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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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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...
article New Bedford casino developer withdraws bid
(Massachusetts) -- The proposal to build a $650 million casino on the New Bedford waterfront is dead, the victim of a lack of financing, according to a letter dated...
article New Bedford group abandons casino project, leaving Brockton alone in play for southeastern Massachusetts license
(Massachusetts) -- Brockton on Wednesday suddenly became the sole applicant in play for the southeastern Massachusetts commercial resort casino license after a rival...
article MGM Springfield prepares to interview veteran-owned companies for casino design and construction work
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Springfield, preparing to build an $800 million casino project in the South End, announced Tuesday that it will be interviewing veteran-owned...

7/21/2015

article Not so fast for the full casino era / Resorts to open no earlier than 2018, two years beyond target
(Massachusetts) -- When Plainridge Park opened the casino era in Massachusetts last month, it was considered a first, modest step on the road to a multibillion-dollar...
article Obstacles Massachusetts casino industry has to overcome
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts has been making the headlines over the last couple of months because of the disagreements related to the development of the casino...

7/20/2015

article Bay State Casinos Could Be 10 Years Away: Expert
(Massachusetts) -- The state of Massachusetts legalized three Las Vegas-style casinos and one slots parlor in 2011, but the casinos could still be years away, according...

7/17/2015

article SMITH: Wynn threatens suit against Boston mayor
(Massachusetts) -- Embattled casino king Steve Wynn is once again threatening a defamation suit, this time against Boston Mayor Martin Walsh. Earlier this year, Wynn was...

7/16/2015

article LEUNG: Don’t bet on the rules trumping casino politics
(Massachusetts) -- We’ve gotten so worked up about possibly hosting the Olympics that we’ve essentially talked ourselves out of it before organizers can...

7/14/2015

article As Bay State casinos enter market, Massachusetts lottery profits exceed expectations
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts State Lottery made an estimated $983.5 million in profits and outperformed expectations during the just ended fiscal year, the last...
article Mass. Lottery Earned A Record $5 Billion In Sales Last Fiscal Year
(Massachusetts) -- The advent of the state’s casino gambling era may have the lottery looking over its shoulder, but the lottery just had yet another record year....
article Slander Suit:Wynn Calls for Boston to Stop ‘Campaign of Falsehoods,’ or Else…
(Massachusetts) -- A noted attorney from California, who has represented casino developer Steve Wynn in previous successful slander suits, has called on the City of...

7/13/2015

article Area colleges ready to train casino workers in Brockton or New Bedford
(Massachusetts) -- Massasoit Community College, which has offered casino dealer classes in the past, says it is “ready to partner” with a potential $650...
article Plainville police chief says few problems with slot machine parlor
(Massachusetts) -- There have been some traffic problems and a couple of alleged larcenies, but the first 20 days of Plainridge Park Casino’s existence has mostly been...

7/12/2015

article Winners and losers in Massachusetts casino plans
(Massachusetts) -- The opening of the $250 million Plainridge Park Casino last month wasn’t exactly the grand unveiling Massachusetts gaming backers envisioned...

7/10/2015

article GOUVEIA: Plainridge Park Casino a winner, for most part
(Massachusetts) -- After waiting a couple of weeks to let the initial crowds and fanfare die down, my wife and I decided to stop by and visit the new Plainridge Park...

7/7/2015

article Walsh defiant on casino after Wynn threatens lawsuit
(Massachusetts) -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh remained defiant Tuesday in his opposition to a proposed Wynn Resorts casino near Charlestown, saying he will not relent until...

7/6/2015

article Mayor Marty Walsh skeptical gaming was off table at lunches
(Massachusetts) -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh is voicing skepticism that more than 100 hours of Gaming Commission closed-door meetings — disclosed by the Herald...
article Wynn Resorts threatens to file defamation suit against Mayor Walsh
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts is threatening to sue Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston for defamation unless he apologizes for the “false statements and untrue...
article Wynn Resorts to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh: 'Cease your campaign of falsehoods'
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts on Monday opened up another front in its war of words with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. In a letter to Walsh and his attorneys, a lawyer for...
article Casino competition intensifying in southern New England
(Massachusetts) -- The casino gambling industry is off and running in Massachusetts with the recent opening of the Plainridge Park Casino. The state assumes it will...
article Massachusetts casino had a good first week
(Massachusetts) -- It was a very successful week for the state’s first casino, a slot parlor off I-495 in the Norfolk County town of Plainville. Plainridge Park...

7/5/2015

article Gaming Commission playing games with open meeting rules
(Massachusetts) -- The state’s Gaming Commission has spent more than 100 hours in secret meetings that were off-limits to the public — including “agenda-planning”...
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...

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