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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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5/22/2015

article Boston expands lawsuit against state gambling commission
(Massachusetts) -- Mayor Marty Walsh wants a state judge to bar gambling regulators from taking part in future actions regarding the Boston-area casino license. Walsh...

5/21/2015

article Boston expands gaming panel suit
(Massachusetts) -- An amended lawsuit filed by the city of Boston is asking a judge to bar the current Massachusetts gaming regulators from any future action on the $1.7...
article Baker not planning to attend 'historic' casino opening
(Massachusetts) -- While acknowledging its historical significance, Gov. Charlie Baker said yesterday he does not plan to attend next month’s opening of the first...

5/20/2015

article Walsh, Boston expand scope of gambling suit
(Massachusetts) -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh Wednesday filed a greatly expanded version of Boston’s lawsuit against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, alleging the...
article Casino zoning district recommended by Brockton officials
(Massachusetts) -- The Planning Board favorably recommended Tuesday night that the city change zoning rules at the site of the proposed $650 million casino. Developer...

5/19/2015

article Baker not planning to attend “historic” casino opening
(Massachusetts) -- While acknowledging its historical significance, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday he does not plan to attend next month’s opening of the first...
article Casino zoning before Brockton officials Tuesday
(Massachusetts) -- A proposal to alter zoning rules at the Brockton Fairgrounds for the proposed $650 million casino is scheduled to go before the Planning Board Tuesday...
article State Gaming Commission starts study on link of legalized gambling to crime in Plainville area
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission has launched a study of the impact of legalized gambling on crime, starting with a focus on the Plainville area....

5/17/2015

article Competition for last casino license down to 2
(Massachusetts) -- The competition for the state’s last remaining casino license is down to proposals from New Bedford and Brockton after Crossroads Massachusetts...
article Casino crime not left up to chance
(Massachusetts) -- As the Bay State’s first gambling parlor gets set to open in Plainville, the Gaming Commission is building a system that links area police...

5/16/2015

article Casino crime not left up to chance
(Massachusetts) -- As the Bay State’s first gambling parlor gets set to open in Plainville, the Gaming Commission is building a system that links area police...
article Somerset developers withdraw from casino race
(Massachusetts) -- Developers of a proposed Somerset casino have withdrawn from the competition for Massachusetts' third and final resort casino license, leaving two...
article Town officials on canceled casino: La-la-la, we can’t hear you
(Massachusetts) -- Elected officials in Somerset say their casino dream isn’t over ’til it’s over, even though it really looks like it’s over....

5/15/2015

article Brockton casino result widens by a few votes
(Massachusetts) -- The narrow victory for casino supporters Tuesday is now a fraction wider. After a count of provisional and other unusual ballots on Wednesday, the gap...
article Group dropping bid for casino in Somerset
(Massachusetts) -- The group that was seeking to build a resort casino in Somerset abandoned its efforts this week, leaving active bids in New Bedford and Brockton in...
article GC studying effect casinos have on public safety
(Massachusetts) -- Casino opponents often cite concerns that a gambling facility will increase crime in their host cities. Now the state Gaming Commission is taking a...
article Developer Withdraws Application for Somerset Casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced that developer Crossroads Massachusetts LLC had pulled out its application for the construction of a...

5/14/2015

article Gaming Commission allows New Bedford casino plan to go forward
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission on Thursday allowed the would-be developer of a proposed casino in New Bedford to remain in the competition for the state...
article Anti-casino activists may seek recount in Brockton casino vote
(Massachusetts) -- Anti-Casino activists stated they may request a recount of the referendum that narrowly approved a casino for Brockton, Massachusetts.
article Brockton Residents Approve $650 Million Casino In Special Election
(Massachusetts) -- A proposed $650 million resort casino for the Brockton Fairgrounds cleared a crucial step Tuesday as city residents approved the proposal in a special...
article Brockton Voters Narrowly Approve Casino Plan
(Massachusetts) -- Casinos only need a small edge over their players in order to score a win in the long run. Backers of a proposed resort in Brockton, Massachusetts are...
article Somerset developers withdraw from casino race
(Massachusetts) -- Developers of a proposed Somerset casino have withdrawn from the competition for Massachusetts' third and final resort casino license.

5/13/2015

article A closer look at surprisingly tight Brockton casino vote: what does it mean for New Bedford?
(Massachusetts) -- Brockton's squeaker of a referendum on a casino development might well be a case of "not in my back yard," says a casino consultant...
article Brockton voters approve casino, barely
(Massachusetts) -- Asked whether they wanted to bring a casino into the city, Brockton voters said yes, just barely. Tuesday’s city referendum was a key checkpoint...
article Brockton voters narrowly approve casino
(Massachusetts) -- Voters in Brockton approved on Tuesday a resort casino proposal by a 143-vote margin. The unofficial results, according to Brockton elections...
article Opponents weigh recount request after casino question passes
(Massachusetts) -- Anti-casino activists said Wednesday they may request a recount after Brockton voters narrowly approved a $650 million resort casino proposed for the...

5/11/2015

article Brockton residents to vote on $650 million casino plan
(Massachusetts) -- The fate of a proposed $650 million resort casino for the Brockton Fairgrounds rests with city voters. The southeastern Massachusetts city, perhaps...
article Brockton residents vote Tuesday on $650 million casino plan
(Massachusetts) -- City residents will decide the fate of a proposed $650 million resort casino for the Brockton Fairgrounds. The southeastern Massachusetts city is...

5/10/2015

article Casino: Somerset's uncertainty looks like New Bedford's gain
(Massachusetts) -- With piles of chips still in the pot and plenty of cards still in players’ hands, developers of casino proposals in New Bedford and Somerset...
article Plainridge putting on its game face
(Massachusetts) -- The main entrance is not yet paved. Some electronic gaming machines are still being installed. And some flooring and ceiling tiles are still absent,...
article ‘Anyone like to play blackjack?’ asks disembodied voice at soon-to-be opened casino
(Massachusetts) -- The voices in Plainridge Park Casino beckon bettors to the blackjack tables, even as work crews busily apply finishing touches to the decor and test...

5/9/2015

article Arguments on both sides of Brockton casino debate
(Massachusetts) -- On Tuesday, city voters will decide whether a $650 million casino proposed for the Brockton Fairgrounds can continue bidding for a state gaming...
article SPECIAL REPORT: Brockton casino goes to the voters
(Massachusetts) -- How likely are voters to approve a casino at the Brockton Fairgrounds? City residents will not reveal their hands until Tuesday, but there are...

5/6/2015

article Brockton casino backers pass critical test, face referendum
(Massachusetts) -- The proponents of a plan to build a $650 million resort casino in Brockton edged a little closer to possibly making their plans a reality on Wednesday...
article Casino project owners, investors vetted by regulators
(Massachusetts) -- State regulators have vetted and approved the owners and investors of a resort casino proposed for the Brockton Fairgrounds. The Massachusetts Gaming...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission approves developers for proposed Brockton casino
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators on Wednesday approved the developers of a proposed Brockton casino, setting the stage for a referendum next week that will...

5/5/2015

article Proposed Somerset casino operators seek another extension
(Massachusetts) -- And the news in Somerset on its developer meeting Monday’s 5 p.m. first-phase deadline for a casino license? We’ll have to wait longer for...

5/4/2015

article Southeastern Mass. casino bids face critical tests
(Massachusetts) -- The state’s efforts to fulfill its promise to bring a resort casino to economically stressed Southeastern Massachusetts will undergo two...
article Developers: Financing secured for $650M New Bedford casino
(Massachusetts) -- Developers proposing a $650 million Foxwoods resort casino on the New Bedford waterfront said Monday that they’ve secured financing and brought...
article New Bedford casino group meets state deadline
(Massachusetts) -- A group of developers proposing a resort casino in New Bedford ratcheted up their competition with their counterparts in Brockton on Monday when they...

5/2/2015

article First Massachusetts Casino Expected to Open in June
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts casinos are going to shake up the regional casino market, potentially drawing customers from Connecticut, New York and other states...

5/1/2015

article Massachusetts' first casino still on track to open in June
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts's first casino is still on track to open by June 24. Owners of Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville said in a quarterly report to...
article Plainville slots parlor on track for June opening
(Massachusetts) -- The slots parlor slated for Plainville remains on schedule with a targeted opening for June 24 and an increased budget. Operating as the Plainridge...

4/30/2015

article Massachusetts' first casino still on track to open in June
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’s first casino is still on track to open by June 24. Owners of Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville said in a quarterly report to...

4/29/2015

article Last Massachusetts License Up for Grabs
(Massachusetts) -- The final gaming license in Massachusetts is at stake, and the competition is heating up, with New Bedford taking the lead role, where a proposed...

4/27/2015

article As Brockton Casino Vote Nears, Easton Watches
(Massachusetts) -- As Brockton prepares to vote on a referendum on a proposed casino in May, surrounding towns like Easton are watching what the result will be. Easton...

4/26/2015

article Cities vie for SE Massachusetts casino license
(Massachusetts) -- Scheduled casino votes in New Bedford and Brockton set the stage for a pitched battle between two proud, economically depressed cities that have...

4/25/2015

article Neighboring towns keep close watch as Brockton prepares casino vote
(Massachusetts) -- As Brockton prepares for a May 12 referendum on a proposed casino, leaders of neighboring towns are keeping a close eye on the discussions and...
article Gov. Baker talks jobs, South Coast Rail, casino bids with Herald News staff
(Massachusetts) -- Emerging from the challenges of record snowstorms that crippled the commonwealth this winter and the subsequent failure of the MBTA to maintain...

4/24/2015

article Referendum Set For New Bedford Casino Proposal
(Massachusetts) -- New Bedford City Council has voted to order a referendum on a $650 million casino, hotel and conference center development proposed for the city...

4/23/2015

article Tiverton, RI, casino could offer some competition to Plainville slot parlor, but might also spur expanded gaming there
(Maine) -- Plainridge Park Casino could have a little competition for slot machine customers if the owner of Newport Grand gets its way and moves to Tiverton, R.I.,...

4/22/2015

article Brockton councilors calling casino election a second time
(Massachusetts) -- The City Council is preparing to call for a special election on the proposed casino for a second time. Councilors voted unanimously last month to call...

4/21/2015

article New England’s Casino Wars Are Officially Underway
(Massachusetts) -- Have you heard the one where Massachusetts built a casino industry, and other New England states scrambled? It’s been told before, like when a...
article Somerset Selectman Setters says there's plenty of time to meet casino application deadline
(Massachusetts) -- In the matter of the proposed Somerset casino, the waiting game continues. Yet Board of Selectmen Chairman Donald Setters continued to say no news can...

4/19/2015

article Jack Spillane: New Bedford casino plan easily the class of the field
(Massachusetts) -- It's not hard to envision a waterfront casino in New Bedford being a big success. With picture windows overlooking the scallop boats and tugs...
article Neighbors of New Bedford casino have mixed feelings
(Massachusetts) -- Amadeu Neves said he was stopping by City Hall to pay a bill for his brother last month when he saw a familiar-looking person standing outside the...
article Early spend spree
(Massachusetts) -- The first casino hasn't opened its doors, but some Massachusetts cities and towns already are spending gambling windfalls.

4/18/2015

article Massachusetts municipalities receive money from casino operators
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts cities and towns are already seeing gambling windfalls, even before the first casino has opened its doors.
article Traffic upgrades are key to casino plans in Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- When Plainville and Everett in 2013 overwhelmingly approved proposals to host gambling parlors, residents were quick to focus on the promises by...
article As payments from casinos trickle in, cities and towns acquiring approaches to commit the cash
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts cities and towns currently are seeing gambling windfalls even before the 1st casino has opened its doors.
article Massachusetts moving toward casino launch
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts is inching closer to the official launch of its casino industry, as Penn National Gaming submitted revised plans Thursday for a slot...

4/17/2015

article New Bedford's casino developer requests June 23 election
(Massachusetts) -- KG Urban Enterprises has formally asked the city government to schedule a referendum for June 23 on its $650 million casino development proposal for...
article MGM Springfield, city officials to meet with Mass. Historical Commission regarding casino project
(Massachusetts) -- Representatives of the city and MGM Springfield will meet Friday with officials from the Massachusetts Historical Commission in Boston to discuss how...

4/16/2015

article Penn National updates plans for Plainville slot parlor
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts is inching closer to the official launch of its casino industry, as Penn National Gaming submitted revised plans Thursday for a slot...
article Plainville official protests ban on casino use
(Massachusetts) -- The town moderator in Plainville is taking umbrage at a proposal to ban elected officials in communities where casinos are built from gambling at...
article Plainville town moderator criticizes state Gaming Commission’s proposal to ban elected officials from gambling at Plainridge
(Massachusetts) -- Town Moderator Luke Travis was elected less than two weeks ago, but already he is making waves. Travis has written to the state Gaming Commission...
article Three days of Suffolk Downs thoroughbred racing planned
(Massachusetts) -- In an attempt to revive thoroughbred horse racing in Massachusetts, the owners of Suffolk Downs plan to hold three single days of racing at the East...

4/15/2015

article All smiles as harness racing resumes at Plainridge Park casino
(Massachusetts) -- The rumble of eight horses charging around the race track on the grounds of the Plainridge Park Casino on Wednesday afternoon was, to some, the sweet...
article They're off to the races at Plainridge
(Massachusetts) -- Outside of Plainridge Park Casino Wednesday, construction crews were reconfiguring Route 1 to allow easier access to the gambling facility. Inside,...

4/14/2015

article Gaming Commission eyes extension
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission will consider extending a deadline tomorrow that will give groups interested in building a resort casino in the...
article Casino opposition holding meeting Tuesday night in Brockton
(Massachusetts) -- A group opposing the $650 million casino proposed for the Brockton Fairgrounds is hosting a city-wide meeting Tuesday night. Brockton Interfaith...
article No date yet for New Bedford casino vote but council says it's in favor
(Massachusetts) -- A date for a citywide vote on the $650 million casino and hotel project proposed for New Bedford’s waterfront had not been set or suggested to...
article Raynham Park draws alcohol violation as owner pushes Brockton casino
(Massachusetts) -- Earlier this year, a 20-year-old man walked into Raynham Park and asked for a Bud Light. The man – acting as an undercover agent for the Raynham...

4/11/2015

article 2 cities, 2 pitches, but only 1 casino
(Massachusetts) -- Both cities boast grand histories as economic powerhouses of national stature: Brockton for shoe-manufacturing in the early 20th century and New...

4/10/2015

article Brockton casino developer gets mixed reception
(Massachusetts) -- Ward 1 Councilor Timothy Cruise, moderating Thursday’s forum on a casino proposed for the city, called it an informational rather than political...

4/7/2015

article Brockton casino seen from wildly different economic viewpoints
(Massachusetts) -- As a series of public meetings on the Brockton casino got underway this week, competing visions emerged about how it might affect the city’s...

4/5/2015

article First images of Brockton casino pass muster, some say
(Massachusetts) -- The first look at a proposed $650 million gaming facility is garnering some positive reviews after Mayor Bill Carpenter revealed an artist’s...

4/4/2015

article Massachusetts To Increase Reporting Thresholds at Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- The casinos in Massachusetts haven’t even been built yet, but changes are already being made to how they will be operated.
article Developer offers first look at Brockton casino design
(Massachusetts) -- Neil Bluhm helped shape two of Boston's most iconic landmarks -- Copley Place and Faneuil Hall. When Bluhm, a developer now building casinos, set...
article Key casino meetings on tap this week
(Massachusetts) -- Casino advocates and opponents take center stage this week with three meetings: Tuesday, April 7: A coalition of faith-based partners will host a...

4/3/2015

article State officials refuse to issue permit for Wynn casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Baker administration on Friday refused to issue a crucial permit that Wynn Resorts needs to move forward with plans to build a massive, $1.7...
article Analysis: Market still exists for southeastern casino
(Massachusetts) -- Consultants are advising state gambling regulators that a market still exists for a casino in southeastern Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Gaming...
article Proposed casino regulations would prohibit elected officials from gambling in towns or cities they represent
(Massachusetts) -- Elected town officials would be banned from gambling at Plainridge Park Casino under draft regulations submitted Thursday to the state Gaming...

4/2/2015

article Brockton wants action on casino plans
(Massachusetts) -- City officials in Brockton say they want the state Gaming Commission to move quickly to evaluate competing resort casino proposals in Brockton, New...
article Gambling winnings reporting threshold raised from $600 to $1,200 in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- The threshold for winnings at which a person must stop gambling and fill out IRS paperwork has been raised from $600 to $1,200, under a law signed by...
article Massachusetts AG wants more casino regulations
(Massachusetts) -- Concerns that casinos could lead to greater criminal activity led Massachusetts' top prosecutor to urge the state's gambling overseers to come...
article State casino regulators put limits on gamblers’ ATM access
(Massachusetts) -- Several provisions recommended by state Attorney General Maura Healey to potentially protect gamblers from overspending when they patronize the state...
article Analysis: Market still exists for southeastern casino
(Massachusetts) -- Consultants are advising state gambling regulators that a market still exists for a casino in southeastern Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Gaming...
article State criticizes MBTA over $6m land sale to Wynn
(Massachusetts) -- A top regulator in the Baker administration is accusing the MBTA of improperly rushing through the sale of T land that Wynn Resorts wants to use for...
article Proposed casino regulations would prohibit elected officials from gambling in towns or cities they represent
(Massachusetts) -- Elected town officials would be banned from gambling at Plainridge Park Casino under draft regulations submitted Thursday to the state Gaming...

4/1/2015

article Gambling winnings reporting threshold raised from $600 to $1,200 in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- The threshold for winnings at which a person must stop gambling and fill out IRS paperwork has been raised from $600 to $1,200, under a law signed by...
article Brockton mayor calls on Gaming Commission to quickly decide where casino is to go
(Massachusetts) -- City officials in Brockton say they want the state Gaming Commission to move quickly to evaluate competing resort casino proposals in Brockton, New...
article Brockton Officials Urge MGC to Further the Southeastern Casino Project
(Massachusetts) -- Brockton officials announced that they want the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to take imminent actions towards approving one of the three proposals...
article Small group in Somerset making its opposition to casino proposal known
(Massachusetts) -- They’ve met each week for a month and a half to discuss their cause in a community room off Read Street. Sometimes they bring in speakers. They...

3/31/2015

article Legislature agrees to $363 million spending bill that includes funding for homelessness, group insurance, snow removal and more
(Massachusetts) -- The Legislature late Tuesday approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk a $363 million spending bill agreed to hours earlier by a six-member...

3/28/2015

article New Bedford lawyers: Gaming Commission not playing fair
(Massachusetts) -- Two longtime lawyers, both former city solicitors under previous New Bedford mayors, alleged Friday that state gaming officials are treating...
article MGM Breaks Ground In Massachusetts As Casino Border War Breaks Out
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International broke ground on its $800 million West Massachusetts casino project this week, and MGM CEO Jim Murren couldn’t resist...
article George Leontire, Philip N. Beauregard letter to Mass. Gaming Commission: Commissioners must adhere to letter of the statute
(Massachusetts) -- Editor's Note: Following is a letter sent on Friday by New Bedford lawyers George J. Leontire and Philip N. Beauregard to the five members of the...

3/27/2015

article Is The Northeast Casino Market Getting Too Crowded?
(Massachusetts) -- This week, MGM broke ground on its casino in Springfield. When it opens in late 2017, the western Massachusetts resort may find itself in the middle...

3/24/2015

article MGM breaks ground for Springfield, Mass., casino
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International officially launched its $800 million casino project here this morning, throwing down a gauntlet that southeastern...
article MGM to break ground on $800M casino in western Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- MGM is breaking ground on an $800 million casino in western Massachusetts that represents the largest economic development project the region has seen...
article OP/ED: Unnecessary casino border war won't help Connecticut, either
(Massachusetts) -- Groundbreaking of the MGM Springfield casino comes as Connecticut officials scramble to launch new competitive sites in their own state.
article With Shovels and Confetti, MGM Marks Start Of Construction On South End Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Executives and politicians turned over a little dirt on Tuesday in Springfield. The ceremonial groundbreaking for MGM’s casino in the South End...
article Regional casino projects pose competition for Schenectady's Rivers Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Will ground-breaking on a new casino in Western Massachusetts be back breaking to a casino still in its infancy in Schenectady? Schenectady is about...

3/23/2015

article Plainridge Park Casino sets June 24 as opening date for slots, video table games
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino has set June 24 as the day it intends to open its gambling hall with 1,250 slot machines and video table games. Harness horse...

3/22/2015

article A tale of three cities: Casino bids show struggles of Brockton, New Bedford and Somerset
(Massachusetts) -- The story of the competing casino projects proposed in southeastern Massachusetts don't quite represent a tale of three cities — they...
article Your View: New Bedford can get by without a casino
(Massachusetts) -- When I moved to New Bedford with my family in 1970, I had no idea how bad the economy was. Factories were closing down and so were the stores in the...
article Plainridge slots parlor will open in June to inaugurate Massachusetts gambling era
(Massachusetts) -- Four years after the state legalized Las Vegas-style casino gambling, the first slots parlor will open in June, launching an era that officials hope...
article BMM, GLI get conditional Massachusetts certification
(Massachusetts) -- BMM Testlabs and Gaming Laboratories International LLC (GLI) announced they have separately received conditional certification as independent testing...

3/21/2015

article Opponents say casino would be 'devastating' for New Bedford
(Massachusetts) -- The host agreement between the city and developer KG Urban Enterprises for a proposed $650 million waterfront casino is just a day old and already...
article BRISTOL: The launch of Plainridge: Ready, set, gamble
(Massachusetts) -- It's beginning to look like the planned opening of Plainridge Park Casino in June is going to be a very big deal, even though the so-called slot...

3/20/2015

article All bets are on: New Bedford casino project rockets forward
(Massachusetts) -- A landmark announcement in City Hall and the dramatic clearing of a steep state hurdle in Boston created a stunning Thursday for the $650 million...
article Deal keeps Foxwoods in running in Massachusetts
(Connecticut) -- The developer of a proposed casino in southeastern Massachusetts has reached an agreement with New Bedford as the company competes for the state's...
article Foxwoods New Bedford Casino Still Alive After Gaming Board Grants Extension
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted on Thursday to give the developers behind proposed New Bedford and Somerset casinos 46 more days—until...
article Two groups get extension in face for southeastern casino
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming regulators on Thursday voted 3-2 to give two groups chasing a southeastern Massachusetts casino license until May 4 to file applications after...
article New Bedford, Somerset casino bids hinge on equity
(Massachusetts) -- State gaming commissioner Enrique Zuniga asked the developer behind the casino proposed for New Bedford’s waterfront a $650 million question...
article First Mass. Slot Parlor To Open In Plainville This June
(Massachusetts) -- Despite the brutal winter, the first slots parlor in Massachusetts is still scheduled to open on time this summer in Plainville, a few miles south of...

3/19/2015

article Connecticut preparing for New England casino war, with eye toward MGM Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- As Massachusetts continues its years-long entry into the casino market, Connecticut lawmakers appear poised to make one of the next big moves in the...
article New Bedford reaches deal for proposed $650M waterfront casino
(Massachusetts) -- City officials have signed a “successfully executed” host community agreement with developers seeking to build a $650 million casino and...
article New Bedford, Somerset casino proposals get deadline extension
(Massachusetts) -- After missing an application deadline, two casino developers are back in the game. Massachusetts gambling regulators voted 3-2 Thursday to grant...
article Historical Board, MGM Compromise On 3 Properties, Disagree On 4th
(Massachusetts) -- MGM wants to replicate the facade of the former Howard Street YWCA, demolishing the building in place of a cul-du-sac. The historical commission...
article Mass. Gaming Commission adding staff as opening day for Plainridge Park Casino slots parlor approaches
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators are ramping up hiring efforts as the first slot parlor in Massachusetts moves closer toward its opening in June. The state...

3/18/2015

article Gaming panel to hear requests for more time in southeast region
(Massachusetts) -- Somerset on the Move and Crossroads Massachusetts have formally asked the Gaming Commission for a 21-day extension to “identify additional...
article Group proposing Somerset casino bolsters team
(Massachusetts) -- A proposal to build a casino near a major highway in the town of Somerset has gained some momentum in recent days with the addition of two well-known...
article Plainridge Park Casino to add more parking
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino intends to create an additional 181 parking spaces and construct a separate building for state regulators. The plan has been...

3/17/2015

article Casino Deadline Extension Requested By Mass. Mayor, Developer
(Massachusetts) -- Developers of a proposed Foxwoods casino in southeast Massachusetts have asked state regulators for more time to file application materials, a...
article Two area casino applicants seek more time
(Massachusetts) -- Proponents for two casinos in southeastern Massachusetts have requested additional time to complete their phase one applications to the Gaming...
article Casino Bidders Seek More Time for Applications (Again)
(Massachusetts) -- If you think the wait for a Boston-area casino has been unbearably long, you’ll want to avert your eyes from the southeastern part of the state...

3/16/2015

article Brockton meets deadline for southeast Massachusetts casino
(Massachusetts) -- Developers of a casino proposed for southeastern Massachusetts met a deadline Monday for filing license application materials while two other...
article New Bedford casino applicant asks for more time to submit bid
(Massachusetts) -- The business group proposing to build a $500 million casino on the New Bedford waterfront and another group proposing a casino in Somerset are asking...
article Southeastern Massachusetts casino hopefuls seek another extension
(Massachusetts) -- Proponents for two casinos in southeastern Massachusetts have requested additional time to complete their Phase 1 applications to the Massachusetts...
article MGM has respected history, now it's time to move forward: Editorial
(Massachusetts) -- Discussions between the Springfield Historical Commission and MGM Resorts International are entering their final stages. The time to move forward with...

3/15/2015

article Applications due today in battle for final casino license
(Massachusetts) -- Three players vying to build a casino in the southeastern part of the state have until 5 p.m. today to submit updated applications to the state Gaming...

3/14/2015

article As New England casino plans go ahead, gambling houses shore up business as rivalries build
(Massachusetts) -- A casino arms race is ramping up in New England. From Connecticut to Maine, lawmakers worried about losing jobs and revenue are proposing expansion of...

3/12/2015

article Gov. Charlie Baker open to changing Massachusetts gambling wins reporting threshold
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday that he does not have any strong feelings about changing the reporting threshold for gambling wins from $600 to $1,...
article Massachusetts House raises reporting threshold for gambling wins from $600 to $1,200
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts House on Wednesday passed a bill raising the threshold for when someone must stop gambling and fill out IRS paperwork from winning $...

3/11/2015

article New Bedford casino players cover their cards
(Massachusetts) -- Negotiations involving a proposed resort casino on New Bedford’s waterfront took a quieter tone Monday, representing a marked change from the...
article Massachusetts House raises reporting threshold for gambling wins from $600 to $1,200
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts House on Wednesday passed a bill raising the threshold for when someone must stop gambling and fill out IRS paperwork from winning $...

3/8/2015

article Port in a Storm, Part 5: Lawsuits and casino dealings in Holyoke
(Massachusetts) -- Heather G. Egan refused to say whether a whistle-blower lawsuit about Mayor Alex B. Morse's proposed License Board changes is one she would have...

3/7/2015

article Northeast casinos face growing competition for gamblers
(Massachusetts) -- Visions of spinning roulette wheels and whirring slot machines in New Hampshire are raising the stakes in an ever-crowded New England casino market.
article Many think casino deal not dead
(Massachusetts) -- Has the train really left the station as far as New Bedford's chances of attracting a casino to its waterfront? Or is this mystery with a star-...
article Study finds that NB casino could have negative impacts
(Massachusetts) -- The door could be closing on plans for a proposed New Bedford casino. According to Mayor Jon Mitchell, a $65,000 “feasibility study” found...

3/6/2015

article Foxwoods agrees to operate proposed New Bedford casino
(Massachusetts) -- Connecticut-based Foxwoods Resort Casino has agreed to operate a casino proposed for the waterfront in New Bedford, Massachusetts. KG Urban...
article Brockton emerges as likely winner of final casino license
(Massachusetts) -- Short of a “small miracle,” the casino proposal in New Bedford is dead. In Somerset, officials had yet to actually receive their casino...

3/5/2015

article Chief Massachusetts Casino Regulator Confident In Revenue Estimates
(Massachusetts) -- The top gaming industry regulator in Massachusetts is standing firm on casino revenue estimates. Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen...
article New Bedford casino deal is all but dead
(Massachusetts) -- The proposal for a $500 million casino on New Bedford's waterfront is all but dead, as former NBA Commissioner David Stern told The Standard-Times...
article Plainridge Park Casino will cut into Twin River revenue
(Massachusetts) -- Spending by Massachusetts gamblers doubled at Twin River casino in Rhode Island between 2006 and last year, but competition is on its way, a new study...

3/3/2015

article Gambling addiction a focus as casino grows closer
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling was one major concern among opponents of MGM Springfield. In Springfield Monday morning, the Northeast Consortium on Problem Gambling...

3/2/2015

article Final Approval Expected For Casino Ethics Ordinance
(Massachusetts) -- The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts is expected to give final approval Monday to an ordinance restricting public officials from obtaining...
article Gambling addiction 'brain disease,' says recovering addict during Springfield gathering
(Massachusetts) -- Steve Keel, director of problem gambling services for the state's department of public health, said the commonwealth "needs to do more with...
article Problem Gambling Conference Held at MassMutual Center
(Massachusetts) -- March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, and a conference was held at the MassMutual Center to kick start it. Stakeholders attended Northeastern...
article Regional Approach Advocated For Problem Gambling
(Massachusetts) -- With casino gambling expanding in the Northeast, a regional approach is being advocated for the issue of problem gambling. A shared commitment to help...

2/27/2015

article Casino czars’ payroll soars
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission has been adding six-figure staffers to its payroll and expects to see its ranks grow by 70 percent in two years — a...
article LETTER: Casinos are bad economic development
(Massachusetts) -- To the Editor, Economists and gaming researchers throughout the country know that casinos are bad economic development and a social curse.
article Conference at Springfield's MassMutual Center to mark start of Problem Gambling Awareness Month
(Massachusetts) -- Marking the start of Problem Gambling Awareness Month, a group of stakeholders interested in promoting the resources to combat compulsive gambling are...

2/26/2015

article Casino opposition organizing
(Massachusetts) -- A group that has formed to oppose a casino proposal in Somerset met last Thursday at the John F. Kennedy apartment complex community room where people...
article MassLottery to retire familiar but obsolete terminals
(Massachusetts) -- For 18 years, an unremarkable blue machine has been a fixture at corner convenience stores, its tired keys accepting millions of bets from players...

2/25/2015

article Judge Dismisses Caesars Lawsuit: Could Impact Several Pending Cases
(Massachusetts) -- In October 2013, just weeks before East Boston voters headed to the polls to decide on whether or not to allow casino gaming at Suffolk Downs...
article Steele agrees to come to Somerset
(Massachusetts) -- John Tripp, the organizer of No Casino Somerset, said last Thursday that former U.S. Rep. Bob Steele has agreed to come to Somerset in March to speak...

2/24/2015

article MassLottery to retire familiar but obsolete terminals
(Massachusetts) -- For 18 years, an unremarkable blue machine has been a fixture at corner convenience stores, its tired keys accepting millions of bets from players...

2/22/2015

article Brockton strikes deal with potential casino developer
(Massachusetts) -- Three months ago, there was no such thing as a Brockton casino. Three months from now, the city is scheduled to hold a binding vote on a $650 million...
article Snow piles up at Brockton Fairgrounds
(Massachusetts) -- At night, the dump trucks line up outside the fence, hauling ephemeral cargo. Hundreds of trucks, day after day, dump thousands of pounds of snow.
article Letter: Casino a poor fit for Somerset
(Massachusetts) -- Economists and gaming researchers throughout the country know that casinos are bad economic development and a social curse.

2/21/2015

article Brockton, casino developer reach deal worth $10 million a year
(Massachusetts) -- A casino developer and local officials have reached an agreement that would provide the city with at least $10 million a year.

2/20/2015

article Brockton would receive $10m a year under casino agreement
(Massachusetts) -- The City of Brockton would receive a guaranteed $10 million a year from a casino if a plan to build a $650 million facility on the Brockton...

2/19/2015

article Federal Court Rules Against Caesars in Lawsuit Against Massachusetts Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- Caesars Entertainment Corporation has suffered a courtroom loss in their lawsuit against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that claimed the board...
article MGM Springfield casino plan forcing city health department to seek new offices
(Massachusetts) -- The upcoming construction of an $800 million MGM Springfield casino has the city's Department of Health and Human Services in need of a new home.

2/18/2015

article State senators support substance abuse treatment program threatened by relocation costs due to MGM Springfield casino project
(Massachusetts) -- In a tough budget year where hopes to significantly expand Massachusetts substance abuse treatment services are looking increasingly dim, a group of...

2/17/2015

article EDITORIAL: What’s the plan to mitigate impact of Mass. casinos?
(Connecticut) -- It is time for Connecticut's tribal casinos to make their play. The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes, operators of the Mohegan Sun and...
article Fed judge nixes Caesars suit
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming giant Caesars Entertainment Corporation can’t sue the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for excluding it from the race for the coveted...

2/16/2015

article City councilors glad to see Brockton casino proposal go to vote
(Massachusetts) -- In the bid for a Brockton casino, city residents hold all the cards. Over the last two weeks, a city casino proposal cleared an important state...
article Maryland Casinos Revenues Come In Below Forecasts
(Maryland) -- Can Maryland casinos exceed the financial success the state originally planned? For anyone betting on the Northeast’s casino bonanza, the odds are...

2/13/2015

article Tribes Worried About Getting Squeezed Out of Next Massachusetts Casino
(Massachusetts) -- While the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits the Interior Department’s decision on its land-into-trust application, commercial applicants for...
article Why Is Former NBA Commissioner David Stern Involved in the Southeast Mass. Casino Sweepstakes?
(Massachusetts) -- The process of awarding the southeastern Massachusetts casino license—the last one up for grabs in the state—has seen its share of...

2/12/2015

article Massachusetts Gambling Looks to Canada for Responsibility Program
(Massachusetts) -- The two licensed Massachusetts gambling resorts won’t arrive until the fall of 2017 at the earliest, but that isn’t stopping local leaders...

2/11/2015

article Will Mass. casinos impact lottery revenue?
(Massachusetts) -- Convenience stores across the country are cranking out Powerball tickets ahead of tonight’s near-record drawing. The $500 million dollar jackpot...

2/10/2015

article Wynn expecting a big win / Casino exec projects $50 million a month
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts is projecting big money from its casino in Everett, telling investors the Boston-area resort will be a winner for Wynn and Massachusetts...
article Group will oppose casino
(Massachusetts) -- Resident John Tripp is organizing a group called No Casino Somerset and the first meeting of its members and anyone interested in joining will be held...
article Setters see merger as positive development in casino proposal
(Massachusetts) -- Town officials were expecting Somerset On the Move LLC to ask for an extension to file an application and pay a $400,000 fee to the Massachusetts...

2/6/2015

article Casino pitches made for Brockton, New Bedford, Somerset
(Massachusetts) -- A 60-acre site in Brockton emerged on Thursday as one of three locations in the competition for the resort casino license in Southeastern...

2/5/2015

article SouthCoast casino developers to plead cases with state
(Massachusetts) -- More cards will be dealt in the city’s increasingly complex casino negotiations Thursday, as the New York-based developer that’s seeking...

2/4/2015

article Five Groups Taking a Shot at Final Massachusetts Casino License
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts casino battle isn’t over quite yet. Sure, the Wynn pulled out a contentious win in the Greater Boston area, while MGM was...

2/3/2015

article Las Vegas East: Casino Boom Raises the Stakes in New England
(Massachusetts) -- The looming arrival of Las Vegas-style gambling in Massachusetts has prompted new looks at adding casinos in at least two neighboring states,...
article Lottery eyes ad campaign to compete with casinos
(Massachusetts) -- With Las Vegas-style gambling coming to Massachusetts, state Lottery officials are preparing to fight for every dollar amid concerns that casinos will...

2/2/2015

article 5 groups vying for Massachusetts’s final casino license
(Massachusetts) -- The competition for Massachusetts’s final casino license, reserved for the state’s southeast region, is slowly coming into focus, as state...
press release BCLC's GameSense Goes International
(British Columbia) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has announced it is adopting BCLC's GameSense into their responsible gambling program, becoming the first...

2/1/2015

article Lotta money for Lottery
(Massachusetts) -- New state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg is seeking to bump up the Lottery’s ad budget to $10 million — a doubling over the past two years...

1/31/2015

article 5 groups vying for Massachusetts' final casino license
(Massachusetts) -- The competition for Massachusetts' final casino license, reserved for the state's southeast region, is slowly coming into focus, as state...
article Casino contenders ante up for SE Mass license
(Massachusetts) -- Four of the five contenders for a casino resort in southeastern Massachusetts requested an extension from state authorities Friday, while one —...
article Deadline To Apply For Last State Casino License On Friday
(Massachusetts) -- The competition for Massachusetts’ final casino license, reserved for the state’s southeast region, is slowly coming into focus, as state...

1/30/2015

article Gambling companies face Friday deadline to apply for final Massachusetts resort casino license
(Massachusetts) -- A deadline is approaching for applicants interested in vying for Massachusetts' final resort casino license. Applicants must submit by 5 p.m....
article Mass. could see 5 applicants for southeastern region casino license
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced Friday that three groups seeking a casino gambling license for the southeastern part of the commonwealth...

1/29/2015

article MGM Springfield looking for firms interested in bidding on demolition of former Zanetti School in South End
(Massachusetts) -- While MGM Resorts International wades through the complicated permitting process necessary to start construction on its $800 million Springfield...

1/28/2015

article State treasurer eyes more Lottery spending as casinos loom
(Massachusetts) -- With Las Vegas-style gambling coming to Massachusetts, state Lottery officials are preparing to fight for every dollar amid concerns that casinos will...

1/27/2015

article Three’s a Crowd / Wynn faces down Massachusetts lawsuits
(Massachusetts) -- The city of Boston joined two other Massachusetts cities in January in suing the Gaming Commission over its decision in September to award the license...
article Mass. State Lottery eyes ad campaign to compete with casinos
(Massachusetts) -- With Las Vegas-style gambling coming to Massachusetts, state Lottery officials are preparing to fight for every dollar amid concerns that casinos will...

1/26/2015

article OP/ED: Mass. casinos must be competitive
(Massachusetts) -- Fresh off taking her oath of office on Wednesday, Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday put the state gambling commission on notice that there is...

1/25/2015

article Luttrell has experience with gaming
(Massachusetts) -- Not long before Dennis Luttrell left his job as Somerset town administrator on Jan. 14, a filing was made with the state Gaming Commission for a...
article Our View: Casino study will start to answer questions
(Massachusetts) -- The city of New Bedford and casino developer KG Urban Enterprises have adopted a posture of constructive communication, though maybe not full-fledged...

1/24/2015

article Planned Massachusetts casinos, slot parlor a mounting threat to Rhode Island
(Massachusetts) -- The last round of the casino lottery game in Massachusetts begins in earnest Friday, when the initial gambling license applications are due for a...

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