At a recent Massachusetts Gaming Commission public meeting, Plainville officials presented gaming commissioners with details about the Town’s...
article Revenue dips at Plainridge as new casino opens in Everett
(Massachusetts) -- While most of the attention has been on lost revenue at Twin River Casino in Rhode Island, Plainridge Park Casino also suffered a dip in income in...
article After a hot year, Mass. Lottery sales cool off in July
(Massachusetts) -- After posting record revenue and profit figures last fiscal year, sales and profit dipped at the Massachusetts Lottery as almost every product offered...

8/26/2019

article BLOG: Massachusetts law about gambling and sport betting
(Massachusetts) -- In the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling which places the responsibility of regulation of online sports betting to the states in the US,...

8/21/2019

article Quincy Developer Proposes $300M Casino, Horse Track For Wareham
(Massachusetts) -- Casino competition is heating up in the last Massachusetts region awaiting a gambling development. Marina Bay and Granite Links Golf Club developer...
article Casino-racetrack proposed for Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- A high-profile Massachusetts developer has floated a proposal for a casino in the southeastern corner of the state that would also include a one-mile...
article New Massachusetts racino proposal likely dead on arrival
(Massachusetts) -- A new casino proposal for southeastern Massachusetts faces long odds to become a reality, but its connection to the dying sport of kings means it will...

8/20/2019

article $3 Million Proposal Would Bring Horse Racing, Casino to Southeastern Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- A group led by a high-profile developer on Tuesday announced a proposal to build a horse track, hotel and casino in Wareham, Massachusetts. If given...
article Developer to seek law change allowing gaming in Wareham project
(Massachusetts) -- A developer from the family behind the Marina Bay complex and Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy is expected Tuesday to announce plans for a mixed-use...
article Here is what’s planned at the $300M Wareham casino and racetrack
(Massachusetts) -- Notos Group LLC, a real-estate development partnership led by Quincy’s Thomas P. O’Connell, is pitching a $300 million mixed-use project...
article Wareham gaming proposal gets cool reception
(Massachusetts) -- A QUINCY DEVELOPER with an interesting Wareham racino proposal called on the Legislature to revisit the state’s gaming statute, but early...
article Longtime lottery employee fired for allegedly cashing unsold winning scratch tickets
(Massachusetts) -- longtime sales supervisor for the Massachusetts State Lottery was fired Tuesday after he was seen cashing winning instant tickets, a state official...

8/19/2019

article Quincy developer unveils horse track, casino plan for Wareham
(Massachusetts) -- In the Great Casino Race, one part of the state was left behind: Southeastern Massachusetts. That might be about to change. A Quincy developer is...
article Gaming-horse racing project proposal for Wareham
(Massachusetts) -- Development partnership The Notos Group LLC is announcing a major Southeastern Massachusetts economic development project in Wareham that includes...

8/16/2019

article Encore Boston Harbor easily leads Commonwealth; $49 million first-month haul more than double Springfield GGR
(Massachusetts) -- With first-week figures coming out last month and the gambling landscape on the East Coast becoming increasingly competitive, it’s not...
article State's 3 casinos paid $23M in taxes in 1st month all open
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling regulators say Massachusetts took in more than $23 million in taxes during the first full month in which all three of the state's...

8/15/2019

article Mass. Casinos Generate $81 Million in July
(Massachusetts) -- The three casinos in Massachusetts cumulatively generated $81.4 million in revenue last month from hundreds of millions in wagers and Encore Boston...
article MGM Springfield gambling receipts rebound in July; Encore Boston Harbor gross gaming revenues more than double Springfield haul
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Springfield’s gross gambling revenue rebounded slightly in July, the casino’s first full month of competing with the larger Encore...

8/11/2019

article Bid to bring horse racing back to Berkshires faces hurdles
(Massachusetts) -- The owners of the now-closed Suffolk Downs in Boston are stepping up efforts to bring live horse racing to the Berkshires for the first time in more...

8/9/2019

article As The Horse Racing Industry Eyes The Berkshires, Questions Swirl
(Massachusetts) -- Berkshire leaders are considering the return of horseracing to Great Barrington. The possibility is raising a number of questions. The long dormant...

8/2/2019

article Lifetime ban available to compulsive gamblers who can't resist entering state casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Ray Fluette has spent his casino career watching people win -- and lose. "They couldn't even tell you how much they're winning or losing...

8/1/2019

article Pacheco: Raynham Park should get sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- It came down to the wire, with the state Legislature missing the deadline for the second year in a row to renew racing and simulcast wagering in...

7/31/2019

article Everett, Partners Receive Several Gaming Commission Grants
(Massachusetts) -- The City and its partners received more than $1 million in community mitigation grants from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) last week...
article Massachusetts Legislative Inaction Threatens Simulcasts
(Massachusetts) -- In a scenario all too familiar, Massachusetts legislators were in a stalemate July 31 as the deadline approached to extend the statute legalizing all...

7/30/2019

article Casinos, by the numbers: How Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield stack up against Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods, Plainridge Park and Twin River
(Massachusetts) -- When Encore Boston Harbor opened its doors at the end of June, it marked the sixth casino within about an hour drive for some residents in...

7/29/2019

article AUDIO: Governor Baker on the future of sports betting in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Governor Baker joined the Greg Hill Show for the first time on WEEI and discussed the future of sports betting in Massachusetts.

7/22/2019

article Can you bet and play online casino in Massachusetts?
(Massachusetts) -- When it comes to online gambling, Massachusetts is one of the more progressive states. Lawmakers in the state are steadily behind an expansion of the...

7/21/2019

article BOSTON GLOBE: Holding the line on casino expansion
(Massachusetts) -- Yes, Massachusetts can have too much of a good thing — especially if that “good thing” is casino gambling. The latest numbers are in...
article Local officials back expansion of Plainridge with table games
(Massachusetts) -- Local officials are getting behind a bill that would allow the state Gaming Commission to permit table games at Plainridge Park Casino. Despite the...

7/20/2019

article Gaming Industry Adding to Better Outlook for Massachusetts Job Numbers
(Massachusetts) -- Casino operators, including Wynn Resorts, are playing an increasingly important role in job creation in Massachusetts, helping keep the commonwealth...

7/18/2019

article Casino Mitigation Funds Denied For CATV Studio Move
(Massachusetts) -- Casino regulators in Massachusetts have rejected a request for help on behalf of Springfield’s community access television station. Facing eviction by...

7/17/2019

article Plainridge Park Table Games Discussion Heats Up, Lawmakers Say Critical for Casino Competitiveness
(Massachusetts) -- The Plainridge Park Casino, the sole slots-only Category 2 gaming facility in Massachusetts, needs inclusion of table games to remain relevant, some...

7/16/2019

article Southeast Mass. lawmakers push for table games at Plainridge Park
(Massachusetts) -- A clutch of lawmakers from the southeastern region painted a rosy picture of Massachusetts in the legal gambling era and asked the Joint Committee on...

7/15/2019

article Push for Plainridge table games meets resistance from Hopkinton family
(Massachusetts) -- Eight years after Massachusetts legalized casino gambling and while lawmakers are weighing further expansions of gaming, a Hopkinton couple told...

7/5/2019

article OP/ED: Time to get into the online lottery game
(Massachusetts) -- We either get the lottery online now or miss the boat completely. This Monday, Mass Lottery Executive Director Michael Sweeney and State Treasurer...

7/4/2019

article New England casinos battle for high-rollers
(New England) -- There has never been a better time for gaming in New England. The recent launch of Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, and the opening of MGM Springfield...
article How to make gambling more safe for the consumer
(Massachusetts) -- Many Gaming Associations have made revisions in their set of standard rules to address the various sports betting issues. It incorporates publicising...

6/30/2019

article Push to move Massachusetts Lottery online forging ahead
(Massachusetts) -- The push to move the Massachusetts State Lottery online is forging ahead. A legislative committee will hold a public hearing Monday on bills related...

6/28/2019

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission Revives Region C Casino Consideration Following Encore Boston Harbor Opening
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is once again considering the Region C license, the third and final destination casino property the state...

6/19/2019

article Massachusetts Town Wants Seat At The Sports Betting Table
(Massachusetts) -- Sports betting, in one form or another, will eventually come to Massachusetts. The pastime could even be legalized this year, as the state’s...

6/18/2019

article Massachusetts’ GameSense program has enrolled 571 people looking for help with gambling addiction since launching
(Massachusetts) -- It’s not the dazzling billboards or the sheer volume of casinos that turns the temptation to gamble into a costly, nagging habit, but often the...

6/17/2019

press release The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Issues Request for Response Seeking Research Services
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission just released a Request for Response (RFR) to solicit bid proposals for research services to support the MGC, the...

6/15/2019

article Michael Mathis: Sports betting in Massachusetts will offer unique opportunities (Guest viewpoint)
(Massachusetts) -- Can you feel it? It’s game time in Massachusetts. Our resilient Bruins battled to try and bring home another Stanley Cup. Our beloved Red Sox...

6/14/2019

article Massachusetts Lottery has awarded four $1 million scratch ticket prizes in the last 10 days
(Massachusetts) -- June has been a good month to buy a scratch ticket. The Massachusetts Lottery announced four $1 million winners over the last 10 days, pushing the...

6/8/2019

article Springfield casino advisory committee member says its inaugural meeting is ‘long overdue’
(Massachusetts) -- An 11-member advisory committee, established earlier this year by the city to review operations at the MGM Springfield casino, has yet to meet. City...

6/5/2019

article Local small business owners want in on sports betting once it’s legalized
(Massachusetts) -- A group of small business owners wants in on the sports betting action in Massachusetts, once it’s legalized. All of the bars and restaurant...

6/3/2019

article State funding study on elderly and gambling at Plainridge
(Massachusetts) -- On any given afternoon, the slot machines at Plainridge Park Casino are populated largely by older adults who make up a key market segment for the...

5/31/2019

article Mass. officials worried about Rhode Island gambling competition
(Massachusetts) -- Like a battlefield general reviewing troop placement before a fight with a neighboring army, state Rep. Jeff Roy, D-Franklin, held up a map and walked...

5/29/2019

article Betting notes: DeLeo wants floor vote on sports bill
(Massachusetts) -- THERE ARE SCORES of variables for lawmakers to consider as they put together a regulatory scheme to legalize sports betting, but Speaker Robert DeLeo...
article Delaware North wants a piece of pro sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- Executives from DraftKings and the state's three licensed resort casino and slot machine venues in Massachusetts are angling to corner the...
article Massachusetts Casinos Support Stand-Alone Mobile Sports Betting
(Massachusetts) -- Months after a bevy of sports betting bills were filed in Massachusetts, state lawmakers finally heard from stakeholders in a two-day hearing in...
article Sports betting plan aired again
(Massachusetts) -- Beacon Hill leaders are looking to get a piece of the action following last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized wagers on...
article Councilor Worried About Impact Casino Will Have on Seniors
(Massachusetts) -- NBoston City Councilor Althea Garrison is worried about the impact casinos will have on Boston residents especially senior citizens. During the last...
article Critics tell lawmakers online gaming has health, social costs
(Massachusetts) -- Not enough attention is being paid to the social and public health consequences of legalizing sports betting, particularly the ability to place wagers...

5/28/2019

article Casinos, DraftKings make pitch for sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- The three casinos of Massachusetts are making their case about why they and fantasy sports firms should handle the digital sports books together as...
article Casinos, DraftKings voice differing views on sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling companies are voicing differing views on how best to regulate sports betting as state lawmakers hold hearings on legalizing the industry in...
article How much money would legalized sports betting bring into Massachusetts?
(Massachusetts) -- If sports betting is legalized in Massachusetts, how much money could it raise? The answer depends on what exactly is allowed and how high the tax...
article Massachusetts Casinos Want Sports Betting Exclusivity, Low Tax Rates
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gaming operators submitted their legal sports betting proposals to state lawmakers Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the statehouse will...

5/27/2019

article Casinos and daily fantasy industries get on same page about sports bets
(Massachusetts) -- Key players in the state’s gambling industry are aligning on major aspects of how legalized sports betting could work in Massachusetts,...
article Massachusetts casinos release sports betting wishlist: legal, moderately taxed and reserved for them
(Massachusetts) -- As the Massachusetts legislature prepares to debate the legalization of sports betting, the state’s casino companies are putting their cards on...

5/26/2019

article Massachusetts Statehouse Hearing to Focus on Sports Betting
(Massachusetts) -- A pair of hearings at the Statehouse this week will focus on the best way to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts as state lawmakers work to...

5/25/2019

article Massachusetts lawmakers to hold hearings on legalized sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- How best to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts will be the focus of a pair of hearings at the Statehouse this week as lawmakers work to tackle...

5/23/2019

press release Massachusetts Gaming Commission Issues $100,000 Fine to MGM Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has issued a $100,000 fine to MGM Springfield for repeated noncompliance with provisions designed to protect and...

5/20/2019

article Watchdog: Time to clean house at Massachusetts Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- The state’s beleaguered gaming commissioners are being played “like minor leaguers” and need to do their jobs — or be entirely...

5/19/2019

article THE ARGUMENT: Should Massachusetts allow betting on professional sports?
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling is not a new phenomenon in Massachusetts. In fact, we have a well-established tradition that includes horse racing, the Lottery, simulcasting...
article Time Is Running Out For New England Sports Betting Expansion
(Massachusetts) -- The northeast region as a whole was quick to see states like New Jersey and Delaware exceed financial expectations for legal sports betting, but the...

5/16/2019

article Key lawmakers undecided on sports betting legalization
(Massachusetts) -- Will Massachusetts bettors be able to plunk down a legal wager on the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots when they take the field week one...
article Beacon Hill lawmakers drag their feet on sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- The state Legislature is unlikely to decide whether to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts before the fall, two key lawmakers said Thursday. That...
article Who Gets A Piece Of The Action If Legal Sports Betting Comes To Mass.?
(Massachusetts) -- Casino gambling begins in Greater Boston next month, and another form of wagering could be next. State lawmakers are considering multiple bills that...

5/12/2019

article Researchers seek to gauge impact of gambling parlors on nearby seniors
(Massachusetts) -- Seniors are among the most loyal customers of casinos. But with limited income, fewer social outlets, and plenty of time on their hands, some older...

5/7/2019

article Are there enough gamblers to keep Bay State casinos in business?
(Massachusetts) -- The first casino in the Boston area is set to begin operations on June 23 when the Encore Boston Harbor plans to open its doors. At $2.6 billion, the...
article Gambling at gaming school
(Massachusetts) -- Encore Boston Harbor will employ nearly 6,000 employees. To help meet the unprecedented need the casino has partnered with Cambridge College to create...

5/2/2019

article RUDDOCK: Massachusetts Provides The Roadmap For Expanding Gambling The Right Way
(Massachusetts) -- Casino gambling has taken the state of Massachusetts on a rollercoaster ride since it joined the ranks of casino states back in 2011. Suffice it to...

4/25/2019

article OP/ED: Lottery and casinos are co-existing well
(Massachusetts) -- One concern about the onset of casino gambling in the Bay State was its effect on the Massachusetts Lottery, which provides needed revenue for cities...

4/21/2019

article March a big money maker for Massachusetts casinos
(Massachusetts) -- March was a good month for the state's two gambling halls; Plainridge Park Casino and MGM Springfield both pulled in more revenue from gaming last...

4/20/2019

article Some items off the table as House takes up state budget
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts House lawmakers preparing for debate on the state's $42.7 billion budget have submitted more than 1,300 amendments to the July 1...

4/11/2019

article OP/ED: Casino hearing a reminder of the downsides of legal gambling
(Massachusetts) -- The larger takeaway from last week's hearing may be the realization of exactly what Massachusetts brought upon itself by legalizing gambling...

4/10/2019

article Sports betting, online lottery out of order in House budget
(Massachusetts) -- Despite the appeal of potential new revenue sources, the House will not wade into debate about expanded gambling during its upcoming budget discussion...
article House proposes a $42.69 billion state budget for fiscal 2020, with more education funding and few new taxes
(Massachusetts) -- The state budget proposed by the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee increases state investments in education, while avoiding most major new...
article Massachusetts House budget puts off decisions on taxes, sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- A $42.7 billion state budget unveiled by House Democratic leaders on Wednesday proposes additional spending on education but pumps the brakes on calls...
article The Boston Globe wants Massachusetts to force out Wynn Resorts CEO
(Massachusetts) -- The Boston Globe believes that Matt Maddox is no longer fit to sit in the big chair at Wynn Resorts. The media outlet has begun a push to try and get...

4/7/2019

article State eyes future of sports wagering
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts sports teams have long made headlines for challenging the rules. While “legal sports wagering” doesn’t have the same...

4/6/2019

article Massachusetts could be first in non-casino sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts sports teams have long made headlines for challenging the rules. While “legal sports wagering” doesn’t have the same...
article LETTER: Casino bill aimed to protect jobs and revenues without saturating market
(Massachusetts) -- We are pleased that the Globe acknowledges in its recent editorial that Plainridge Park Casino is a model gaming operation in the state (“A bad...

4/5/2019

article Bay State in the race for sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts sports teams have long made headlines for challenging the rules. While “legal sports wagering” doesn’t have the same...
article Massachusetts panel to vet Wynn Resorts’ fate with public hearings in mind
(Massachusetts) -- The fate of Wynn Resorts’ $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor resort is now in the hands of Massachusetts gambling regulators after they wrapped...

4/3/2019

article Much to learn before Bay State dives into online, sports gambling
(Massachusetts) -- If the state Legislature goes along with a bill proposed by Gov. Charlie Baker, legalized betting on professional sports soon will be available in...

3/31/2019

article Massachusetts edging closer to sports wagering
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts sports teams have long made headlines for challenging the rules. While "legal sports wagering" doesn't have the same ring...

3/30/2019

article How the state’s gaming tax revenue money is spent
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Cultural Council — already facing questions about its spending habits — is in line to receive $714,000 in state gaming...
article Sky’s the limit for Mass Cultural Council junkets
(Massachusetts) -- A state senator backing a bill to funnel casino cash to the free-spending Mass Cultural Council is demanding to know if agency staffers attending 10...

3/27/2019

article A bad bet for Massachusetts: More casino gambling
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts: Don’t become the Catskills by signing off on one too many gleaming new casinos. Oversaturation is the watchword now, as the...

3/26/2019

article Baker wants vote on sports betting before summer recess
(Massachusetts) -- As daily fantasy sports company DraftKings celebrated the opening of its new Boston headquarters Tuesday, the company's leader and Gov. Charlie...
article OP/ED: A bad bet for Massachusetts: More casino gambling
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts: Don’t become the Catskills by signing off on one too many gleaming new casinos. Oversaturation is the watchword now, as the...

3/23/2019

article Legislators: Lottery must have place in online betting
(Massachusetts) -- While lawmakers weigh whether to further expand gaming to allow sports betting and to authorize gambling to legally spread online, the head of the...

3/22/2019

article Lottery's Place Uncertain In Expanded Gambling Debate
(Massachusetts) -- While lawmakers weigh whether to further expand gaming to allow sports betting and to authorize gambling to legally spread online, the head of the...

3/20/2019

article Suffolk Downs Uninterested in Boston Casino Regardless of Wynn Resorts Suitability Outcome
(Massachusetts) -- Suffolk Downs CEO Chip Tuttle tells the Boston Herald that the company won’t be rebidding for the Boston-area casino license regardless of...

3/19/2019

article Mass Cultural Council skips talk of belt-tightening at budget meeting
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Cultural Council reports it is “in good shape” with its budget — especially with casino cash about to flow into...
article Cultural council could get steady flow of casino cash
(Massachusetts) -- The jet-setting Massachusetts Cultural Council — called out for lavish spending on hotels, meals and trips — is in line for a big budget...

3/16/2019

article Mass. Gaming: Gambling revenue up in February
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenues in Massachusetts surged in February, according to a report issued Friday by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Plainridge Park...

3/15/2019

article DraftKings angling for piece of pro sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- With legislation to legalize and regulate sports betting on the horizon in Massachusetts, representatives from a Boston-based mobile sports wagering...

3/6/2019

article Mass. Lottery could handle sports betting, state treasurer says
(Massachusetts) -- New Hampshire, one of 11 states that offer lottery games online, took in more than $1.3 million in revenue from online sales in its first 12 weeks. In...
article Del Lago aids local non-profits with new giving program
(New York) -- The del Lago Resort & Casino has begun a new program to raise money for local non-profit agencies. The program is called the Community Cash-In. Guests...

2/27/2019

article Sports’ great gamble: Slow roll of inevitability
(Massachusetts) -- The momentum that’s been gathering behind legalized sports betting since last May’s US Supreme Court ruling at times can appear to the...

2/26/2019

article How Malden spends, receives money through the Mass State Lottery
(Massachusetts) -- In fiscal 2018, people spent about $5 billion on lottery games in Massachusetts and won $3.9 billion in prize money. With the remaining amount, the...

2/24/2019

article Sports’ great gamble: Betting is big business
(Massachusetts) -- In this moment of calm between Super Bowl squares and March Madness brackets, take a peak behind the curtain of the fledgling legalized US sports...

2/21/2019

article State to fund redesign of Route 1 in preparation for new casino traffic
(Massachusetts) -- A redesign of Route 1 is in its preliminary stages as the state Gaming Commission anticipates there will be an increase in traffic with the opening of...

2/19/2019

article Bettors give casinos the cold shoulder
(Massachusetts) -- In terms of revenue, January was the worst month in the short history of MGM Springfield and the worst month in almost two years for the slots parlor...

2/18/2019

article Lawsuit Alleges Boston Casino License Process Was Marred By Fraud and Cronyism
(Massachusetts) -- Amended complaints in an ongoing lawsuit filed by Sterling Suffolk Racecourse against Las Vegas casino giant Wynn Resorts claim that the license...

2/16/2019

article Justice ruling throws snake eyes for online lottery
(Massachusetts) -- When it comes to the Lottery’s bid to sell its products online, State Treasurer Deb Goldberg must feel that all the stars are aligned against...

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