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Massachusetts’ fledgling casino watchdog has launched its pay-to-play license bidding system, offering gambling developers extra access to state officials in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in upfront application fees.

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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....

10/23/2015

article Mass. Gaming Chair Weighs In On Daily Fantasy Sports, Recent Casino Developments
(Massachusetts) -- With the possibility for increased competition from a proposed casino in Connecticut, the downsizing of MGM’s planned casino in Springfield, and...

10/19/2015

article Judge nixes lawsuit challenging MBTA sale of land to Wynn
(Massachusetts) -- A superior court judge has handed Wynn Resorts a key legal victory, ruling a group of taxpayers didn’t have legal standing to challenge the...
article Loss sets long odds on casino fight
(Massachusetts) -- A judge’s decision to throw out a lawsuit by a group of casino critics seeking to halt Wynn Resorts’ plans for an Everett gaming palace...

10/16/2015

article Plainridge Park Casino slot revenue continued to fall in September, Gaming Commission reports
(Massachusetts) -- Slot revenue generated at the state's first expanded gambling facility continued to drop in September, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission...

10/15/2015

article Pilot program to help gamblers control their losses at casino to start at Plainridge in Plainville
(Massachusetts) -- A first-in-the-nation computer system to help gamblers control their losses is being prepared for use at Plainridge Park Casino. The state Gaming...
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....
article Slots revenue falls for 2nd straight month
(Massachusetts) -- Slot machine revenue at Plainridge Park Casino, the state's only slots parlor, has dropped for the second straight month. The Massachusetts Gaming...

10/12/2015

article Editorial: Lottery’s new ‘fantasy’
(Massachusetts) -- Treasurer Deb Goldberg sees the heavy action on fantasy sports betting sites, particularly among young players, and she wants the commonwealth to grab...

10/5/2015

article Last Man Standing in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Despite a recent decision by the federal government to put land in Taunton into trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Martha’s Vineyard, the...

9/29/2015

article Anti-gambling protest at Plainridge Park Casino scrapped
(Massachusetts) -- A scheduled protest at Plainridge Park Casino was scrapped after an expected group of participants never arrived at the anti-gambling activists'...
article Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville asking for more race days
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino will go before the state Gaming Commission Thursday to ask for an increase in the number of racing dates it will hold next year...

9/28/2015

article Brockton casino could mean funds for Pembroke
(Massachusetts) -- Pembroke could potentially be given funds if a casino is built in Brockton. During Monday’s meeting (Sept. 21), selectmen voted unanimously to...

9/27/2015

article Anti-gambling protest at Plainridge Park Casino scrapped
(Massachusetts) -- A scheduled protest at Plainridge Park Casino was scrapped after an expected group of participants never arrived at the anti-gambling activists'...

9/25/2015

article Boston: MGM Casino Redesign and Final State Casino License Weighed
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators are not guaranteeing they’ll issue the state’s third and final casino license. The Massachusetts Gaming...
article City Council considering ballot question over smaller MGM Springfield casino hotel
(Massachusetts) -- The City Council on Tuesday will consider adding a non-binding question to the Nov. 3 ballot -- do voters support MGM Springfield's proposal to...
article Mass. casino industry doesn’t want another player at the table
(Massachusetts) -- A year ago, the first entrants into the young gaming industry in Massachusetts banded together to fight a ballot question that would have made casinos...
article Plainridge Casino Numbers Hold Strong in Second Month of Operation
(Massachusetts) -- The August numbers for the state’s first casino, Plainridge Park Casino, arrived last week and showed a steady haul of revenues – just...

9/24/2015

article Our View: Region C does not need three casino
(Massachusetts) -- Congratulations to the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe on its hard-fought, four-year battle to gain federal approval of reservation lands in Massachusetts....
article Gaming commission will not guarantee a casino license in southeastern Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission declined Thursday to make a definitive decision any time soon about its two-casino quandary in southeastern Massachusetts.
article Gaming panel says it has authority to award third casino license
(Massachusetts) -- The head of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission today said they have the authority to award a third commercial casino license, even though the federal...
article Panel: We can award SE casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission yesterday maintained it has the authority to award a commercial casino license in the southeastern part of the...
article From Gaming Commission, Concern That MGM Isn’t Fully Committed To Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- MGM officials were grilled Thursday in Springfield by state gambling regulators, over their proposal to eliminate a 25-story glass hotel tower from...
article Gaming Commission ‘Troubled’ By Proposed MGM Casino Redesign
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gambling regulators expressed concern and frustration Thursday over major revisions MGM has proposed for its $800 million Springfield...
article Mass. Gaming Commission to look 'long and hard' at MGM Springfield's proposed changes to casino plan, including abandoning of 25-story hotel tower
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission raised many questions Thursday and promised a careful review after MGM Springfield officials revealed major...
article MGM casino redesign and final state casino license weighed
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators are not guaranteeing they'll issue the state's third and final casino license. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission...

9/22/2015

article Gov. Charlie Baker: 'Market will decide' on southeastern Massachusetts casino
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday said the decision of whether to license a third resort casino in southeastern Massachusetts should be up to the...
article Draft Kings, online fantasy sports games, not affecting Lottery sales
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Lottery officials have not noticed any change in business due to the increasing prominence of online fantasy sports games like Draft...

9/21/2015

article Has Massachusetts reached peak casino?
(Massachusetts) -- Late last week, the Mashpee Wampanoags received the news the tribe had hoped to hear for years: it had been granted sovereignty over 320 acres of land...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission to weigh future of Brockton casino proposal after tribal recognition
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will discuss at a Thursday meeting in Springfield how to deal with the potential for two casinos in southeastern...
article Tribal land announcement shakes up casino market
(Massachusetts) -- A cloud of uncertainty hanging over the Massachusetts casino market has cleared. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announced Sept. 18 that the federal...
article Area casinos don't seem phased by Taunton's plans
(Massachusetts) -- Just two months ago, Plainridge Casino opened up its doors in Plainville, bringing in a whopping $18 million in gross gambling revenue in its first...
article Tribal casino in Taunton, another proposal in Brockton could mean intense competition for Plainridge Park in Plainville
(Massachusetts) -- Southeastern Massachusetts could soon have three gambling venues within a short drive of one another now that the federal government has opened the...

9/17/2015

article Anti-gambling protest planned at Plainridge Park Casino
(Massachusetts) -- The group that tried to repeal the state’s casino law says it is planning an anti-gambling protest at Plainridge Park. The protest is being...
article Stoughton seeking compensation from proposed Brockton casino
(Massachusetts) -- The town is seeking mitigation money if Brockton is awarded a casino license, but selectmen have varying opinions on who should help to negotiate the...
article Who’s behind the slots petition?
(Massachusetts) -- Who decided that voters should consider adding a second slots parlor in Massachusetts? A developer who wants to build it — and a bunch of voters...
article Flanagan bill on online gaming stirs debate
(Massachusetts) -- While lottery consultants praised the measures as a necessary step forward, convenience store owners on Tuesday panned legislation to create an online...

9/16/2015

article Revenues down slightly at Massachusetts' lone casino
(Massachusetts) -- Revenues were down slightly last month at Massachusetts' lone casino. The Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville generated more than $15 million in...

9/15/2015

article Plainridge take down from opening month
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino took in $15.2 million in August, the second full month of operations for the slots-machine parlor. The August total was down a...
article LEUNG: Another slots parlor in Massachusetts? No thanks
(Massachusetts) -- You might think that I never met a casino plan I didn’t like. Well, here’s one: the proposal for a second slots parlor. Now, don’t...

9/14/2015

article Glory days at Doug Flutie’s place
(Massachusetts) -- Though the restaurant is less than three months old — and not without growing pains, its intent is clear. With 47 flatscreen HDTVs, and a name...

9/12/2015

article Bay State’s casino era dawns in Plainville
(Massachusetts) -- Banners along the driveway leading to Plainridge Park’s front door promise “Wicked Good Times” and “Wicked Big Wins,”...

9/11/2015

article Brockton casino boss unfazed by threat of tribal competitor
(Massachusetts) -- The developer of a proposed casino in Brockton brushed off concerns that the project could be sandwiched between a Wynn Resorts casino in Everett and...
article Rush Street Gaming threatens to ditch Brockton casino bid
(Massachusetts) -- Rush Street Gaming threatens to ditch Brockton casino bidMass Gaming & Entertainment parent company Rush Street Gaming has threatened to withdraw...

9/10/2015

article Brockton Casino Investor Urges MassGaming for Quick Decision on Proposal
(Massachusetts) -- Neil Bluhm, one of the people behind the ambitious project for a casino resort in Brockton, urged the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to take swift...
article Casino developer wants answers from state on Brockton proposal
(Massachusetts) -- While claiming to be undeterred by the prospect of a nearby tribal casino paying zero taxes, casino developer Neil Bluhm wants answers soon from the...

9/9/2015

article Brockton casino developer asks state Gaming Commission to decide on proposal
(Massachusetts) -- The Chicago-based investor who has pledged to spend up to $200 million on a Brockton casino says he may walk away from the deal unless the state...

9/7/2015

article Tribal Casino News in Massachusetts Points to Saturation Problems
(Massachusetts) -- The State of Massachusetts continues to grind out news in it’s expansion in the gambling industry. Some things are beginning to settle down, but...

9/6/2015

article Horse industry worries about plans to curb casino subsidies
(Massachusetts) -- Horse track operators and breeders are concerned the good times might be trotting to a close as some states move to rein in a lucrative subsidy that...

9/4/2015

article Lottery sales up in area, even with opening of Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville
(Massachusetts) -- Lottery sales are up in the area since Plainridge Park Casino opened in June, but by less than elsewhere in the state. Michael Sweeney, interim...

9/3/2015

article Gaming Commission chief calls ‘wire-tap room’ access allegations a game of ‘telephone’
(Massachusetts) -- The top investigator for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday said allegations that retired members of the State Police working for Wynn...

9/2/2015

article Easton officials to meet with proposed Brockton casino executives
(Massachusetts) -- The town’s proximity to the proposed Brockton casino would likely make Easton a surrounding community. But the selectmen and town administrator...
article Many will benefit from Suffolk Downs’ brief return
(Massachusetts) -- A year after thoroughbred horse racing in Massachusetts was declared dead, it returns to Suffolk Downs for three days of races, starting Saturday....

9/1/2015

article Plainville casino to cash in big first year
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts' first casino is set to cash in big in its first year. Moody's Investors Services said Plainridge Park, in Plainville, is on...

8/31/2015

article Moody's: Massachusetts' first casino off to "solid start"
(Massachusetts) -- Moody's Investors Services says Massachusetts' first casino is off to a "solid start" and already having an impact on a nearby...
article Casinos might become a problem for local lottery retailers
(Massachusetts) -- So far in 2015, lottery sales have increased in most parts of Massachusetts. The only exception is in Plainville, where the state’s first casino...
article Lottery sales growth slower around slots parlor
(Massachusetts) -- Several weeks after the state's first licensed slots parlor opened its doors, state Lottery sales are up, though there has been a noticeable lag...

8/26/2015

article MGM Springfield sets interviews with minority-owned, women-owned businesses for casino project
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Springfield is scheduling interviews on Thursday and Friday with minority-owned and women-owned union construction companies interested in...

8/24/2015

article So far, Plainville slots casino looks like a jackpot
(Massachusetts) -- Within the first hour of his first trip to Plainridge Park Casino in June, John Smith of Dartmouth hit the jackpot, bringing in a $20,000 payout with...
article Thoroughbred Racing Returns To Boston Horse Track
(Massachusetts) -- Suffolk Downs, the region’s last remaining thoroughbred track, announced Monday it will hold three special “festival” race days:...

8/20/2015

article 259 kids prevented from entering Plainridge slots parlor in July
(Massachusetts) -- The slots parlor in Plainville turned away 259 underage kids and minors in its first month of operation, according to data provided by state gambling...
article Plainville casino adds millions to local economy
(Massachusetts) -- When executives at Penn National Gaming bet on the Massachusetts casino market, they were hoping to draw big crowds by being the first to open. So far...
article State gambling officials say lottery sales increased dramatically at Plainridge Park Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Lottery sales are up dramatically at Plainridge Park, Massachusetts' first casino. The Massachusetts Gambling Commission said Thursday that the...

8/19/2015

article MGM Mixtape: We’re in the Money!
(Massachusetts) -- At Last: MGM executives cleared two major hurdles on Aug. 6, when the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted to approve a historic preservation...

8/18/2015

article Ballot question would seek second slots parlor in state
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino could have some competition for its slot machine business if voters approve a proposed referendum question establishing a...
article Massachusetts' first casino takes in $18M in gambling revenue first month in business
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators say Massachusetts' first casino made more than $18 million in gross gambling revenue in its first full month in business...

8/17/2015

article Plainridge casino brings in $18 million in first full month
(Massachusetts) -- In its first full month of operation, the Plainridge Park Casino brought in more than $18 million in gaming revenue, according to July figures...

8/16/2015

article Future of Mass. Casino To Be Decided by Judge
(Massachusetts) -- An Indian tribe planning to build a casino on Martha’s Vineyard doesn’t exercise enough governmental oversight on its tribal land there to...

8/15/2015

article Second Massachusetts Horsemen's Group Forms
(Massachusetts) -- The sizable faction of owners and trainers dissatisfied with the leadership of the New England affiliate of the Horsemen's Benevolent and...

8/10/2015

article VENNOCHI: Steve Wynn’s blunt message for Boston’s mayor
(Massachusetts) -- The endless litigation and haggling over traffic mitigation might discourage a lesser mogul. Not Steve Wynn. “The chances of us leaving are zero...
article Wynn casino delay adds up to big money for Mintz Levin
(Massachusetts) -- Steve Wynn isn’t afraid to gripe about Massachusetts bureaucracy: After all, permit requirements have delayed the start of construction on the...
article Plainridge Park Casino writes first check to Plainville
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino handed over the first payment toward its $2.7 million annual fee to the town Monday in the form of a giant, ceremonial check....

8/9/2015

article Gaming Commission to move forward with Brockton casino application process
(Massachusetts) -- On Thursday, a unanimous decision to proceed with the application process for a $650 million resort casino on the Brockton, Massachusetts Fairgrounds...
article Letter: Casino's failure is an opportunity
(Massachusetts) -- KG Urban’s decision not to develop a casino in New Bedford is an opportunity to control our own destiny and develop the NStar (now called...

8/7/2015

article I-91 Project Pushes MGM Casino Opening To September 2018
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has approved a delay in the opening date for the MGM Springfield casino because of a highway reconstruction...
article Casino delay means better safe than sorry: Editorial
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has approved a one-year delay for the opening of the MGM Springfield, a change necessitated by work on the...
article Brockton casino developer renews pitch, says demographics are strong
(Massachusetts) -- With plans for a casino on the New Bedford waterfront dashed, proponents of a Brockton casino sought to seize the opening Thursday, touting its...

8/6/2015

article Brockton casino developer renews pitch, says demographics are strong
(Massachusetts) -- With plans for a casino on the New Bedford waterfront dashed, proponents of a Brockton casino sought to seize the opening Thursday, touting its...
article Gaming commission signs off on MGM Springfield historic preservation agreement
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday signed off on a historic preservation agreement as part of the MGM Springfield casino project. In a...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission approves one-year delay in MGM Springfield casino grand opening
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gambling regulators on Thursday OK'd pushing back the grand opening of the MGM Springfield casino to September 2018, a move that...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission to deliberate on MGM Springfield project schedule, agreement
(Massachusetts) -- An agreement on historic buildings that are part of the MGM Springfield casino project is on the agenda of state gambling regulators on Thursday. The...
article MGM Springfield Gets OK To Delay Casino Opening
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Thursday approved MGM Springfield’s request to delay opening a downtown casino until at least September 2018.
article Brockton Casino backers seek ok by end of year
(Massachusetts) -- Backers of a proposed $650 million Brockton casino vowed they could open before already licensed resorts in Everett and Springfield if the state...
article Gaming Commission will go forward with Brockton as lone southeast casino applicant
(Massachusetts) -- The five members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission agreed unanimously Thursday to continue with the application process with Brockton as the lone...

8/5/2015

article Why Aren't Any Casinos Open In Massachusetts?
(Massachusetts) -- In November of 2011, after years of legal wrangling, then-Gov. Deval Patrick signed the Expanded Gaming Act. “I know not everyone agrees with me...
article Brockton: ‘unfair’ to table casino bid
(Massachusetts) -- The mayor of Brockton is claiming it would be “grossly unfair” and “punitive” if the state Gaming Commission tables the city...

8/4/2015

article Massachusetts casinos make hay for horse-racing industry
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts horse-racing industry is flush with casino cash. The only problem? There isn't much of a local industry to speak of. The state...

8/3/2015

article Massachusetts state fund to boost flagging horse racing industry languishes as races delayed
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts' horse racing industry is flush with casino cash. The only problem? There isn't much of a local industry to speak of. The state...
article Massachusetts’s Race Horse Development Fund
(Massachusetts) -- Like 16 other states in the nation, Massachusetts designates a percentage of gambling revenues generated at its casinos to support its flagging horse...

8/2/2015

article Your View: Waterfront site best used for harbor purposes
(Massachusetts) -- The decision by KG Urban Enterprises to abandon the casino project was the result of market forces. Investors assessed the casino market and said...

7/28/2015

article Massachusetts gaming commissioner, executive director cite personal reasons in stepping down
(Massachusetts) -- A commissioner and the executive director of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission are stepping down. Commissioner Jim McHugh and Executive Director...
article State gaming commission member to resign Sept. 30
(Massachusetts) -- James F. McHugh, a retired judge who helped shepherd Massachusetts into its new era of casino gaming, will resign from his position as a state...

7/27/2015

article Brockton casino supporters urge state gaming officials to stick with schedule
(Massachusetts) -- Since early this year, casino proposals in Brockton and New Bedford have been on different clocks. Developer Mass Gaming & Entertainment partnered...
article OP/ED: Collapse of New Bedford plan signals caution on Southeastern Mass. casinos
(Massachusetts) -- The collapse of the casino plan in New Bedford, just weeks after the city’s voters approved it in a referendum, renews questions about whether...
article Two key leaders out at Mass. casino board
(Massachusetts) -- Two high-profile members of the embattled Massachusetts Gaming Commission are resigning, the commission announced today. Commissioner James McHugh and...
article Lottery monitoring local ticket sales to gauge Plainridge Park Casino's impact
(Massachusetts) -- The State Lottery, citing “friendly competition” with Plainridge Park Casino, reports only a slight impact on ticket sales locally since...

7/26/2015

article Gambling regulators weigh future after developers withdraw New Bedford casino
(Massachusetts) -- Developers of a planned Foxwoods casino for the New Bedford waterfront abruptly backed out of the competition for Massachusetts’ final resort...
article Mayor, local leaders say New Bedford 'won't wallow in self-pity' after casino loss
(Massachusetts) -- Mayor Jon Mitchell and local leaders from New Bedford's business, economic development and community sectors struck a defiant, resilient tone in...
article Setters has no regrets over Somerset's casino proposal
(Massachusetts) -- No regrets. That’s former Selectman Donald Setters’s stance on trying to help bring a casino to Somerset, or how that and other issues...
article Politi-Beat Sunday Roundup: Casino news is good and bad, depending on where you stand
(Massachusetts) -- I’d say I’ll start with the good news when it comes to casino gaming in Greater Fall River, but that depends on where you stand.

7/25/2015

article Ten things you may be wondering about now that casino deal is dead
(Massachusetts) -- Is the possibility of a casino over for good for New Bedford or could the Gaming Commission take it up again in the future?
article New Plainridge Park Casino teeming with local customers
(Massachusetts) -- Bobby Bonnette has been visiting casinos since 1966. The longtime Brockton resident has traveled to St. Louis, Connecticut, Mississippi, Atlantic City...

7/24/2015

article AG Maura Healey cautions gaming regulators about Southeast market
(Massachusetts) -- The decision by prospective developers to abandon plans for a resort casino on the New Bedford waterfront brings into "sharp focus" the...
article Mayor ‘disappointed’ about New Bedford casino proposal failure
(Massachusetts) -- City officials held a news conference Friday about the recent decision to withdraw the proposal for a New Bedford casino. New York-based developers KG...
article New Bedford leaders take resilient tone on casino loss, hope for future
(Massachusetts) -- Mayor Jon Mitchell and local leaders from New Bedford's business, economic development and community sectors struck a defiant, resilient tone in...
article State Gaming Regulators Looking for Casino Options In S.E. Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gambling regulators are weighing what to do next now that developers of a proposed New Bedford casino abruptly dropped out of the...
article Boston ‘spewed and spun’ rumors about Wynn casino, US says
(Massachusetts) -- In a court filing this week, federal prosecutors slammed the city of Boston’s lawsuit over a proposed Everett casino as “vicious,”...
article Federal prosecutors say Wynn casino reps didn't have access to criminal investigation
(Massachusetts) -- Federal prosecutors are strongly disputing the city of Boston's allegations that Wynn representatives had unauthorized access to a criminal...

7/23/2015

article Boston: Officials Mull Future After New Bedford Casino Plan Scrapped
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators are weighing what to do next now that developers of a proposed New Bedford casino abruptly dropped out of the competition....
article Canceled casino bid sends shock waves across New Bedford
(Massachusetts) -- The developer behind New Bedford's casino bid abruptly abandoned its application for a $650 million waterfront casino complex Wednesday, sending...
article Commission mulls licensing process with single casino applicant
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday accepted a New Bedford developer’s withdrawal from the southeastern Massachusetts casino license...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission Concerned About Casino License Applicant’s Withdrawal
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators are raising some concerns after one of only two candidates for a southeastern Massachusetts casino withdrew its application...
article Gaming panel delays vote on Suffolk Downs racing
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission on Thursday delayed a vote on a proposal to run three days of thoroughbred horse racing at Suffolk Downs this year, a move...
article AG warns gambling regulators about Southeast MA market 'oversaturation'
(Massachusetts) -- The decision by prospective developers to abandon plans for a resort casino on the New Bedford waterfront brings into "sharp focus" the...
article Boston suit against Massachusetts Gaming Commission 'vicious,' says federal prosecutor
(Massachusetts) -- A federal prosecutor is lashing into the city of Boston’s lawsuit against state gambling regulators, calling the city’s civil suit “...
article Carmen Ortiz blasts Marty Walsh on Wynn suit
(Massachusetts) -- A combative court filing by U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office lambastes as “vicious” and “frivolous” Mayor Martin J....
article Lottery sees impact from Plainridge gambling
(Massachusetts) -- With about three weeks worth of data in hand, Massachusetts Lottery officials said Thursday that they have already noticed an impact on state Lottery...

7/22/2015

article Fiola: Odds are long that this region will see a resort casino
(Massachusetts) -- Drawing on his experience trying to lure potential destination casino developers to this city, Fall River Office of Economic Development Executive...
article Lack of funding sinks New Bedford casino plan
(Massachusetts) -- A plan to build a resort casino on the New Bedford waterfront has run aground after the developer could not secure financing, the latest in a series...

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