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Mass. Gaming Commission weighs economic viability

Despite concerns from some industry leaders on the economic viability of having three resort casinos and a slots parlor in Massachusetts, gambling experts say if done correctly, four such venues would be successful in increasing state revenues.

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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...

1/23/2015

article New AG: Casinos should follow consumer laws
(Massachusetts) -- Attorney General Maura Healey yesterday made a series of recommendations to the state Gaming Commission, including re-examining part of its proposed...
article Slots 'lock-up' law could cost millions
(Massachusetts) -- With the state's first slot parlor due to open in five months, Massachusetts regulators are calling on legislators to make adjustments to the 2011...

1/22/2015

article Attorney General Maura Healey tells Mass. Gaming Commission she plans strict enforcement of casino gaming law
(Massachusetts) -- On her first full day in office, Attorney General Maura Healey told the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that she plans a strict interpretation of the...
article Healey pushes for tight rein on cash machines at casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Citing “significant” ambiguity about where ATMs can appear in casinos, Attorney General Maura Healey yesterday urged state gambling...
article Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville on target for June opening
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino told the state Gaming Commission today that the exterior of its $250 million slot-machine parlor in Plainville is 95 percent...

1/20/2015

article State Treasurer will look to protect lottery in age of casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Set to officially take office Wednesday morning, incoming Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg plans to highlight in a speech efforts she will...

1/18/2015

article Wynn, Jay Ash try to make nice / Former foes find script flipped
(Massachusetts) -- Boosters for the Wynn casino in Everett have found themselves in the awkward position of having to make nice with one of their most vocal former...

1/16/2015

article Selectmen: Casino will be a good move for Somerset
(Massachusetts) -- Despite recent comments to the contrary, the Board of Selectmen for “a couple of weeks” have known the principal of a major gaming...

1/14/2015

article State casinos not in running for last Bay State license
(Connecticut) -- It appears southeastern Connecticut's casinos have abandoned any lingering interest in expanding into Massachusetts. Neither Mohegan Sun nor...
article 4 groups interested in final Massachusetts casino license reserved for southeastern region
(Massachusetts) -- A prominent executive who ran casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas and a Brookline woman who wants to build one to benefit Native Americans are...
article Deadline Approaching For Forth MA Casino License
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts has already licensed three companies for gambling facilities, and a deadline of Jan. 30 is fast approaching for firms interested in...
article Lawmakers OK account for fees paid to Plainville by slots parlor
(Massachusetts) -- As the legislative session was coming to a close last week, the House and Senate approved a bill that will allow Plainville to create a special...
article One More Casino Debate For The State
(Massachusetts) -- Prospective casino operators are facing a January, 30 deadline to apply for Massachusetts' final gambling license. The state Gaming Commission...
article LaMattina: Stop Wynn permits
(Massachusetts) -- City Councilor Salvatore LaMattina is calling on Mayor Martin J. Walsh to hold off issuing roadwork permits vital to the Wynn Resorts casino in...

1/12/2015

article Massachusetts A Magnet For Casino Litigation [sub req]
(Massachusetts) -- Freshman mistakes by a fledgling regulator, an unprecedented level of transparency and an ambiguous state casino law are among factors that have...

1/11/2015

article Somerset casino bid 'a surprise'
(Massachusetts) -- Friday’s preliminary filing deadline required by commercial casino operators bidding for a gaming license in this Massachusetts region “...

1/10/2015

article Casino license applicants must hit today's deadline
(Massachusetts) -- The deadline for applying for the commercial casino license in Southeastern Massachusetts is Jan. 30, but unless potential applicants provide the...
article Casino license battle ramps up in southeastern Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- Competition for a casino license in southeast Massachusetts is heating up, with four likely applicants emerging weeks before a key deadline.
article Somerset casino bid 'a surprise'
(Massachusetts) -- Friday’s preliminary filing deadline required by commercial casino operators bidding for a gaming license in this Massachusetts region “...
article Springfield council president proposes casino ethics bill
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield’s city council president, in an effort to discourage abuse, on Wednesday proposed restricting when city leaders can seek employment...

1/4/2015

article OP/ED: Casino foes come up short
(Florida) -- As they rush toward the conclusion of the legislative session, lawmakers have dropped their push to clarify whether ATMs are allowed at Massachusetts...

1/3/2015

article Steve Wynn Ups His Ante in Boston Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Thanks to new additions to its original design, Wynn Resorts will spend $1.75 billion to build a Boston casino instead of the $1.6 billion it...
article Deval Patrick leaves a complex legacy
(Massachusetts) -- Deval Patrick looked out on Boston Common, presiding not only as the incoming governor but as the leader of a movement that had upended politics....

1/2/2015

article Lawmakers take no action on legality of ATMs in casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday dropped a proposal to clarify where ATMs can be located in casinos, leaving in place a state law from the 1980s...
article Wagering poised to continue at second former Mass. track
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday agreed to allow Suffolk Downs patrons to continue wagering on races broadcast from other tracks even though the...

1/1/2015

article Incoming Mass. AG Maura Healey calls for open debate over amendment to allow ATMs on casino property
(Massachusetts) -- As the Massachusetts House is poised to consider an amendment allowing ATM machines on the campuses of casinos, incoming Attorney General Maura Healey...

12/31/2014

article Casino ATMs must play by same rules
(Massachusetts) -- A bid by the Senate to amend and clarify the state law concerning where ATMs can be located in casinos and to what financial institutions it applies...
article Editorial: Casino ATM measure is misguided
(Massachusetts) -- THERE’S NO better time to slip in legal changes that avoid major scrutiny than the end-of-year informal sessions on Beacon Hill.
article Editorial: Casino ATM measure is misguided
(Massachusetts) -- THERE’S NO better time to slip in legal changes that avoid major scrutiny than the end-of-year informal sessions on Beacon Hill.
article Lawmakers drop casino-ATM language from banking bill
(Massachusetts) -- Hours after an appeal for a timeout from the next attorney general, the Massachusetts Legislature retreated from its late-session push for broader...
article Lawmakers take no action on legality of ATMs in casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday dropped a proposal to clarify where ATMs can be located in casinos, leaving in place a state law from the 1980s...
article New Year's Eve is time to make new laws on Beacon Hill
(Massachusetts) -- Time is running out on 2014, but lawmakers on Beacon Hill are taking full advantage of the remaining days on the legislative calendar to try to rush...
article Top 10 of 2014 (No. 1): Go ahead for Plainridge Park Casino means 'jobs, jobs, jobs'
(Massachusetts) -- When Plainridge Park Casino held a job fair in October in anticipation of the coming of expanded gambling, hundreds of applicants lined up looking for...

12/30/2014

article Effort underway to clarify casino ATM placement
(Massachusetts) -- A state lawmaker wants to clarify where banks can place ATMs in the state's newly-licensed casinos. The Boston Globe reports that state Sen....
article OP/ED: No ATM ‘controversy’
(Massachusetts) -- The attempt by anti-casino activists to starve gamblers of cash by banning ATMs from casinos in Massachusetts is just more overreach from the nanny...
article Plainville area legislators want to keep ATMs in casinos, but not too close to gamblers
(Massachusetts) -- Legislators representing the Plainville area say they want to keep ATM bank machines off the gambling floors at places like Plainridge Park Casino....
article OP/ED: Three casinos are enough for state
(New York) -- Less than 10 days after he said he wouldn’t second-guess the state Gaming Commission’s selections for three gambling casinos, Gov. Andrew Cuomo...

12/29/2014

article Wynn boosting Boston-area casino project
(Massachusetts) -- Steve Wynn is pumping up his planned resort casino for the Boston-area. The Boston Globe reports that the casino mogul has scrapped a proposed hotel...
article Wynn Won Big Everett Casino Bet In 2014
(Massachusetts) -- A showdown brewing since 2011 came to a head in 2014. As the year began, anticasino activists gathered support for a statewide ballot initiative to...
article Law change prompts controversy over ATMs' proximity to casinos
(Massachusetts) -- A quiet push by lawmakers to update the state's rules around locating automated teller machines, or ATMs, at casinos has sparked a heated debate...

12/28/2014

article TOP 10 of 2014 (No. 3): Election meant gambling here to stay in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- After Foxboro, Boston, Milford and Palmer blocked casinos from moving in, gambling opponents said voters statewide were ready to repeal a casino law...

12/27/2014

article Can Mass. casinos compete?
(Massachusetts) -- The state’s gaming czar says local casinos are ready to weather mounting competitive pressures in New York and Connecticut in 2015, as his...

12/26/2014

article A Look Back At Casino News In 2014
(Massachusetts) -- WBUR’s Jack Lepiarz joins Morning Edition to discuss the news of casino proposals in Massachusetts this year. Lepiarz brings us back through his...

12/24/2014

article Lawyers take aim at Wynn’s Boston-area casino license
(Massachusetts) -- A memorandum of law obtained by Lawyers Weekly accuses Wynn Resorts of violating state law by failing to disclose an August letter it received from...
article Revere Mounts Another Challenge to Wynn Casino Decision
(Massachusetts) -- Revere keeps on scratching in its casino fight. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly reports the city sent a memorandum of law to the state gaming commission...

12/19/2014

article Gaming industry regulators considering to change the standards
(Massachusetts) -- Casinos are coming to Massachusetts but how hard will it be to a get job on the gambling floors, especially if you have a criminal record.

12/18/2014

article BUILD: At Wynn casinos, we all look bronzed
(Massachusetts) -- Casino mogul Steve Wynn is expected to release new renderings of his Everett gambling resort in January. He is a man famous for his laser-like focus...
article LEUNG: Third resort casino in Massachusetts is a risky bet
(Massachusetts) -- For the most part, Deval Patrick has let the state Gaming Commission do its thing — until now. As the commission plods along on a third resort...

12/17/2014

article American Gaming Association 'extremely disappointed' in Boston FBI agents saying casino gaming will increase public corruption in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- The American Gaming Association is taking issue with the FBI in Boston warning that the proliferation of casino gaming will bring renewed issues of...
article Casino corruption comment was unnecessary, counterproductive: Editorial
(Massachusetts) -- A month after Massachusetts voters decisively endorsed casino gambling by referendum, a comment from an FBI official shows lingering reluctance of its...
article Planning council head takes over state gaming commission
(Massachusetts) -- The executive director of a planning commission that serves greater Newburyport was sworn in as the chair of an advisory panel to the state gaming...

12/16/2014

article Ex-Methuen mayor takes helm of gaming advisory panel
(Massachusetts) -- The former mayor of Methuen on Tuesday was sworn in as the chair of an advisory panel to the state gaming commission. Dennis DiZoglio, who served as...

12/15/2014

article FBI introduces public corruption tip line
(Massachusetts) -- Citing past cases and expanded gambling’s “fertile ground” for public corruption, FBI officials in Boston launched a toll-free tip...
article FBI unveils public corruption tipline, website
(Massachusetts) -- The Boston office of the FBI sought the public’s help Monday in rooting out public corruption, warning that the state’s fledging casino...
article FBI's Boston office warns of corruption in casino industry
(Massachusetts) -- The head of the FBI's Boston office said Monday he's concerned the expansion of casino gambling might lead to an increase in public corruption...

12/14/2014

article Top 5 Business Stories of 2014
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the NECN Boston Business Editors roundtable joined NECN to countdown the top five business stories of 2014.

12/13/2014

article Safety Top-of-Mind for Bus, Gaming Associations
(Massachusetts) -- The trip to the casino shouldn’t be as much of a gamble as the slot machine. Two leading associations in the busing and gaming industries agree...
article Guest View: Mitchell stalling on casino negotiations, and time is running out for New Bedford
(Massachusetts) -- KG Urban Enterprises agrees with the Standard-Times that the looming Massachusetts Gaming Commission deadline obliges both KG Urban and Mayor Mitchell...

12/12/2014

article Plainville casino to pilot bet-limiting system
(Massachusetts) -- Penn National Gaming will test a new system to help gamblers set limits on their betting at the slot parlor it is building in Plainville.
article Bill Weld’s reinvention as lobbyist is jarring
(Massachusetts) -- Charlie Baker, the incoming governor, talks about William F. Weld, the former governor, in almost paternalistic terms, regularly listing him as one of...
article Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld Registers as Statehouse Lobbyist
(Massachusetts) -- Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld played a prominent role in helping to get Charlie Baker elected Governor.

12/11/2014

article Carney considers casino, along with thoroughbreds, at fairgrounds
(Massachusetts) -- The Carney family is floating the idea of bringing a casino to Brockton. In recent days, the Carneys, who own the Brockton Fairgrounds and Raynham...

12/10/2014

article Gambling foe questions how well self-limiting slot machines will work
(Massachusetts) -- A new "play management" system that will be used a Plainridge Park Casino slot machines will be a helpful tool for customers, but won't...
article A look Penn National Gaming's Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, by the numbers
(Massachusetts) -- The road to winning a license for a slots parlor in Massachusetts was full of twists and turns for Penn National Gaming. But after losing a...
article American Bus Association wants to work with casino industry to ensure safety
(Massachusetts) -- Stung by a string of crashes involving buses ferrying gamblers to casinos, the American Bus Association is working with gambling trade group the...

12/9/2014

article Plainville casino to pilot bet-limiting system
(Massachusetts) -- Penn National Gaming will test a new system to help gamblers set limits on their betting at the slot parlor it is building in Plainville. The...

12/8/2014

article Massachusetts Study To Shed Light On Casino Impacts [sub req]
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts has embarked on a multimillion-dollar study aimed at gauging the negative impact of casino gambling, an initiative that could have far-...

12/7/2014

article Somerville sues over Wynn license
(Massachusetts) -- Somerville has sued the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to block a casino development near its border, accusing the state panel of breaking the law...

12/5/2014

article Mass. Regulators Approve Pilot To Limit Casino Betting
(Massachusetts) -- Casino regulators have approved a first-in-the-nation program that allows Massachusetts gamblers to voluntarily set limits for how much money they are...
article Opposition to Plans for Mystic River Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts is letting Wynn Resorts open a casino on the banks of the Mystic River, despite the participation of "at least one convicted felon...

12/4/2014

article Casinos to offer gamblers voluntary bet limits
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission on Thursday signed off on a pilot program at the planned slots parlor in Plainville that would give gamblers the voluntary...
article Massachusetts to test new tool to limit gambling losses at Penn National Gaming slots parlor in Plainville
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission on Thursday signed off on a pilot program at the planned slots parlor in Plainville, giving gamblers the voluntary option...
article State panel adopts plan to let gamblers limit slot losses
(Massachusetts) -- Casino patrons in Massachusetts will become the first in the country to be given the opportunity to “manage” their losses while playing...
article Gaming investigators question Wynn over report of IRS probe
(Massachusetts) -- State gaming commission investigators recently requested — and received — information from Wynn Resorts regarding a reported investigation...
article Mass. Gaming Commission investigating Wynn Resorts amid questions over alleged money laundering
(Massachusetts) -- The state gaming commission's investigation and enforcement bureau has begun an inquiry following a news report on the Internal Revenue Service...
article Plainridge Park Casino exceeds goals for diversity in hiring, spending
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino has met or exceeded almost all its goals for diversity in hiring and spending on its $225 million construction project. The...
article COLUMN: Revere’s mayor putting it all on the table
(Massachusetts) -- The only thing shiny and new about Suffolk Downs these days is the padlock hanging from a rusty chain on the faded red stable gate. The horses and...

12/3/2014

article Revere’s mayor putting it all on the table
(Massachusetts) -- The only thing shiny and new about Suffolk Downs these days is the padlock hanging from a rusty chain on the faded red stable gate. The horses and...

12/2/2014

article Is Massachusetts a Risky Bet for Casino Operators?
(Massachusetts) -- Gamblers in the northeastern U.S. will soon be very spoiled for choice. In early November, Massachusetts residents voted overwhelmingly to allow Las...
article Revere Mayor Rizzo demands that Mass Gaming Commission investigate Wynn-related to concerns about money laundering
(Massachusetts) -- Revere Mayor Daniel Rizzo is demanding that Massachusetts Gaming Commission investigate the details behind a recent Wall Street Journal story that...
article Massachusetts Casino Opponents Consider Next Steps
(Massachusetts) -- After failing last month to repeal the state’s casino law, activists in Massachusetts may become watchdogs over the industry. Steve Abdow, one...
article UMass Amherst to conduct study on gambling problems
(Massachusetts) -- With plans for casino construction underway in Massachusetts, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Gaming...

12/1/2014

article Massachusetts To Weigh Concessions For Final Casino License [sub req]
(Massachusetts) -- Exactly how to attract bidders to one of the most highly competitive casino markets in New England is stirring debate among Massachusetts regulators...
article State to study impact of new casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts will not get its first slot machines until the summer, but the state is already becoming a laboratory for gambling research, which may...
article Unbowed by defeat, anticasino activists regroup
(Massachusetts) -- Having failed to block the gambling industry from the state, anticasino activists are reassessing their roles and beginning to evolve into watchdog...

11/28/2014

article EDITORIAL: Border Towns Should Beware Springfield Casino
(Connecticut) -- Towns that border Massachusetts had better prepare for the costly and more violent crime that might follow a new casino in Springfield.
article State to study impact of new casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts will not get its first slot machines until the summer, but the state is already becoming a laboratory for gambling research, which may...

11/26/2014

article CROSBY: A data-driven understanding of gambling
(Massachusetts) -- Now that the people of the Commonwealth have determined that the state’s casino law will remain in place, it is particularly important that the...
article Bad blood between New Bedford, casino developer has been building
(Massachusetts) -- The dispute between the city and KG Urban Enterprises that erupted in Page 1 headlines last week had been brewing for much of this year and the bad...

11/25/2014

article Problem Gambling is the Focus of a New Study
(Massachusetts) -- Problem gambling is the focus of a new study. It’s being conducted by the UMass Amherst School of Public Health in conjunction with the...

11/23/2014

article Gambling regulators set new deadlines for Massachusetts' 3rd and final resort casino license
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling regulators have set new application deadlines for Massachusetts' third and final resort casino license. The Massachusetts Gaming...
article Casinos pushing back on state gambling limits
(Massachusetts) -- Casino companies are voicing strong concerns about a plan by state gambling regulators to limit the time and money gamblers spend at casinos.
article Voluntary limits won't stop gambling addiction: Viewpoint
(Massachusetts) -- You didn't really think the gambling debate in Massachusetts would end on Election Night, did you? Nearly three weeks after the casino issue in...

11/22/2014

article Casinos, charter, and the ballot box
(Massachusetts) -- Two and half years ago Tewksbury voters soundly rejected major changes in the town charter that would eliminate town meeting and institute a nine-...

11/21/2014

article Casino foe: Hold up Wynn
(Massachusetts) -- A casino critic is demanding the $1.6 billion gaming palace slated for Everett be frozen after a bombshell report that federal authorities are...
article MGM Springfield, Wynn Everett, Penn National Gaming prepare to make initial payments associated with Massachusetts casino licenses
(Massachusetts) -- Millions of dollars in gambling money will begin flowing into local government coffers in earnest now that the Massachusetts casino law survived an...
article Regulators set deadlines for final casino license
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling regulators have set new application deadlines for Massachusetts' third and final resort casino license. The Massachusetts Gaming...
article New Bedford wants developer to pay for casino impact study
(Massachusetts) -- The city has objected to KG Urban Enterprises’ call for negotiating a host community agreement for a downtown, waterfront casino, saying the...
article Casinos push back on Mass. gambling limits
(Massachusetts) -- In a rarely used tactic meant to address gambling addiction, Massachusetts may require casinos to reward their customers for voluntarily setting...
article Massachusetts Regulators to Decide on Issue of Limiting time and Money for Gamblers
(Massachusetts) -- Though it is a very rarely used strategy for addressing gambling addiction, yet the regulators of Massachusetts may call for casinos to allow their...
article MGM executive takes aim at UMass Amherst researcher in charge of new problem gambling study for Mass. Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- Dr. Rachel Volberg is a UMass Amherst professor who has been researching gambling and problem gambling for nearly 30 years, but it seems at least one...
article Voluntary limits won't stop gambling addiction: Viewpoint
(Massachusetts) -- You didn't really think the gambling debate in Massachusetts would end on Election Night, did you? Nearly three weeks after the casino issue in...

11/20/2014

article Casinos push back on Massachusetts gambling limits
(Massachusetts) -- The state's three licensed casino companies voiced strong concerns Thursday about a plan floated by regulators to limit the time and money...
article Compromise seen in helping gamblers limit losses at casinos
(Massachusetts) -- The state casino industry and its state regulators on Thursday moved closer to a compromise on providing patrons with a system to help some gamblers...
article Mass. Gaming Commission discusses voluntary system to limit slot machine losses at casinos with MGM, Wynn and Penn National
(Massachusetts) -- With a few months until the state's first slot machine starts flashing and clinking, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission spent time at its meeting...
article MGM Resorts seeking to raise $1 billion in new debt
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International said Thursday it hopes to raise $1 billion in new debt to help pay for some of the development costs surrounding the company...
article MGM, Wynn to take on $1 billion in debt each for projects
(Massachusetts) -- Two Las Vegas-based casino companies say they each plan to take on at least $1 billion in debt to help pay for new casino-hotel developments in...
article OP/ED: Devising rules to cut back on casino damage
(Massachusetts) -- With voters having defeated a referendum repealing the casino law, state officials are now obligated to keep the damage to a minimum. That poses a...
article Wynn Resorts delivers $1 million check
(Massachusetts) -- Three weeks after Massachusetts voters rejected the effort to repeal the state’s 2011 casino law, Robert DeSalvio, President of Wynn Resorts presented...
article UMass Amherst partnering with Mass. Gaming Commission on multi-year study to tackle problem gambling
(Massachusetts) -- In an effort to limit the negative affects of casino gaming in the commonwealth, the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s School of Public...

11/18/2014

article Already, gambling revenue in Massachusetts starting to flow
(Massachusetts) -- Gamblers have yet to spend a nickle at expanded venues in Massachusetts, but already Plainville and Plainridge Park Casino - along with programs...
article Casino cash heading to Massachusetts communities
(Massachusetts) -- Millions of dollars in gambling money will begin flowing into local government coffers in earnest now that the state's casino law survived an...
article Gaming board eyes home liens ban
(Massachusetts) -- Casinos in Massachusetts would be prohibited from placing liens on the homes of their customers to collect unpaid gambling debts, a tactic used by two...
article Massachusetts casino licensing fees: How lawmakers will spend the total $195 million from MGM, Wynn and Penn National
(Massachusetts) -- As one might expect, money is at the heart of the draw to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts. And with the ballot initiative to repeal the...
article Holmes: Springfield's 'inside out' casino
(Massachusetts) -- One criticism of casino developments, often on the mark, is that they are self-enclosed worlds, without windows or clocks, designed to keep gamblers...
article Ludlow Selectman Aaron Saunders seeking to protect casino mitigation funds for Ludlow and other surrounding communities
(Massachusetts) -- Selectman Aaron Saunders says he wants to make sure Ludlow gets all the money it is entitled to from a mitigation fund for communities surrounding...
article Incentive plan to restrict gambling losses decried
(Massachusetts) -- Even as the casino industry’s main trade group on Tuesday blasted a proposal to give gamblers tools that could help them limit their losses on...

11/17/2014

article MGM pays $85 million Bay State casino license fee
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International has paid Massachusetts a required $85 million gambling licensing fee for its $800 million Springfield resort casino on...
article Holmes: Is Springfield on the rise with a casino?
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ third largest city has been on a downhill slide for at least 40 years. A proposed new downtown casino is just one reason things...

11/15/2014

article Uncertainty still swirls around SouthCoast casino license
(Massachusetts) -- The immediate threat may have been removed, but there’s still plenty of uncertainty swirling around any developer’s bid for the resort...
article Some Hope to Cash In on Casino Town Real Estate
(Massachusetts) -- Gritty Everett and sleepy Plainville are fast becoming real estate hot spots as both communities prepare for the arrival of Vegas-style gambling.

11/13/2014

article Plans for Massachusetts casinos underway
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts received a unanimous vote Friday from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, officially granting each company...

11/12/2014

article Connecticut plan could threaten MGM
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ fledging gambling industry is shrugging off a potential casino on the Connecticut border aimed at siphoning off gamblers heading...
article As Mohegan Sun eyes expansion to compete with Massachusetts casinos, MGM Springfield says it will 'dominate' the region's gaming market
(Massachusetts) -- In response to a report that the Connecticut-based Mohegan Sun is considering expansion to compete against Massachusetts casino projects like the...

11/10/2014

article Plainville hopes to use money from slots at Plainridge to turn on street lights
(Massachusetts) -- One of the first thing town officials want to do with money that will soon be rolling in from slot machines at Plainridge Park Casino is to turn on...
article Massachusetts Gaming Chief Gets Back In The Saddle [sub req]
(Massachusetts) -- The previously embattled chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has taken back full control of the agency after having recused himself for...

11/9/2014

article State plans measures to curb problem gambling
(Massachusetts) -- The flashing lights and pulsating music of 1,250 slot machines will beckon to them, along with the eternal promise of a jackpot. But patrons who enter...

11/8/2014

article Casinos Spent $14M To Defeat Repeal Question
(Massachusetts) -- Groups seeking to promote or defeat this year’s four ballot questions spent over $28 million, far more than any previous election, according to...
article Massachusetts Residents Repeal Call for Online Casino’s
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters this past Tuesday in the US state have repealed a 2011 state law that allows three regional resort casinos and a single slots...
article Gaming commission finalizes Springfield, Everett licenses
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts International have been officially awarded the state's first two resort casino licenses, following unanimous votes...
article Gaming's benefits begin to trickle down
(Massachusetts) -- It didn't take long for Massachusetts to receive its first concrete benefit for passing a casino-gaming law in 2011 and successfully preserving it...
article Massachusetts governor-elect praises casino development
(Massachusetts) -- Governor-elect Charlie Baker is promising that education will be a priority of his new administration and is praising the development of an MGM casino...
article Progress in Massachusetts Casino Licenses
(Massachusetts) -- Two gambling operators have finally been awarded Massachusetts casino licenses after being in limbo for several months.

11/7/2014

article Gambling industry spends $14m to defeat gambling question
(Massachusetts) -- Casino companies and their supporters spent nearly $14 million in their successful campaign to defeat a ballot question on repealing the state's...
article How Many Casinos Can Mass. Handle?
(Massachusetts) -- A huge $85 million check was featured at the meeting of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission symbolizing the fee paid by Wynn Resorts after being...
article Baker lauds casino plan as he makes 1st visit to west-central Massachusetts since his election
(Massachusetts) -- Gov.-elect Charlie Baker praised the development of an MGM casino in downtown Springfield on Friday as he made his first visit to west-central...

11/6/2014

article Massachusetts casinos now a safe bet
(Massachusetts) -- The march toward Las Vegas-style gambling in the Bay State begins in earnest now that voters have resoundingly defeated a ballot question to repeal...
article MGM officially awarded Massachusetts gaming license
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gaming regulators officially awarded MGM Resorts International a gaming license Thursday to develop an $800 million hotel-casino complex...
article The Towns That Once Opposed Casinos Voted in Favor of Gambling on Election Day
(Massachusetts) -- The anti-casino rhetoric was strong in a number of communities across Massachusetts over the last couple of years, as several proposed gambling...
article Wynn Resorts pays state $85M in first casino installment
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts presented a jumbo-sized $85 million check to the state Gaming Commission today, the required license fee for its proposed $1.6 billion...
article Formal casino licenses granted for Springfield, Everett
(Massachusetts) -- The state gambling commission on Thursday formally granted resort casino licenses to MGM Resorts and to Wynn Resorts, and deposited $85 million in...
article Gaming Commission head Stephen Crosby says he's not going anywhere once Charlie Baker sworn in
(Massachusetts) -- With a switch in governors occurring in January, the head of the state gaming commission plans to stay where he is. Stephen Crosby, who heads up the...
article Repeal dead, Walsh ready to deal with Wynn Resorts
(Massachusetts) -- With casinos now here to stay, Mayor Martin J. Walsh said he is ready to talk turkey with Wynn Resorts on improvements to Boston roadways leading to...
article City seeks further delay in casino application deadline
(Massachusetts) -- The city is asking the state Gaming Commission to again delay the deadline for applications for a resort casino license in Southeastern Massachusetts.

11/5/2014

article 5 things to know about Massachusetts casinos
(Massachusetts) -- The march toward Las Vegas-style gambling in the Bay State begins in earnest now that voters have resoundingly defeated a ballot question to repeal...
article A defeat of Question 3 means victory for Plainridge Park Casino
(Massachusetts) -- After years of worrying if their livelihoods will survive, local residents who toil in the harness horse racing industry now know their jobs will...
article Gambling industry finds allies in former foes
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts towns that last year spurned plans for glitzy gambling resorts generally voted with the casino industry on Tuesday, suggesting the...
article Law clearing way for Massachusetts casinos survives repeal vote
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters on Tuesday upheld a 2011 law that paved the way for legal casino gambling in the state, voting down a referendum that would have...
article Mass. Voters Reject Casino Repeal; Expanded Gambling Will Stand
(Massachusetts) -- Casinos are still coming to Massachusetts. Voters have decided not to repeal the 2011 law that allowed for three casinos and a slots parlor to be...
article Massachusetts Voters Clear Way for Wynn, MGM Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters cleared the way for new casinos from Wynn Resorts Ltd. (WYNN), MGM Resorts International (MGM) and Penn National Gaming Inc. (...
article Massachussets Voters Back Billions in Casino Development
(Massachusetts) -- It's not often that a company is heavily directly affected by an election, but in the case of Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts Tuesday's election...
article Question 3 defeated; Mass. voters opt to keep casino gambling law
(Massachusetts) -- Voters dealt casinos the winning hand. Massachusetts voters rejected Question 3 on Tuesday, saying yes to the state’s fledgling casino industry...

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