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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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6/28/2016

article Court: Slots parlor question properly certified for ballot
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts' highest court has ruled that a proposed ballot question allowing the state to issue a second slots parlor license can go before...
article MA Court Rules in Favor of Slots Referendum
(Massachusetts) -- A statewide referendum to allow a slot-machine parlor adjacent to Suffolk Downs will move forward after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled...
article SJC approves ballot question allowing second Massachusetts slots parlor
(Massachusetts) -- The Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday rejected an attempt to block a ballot question that would allow a second slots parlor in Massachusetts. "...
article SJC: Suffolk Downs slots parlor question properly certified for 2016 ballot
(Massachusetts) -- A ballot question authorizing a slots parlor at the former Suffolk Downs horse racing track was properly certified for this November's ballot,...
article Top state court approves ballot question on slots parlor linked to Suffolk Downs
(Massachusetts) -- The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts on Tuesday paved the way for a ballot question on whether to license a second slots parlor in the state....

6/25/2016

article Plainridge casino says there’s no deception in their online casino game
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino executives told state gambling regulators Thursday that there is no deception involved in their online casino game, which some...

6/24/2016

article Massachusetts Inches Closer To Legalizing Online Lottery
(Massachusetts) -- Throughout 2016, online gaming proponents have focused on several states considered to be strong candidates for online expansion, namely, New York,...

6/23/2016

article Are online casino games dangerous to some users?
(Massachusetts) -- Representatives of two of the country’s largest casino companies on Thursday are scheduled to appear at the state Gaming Commission to respond...
article Harness racing at Plainridge sees revival thanks to slots
(Massachusetts) -- Joe Therian has been in the horse racing business all his life, but the industry got so bad in Massachusetts he moved to Saratoga, N.Y., in 2003....

6/21/2016

article MA Fund Splits Altered to Favor Standardbreds
(Massachusetts) -- Thoroughbred horsemen in Massachusetts will get a significantly smaller allocation of the state's multimillion dollar Race Horse Development Fund...

6/17/2016

article Bill to allow online lottery sales gets push at Statehouse
(Massachusetts) -- A legislative committee has advanced a proposal that could allow lottery tickets to be sold online in Massachusetts. Under current state law, lottery...

6/16/2016

article Plainridge Park casino revenue steady last month
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino ticked down almost 2 percent in May to about the same level as the previous three month.
article Slight rise in monthly slot revenues for Plainridge Park Casino
(Massachusetts) -- In Massachusetts, Plainridge Park Casino has seen total slot revenues for May increase by 1.3% month-on-on-month to $13.48 million with the venue...
article Committee okays Lottery move to online gaming
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Lottery would be authorized to offer its products online and on mobile applications, something the Lottery has said is essential to...

6/15/2016

article Plainridge Park Casino saw $13.5 million in gambling revenue in May
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino, the state's sole slots parlor, took in $13.5 million in the month of May, according to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission...
article Slots not paying off as much as hoped as Plainridge nears one-year mark
(Pennsylvania) -- As Plainridge Park Casino approaches its one-year anniversary, revenue has ticked up, but the slots parlor is still delivering less than the state...

6/13/2016

article Mass. Gaming Commission launches PlayMyWay at Plainridge Park Casino
(Massachusetts) -- On Wednesday, June 8, at 5 a.m., the Massachusetts Gaming Commission launched its long-awaited PlayMyWay budget management program at Plainridge Park...

6/11/2016

article As gambling options expand, Fall River addicts caution 'you can always have a lower rock bottom'
(Massachusetts) -- Another try. One more spin of the slots. One more chance at a sure thing. Something to scratch. Just one more bet. It’s a gambler’s prayer...

6/10/2016

article Plainridge Casino agrees to cut odds on problem gambling
(Massachusetts) -- Amid a sea of gamblers at Plainridge Park Casino Thursday, Mark Vander Linden hit the spin button on a brightly colored slot machine. Then, something...
article Gamblers get chance to limit wagers
(Massachusetts) -- Robert Long sat at a brightly lit “Cherry Red” slot machine, pumped cash into it and set his budget for an afternoon of gambling at $200.

6/9/2016

article Keller @ Large: State Plays Pretend With New Program To Curb Compulsive Gambling
(Massachusetts) -- It landed in my inbox Wednesday, and at first, I thought it was gag of some kind – a new “responsible gaming initiative” from the...

6/6/2016

article Plainville Town Meeting earmarks $2 million in casino money for new town hall, public safety buildings
(Massachusetts) -- Residents at Monday's annual town meeting voted unanimously to use $2 million the town has received from Plainridge Park Casino to plan for new...

6/4/2016

article Building design funding with casino cash on agenda for Plainville town meeting
(Massachusetts) -- The first sizable benefit of Plainridge Park Casino is coming down the pike as residents are being asked to support new town hall and public safety...

6/2/2016

article The future of the Mass. lottery could be online
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Lottery Commission reports that lottery sales in the state and other states have become stagnant. The Commission is trying to...

6/1/2016

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission Set to Debut Problem Gambling Prevention Shield
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is taking extra steps to curb problem gambling as two mega-casino resorts are slated to open in the coming...

5/31/2016

article New voluntary gambling control program set for Plainridge Park Casino
(Massachusetts) -- An unique experiment in setting voluntary limits on gambling will kick off at Plainridge Park Casino Wednesday as a software program will allow slot...

5/30/2016

article Massachusetts casino testing new approach to preventing gambling addiction
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts is set to launch this week a first-in-the-nation system allowing slot players to limit their bets, following months of planning and some...
article Springfield casino seeks to blend into historic downtown
(Illinois) -- When it opens in 2018, the MGM Resorts casino will make a historical claim hard to imagine amid thousands of flashing, whirling, slot machines: two pre-...

5/16/2016

article Gambling revenue ticks up slightly at Plainridge
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino ticked up almost 2 percent in April, building on gains that have brightened the financial outlook at the...
article Revenue down slightly in April at Plainridge Park Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Revenue was down slightly at Plainridge Park Casino in April, although Plainridge contends the dip was due to April having one less day than March.

5/15/2016

article First Light Resort and Casino hosts successful job fair
(Massachusetts) -- Despite not opening until 2018, the First Light Resort and Casino is already working on the hiring process for the venue. Hosting a job fair yesterday...
article MGM begins work on 1st new structure of Massachusetts casino
(Massachusetts) -- MGM is preparing to erect the first new structure of its $950 million Springfield casino. Crews have been clearing the roughly 14-acre development...

5/14/2016

article Job fair for new casino attracts hundreds
(Massachusetts) -- In a small way, cocktail waitresses Jazlyn Khun and Sara Sok on Saturday embodied the anticipated shake up in the regional casino business more than a...

5/13/2016

article Ballot petitioners gear up for new round of signatures
(Massachusetts) -- A new round of signature collections is now all that stands between a half-dozen state ballot initiatives and Massachusetts voters in November.

5/11/2016

article BLOG: Last-ditch effort from Mohegan Sun to stop Wynn Boston casino
(Massachusetts) -- Mohegan Sun is taking its fight to prevent Wynn Resorts from building a casino in the Boston area to the state's highest court. Attorneys for Wynn...
article State panel gets primer on ‘social casino games’
(Massachusetts) -- Millions of people are spending a lot of time — and money — on social games like “Candy Crush” and “Angry Birds”...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission To Consider MGM Casino Redesign
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gaming industry regulators are expected to vote Thursday on design changes for the MGM Springfield casino. In an effort to control...

5/10/2016

article State gaming commission set to discuss online casino games
(Massachusetts) -- A national specialist in gambling addiction and representatives of the online gaming industry are slated to make presentations to the state Gaming...
article State casino money for horse racing falls into question
(Massachusetts) -- The decline of thoroughbred horse racing in Massachusetts, worsened by the failure of bids to build casinos at two state tracks, could require the...

5/8/2016

article Demolition continues in Springfield to make way for new MGM Casino
(Massachusetts) -- The MGM Springfield Casino project is steadily moving along as contractors continue to demolish areas within the footprint of the project. Over the...

5/6/2016

article These 7 questions could appear on a ballot in November
(Massachusetts) -- A new round of signature collections is now all that stands between a half-dozen state ballot initiatives and Massachusetts voters in November.

5/5/2016

article Carney to pursue horse racing at Brockton Fairgrounds after casino bid dies
(Massachusetts) -- Thoroughbred horse racing is poised to return to the Brockton Fairgrounds this summer, after Massachusetts regulators rejected a bid to build a casino...
article Casino dashed, horse racing set to return to Brockton Fairgrounds
(Massachusetts) -- After a 15-year hiatus, thoroughbred horse racing is set to return to the Brockton Fairgrounds this summer, with a planned schedule of 30 racing days...
article Suffolk Downs to hold three live racing events this year
(Massachusetts) -- Suffolk Downs in East Boston will hold three live horse racing events this summer. Two-day racing cards will be presented July 9-10, Aug. 6-7, and...

5/4/2016

article Commission Rejects Application for Resort Casino in Brockton
(Massachusetts) -- The wait is over and the decision is in. On Thursday, April 28, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 4-1 against awarding a commercial license to...
article Fairgrounds owner pursues horse racing after casino bid dies
(Massachusetts) -- Thoroughbred horse racing is poised to return to the Brockton Fairgrounds this summer, after Massachusetts regulators rejected a bid to build a casino...

5/1/2016

article D'ARCONTE: Casinos, not us, gambling
(Massachusetts) -- Casinos to right of us! Casinos to left of us! Casinos in front of us, volley'd and thunder'd. Apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, but casino...

4/29/2016

article Inside Gaming: Brockton Casino Plan Rejected, Nevada Down in March & NFL Franchise Eyes Vegas
(USA) -- A proposal from Mass Gaming & Entertainment to build a new $677 million casino in Brockton, Massachusetts was rejected by the Massachusetts Gaming...
article Brockton: Mayor Speaks Out After Gaming Commission Rejects Casino License Application
(Massachusetts) -- Brockton’s mayor is speaking out after the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted against granting a license for a city casino.
article Keller @ Large: Gaming Commission’s Bad Decision Hurts Brockton
(Massachusetts) -- We legalized casino gambling in Massachusetts five years ago to bring jobs and investment to areas of the state that badly needed them.

4/27/2016

article Gaming board chair tries to KO Brockton casino bid
(Massachusetts) -- It comes down to this: The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has a casino applicant in Brockton that failed to impress and a project in Taunton that...

4/26/2016

article Brockton casino bid faces crucial vote this week
(Massachusetts) -- The state’s Gaming Commission will begin its public review of a proposed Brockton casino Tuesday, with a vote expected later in the week.
article Casino Regulators Begin Review Of Brockton Proposal
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gambling regulators are beginning a multiday review of a casino project in Brockton. Chicago casino developer Neil Bluhm is proposing a...
article Editorial: It’s Brockton’s turn
(Massachusetts) -- Since passage of the expanded gambling law in 2011, southeastern Massachusetts — so-called “Region C” — has lived in a sort of...
article Hit and Run: Tom Dwan Lost a $20m Pot; Update on MA Casino License; Stratosphere Is Turning 20
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ never-ending casino quagmire. PokerStars announces NJSCOOP dates and details. Tom Dwan lost a $20 million pot according to Dan...

4/25/2016

article Five things to know about Brockton casino deliberations
(Massachusetts) -- The five-member Massachusetts Gaming Commission is holding public deliberations starting on Tuesday morning to decide on whether to allow a casino to...
article A New Casino in Southeast Massachusetts? State Gaming Commission to Decide This Week
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts' casino scene could get more crowded. The state Gaming Commission is deciding this week whether to award the state's third and...
article Decision on Brockton casino to be decided by Mass Gaming Commission this week
(Massachusetts) -- This week, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will decide if the state’s third and final gambling license will be awarded to Neil Bluhm, a...

4/24/2016

article Gaming Commission To Decide This Week On Brockton Fairgrounds Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ casino scene could get more crowded. The state Gaming Commission is deciding this week whether to award the state’s third...
article Mass. weighs another casino for crowded southeast
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts' casino scene could get more crowded. The state Gaming Commission is deciding this week whether to award the state's third and...

4/21/2016

article Brockton: Casino License Decision Looms
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts legislators are warning that if the State Gaming Commission approves a proposed Brockton casino next week, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe...

4/20/2016

article Commission closing in on southeastern Mass. casino determination
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming regulators have laid out their timetable for making the final determination as to whether they will license a commercial casino in southeastern...
article Police say Massachusetts’ first casino fails to spark apocalyptic crime wave
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ first casino hasn’t sparked a rise in criminality in its surrounding communities, according to a report prepared for state...

4/19/2016

article Editorial: A safe bet so far
(Massachusetts) -- Casino opponents seem to want to portray Plainridge Park Casino — and by extension, any other gaming facility that eventually sets up shop in...
article A historic Massachusetts church is on the move.
(Massachusetts) -- A historic Massachusetts church is on the move. Construction crews on Tuesday started moving the 129-year-old First Spiritualist Church in Springfield...

4/18/2016

article Plainridge Park Casino posts modest revenue increase for March
(Massachusetts) -- Revenue was up only slightly last month at Plainridge Park Casino, but the increase may have been due to there being more days in March than February...
article Report: Plainville slots had little link to crime
(Massachusetts) -- While there was no significant increase in crime the area surrounding Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, the area did see an uptick in traffic-...

4/16/2016

article Revenue at Plainridge Park Casino flat in March
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino remained at about the same level in March as the month before as managers of the state’s first casino...

4/15/2016

article Casino sparks traffic issues
(Massachusetts) -- Although traffic and credit card issues are up around the Plainridge Park Casino, a study of the state's first legal gambling parlor has found no...
article MGC: Crime increasing after Plainridge casino opened is a coincidence
(Massachusetts) -- Communities near Plainridge Park Casino have seen an uptick in crime since the slots parlor opened in June 2015. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission...

4/14/2016

article Consultant: Crime increased around state's 1st casino
(Massachusetts) -- Communities around Plainridge Park Casino have seen an uptick in crime since it opened, but much of it does not appear to be directly attributable to...
article No crime increase seen in first months of Plainridge casino
(Massachusetts) -- The opening of the state’s first casino in Plainville has not caused an increase in crime in the area, according to an analysis of data from the...

4/9/2016

article Co. behind proposed Brockton casino hit with $1.65M penalty
(Massachusetts) -- An arm of Rush Street Gaming — the Chicago company that’s pushing a resort casino proposal in Brockton — has been hit with a $1.65...

4/8/2016

article Harness racing back on the track at Plainridge Park in Plainville
(Massachusetts) -- Harness racing will resume Monday at Plainridge Park Casino with a longer race season and larger purses. There will be 115 days of racing at the Route...

4/6/2016

article Massachusetts horsemen propose equine center with new racetrack
(Massachusetts) -- Organizations representing horse breeds across Massachusetts will join together to support the construction of an equine center in the state that...

4/4/2016

article Ballot Initiative for Another Slots Parlor in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters may have the choice to “hit” or “stand” on another gaming establishment. A potential ballot question for...

4/3/2016

article Plainridge boosts revenue with offers of free play
(Massachusetts) -- After a strong opening last summer, Plainridge Park Casino saw its revenue drop for five consecutive months, a downward spiral that raised questions...

4/1/2016

article See how much surrounding communities would get from Brockton casino payments
(Massachusetts) -- While Brockton stands to benefit most financially from community impact payments from a casino in the city, there are now firm figures on what the...

3/29/2016

article Massachusetts Gambling Commission asks for presentation on online slot machines
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission on Tuesday called on Plainridge Park Casino to present information about its new online games, digital slot machines that...

3/28/2016

article Advocates, opponents meet in Brockton over casino
(Massachusetts) -- Supporters and opponents of a proposed $677 million casino in Brockton made their final arguments to the five-member Massachusetts Gaming Commission...
article Pivotal meeting looms Monday on Brockton casino proposal
(Massachusetts) -- The five-member Massachusetts Gaming Commission is now wrestling with a complicated decision on whether to issue a license for a casino in Brockton,...

3/27/2016

article Work on Massachusetts MGM casino kicking into full gear
(Massachusetts) -- This time last year, MGM officials and state and city leaders were reveling in a confetti-filled groundbreaking at the future site of a resort casino...

3/26/2016

article Pivotal meeting looms Monday on Brockton casino proposal
(Massachusetts) -- The five-member Massachusetts Gaming Commission is now wrestling with a complicated decision on whether to issue a license for a casino in Brockton,...
article Online Gambling Win Rate Creates False Sense of Real Money Potential at Land-Based Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Free online gambling slots and other various formats come with much better odds than you’ll find in an actual brick-and-mortar casino.

3/25/2016

article DraftKings Isn't Going to Love MA's New Daily Fantasy Regulations
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced revised and final regulations pertaining to the daily fantasy sports industry in the state...
article Five things to know about the Brockton casino project
(Massachusetts) -- Where will casino be located. 1. The casino is proposed for the Brockton Fairgrounds – owned by George Carney, who plans to sell his land there...
article Mass. Gaming Commission offering grants to help minority, woman and veteran-owned businesses land casino contracts
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced the release Friday of Diversity Goal and Business Technical Assistance Grant opportunities that aim to...

3/23/2016

article Plainridge Park Casino launching online game to bring in customers
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino is Plainville is launching an online game designed to bring in customers. According to the Plainridge Park Casino website, the...

3/22/2016

article Casino’s online slots may mislead by being easier to win
(Massachusetts) -- With just a few clicks or swipes, a digital slot machine pops onto the screen, bringing all its clamorous, garish allure as it simulates a jackpot win...

3/21/2016

article A final meeting in Brockton will help decide fate of proposed city casino
(Massachusetts) -- A final public meeting between the developers of a proposed Brockton casino and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission now has a time and location. The...

3/20/2016

article Public hearing scheduled on slots parlor ballot question
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts lawmakers have scheduled a public hearing on a proposed ballot question that would let the state issue a second slots parlor license.

3/18/2016

article Plainville's Plainridge retools to capture the local gambling market
(Massachusetts) -- There was a long line at Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville Thursday, but it wasn't for slot machines. It was for free St. Patrick's Day T-...
article Program will track slots spending
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will pilot a program at Plainridge Park Casino that lets players monitor their spending at electronic slot...

3/17/2016

article Decision on Southeast casino(s) looms for gaming commisssion
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected to make the decision that could have a significant impact on the Massachusetts gaming landscape and...
article Casino testing new technology to curb gambling addiction
(Massachusetts) -- For some people, it’s easy to get carried away at a casino. So, imagine sitting at a slot machine and being able to track and limit your betting...
article New slot machine technology aims to curb gambling addiction
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts is preparing to roll out a first-in-the-nation slot machine feature meant to curb gambling addiction by letting patrons limit their...
article Gaming commission continues casino hearing to March 28
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission plans to continue its public hearing on a Brockton casino proposal March 28, Executive Director Edward Bedrosian...

3/16/2016

article Plainridge slot parlor revenue climbs for second straight month
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino jumped in February, the second consecutive monthly increase and a sign that the state’s first casino...
article State faces risky bet for third casino license
(Boston) -- The state’s first casino, a slot parlor in Plainville less than a half-hour away from a full-scale casino in Rhode Island, is off to a slow start....
article Let’s get ‘responsible’ gambling software started, already
(Massachusetts) -- WHEN THE MASSACHUSETTS Gaming Commission in 2014 agreed to test an electronic system designed to encourage “responsible” gambling by...

3/11/2016

article Letter: The state doesn't like competition for gambling dollars
(Massachusetts) -- To the editor: I want you to consider a point of view about the illegal gambling that occurred within the social clubs in Beverly.

3/9/2016

article Only in Mass.: Slots that are part nanny
(Massachusetts) -- Nine months after Plainridge Park Casino -- the state's first -- opened in Plainville, it still hasn't implemented a system that allows gaming...

3/7/2016

article Gambling control at Plainridge Park Casino delayed as state seeks to perfect system
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission pushed back aggressively Monday against criticism that one method of helping gamblers control their losses has yet to be...
article Preventing gambling addictions with technology
(Massachusetts) -- The “Play My Way” system allows slot players to personalize their play by setting a budget before they begin gambling. The system gives...

3/6/2016

article Plainridge yet to adopt method to curb problem gambling
(Massachusetts) -- Eight months after it opened, the state’s first casino has not adopted a system designed to curb problem gambling, undercutting a key provision...

3/4/2016

article Taunton casino battling license, lawsuit hurdles
(Massachusetts) -- The battle over Massachusetts' final casino license remains up in the air, as Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed a bill Friday that may bring...

3/2/2016

article Advocates, opponents meet in Brockton over casino
(Massachusetts) -- A proposal to build a $675 million casino in Brockton drew several hundred people to an emotional public hearing here Tuesday, which was marked by...

3/1/2016

article Hearing set for Brockton casino proposal
(Massachusetts) -- Brockton residents will have the opportunity to speak out on a $675 million casino proposed for their city at a public hearing Tuesday afternoon...
article Big crowd for lengthy, contentious hearing for proposed casino in Brockton
(Massachusetts) -- The developer behind a proposed casino in Brockton doubled down on the claim that a competing gaming destination in Taunton may never be constructed,...

2/29/2016

article Public Hearing Scheduled For Brockton Casino Proposal
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gambling regulators are giving the public a chance to weigh in on a resort casino proposed for Brockton. The state Gaming Commission is...

2/26/2016

article Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy to Massachusetts: 'Be careful what you wish for' with casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Despite tribal leaders' efforts to build another casino to compete with the planned MGM Springfield, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy suggested that...
article Tuesday meeting last chance for public comment on Brockton casino plan
(Massachusetts) -- A final public input meeting on the proposed Brockton casino is being held on Tuesday in the city. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is meeting at...

2/25/2016

article Malloy Offers Mass. Advice On Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- As his state prepares to build a third casino to compete with Springfield’s MGM, Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy sounds less than excited about...

2/24/2016

article Casino project that's competitor to Plainville's put on hold as legal challenge looms
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts put its $1.7 billion casino project for the Boston area temporarily on hold Wednesday, cancelling a planned April groundbreaking and...

2/21/2016

article Editorial: End lottery where the poor lose twice
(Massachusetts) -- THE FRENCH and Indian Wars were raging in 1744, and Massachusetts was desperate to defend its coastline. So the Colony rolled the dice and launched...

2/16/2016

article MGM Springfield, Schenectady Casino Officials Don’t See Each Other As Competitors
(Massachusetts) -- MGM’s Springfield casino is slated to open in September 2018. But less than two hours to the west in Schenectady, New York, a rival operation...
article Plainridge gambling revenue shoots up by $1.3m in January
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino shot up by $1.3 million in January, snapping a five-month skid at the state’s first casino and...
article Plainridge Park's gambling revenues improved in January
(Massachusetts) -- Revenues at Massachusetts's first casino are on an upswing. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission reported Tuesday that Plainridge Park Casino...

2/6/2016

article Property owners file lawsuit to block casino in Taunton
(Massachusetts) -- A legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s plans to build a casino in Taunton is partly funded by rival casino developer, The Boston...
article Tattoos, martial arts and poker? Casinos wooing millennials
(Massachusetts) -- Casinos worried that millennials aren’t getting into traditional gambling like their parents and grandparents are bringing in tattoo studios,...

2/4/2016

article Taunton property owners sue to block tribal casino
(Massachusetts) -- A group of Taunton property owners filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday challenging the designation of neighboring land as a Native American...

1/30/2016

article OP/ED: As you were saying: Raise cap on taxes of gaming winnings
(Massachusetts) -- The decline of revenues at the Plainridge slot parlor is likely just the beginning of lower revenue expections from state-sanctioned gambling.

1/29/2016

article Surrounding community meeting held for proposed Brockton casino
(Massachusetts) -- The meeting was not required by law, but the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said it is wanted to reach out to the surrounding communities to get...

1/28/2016

article Holbrook's casino hearing Thursday at 4 p.m.
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will conduct a public hearing on the proposed $6 million Brockton Resort Casino Complex at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan....

1/27/2016

article Surrounding community input meeting for Brockton casino to be held Thursday
(Massachusetts) -- A public input meeting for communities surrounding Brockton will allow local residents to express themselves on Thursday about the impact of a...

1/22/2016

article Plainville: Plainridge Park Owners Defend Revenue Declines at Casino
(Massachusetts) -- The owners of Plainridge Park are defending the performance of Massachusetts’ first casino. Timothy Wilmott, CEO of Penn National Gaming,...

1/21/2016

article Plainridge Park Casino spreading the wealth to area businesses
(Massachusetts) -- Officials of Plainridge Park Casino told the state Gaming Commission Thursday that the slot machine operation is generating taxes, creating jobs,...

1/20/2016

article Plainridge Park Casino gets gold rating for green design and construction
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino has received a gold rating for being one of the most environmentally friendly gambling venues in the nation. The U.S. Green...

1/16/2016

article Revenues at Plainridge Park casino continue to tumble
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gambling officials reported Friday that gross gambling revenues at Plainridge Park totaled $11.3 million in December. That's down...

1/15/2016

article Plainridge casino revenue continues to slide
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino dropped significantly in December, marking the fifth straight monthly decline since the Plainville facility...

1/14/2016

article Easton heading to arbitration with Brockton casino group
(Massachusetts) -- Regarding a potential casino in Brockton, Town Counsel Jay Talerman told selectmen on Jan. 11 that Easton was officially designated as one of the...

1/6/2016

article BLOG: The Massachusetts State Lottery Plans a Site for Online Lotto, DFS, and Social Gaming
(Massachusetts) -- The State Lottery of Massachusetts is interested in expanding its online operations in a number of directions, including social gaming and daily...

1/4/2016

article Despite concerns from many, Plainridge is ‘generating high returns,’ VP says
(Massachusetts) -- Both Penn National Gaming and a leading gambling analyst insist Plainridge Park Casino will be profitable, despite lower-than-expected revenue from...

1/2/2016

article Massachusetts 2015: New Casinos, Old Issues, No Olympics
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts had one heck of a 2015, and though Fenway and the Garden were relatively quiet as the Red Sox and Celtics struggled, the Patriots...

12/31/2015

article COLUMN: State should not cover Plainridge’s bet
(Massachusetts) -- And, according to the basic rule of play in any game of chance, the risk falls on the gambler — be it a senior citizen who loses his social...
article Mass. gaming chief downplays lower-than-expected revenue at Plainridge
(Massachusetts) -- Stephen Crosby, chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, said the worse-than-expected financial performance of the state's first slots...

12/30/2015

article How The Mass. Casino Industry Stands As 2016 Begins
(Massachusetts) -- It’s been a big year for the casino industry in Massachusetts. The state’s first expanded gambling facility opened in June. The Plainridge...
article MA Gaming Commission Chair Says Twin River Has Not Won Yet
(Massachusetts) -- The Chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission refutes a story that appeared in the Boston media that claims the Plainridge Casino has failed to...

12/29/2015

article Gambling chairman: Too soon to declare Mass. slots parlor a failure
(Massachusetts) -- The state’s leading gambling regulator said the worse-than-expected financial performance of Massachusetts’s first slots parlor should not...
article Plainridge casino is ‘long term play,’ gaming commissioner says
(Massachusetts) -- The chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has downplayed the significance of reports that show declining revenues at the Plainridge Park...

12/28/2015

article AG: Gaming Commission violated Open Meeting Law
(Massachusetts) -- ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY’S OFFICE said the Massachusetts Gaming Commission violated the state’s Open Meeting Law on several occasions...
article Massachusetts gaming chairman defends Plainridge, says casino has been a 'substantial economic plus'
(Massachusetts) -- Despite lower than expected revenue, the state Gaming Commission chairman maintains Plainridge Park Casino is creating jobs and economic development....
article Plainridge low numbers could be start of a state codependency
(Massachusetts) -- When Massachusetts gave in and passed an expanded gambling law in 2011, supporters and foes alike figured that the casino industry — and the...
article Plainridge Park casino revenues plummet due to competition from Twin River Casino
(Massachusetts) -- It’s less than six months since the Plainridge Park Casino resort opened to the public and the signs so far are not very encouraging. The casino...
article Whitman: Town Working on Brockton Casino Surrounding Community Agreement
(Massachusetts) -- Whitman is working on an agreement that would provide the town funding if a casino is approved for the city of Brockton. According to Whitman Town...

12/26/2015

article 2015 a memorable year for Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- With crippling blizzards, an imploding Olympic bid, high-profile murder trials and Deflategate, Massachusetts frequently found itself at the center of...
article Plainridge now slotted for disappointment
(Massachusetts) -- The band capped off a cover of a hit 1970s rock tune with a stylish guitar flourish, but nobody clapped, not one of the nine people glued to video...
article Plainridge Park Casino Too Small to Fight Off Twin River Casino Competition
(Massachusetts) -- At the time of its opening, it was believed that Plainridge Park Casino would turn into an important revenue stream and a major attraction for...

12/25/2015

article AG finds state gaming board violated open meetings law
(Massachusetts) -- The state Attorney General’s office says the Massachusetts Gaming Commission's practice of holding "informal discussions" over...
article LETTER: Wary of a dip in regulation as casinos struggle
(Massachusetts) -- RE “STATE slashes estimate for casino’s tax revenue” (Page A1, Dec. 15): Plainridge slot machines have generated less revenue than...

12/24/2015

article Suffolk Downs rips state gaming panel
(Massachusetts) -- A top official from Suffolk Downs said the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s decision to award a casino license to rival Wynn Resorts is “...
article Attorney General finds Mass. Gaming Commissions' lunches violated open meetings law
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts' Attorney General says the Gaming Commission's practice of holding "informal discussions" over lunch was a violation...

12/23/2015

article AG report: Gaming panel comes up snake eyes on Open Meeting Law
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has been regularly violating the state’s Open Meeting Law by conducting public business during weekly closed...
article OP/ED: Don’t award third casino license
(Massachusetts) -- THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION (MGC) has already awarded the state’s sole category 2 (slot parlor) license; and, two of the three category...
article Plainville insulated against drops in Plainridge casino revenue
(Massachusetts) -- Slot machine revenue is down and taxes to the state from Plainridge Park Casino have been disappointing, but the Town of Plainville has insulated...

12/22/2015

article Anti-casino activists sue to block ballot question allowing 2nd Massachusetts slots parlor
(Massachusetts) -- A group of anti-casino activists have appealed to Massachusetts' high court to keep a question that would allow a second slots parlor in...

12/20/2015

article Selectmen Vote on Casino Mitigation Deal
(Massachusetts) -- If a casino is built in Brockton, the Town of Stoughton will receive mitigation funds. Tuesday, the selectmen voted 5-0 to approve the deal, according...

12/19/2015

article Pembroke will be considered surrounding community if casino built in Brockton
(Massachusetts) -- Pembroke will be considered a surrounding community if the Massachusetts Gaming Commission allows developers to build a casino in Brockton.

12/16/2015

article Plainridge Casino Revenues Disappoint
(Massachusetts) -- The steady flow of Massachusetts gamblers pulling into and parking at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., and the tribal casinos in Connecticut...
article Goldberg sees 2 percent Lottery revenue growth next year
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Lottery will return $980.7 million in profits to the state in the next fiscal year, a 2 percent increase over the current year,...

12/15/2015

article BLOG: If You Build It, They May Go Online: Massachusetts Senate Bill Would Allow Online Gambling
(Massachusetts) -- Among the many activities you can pursue online—rent a movie, buy groceries, pay a parking ticket—you may soon be able to pull the lever...
article Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park slides again in November
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino dropped significantly in November, marking the fourth straight monthly decline since the facility opened on...
article How Plainridge Park Casino's lower revenue projections could impact the state
(Massachusetts) -- The money that Massachusetts makes from Plainridge Park Casino, the slots parlor located in Plainville, may not be as much as originally forecasted....

12/14/2015

article Analysts lower revenue projection for Massachusetts casino
(Massachusetts) -- Officials in Massachusetts and Rhode are projecting the Bay State’s first casino will make less money than expected.
article State cuts outlook for revenue from Plainridge casino
(Massachusetts) -- State officials have cut by nearly 40 percent the amount of tax revenue they expect Plainridge Park Casino to generate, the latest sign that the state...

12/11/2015

article Casino opponents challenge ballot question
(Massachusetts) -- Opponents of a casino at Suffolk Downs racetrack are going to court to challenge a ballot question that could pave the way for a slots parlor near the...

12/10/2015

article Melody Tent gets no special protection from casino competition
(Massachusetts) -- The melody tent and three other venues, including its sister stage South Shore Music Circus, are not threatened by the 1,000-seat venue at the casino...

12/9/2015

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission names former Middlesex County prosecutor executive director
(Massachusetts) -- If only the two candidates could be combined into one person, Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby said the decision of who to hire...
article Brockton casino would bring hefty funds to Holbrook
(Massachusetts) -- Holbrook selectmen on Nov. 24 became the first nearby town to approve a Surrounding Community Agreement with the Massachusetts Gaming and...

12/8/2015

article Is the Plainville casino in trouble already?
(Massachusetts) -- Is the first Massachusetts casino in trouble already? There’s only one person we should be asking: Tim Wilmott, CEO of Penn National Gaming,...

12/7/2015

article Plainridge Casino changes payout percentages on slots
(Massachusetts) -- Casino operators are desperate to bring in more gamblers and you could benefit. The Boston Globe is reporting that slot machines are being "...
article Mass. Gaming Commission names finalists for executive director
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has named a former high-level official with the state's Attorney General's Office and a top Maryland...

12/4/2015

article State: Plainville casino continues pulling in significant revenue
(Massachusetts) -- The Plainridge Park Casino continues to bring in significant revenue. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission reported that during October the casino...

12/3/2015

article Ballot question pushing for second slots facility could lead to more competition for Plainridge in Plainville
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino would have more competition for the gambling dollar if voters approve a referendum calling for a second slot-machine parlor in...
article Massachusetts Slots Referendum Progresses
(Massachusetts) -- A ballot question that would allow a slot machine parlor near Suffolk Downs has cleared a hurdle and could appear on the statewide Massachusetts...

12/2/2015

article Senate bill would allow Massachusetts casinos to expand into online gambling
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts casinos, including Plainridge Park Casino, would be able to expand into online gambling under a bill filed by the Republican leader in...
article Gambling question among 6 that appear to have cleared hurdle for state ballot
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters could be getting another chance to expand gambling in the state. A ballot question that would allow Massachusetts to issue a...

11/23/2015

article Opinion: Casino concerns mount in Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- Recent developments in the region's casino industry are worth noting, since the success of Massachusetts' casinos correlates with extra cash...

11/22/2015

article Chill in the air at Plainridge
(Massachusetts) -- Gone are the showgirls of opening week, with their bikinis and feather headdresses. At Plainridge, reality is setting in. And, as with all things...

11/21/2015

article Backers meet first racetrack deadline
(Massachusetts) -- The first deadline has been cleared in the latest effort to bring a casino and harness racing track to Lawrence County. Last month, a group led by...

11/20/2015

article Patriots home games putting dent in Plainville casino's earnings
(Pennsylvania) -- The New York Giants and Miami Dolphins aren't the only ones losing to the New England Patriots this football season. Plainridge Park Casino in...
article Patriots home games seen hurting Plainville casino
(Massachusetts) -- New England Patriots home games are having a negative impact on business at Massachusetts' lone casino. Plainridge Park Casino officials told...

11/19/2015

article New England Patriots game days affecting Plainridge Park Casino foot traffic, revenue
(Massachusetts) -- The New England Patriots may be undefeated, but when they’re playing at home, it’s leading to a loss at the only slots parlor in...

11/17/2015

article Support slipping for casinos in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts residents may be changing their minds when it comes to casinos. A new Western New England University poll found support for the state...

11/16/2015

article Revenue at state’s first casino dips slightly in October
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino dipped by about 1 percent in October, marking the third straight month of declining earnings, as the state...
article Revenue falling at Plainridge Park Casino
(Massachusetts) -- After a robust opening in June, gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino continues to decline. Plainridge generated $12.9 million in gross gambling...
article Revenues 'taper down' at Massachusetts' first casino
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at Massachusetts's first casino continues to decline. Plainridge Park Casino generated $12.9 million in gross gambling revenues...

11/12/2015

article Bay State glow may fade for casino developers
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts may no longer represent a cash bonanza for casino developers. Industry experts are lukewarm about the future of gambling in New England...
article Horse Racing Approved for Plainridge Park
(Massachusetts) -- Horse racing is coming back to Plainville. Thursday afternoon, the Mass. Gaming Commission approved e slot casino’s license application for...

11/10/2015

article Veterans posts concerned about potential loss of poker, slot machine revenue
(Massachusetts) -- As Massachusetts expands casino gambling under its 2011 Gaming Law, lawmakers and state officials are only beginning to wrestle with what that law...

11/5/2015

article Backers urge gaming panel to take gamble on Brockton casino
(Massachusetts) -- Backers of a proposed $677 million resort casino in Brockton made their pitch to the Gaming Commission, saying the state should roll the dice on their...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission asks Brockton casino developer about withdrawn New Bedford bid
(Massachusetts) -- If it couldn’t work for KG Urban, why would it work for Brockton? That was the question presented to Mass Gaming and Entertainment, the local...
article Brockton and Springfield developers discussing casino plans
(Massachusetts) -- Casino proposals in western and southeastern Massachusetts will be the focus of discussions before state gambling regulators. The state Gaming...

11/4/2015

article Developers tout benefits of $677 million Brockton casino
(Massachusetts) -- Developers of a proposed casino for the Brockton fairgrounds say their $677 million plan will draw 4 million visitors annually and generate more than...
article Editorial: Casino bet comes up snake eyes
(Massachusetts) -- We often hear criticism of the Massachusetts Legislature's view of the private business sector, specifically how the state's ingrained Blue-...
article POLITICO Massachusetts Playbook: BAKER on gambling -- DUNKIN’ Darwinism -- ELECTION EVE
(Massachusetts) -- GOOD MORNING MASSACHUSETTS. And happy Monday. That sugar high from all the Halloween candy you bummed off the children or picked up on sale yesterday...

11/3/2015

article Gaming Commission to hold hearing on Plainridge’s application for more harness horse racing dates
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission will hold a hearing Wednesday on Plainridge Park Casino’s application for 115 harness horse racing dates.

10/30/2015

article Attorney General taps retired judge for gambling commission
(Massachusetts) -- The panel that oversees casino gambling and horse racing in Massachusetts has a new member. Attorney General Maura Healey appointed retired Superior...
article There’s a new member of the state’s gambling board
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission gained a new member Friday, when Attorney General Maura Healey appointed retired Superior Court Judge Lloyd...

10/28/2015

article Plainridge casino gambling revenue drops to $12.6 million for September
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino saw revenue drop again in September as results at the Bay State's first gambling hall continue falling since its opening....

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