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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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7/5/2015

article With Massachusetts officially in the casino game, now what?
(Massachusetts) -- The casino gambling industry is off and running with the recent opening of the Plainridge Park Casino in southeastern Massachusetts. Gambling revenues...

7/4/2015

article Plainridge Park Casino rakes in over $6 million in revenue first week
(Massachusetts) -- In the first week of operations, the first of four casinos planned for Massachusetts raked in over six million dollars of gambling revenue. Plainridge...

7/3/2015

article Industry Observers Skeptical Whether Plainridge Park’s Revenue Will Continue To Be Same
(Massachusetts) -- Although the Massachusetts' first casino made promising revenue in the first week of its opening, but an industry observer stated that the same...
article Plainridge Park Generates $6.1M in Gambling Revenues
(Massachusetts) -- The first casino in Massachusetts generated $6.1 million in gambling revenues during its first week of operation. The state Gaming Commission reported...
article In Mass., lottery and casinos vie for gambling cash
(Massachusetts) -- Call it a clash of the state's gambling titans. The middle-aged Massachusetts State Lottery is nervously looking over its shoulder to see if the...

7/2/2015

article Booming first week for Plainridge Park Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino is expected to generate about $200 million a year in revenue, and it’s off to a booming start. In its first week of...
article Boston steps up casino challenge
(Massachusetts) -- The city of Boston has begun issuing subpoenas in its lawsuit against the Massachusetts Gambling Commission. The two parties have been embroiled in a...

7/1/2015

article Spending on 2014 ballot questions breaks records
(Massachusetts) -- Spending on ballot questions in the 2014 election shattered previous records, according to a new report by the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and...
article Boston on the mind of Brockton casino proposal supporters
(Massachusetts) -- Two cities are competing for a casino license to build in southeast Massachusetts. Supporters believe the proposal for Brockton Casino has more...
article State lottery anticipating casino impact
(Massachusetts) -- The state lottery is on track to hit record sales this year, but the impact of incoming casinos has yet to be felt. 22News spoke with Franklin County...
article With Plainridge Park Casino open, Mass. officials monitoring impact on lottery sales
(Massachusetts) -- Treasurer Deborah Goldberg and the Massachusetts Lottery team she oversees appear to be taking the new casino industry pretty seriously. And for good...

6/30/2015

article Record sales have Mass. Lottery headed to $935M in profits
(Massachusetts) -- State Treasurer Deb Goldberg earlier this year downgraded the state Lottery's profit estimate and as the fiscal year closes, the agency is on...

6/29/2015

article City issues subpoenas in lawsuit against Wynn
(Massachusetts) -- The city of Boston has cast a wide net in its lawsuit against the Massachusetts gambling commission, issuing more than a dozen subpoenas Monday for...
article Almost 10,000 thronged to Plainridge Park Casino on opening night
(Massachusetts) -- The state of Massachusetts has officially entered a brand new era of legalized gambling. Plainridge Park Casino is the first gambling venue to start...

6/28/2015

article Bay State Betting Begins
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts opened its first casino, the Plainridge Park Casino, and New Bedford voters overwhelmingly endorsed a casino resort on the waterfront of...
article COLUMN: It’s easy to celebrate gambling, just ignore the downside
(Massachusetts) -- Maybe it’s because he reminded me of my brother — same age, same build, same deadpan humor — but halfway into our conversation, I...
article Spillane: Residents looking for some action for New Bedford
(Massachusetts) -- “Got to do something in New Bedford,” said Roger Dubois on Tuesday. He was standing outside the Wilks branch library polling station...
article For first time, gamblers hit slots in Massachusetts casino
(Massachusetts) -- The start of casino gambling in Massachusetts kicked off last week as the state's first slots parlor, Plainridge Park Casino, officially opened...

6/27/2015

article Timetable emerging for New Bedford casino application
(Massachusetts) -- The casino picture in southeastern Massachusetts became a little clearer Thursday, as state gaming officials set a Sept. 30 deadline for final...
article It’s easy to celebrate gambling, just ignore the downside
(Massachusetts) -- Maybe it’s because he reminded me of my brother — same age, same build, same deadpan humor — but halfway into our conversation, I...

6/26/2015

article Fall River residents have mixed feelings on potential casino site
(Massachusetts) -- Voters approved the proposal for a new casino in New Bedford Tuesday night, which will now have to compete with Brockton to see which city will...
article Plainridge Park Casino is off to the races
(Pennsylvania) -- The peacock-feathered showgirls detached their dresses from the long red carpet — “it has snaps!” one said — so it could be...

6/25/2015

article MGM Springfield now anticipates late 2018 opening
(Massachusetts) -- Southeastern Connecticut’s casino-owning Indian tribes, now in the process of forming a joint venture to pursue a commercial casino project...
article MGM to delay opening Massachusetts casino by almost a year
(Massachusetts) -- MGM is asking to delay the expected opening of its planned resort casino in Springfield by about a year. The Las Vegas casino giant will ask the state...
article 'It's showtime!' at Plainridge
(Massachusetts) -- The Bay State's first gambling hall opened its doors to the public Wednesday, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony held in the new $250-million venue....
article Plainridge Park Casino given permanent operations certificate
(Massachusetts) -- After opening on Wednesday with a temporary license, the state’s first slot parlor was granted a permanent operations certificate by the...
article Plainridge Park Casino saw 10,000 visitors in first night
(Massachusetts) -- About 10,000 people streamed through the Plainville slots parlor between its opening at noon Wednesday and early Thursday morning, according to the...
article Valicenti: Casino gambling arrives in Southern Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- The first of several planned casinos opened in Massachusetts Wednesday, owners of the Plainridge Park Casino cut the ribbon on what is expected to be...

6/24/2015

article And so Massachusetts had a slots parlor
(Massachusetts) -- When Plainridge Park Casino opens this afternoon, it won’t just be ushering the public into a slots parlor. It will be ushering a slots parlor...
article Gamblers throng to opening day at Plainridge casino
(Massachusetts) -- Some danced down the carpet, high-fiving their way toward the beckoning slot machines. Others walked straight ahead. They were the gamblers and...
article Massachusetts’ first slots parlor opens to eager gamblers
(Massachusetts) -- The start of casino gambling in Massachusetts kicked off Wednesday as the state's first slots parlor, Plainridge Park Casino, officially opened...
article Plainridge opening wins with full house
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino hit capacity on its first day in business yesterday, as more than 10,000 people turned out to kick off the casino gambling era...
article Plainridge Park Casino officially opens its doors
(Massachusetts) -- Four years after the state legalized Las Vegas-style casino gambling, the first slots parlor opened here Wednesday, launching an era that officials...

6/23/2015

article New Bedford voters to decide on $650M casino proposal
(Massachusetts) -- Residents of the former whaling capital of New Bedford will vote on a proposed $650 million Foxwoods resort casino for the city's waterfront....
article State gaming panel boss predicts casinos will deliver $500 million in revenue for Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Speaking on the eve of the opening of the first casino in Massachusetts, state Gaming Commission chairman Stephen P. Crosby on Tuesday morning touted...
article Casino zoning rules approved by Brockton council
(Massachusetts) -- A plan to re-zone a small section of the city to accommodate a $650 million casino proposal has earned final approval. An ordinance establishing a...
article As Plainridge Park Casino opens, state seeks to blunt gambling addiction
(Massachusetts) -- Tucked in a corner of Plainridge Park Casino, over by the elevators and away from the glitter and noise of the gambling room, is a small table with...
article Massachusetts' First Casino, Plainridge Park Opens Its Doors
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts' first casino, a slots parlor in Plainridge, is set to open Wednesday, and it’s a prelude to more legal gambling on the way....

6/22/2015

article Support still mixed as New Bedford voters confront casino ballot Tuesday
(Massachusetts) -- After years of discussion and a tension-filled spring in which casino developers saw landmark leaps forward mixed with perilously close shaves, New...
article Springfield to weigh adjusting boundary for MGM casino project
(Massachusetts) -- The City Council on Monday will consider approving a change to the host community agreement with MGM Springfield to reflect MGM's casino footprint...
article After years of uncertainty, horsemen at Plainridge Park Casino are riding high
(Massachusetts) -- Like an old nag, harness racing in Massachusetts seemed for years to have one foot in the glue factory, with trainers and owners wondering if they...
article First Mass. casino gets high marks during trial run
(Massachusetts) -- Mike Umbruglia may be the first person to lose $100 in one pull of the lever of a high-stakes slot machine at a Massachusetts casino, but he is not...
article Many betting Plainridge Park Casino will spur economic development
(Massachusetts) -- Everyone knows that when Plainridge Park Casino opens officially Wednesday, it will ring in the era of casino gambling in Massachusetts. But, will it...
article Plainridge Park Casino soft opening dazzles invitation-only crowd
(Massachusetts) -- As Gaming Commissioner James McHugh looked over a soft opening of Plainridge Park Casino, he explained that Massachusetts has the most restrictive...

6/21/2015

article Breaking down the casino deal between developer, city
(Massachusetts) -- The City of New Bedford and New York-based developer KG Urban Enterprises signed a landmark Host Community Agreement on March 19.
article Developer Making Final Push Ahead Of New Bedford Casino Vote
(Massachusetts) -- New Bedford will vote next Tuesday on whether or not to approve a casino proposal by KG Urban Enterprises, which wants to compete for the final...
article Everything you need to know about New Bedford casino vote
(Massachusetts) -- The question is simple, if a bit wordy: "Shall the city of New Bedford permit the operation of a gaming establishment licensed by the...
article Massachusetts: New Bedford casino vote Tuesday
(Massachusetts) -- If history is any indicator it may be likely that voters in the Massachusetts municipality of New Bedford will vote “Yes” Tuesday on a...
article From April 2007 to today: A timeline of the KG Urban/New Bedford casino project
(Massachusetts) -- April 2007: Developer KG Urban Enterprises visits New Bedford to look at Revere Copper site, in Hicks-Logan area, as a possible location for a casino...
article HAND: The long road to a 'racino' deal
(Massachusetts) -- In the summer of 2010, legislative leaders thought they had finally forged a deal on a casino bill that would legalize expanded gambling after years...
article Plainridge betting on varied mix of dining, entertainment
(Massachusetts) -- When Plainridge Park Casino officially opens its doors on Wednesday of next week, there will be a lot more than slot machines and horse races awaiting...
article Plainridge Park Casino clears final hurdle for Wednesday opening
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino has cleared its final bureaucratic hurdle before the slot machine parlor opens next week. The state Gaming Commission voted...
article Plainridge Park Casino seeking new address
(Massachusetts) -- As Plainridge Park Casino prepares to become the state’s first expanded gambling facility, it’s looking to establish an identity with a...
article Plainridge Park Casino's Road To Plainville
(Massachusetts) -- In the mid-1990s, before a former gravel pit off Route 1 in Plainville became a harness horse track, it was an illegal dumping site and a problem for...
article Plainridge Park launches state’s casino era Wednesday
(Massachusetts) -- Gleaming glass and steel doors will slide open onto Massachusetts’ first casino floor this week, revealing a shining sea of high-tech slot...
article Will Penn National's bet pay off?
(Massachusetts) -- In a few days, Massachusetts will get it first opportunity to see if its embrace of casino gambling will pay off. Plainridge Park Casino - which has...
article Anti-casino: Everything adds up against gambling
(Massachusetts) -- "So much!" "So near!" "So rewarding!" That’s the television ad on Twin River Casino in Rhode Island. Where are the...

6/20/2015

article Plainridge slot parlor to open Wednesday and give Twin River a run for its money
(Massachusetts) -- It's a full-speed drill at a landmark construction site in this town known, if at all, as home to a lot of pretty race horses. The Massachusetts...
article Head of Gambling Commission Says Ethics Complaint Dismissed
(Massachusetts) -- The head of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission says an ethics complaint against him has been dismissed. Stephen Crosby sent an email to commission...

6/19/2015

article Stephen Crosby Cleared of Wrongdoing by Ethics Commission
(Massachusetts) -- A challenge to the integrity of the head of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has been dismissed by the state’s public ethics watchdog. The...

6/18/2015

article Ethics panel dismisses complaint against gambling chairman
(Massachusetts) -- The state ethics commission has dismissed a conflict of interest complaint against Massachusetts gambling commission chairman Stephen Crosby,...
article Developer: Casino would create more than 12,500 jobs in New Bedford area
(Massachusetts) -- A leading backer of New Bedford’s casino bid gave the biggest job projections yet at the final public forum before Tuesday’s citywide vote...
article Opening of Plainville slots parlor marks start of casino era
(Massachusetts) -- The casino era begins in Massachusetts next week with the opening of our first slots parlor, and some of us still feel conflicted. This after decades...
article Plainridge Park Casino clears final hurdle for Wednesday opening
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino has cleared its final bureaucratic hurdle before the slot machine parlor opens next week. The state Gaming Commission voted...

6/17/2015

article War of words continues between Wynn, Boston
(Massachusetts) -- The war of words continues between Wynn Resorts and the city of Boston. One day after Boston’s transportation commissioner sent a letter to Wynn...
article Environmental input welcomed on Brockton casino
(Massachusetts) -- Residents have until June 30 to submit written comments on the Brockton casino project’s environmental impact. The $650 million project,...
article Study provides baseline for problem gambling as state expands gaming
(Massachusetts) -- A first-of-its-kind survey of Bay State gambling attitudes and issues showed 1.7 percent of Massachusetts residents -- roughly 88,000 people -- are...

6/16/2015

article Study provides baseline for problem gambling as state expands gaming
(Massachusetts) -- A first-of-its-kind survey of Bay State gambling attitudes and issues showed 1.7 percent of Massachusetts residents -- roughly 88,000 people -- are...
article Former police commissioner to advise on halting illegal gambling
(Massachusetts) -- Edward F. Davis, the former Boston police commissioner, has signed up to provide advice to law enforcement on how to prevent illegal gambling. The...
article In casino era, Goldberg will do 'everything we can' to boost lottery
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Lottery is preparing for challenges posed by the opening of the Plainridge Park slots parlor later this month, and the coming of...
article Casino campaign spending unknown before New Bedford vote
(Massachusetts) -- Campaign spending for New Bedford’s pro-casino committee won’t be known until a month after the city’s June 23 casino vote, in an...
article Casino delay or not, MGM Springfield to make $7 million in advance payments to city
(Massachusetts) -- City officials said this week that any delays in the MGM Springfield casino project will not delay $7 million in advance payments to the city in...

6/15/2015

article Problem Gamblers Can Ban Themselves From Massachusetts Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- With the first Massachusetts casino scheduled to open next week industry regulators have authorized a program to help problem gamblers help themselves...
article Ex-Wonderland president joins Baker administration
(Massachusetts) -- Dick Dalton had left town for a three-year sojourn to Seattle. But he now has a new prominent role in Boston’s business community after being...
article In Plainville, State’s First Gambling Facility Is Set To Open — And Never Close
(Massachusetts) -- Downtown Plainville is just 3 miles from where the Plainridge Park Casino will open later this month, but it feels worlds apart. The new slots parlor...
article Plainridge Park Casino seeking new address
(Massachusetts) -- As Plainridge Park Casino prepares to become the state’s first expanded gambling facility, it’s looking to establish an identity with a...
article Baker: Ethics board members should 'do their job' in Crosby probe
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday declined to say whether the chair of the commission overseeing the expansion of gambling in Massachusetts should stay in...
article Property owners ask court to rescind tax breaks for casino
(New York) -- A group of Seneca County property owners is asking a court to rescind tax breaks granted to Wilmorite Inc.’s planned Seneca County casino. Eight...

6/14/2015

article Addiction, poverty, crime concerns surround New Bedford casino
(Massachusetts) -- Jamie Casey said he understands the need for jobs a casino could bring to employment-starved New Bedford, and the region. He gets it.But he has a...
article Self exclusion policy created for Mass. casinos
(Massachusetts) -- With casino construction already underway here in Massachusetts, the state gaming commission is offering a way from problem gamblers to help...
article KIRBY: No longer a sure thing?
(Massachusetts) -- Not that long ago, your only option if you wanted to gamble was driving down to Foxwoods or all the way to Atlantic City or flying out to Vegas.

6/13/2015

article Brockton casino zoning heads to final vote
(Massachusetts) -- A plan to re-zone a small section of the city to accommodate a $650 million casino proposal is nearing final approval.
article Study: 1.7 percent of Mass. residents are problem gamblers
(Massachusetts) -- A first-of-its-kind survey of Bay State gambling attitudes and issues showed 1.7 percent of Massachusetts residents -- roughly 88,000 people -- are...
article State: You can ban self from casinos
(Massachusetts) -- With only 11 days until the opening of the state’s first casino in Plainville, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission yesterday launched an...
article Absentee ballots available for New Bedford casino referendum
(Rhode Island) -- Absentee ballots will be available for the casino referendum question in New Bedford.
article Our View: Mass. gets in the casino game
(Massachusetts) -- Starting this month, Plainridge Park Casino will start giving casinos in Rhode Island and Connecticut a run for their money.
article In casino era, Goldberg will do ‘everything we can' to boost Lottery
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Lottery is preparing for challenges posed by the opening of the Plainridge Park slots parlor later this month, and the coming of...

6/12/2015

article Charlie Baker saying little about ethical cloud over Steve Crosby
(Massachusetts) -- What will Governor Charlie Baker do with gambling commission chairman Steve Crosby? Well, candidate Baker knew exactly what to do. He’d make him...
article Mass. Gaming Commission to review UMass gambling study, discuss opening of Plainridge Park Casino slots parlor
(Massachusetts) -- The southeastern Massachusetts casino license sweepstakes. A slots parlor in Plainville opening on June 24. And the state's top gambling regulator...
article Millions in casino revenue earmarked for horse racing
(Massachusetts) -- The first slot machine has yet to be played in Massachusetts, but already a huge amount of casino money is sloshing around in a special fund set up by...
article Gambling survey pegs problem and at-risk gambling in state at less than 10 percent
(Massachusetts) -- Men are three times more likely to have a gambling problem than women, black people are four times more likely to have a gambling problem than white...
article Survey: Many in state suffer from problem gambling
(Massachusetts) -- About 88,000 people in Massachusetts are problem gamblers and another 390,000 are at risk of developing problems, a study conducted for the...

6/11/2015

article In face of ethics inquiry, gaming chief finds support on board
(Massachusetts) -- State Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby, who is the subject of a state Ethics Commission conflict of interest inquiry, received statements of...
article Members of gambling panel back Crosby on ethics
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the state's gambling commission came to the defense on Thursday of chairman Stephen Crosby, who has confirmed a state ethics probe over...
article Plainridge Park Casino set to open June 24
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino, scheduled to open, Wednesday, June 24, will have 1,222 slot machines and 278 electronic table games, including blackjack,...
article State's first casino two weeks from opening in Plainville
(Massachusetts) -- Armando Rao worked for 28 years as an engineer for Boston Scientific. Much of that time, Rao, 68, also held a part-time job doing executive-level...
article Massachusetts Study: Older White Men Most Likely To Gamble
(Massachusetts) -- UMass researchers say middle-aged adults in Massachusetts are more likely to gamble than younger adults. Lead researcher Rachel Volberg told casino...
article New survey: Bay Staters love gambling — but worry about casinos
(Massachusetts) -- The results of a massive statewide survey aimed at tracking the impact of gambling expansion in Massachusetts finds a vast majority of Bay Staters...

6/10/2015

article Chairman Of Massachusetts Gambling Commission Under Investigation
(Massachusetts) -- The chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission confirms he is under investigation by state ethics officials.
article State Ethics Commission investigating gambling commissioner for possible conflict of interest
(Massachusetts) -- The chairman of the state gambling commission confirms he's under investigation by state ethics officials over possible conflict of interest in...
article Group pushes firms to diversify
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Diversity Coalition started with the goal to make sure that the state’s minority- and women-owned businesses got a piece of...

6/9/2015

article Gambling commission chairman Crosby facing ethics investigation
(Massachusetts) -- The State Ethics Commission is investigating gambling commissioner Stephen Crosby for a possible conflict of interest in his review of a proposed...
article Plans for $600M Casino Alive As Developers Meet Mass. Gaming Commission Deadline
(Massachusetts) -- Plans for a $600 million New Bedford, Massachusetts, casino have stayed alive after its developers said they met a deadline today to assure the...
article Boston Bashes Wynn
(Massachusetts) -- Boston has upped the heat of its rhetoric against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and its granting of a license to build a casino in Everett at...
article COLUMN: A casino arms race is underway
(Massachusetts) -- If you’re crawling home, locked in rush-hour traffic on the Southeast Expressway, take heart. You’ll soon hit the outdoor advertising...
article MGM Springfield officials to discuss impact of I-91 reconstruction delay, other issues with Mass. Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Springfield, in response to questions regarding its construction schedule and permitting delays related to its $800 million casino project, said...

6/8/2015

article Walsh: State may have to restart casino process in eastern region
(Massachusetts) -- Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who is waging a legal battle against state gambling regulators, said Monday that the state may have to push the reset button...

6/7/2015

article Promise of jobs central to New Bedford casino debate
(Massachusetts) -- Bill Berardi said students in Bristol Community College’s new hospitality program soon could be dealing cards at a nearly completed “...
article Sparse crowd hears plans, voices concerns at New Bedford casino forum
(Massachusetts) -- At least one South End resident at a city casino forum wasn’t seeing a sparkling development that could reshape the city’s waterfront...

6/5/2015

article Letter: Better choices than a casino for New Bedford
(Massachusetts) -- I feel compelled to write this, because I feel we could do much better going in another direction, other than a casino, to put New Bedford on the map...

6/2/2015

article Boston-Everett battle over Wynn casino is a nasty one
(Massachusetts) -- The fight over the lone eastern Massachusetts casino license is growing nastier by the day. A Boston delegation skipped out on meeting with Wynn...
article Brockton casino company's message differs by region
(Massachusetts) -- In April, Wendy Hamilton stood before city residents at West Middle School and endorsed her company’s proposal for a casino at the Brockton...

6/1/2015

article Boston officials skip crucial Wynn casino meeting
(Massachusetts) -- The Walsh administration on Monday skipped the first meeting of a working group assembled to broker a peace agreement between Boston city officials...
article Everett mayor tells Marty Walsh: Admit defeat
(Massachusetts) -- Everett’s mayor says Mayor Martin J. Walsh should cash in his chips, admit defeat and forget about grabbing any more money from Wynn Resorts to...

5/30/2015

article Downtown New Bedford cautiously optimistic about waterfront casino
(Massachusetts) -- Whatever their sentiments about a casino on the New Bedford waterfront, a number of business owners in the immediate area agree on one thing: to...
article Uncertainties surrounding casino election, finances have everyone guessing as June 23 vote nears
(Massachusetts) -- Public forums start this week on a casino development that could be axed a week later. Prominent local groups are still forming their positions, less...
article Battle cry in Boston over Wynn's new casino plan
(Massachusetts) -- The battle between Massachusetts gambling regulators and the city of Boston over the license awarded to Steve Wynn to build a casino in Everett is...
article HAND: Town officials win? You bet
(Massachusetts) -- Plainville Town Moderator Luke Travis has only been in office a little more than a month, but already he has scored his first big political victory....

5/29/2015

article Casino Ultimatum in New Bedford, Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- Exasperated members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission gave developers of a proposed New Bedford casino an ultimatum: Nail down your financing by...
article New Bedford Casino Developer Granted One More Application Deadline Extension
(Massachusetts) -- New York-based real estate developer KG Urban Enterprises, which proposed the construction of a $650-million casino resort on the New Bedford...
article New Bedford group gets more time to complete casino deal
(Massachusetts) -- Frustrated state gambling regulators on Thursday granted the developer behind a proposed New Bedford casino 12 extra days to provide a signed...
article SG to power new Penn National casino in Massaschusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Scientific Games Corporation has expanded its relationship with Penn National Gaming, launching a broad suite of casino management systems and...
article Commission drops gambling restriction for local officials
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators on Thursday voted to abandon a proposed rule prohibiting municipal elected officials in a community hosting a gaming...

5/28/2015

article New Bedford casino bid stays alive; KG Urban faces 'guillotine' deadline
(Massachusetts) -- Developers behind the New Bedford casino proposal again received more time Thursday to close a financial deal, as state gaming officials set a “...
article Lottery machines may soon have age verification
(Massachusetts) -- With competition coming from casino gambling, the Massachusetts State Lottery is looking to make some changes. One of those changes would close a loop...

5/27/2015

article Casino foes share ‘harmful effects’ message with Brockton area towns
(Massachusetts) -- Opponents of a proposed Brockton casino are taking their message on the road. Stand UP for Brockton, a coalition of faith-based and community...

5/26/2015

article Attorney general declines investigation of Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse separation agreement with ex-solicitor
(Massachusetts) -- The state attorney general's office has rejected a City Council request to investigate the separation agreement that Mayor Alex B. Morse made with...

5/25/2015

article Training to get ahead of casino-related crimes
(Massachusetts) -- A man feeds money into a slot machine but cashes out without playing. A woman arrives in a parka in summertime. Someone drops a few bills on the floor...

5/24/2015

article Brockton area towns making case for share of casino jackpot
(Massachusetts) -- Towns in the region have been closely following the debate in Brockton over a $650 million casino. Now that city voters have approved the proposal,...
article Mayor: Casino financial deal not yet closed
(Massachusetts) -- The developer behind New Bedford’s casino proposal has not yet finalized a key deal with its primary financial partner, Mayor Jon Mitchell said...

5/22/2015

article Boston expands lawsuit against state gambling commission
(Massachusetts) -- Mayor Marty Walsh wants a state judge to bar gambling regulators from taking part in future actions regarding the Boston-area casino license. Walsh...
article Mayor doubles down in Wynn casino fight
(Massachusetts) -- Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has made his objections to the Wynn Resorts casino planned for Everett a mountain he’s willing to die on. This week, he...

5/21/2015

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

5/20/2015

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

5/19/2015

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

5/17/2015

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

5/16/2015

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

5/15/2015

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

5/14/2015

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

5/13/2015

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

5/11/2015

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

5/10/2015

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

5/9/2015

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

5/6/2015

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

5/5/2015

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

5/4/2015

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

5/2/2015

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

5/1/2015

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

4/30/2015

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

4/29/2015

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

4/27/2015

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

4/26/2015

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

4/25/2015

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

4/24/2015

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

4/23/2015

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

4/22/2015

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

4/21/2015

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

4/19/2015

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

4/18/2015

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

4/17/2015

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

4/16/2015

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

4/15/2015

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

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