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Mall slots parlor eyed / Proposal calls for 1,250 machines in Danvers

A casino developer is eyeing Danvers for a 24-hour slots parlor at the Liberty Tree Mall. According to several selectmen, the proposal calls for 1,250 slot machines at the former Sports Authority location at the back of the mall, near Old Navy.

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Massachusetts Gaming

10/12/2017

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

10/11/2017

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

10/10/2017

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

10/9/2017

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

10/6/2017

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

9/28/2017

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

9/25/2017

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

9/20/2017

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

9/19/2017

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

9/16/2017

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

9/11/2017

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

9/8/2017

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

9/4/2017

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

8/30/2017

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

8/27/2017

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

8/17/2017

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

8/15/2017

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

8/7/2017

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

8/2/2017

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

8/1/2017

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

7/26/2017

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

7/25/2017

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

7/21/2017

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

7/20/2017

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

7/19/2017

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

7/18/2017

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

7/17/2017

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

7/13/2017

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

7/11/2017

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

6/30/2017

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

6/28/2017

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

6/27/2017

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

6/26/2017

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

6/25/2017

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

6/24/2017

article Stronach resurrecting sport in Massachusetts?
(Massachusetts) -- The nation's largest horse track operator is showing some interest in bringing racing back to Massachusetts. Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer at...

6/23/2017

article Revenues rise slightly in Plainridge Park’s second full year
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ first – and so far only – casino has enjoyed a modest revenue bump in its second full year in operation. Plainridge...
article National track operator shows interest in horse racing at Raynham Park
(Massachusetts) -- The nation’s largest horse track operator is showing some interest in bringing racing back to Massachusetts. Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer...

6/22/2017

article Proposed East Windsor casino would be 'glorified slots parlor,' Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno says
(Massachusetts) -- Reacting to a court decision favorable to plans for a new tribal casino in Connecticut, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said Thursday he is not...

6/14/2017

article Nearly 13,000 gamblers enroll in addiction prevention effort
(Massachusetts) -- Nearly 13,000 gamblers have signed up for a unique gambling addiction prevention effort being tested at Massachusetts’ first casino. According...

6/13/2017

article Mammoth Wynn Boston Harbor resort taking shape
(Massachusetts) -- First impression upon visiting the construction site of the Wynn Boston Harbor hotel and resort casino: this place is going to be massive. It is hard...
article Gaming panel to lawmakers: Don’t touch funds earmarked for racing
(Massachusetts) -- The fund to give the state’s horse-racing industry a kick in the saddle is paying dividends, and a legislative proposal to spend the multi-...

6/8/2017

article Online Gambling Push Remains on Massachusetts’ Agenda
(Massachusetts) -- Yesterday, the Massachusetts Special Commission on Online Gaming, Fantasy Sports Gaming and Daily Fantasy Sports held a meeting in order to discuss...

6/4/2017

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission fines Plainridge Park Casino for security issue
(Massachusetts) -- The Plainridge Park Casino of Massachusetts will have to pay a $65,000 fine due to not being in compliance with requirements for security staffing on-...

6/1/2017

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission hits Plainridge Park Casino with $65,000 fine over security staffing
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday hit Plainridge Park Casino, the state's sole slot parlor, with a $65,000 fine over security...

5/30/2017

article Casino money split in bits to charities
(Massachusetts) -- City officials are trying to stretch out community funds from Wynn Casino as they wait for a jackpot two years from now and are spreading limited...

5/29/2017

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

5/28/2017

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

5/25/2017

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

5/22/2017

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

5/19/2017

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

5/18/2017

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

5/17/2017

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

5/16/2017

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

5/15/2017

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

5/11/2017

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

5/10/2017

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

5/7/2017

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

4/23/2017

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

4/20/2017

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

4/19/2017

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

4/18/2017

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

4/17/2017

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

4/16/2017

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

4/15/2017

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

4/14/2017

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

4/13/2017

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

4/7/2017

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

4/6/2017

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

4/2/2017

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

3/31/2017

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

3/30/2017

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

3/29/2017

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

3/27/2017

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

3/20/2017

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

3/15/2017

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

3/10/2017

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

3/8/2017

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

3/6/2017

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

3/4/2017

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

3/2/2017

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

3/1/2017

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

2/28/2017

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

2/20/2017

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

2/15/2017

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

2/3/2017

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

2/2/2017

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

1/25/2017

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

1/22/2017

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

1/20/2017

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

1/19/2017

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

1/18/2017

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

1/16/2017

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

1/11/2017

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

1/9/2017

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

1/6/2017

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

1/3/2017

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

1/2/2017

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

12/28/2016

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

12/22/2016

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

12/20/2016

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

12/19/2016

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

12/17/2016

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

12/16/2016

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

12/15/2016

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

12/12/2016

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

12/5/2016

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

12/2/2016

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

11/28/2016

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

11/27/2016

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

11/26/2016

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

11/25/2016

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

11/23/2016

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

11/22/2016

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

11/21/2016

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

11/20/2016

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

11/15/2016

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

11/14/2016

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

11/13/2016

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

11/11/2016

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

11/10/2016

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

11/9/2016

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

11/8/2016

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

11/6/2016

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

11/5/2016

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

11/4/2016

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

11/2/2016

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

11/1/2016

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

10/29/2016

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

10/26/2016

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

10/21/2016

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

10/18/2016

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

10/17/2016

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

10/16/2016

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

10/12/2016

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

10/9/2016

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

10/6/2016

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

10/5/2016

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

10/3/2016

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

10/1/2016

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

9/30/2016

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

9/28/2016

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

9/27/2016

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

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