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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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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,...

4/14/2015

article Gaming Commission eyes extension
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission will consider extending a deadline tomorrow that will give groups interested in building a resort casino in the...
article Casino opposition holding meeting Tuesday night in Brockton
(Massachusetts) -- A group opposing the $650 million casino proposed for the Brockton Fairgrounds is hosting a city-wide meeting Tuesday night. Brockton Interfaith...
article No date yet for New Bedford casino vote but council says it's in favor
(Massachusetts) -- A date for a citywide vote on the $650 million casino and hotel project proposed for New Bedford’s waterfront had not been set or suggested to...
article Raynham Park draws alcohol violation as owner pushes Brockton casino
(Massachusetts) -- Earlier this year, a 20-year-old man walked into Raynham Park and asked for a Bud Light. The man – acting as an undercover agent for the Raynham...

4/11/2015

article 2 cities, 2 pitches, but only 1 casino
(Massachusetts) -- Both cities boast grand histories as economic powerhouses of national stature: Brockton for shoe-manufacturing in the early 20th century and New...

4/10/2015

article Brockton casino developer gets mixed reception
(Massachusetts) -- Ward 1 Councilor Timothy Cruise, moderating Thursday’s forum on a casino proposed for the city, called it an informational rather than political...

4/7/2015

article Brockton casino seen from wildly different economic viewpoints
(Massachusetts) -- As a series of public meetings on the Brockton casino got underway this week, competing visions emerged about how it might affect the city’s...

4/5/2015

article First images of Brockton casino pass muster, some say
(Massachusetts) -- The first look at a proposed $650 million gaming facility is garnering some positive reviews after Mayor Bill Carpenter revealed an artist’s...

4/4/2015

article Massachusetts To Increase Reporting Thresholds at Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- The casinos in Massachusetts haven’t even been built yet, but changes are already being made to how they will be operated.
article Developer offers first look at Brockton casino design
(Massachusetts) -- Neil Bluhm helped shape two of Boston's most iconic landmarks -- Copley Place and Faneuil Hall. When Bluhm, a developer now building casinos, set...
article Key casino meetings on tap this week
(Massachusetts) -- Casino advocates and opponents take center stage this week with three meetings: Tuesday, April 7: A coalition of faith-based partners will host a...

4/3/2015

article State officials refuse to issue permit for Wynn casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Baker administration on Friday refused to issue a crucial permit that Wynn Resorts needs to move forward with plans to build a massive, $1.7...
article Analysis: Market still exists for southeastern casino
(Massachusetts) -- Consultants are advising state gambling regulators that a market still exists for a casino in southeastern Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Gaming...
article Proposed casino regulations would prohibit elected officials from gambling in towns or cities they represent
(Massachusetts) -- Elected town officials would be banned from gambling at Plainridge Park Casino under draft regulations submitted Thursday to the state Gaming...

4/2/2015

article Brockton wants action on casino plans
(Massachusetts) -- City officials in Brockton say they want the state Gaming Commission to move quickly to evaluate competing resort casino proposals in Brockton, New...
article Gambling winnings reporting threshold raised from $600 to $1,200 in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- The threshold for winnings at which a person must stop gambling and fill out IRS paperwork has been raised from $600 to $1,200, under a law signed by...
article Massachusetts AG wants more casino regulations
(Massachusetts) -- Concerns that casinos could lead to greater criminal activity led Massachusetts' top prosecutor to urge the state's gambling overseers to come...
article State casino regulators put limits on gamblers’ ATM access
(Massachusetts) -- Several provisions recommended by state Attorney General Maura Healey to potentially protect gamblers from overspending when they patronize the state...
article Analysis: Market still exists for southeastern casino
(Massachusetts) -- Consultants are advising state gambling regulators that a market still exists for a casino in southeastern Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Gaming...
article State criticizes MBTA over $6m land sale to Wynn
(Massachusetts) -- A top regulator in the Baker administration is accusing the MBTA of improperly rushing through the sale of T land that Wynn Resorts wants to use for...
article Proposed casino regulations would prohibit elected officials from gambling in towns or cities they represent
(Massachusetts) -- Elected town officials would be banned from gambling at Plainridge Park Casino under draft regulations submitted Thursday to the state Gaming...

4/1/2015

article Gambling winnings reporting threshold raised from $600 to $1,200 in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- The threshold for winnings at which a person must stop gambling and fill out IRS paperwork has been raised from $600 to $1,200, under a law signed by...
article Brockton mayor calls on Gaming Commission to quickly decide where casino is to go
(Massachusetts) -- City officials in Brockton say they want the state Gaming Commission to move quickly to evaluate competing resort casino proposals in Brockton, New...
article Brockton Officials Urge MGC to Further the Southeastern Casino Project
(Massachusetts) -- Brockton officials announced that they want the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to take imminent actions towards approving one of the three proposals...
article Small group in Somerset making its opposition to casino proposal known
(Massachusetts) -- They’ve met each week for a month and a half to discuss their cause in a community room off Read Street. Sometimes they bring in speakers. They...

3/31/2015

article Legislature agrees to $363 million spending bill that includes funding for homelessness, group insurance, snow removal and more
(Massachusetts) -- The Legislature late Tuesday approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk a $363 million spending bill agreed to hours earlier by a six-member...

3/28/2015

article New Bedford lawyers: Gaming Commission not playing fair
(Massachusetts) -- Two longtime lawyers, both former city solicitors under previous New Bedford mayors, alleged Friday that state gaming officials are treating...
article MGM Breaks Ground In Massachusetts As Casino Border War Breaks Out
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International broke ground on its $800 million West Massachusetts casino project this week, and MGM CEO Jim Murren couldn’t resist...
article George Leontire, Philip N. Beauregard letter to Mass. Gaming Commission: Commissioners must adhere to letter of the statute
(Massachusetts) -- Editor's Note: Following is a letter sent on Friday by New Bedford lawyers George J. Leontire and Philip N. Beauregard to the five members of the...

3/27/2015

article Is The Northeast Casino Market Getting Too Crowded?
(Massachusetts) -- This week, MGM broke ground on its casino in Springfield. When it opens in late 2017, the western Massachusetts resort may find itself in the middle...

3/24/2015

article MGM breaks ground for Springfield, Mass., casino
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International officially launched its $800 million casino project here this morning, throwing down a gauntlet that southeastern...
article MGM to break ground on $800M casino in western Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- MGM is breaking ground on an $800 million casino in western Massachusetts that represents the largest economic development project the region has seen...
article OP/ED: Unnecessary casino border war won't help Connecticut, either
(Massachusetts) -- Groundbreaking of the MGM Springfield casino comes as Connecticut officials scramble to launch new competitive sites in their own state.
article With Shovels and Confetti, MGM Marks Start Of Construction On South End Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Executives and politicians turned over a little dirt on Tuesday in Springfield. The ceremonial groundbreaking for MGM’s casino in the South End...
article Regional casino projects pose competition for Schenectady's Rivers Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Will ground-breaking on a new casino in Western Massachusetts be back breaking to a casino still in its infancy in Schenectady? Schenectady is about...

3/23/2015

article Plainridge Park Casino sets June 24 as opening date for slots, video table games
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino has set June 24 as the day it intends to open its gambling hall with 1,250 slot machines and video table games. Harness horse...

3/22/2015

article A tale of three cities: Casino bids show struggles of Brockton, New Bedford and Somerset
(Massachusetts) -- The story of the competing casino projects proposed in southeastern Massachusetts don't quite represent a tale of three cities — they...
article Your View: New Bedford can get by without a casino
(Massachusetts) -- When I moved to New Bedford with my family in 1970, I had no idea how bad the economy was. Factories were closing down and so were the stores in the...
article Plainridge slots parlor will open in June to inaugurate Massachusetts gambling era
(Massachusetts) -- Four years after the state legalized Las Vegas-style casino gambling, the first slots parlor will open in June, launching an era that officials hope...
article BMM, GLI get conditional Massachusetts certification
(Massachusetts) -- BMM Testlabs and Gaming Laboratories International LLC (GLI) announced they have separately received conditional certification as independent testing...

3/21/2015

article Opponents say casino would be 'devastating' for New Bedford
(Massachusetts) -- The host agreement between the city and developer KG Urban Enterprises for a proposed $650 million waterfront casino is just a day old and already...
article BRISTOL: The launch of Plainridge: Ready, set, gamble
(Massachusetts) -- It's beginning to look like the planned opening of Plainridge Park Casino in June is going to be a very big deal, even though the so-called slot...

3/20/2015

article All bets are on: New Bedford casino project rockets forward
(Massachusetts) -- A landmark announcement in City Hall and the dramatic clearing of a steep state hurdle in Boston created a stunning Thursday for the $650 million...
article Deal keeps Foxwoods in running in Massachusetts
(Connecticut) -- The developer of a proposed casino in southeastern Massachusetts has reached an agreement with New Bedford as the company competes for the state's...
article Foxwoods New Bedford Casino Still Alive After Gaming Board Grants Extension
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted on Thursday to give the developers behind proposed New Bedford and Somerset casinos 46 more days—until...
article Two groups get extension in face for southeastern casino
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming regulators on Thursday voted 3-2 to give two groups chasing a southeastern Massachusetts casino license until May 4 to file applications after...
article New Bedford, Somerset casino bids hinge on equity
(Massachusetts) -- State gaming commissioner Enrique Zuniga asked the developer behind the casino proposed for New Bedford’s waterfront a $650 million question...
article First Mass. Slot Parlor To Open In Plainville This June
(Massachusetts) -- Despite the brutal winter, the first slots parlor in Massachusetts is still scheduled to open on time this summer in Plainville, a few miles south of...

3/19/2015

article Connecticut preparing for New England casino war, with eye toward MGM Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- As Massachusetts continues its years-long entry into the casino market, Connecticut lawmakers appear poised to make one of the next big moves in the...
article New Bedford reaches deal for proposed $650M waterfront casino
(Massachusetts) -- City officials have signed a “successfully executed” host community agreement with developers seeking to build a $650 million casino and...
article New Bedford, Somerset casino proposals get deadline extension
(Massachusetts) -- After missing an application deadline, two casino developers are back in the game. Massachusetts gambling regulators voted 3-2 Thursday to grant...
article Historical Board, MGM Compromise On 3 Properties, Disagree On 4th
(Massachusetts) -- MGM wants to replicate the facade of the former Howard Street YWCA, demolishing the building in place of a cul-du-sac. The historical commission...
article Mass. Gaming Commission adding staff as opening day for Plainridge Park Casino slots parlor approaches
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators are ramping up hiring efforts as the first slot parlor in Massachusetts moves closer toward its opening in June. The state...

3/18/2015

article Gaming panel to hear requests for more time in southeast region
(Massachusetts) -- Somerset on the Move and Crossroads Massachusetts have formally asked the Gaming Commission for a 21-day extension to “identify additional...
article Group proposing Somerset casino bolsters team
(Massachusetts) -- A proposal to build a casino near a major highway in the town of Somerset has gained some momentum in recent days with the addition of two well-known...
article Plainridge Park Casino to add more parking
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino intends to create an additional 181 parking spaces and construct a separate building for state regulators. The plan has been...

3/17/2015

article Casino Deadline Extension Requested By Mass. Mayor, Developer
(Massachusetts) -- Developers of a proposed Foxwoods casino in southeast Massachusetts have asked state regulators for more time to file application materials, a...
article Two area casino applicants seek more time
(Massachusetts) -- Proponents for two casinos in southeastern Massachusetts have requested additional time to complete their phase one applications to the Gaming...
article Casino Bidders Seek More Time for Applications (Again)
(Massachusetts) -- If you think the wait for a Boston-area casino has been unbearably long, you’ll want to avert your eyes from the southeastern part of the state...

3/16/2015

article Brockton meets deadline for southeast Massachusetts casino
(Massachusetts) -- Developers of a casino proposed for southeastern Massachusetts met a deadline Monday for filing license application materials while two other...
article New Bedford casino applicant asks for more time to submit bid
(Massachusetts) -- The business group proposing to build a $500 million casino on the New Bedford waterfront and another group proposing a casino in Somerset are asking...
article Southeastern Massachusetts casino hopefuls seek another extension
(Massachusetts) -- Proponents for two casinos in southeastern Massachusetts have requested additional time to complete their Phase 1 applications to the Massachusetts...
article MGM has respected history, now it's time to move forward: Editorial
(Massachusetts) -- Discussions between the Springfield Historical Commission and MGM Resorts International are entering their final stages. The time to move forward with...

3/15/2015

article Applications due today in battle for final casino license
(Massachusetts) -- Three players vying to build a casino in the southeastern part of the state have until 5 p.m. today to submit updated applications to the state Gaming...

3/14/2015

article As New England casino plans go ahead, gambling houses shore up business as rivalries build
(Massachusetts) -- A casino arms race is ramping up in New England. From Connecticut to Maine, lawmakers worried about losing jobs and revenue are proposing expansion of...

3/12/2015

article Gov. Charlie Baker open to changing Massachusetts gambling wins reporting threshold
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday that he does not have any strong feelings about changing the reporting threshold for gambling wins from $600 to $1,...
article Massachusetts House raises reporting threshold for gambling wins from $600 to $1,200
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts House on Wednesday passed a bill raising the threshold for when someone must stop gambling and fill out IRS paperwork from winning $...

3/11/2015

article New Bedford casino players cover their cards
(Massachusetts) -- Negotiations involving a proposed resort casino on New Bedford’s waterfront took a quieter tone Monday, representing a marked change from the...
article Massachusetts House raises reporting threshold for gambling wins from $600 to $1,200
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts House on Wednesday passed a bill raising the threshold for when someone must stop gambling and fill out IRS paperwork from winning $...

3/8/2015

article Port in a Storm, Part 5: Lawsuits and casino dealings in Holyoke
(Massachusetts) -- Heather G. Egan refused to say whether a whistle-blower lawsuit about Mayor Alex B. Morse's proposed License Board changes is one she would have...

3/7/2015

article Northeast casinos face growing competition for gamblers
(Massachusetts) -- Visions of spinning roulette wheels and whirring slot machines in New Hampshire are raising the stakes in an ever-crowded New England casino market.
article Many think casino deal not dead
(Massachusetts) -- Has the train really left the station as far as New Bedford's chances of attracting a casino to its waterfront? Or is this mystery with a star-...
article Study finds that NB casino could have negative impacts
(Massachusetts) -- The door could be closing on plans for a proposed New Bedford casino. According to Mayor Jon Mitchell, a $65,000 “feasibility study” found...

3/6/2015

article Foxwoods agrees to operate proposed New Bedford casino
(Massachusetts) -- Connecticut-based Foxwoods Resort Casino has agreed to operate a casino proposed for the waterfront in New Bedford, Massachusetts. KG Urban...
article Brockton emerges as likely winner of final casino license
(Massachusetts) -- Short of a “small miracle,” the casino proposal in New Bedford is dead. In Somerset, officials had yet to actually receive their casino...

3/5/2015

article Chief Massachusetts Casino Regulator Confident In Revenue Estimates
(Massachusetts) -- The top gaming industry regulator in Massachusetts is standing firm on casino revenue estimates. Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen...
article New Bedford casino deal is all but dead
(Massachusetts) -- The proposal for a $500 million casino on New Bedford's waterfront is all but dead, as former NBA Commissioner David Stern told The Standard-Times...
article Plainridge Park Casino will cut into Twin River revenue
(Massachusetts) -- Spending by Massachusetts gamblers doubled at Twin River casino in Rhode Island between 2006 and last year, but competition is on its way, a new study...

3/3/2015

article Gambling addiction a focus as casino grows closer
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling was one major concern among opponents of MGM Springfield. In Springfield Monday morning, the Northeast Consortium on Problem Gambling...

3/2/2015

article Final Approval Expected For Casino Ethics Ordinance
(Massachusetts) -- The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts is expected to give final approval Monday to an ordinance restricting public officials from obtaining...
article Gambling addiction 'brain disease,' says recovering addict during Springfield gathering
(Massachusetts) -- Steve Keel, director of problem gambling services for the state's department of public health, said the commonwealth "needs to do more with...
article Problem Gambling Conference Held at MassMutual Center
(Massachusetts) -- March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, and a conference was held at the MassMutual Center to kick start it. Stakeholders attended Northeastern...
article Regional Approach Advocated For Problem Gambling
(Massachusetts) -- With casino gambling expanding in the Northeast, a regional approach is being advocated for the issue of problem gambling. A shared commitment to help...

2/27/2015

article Casino czars’ payroll soars
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission has been adding six-figure staffers to its payroll and expects to see its ranks grow by 70 percent in two years — a...
article LETTER: Casinos are bad economic development
(Massachusetts) -- To the Editor, Economists and gaming researchers throughout the country know that casinos are bad economic development and a social curse.
article Conference at Springfield's MassMutual Center to mark start of Problem Gambling Awareness Month
(Massachusetts) -- Marking the start of Problem Gambling Awareness Month, a group of stakeholders interested in promoting the resources to combat compulsive gambling are...

2/26/2015

article Casino opposition organizing
(Massachusetts) -- A group that has formed to oppose a casino proposal in Somerset met last Thursday at the John F. Kennedy apartment complex community room where people...
article MassLottery to retire familiar but obsolete terminals
(Massachusetts) -- For 18 years, an unremarkable blue machine has been a fixture at corner convenience stores, its tired keys accepting millions of bets from players...

2/25/2015

article Judge Dismisses Caesars Lawsuit: Could Impact Several Pending Cases
(Massachusetts) -- In October 2013, just weeks before East Boston voters headed to the polls to decide on whether or not to allow casino gaming at Suffolk Downs...
article Steele agrees to come to Somerset
(Massachusetts) -- John Tripp, the organizer of No Casino Somerset, said last Thursday that former U.S. Rep. Bob Steele has agreed to come to Somerset in March to speak...

2/24/2015

article MassLottery to retire familiar but obsolete terminals
(Massachusetts) -- For 18 years, an unremarkable blue machine has been a fixture at corner convenience stores, its tired keys accepting millions of bets from players...

2/22/2015

article Brockton strikes deal with potential casino developer
(Massachusetts) -- Three months ago, there was no such thing as a Brockton casino. Three months from now, the city is scheduled to hold a binding vote on a $650 million...
article Snow piles up at Brockton Fairgrounds
(Massachusetts) -- At night, the dump trucks line up outside the fence, hauling ephemeral cargo. Hundreds of trucks, day after day, dump thousands of pounds of snow.
article Letter: Casino a poor fit for Somerset
(Massachusetts) -- Economists and gaming researchers throughout the country know that casinos are bad economic development and a social curse.

2/21/2015

article Brockton, casino developer reach deal worth $10 million a year
(Massachusetts) -- A casino developer and local officials have reached an agreement that would provide the city with at least $10 million a year.

2/20/2015

article Brockton would receive $10m a year under casino agreement
(Massachusetts) -- The City of Brockton would receive a guaranteed $10 million a year from a casino if a plan to build a $650 million facility on the Brockton...

2/19/2015

article Federal Court Rules Against Caesars in Lawsuit Against Massachusetts Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- Caesars Entertainment Corporation has suffered a courtroom loss in their lawsuit against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that claimed the board...
article MGM Springfield casino plan forcing city health department to seek new offices
(Massachusetts) -- The upcoming construction of an $800 million MGM Springfield casino has the city's Department of Health and Human Services in need of a new home.

2/18/2015

article State senators support substance abuse treatment program threatened by relocation costs due to MGM Springfield casino project
(Massachusetts) -- In a tough budget year where hopes to significantly expand Massachusetts substance abuse treatment services are looking increasingly dim, a group of...

2/17/2015

article EDITORIAL: What’s the plan to mitigate impact of Mass. casinos?
(Connecticut) -- It is time for Connecticut's tribal casinos to make their play. The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes, operators of the Mohegan Sun and...
article Fed judge nixes Caesars suit
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming giant Caesars Entertainment Corporation can’t sue the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for excluding it from the race for the coveted...

2/16/2015

article City councilors glad to see Brockton casino proposal go to vote
(Massachusetts) -- In the bid for a Brockton casino, city residents hold all the cards. Over the last two weeks, a city casino proposal cleared an important state...
article Maryland Casinos Revenues Come In Below Forecasts
(Maryland) -- Can Maryland casinos exceed the financial success the state originally planned? For anyone betting on the Northeast’s casino bonanza, the odds are...

2/13/2015

article Tribes Worried About Getting Squeezed Out of Next Massachusetts Casino
(Massachusetts) -- While the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits the Interior Department’s decision on its land-into-trust application, commercial applicants for...
article Why Is Former NBA Commissioner David Stern Involved in the Southeast Mass. Casino Sweepstakes?
(Massachusetts) -- The process of awarding the southeastern Massachusetts casino license—the last one up for grabs in the state—has seen its share of...

2/12/2015

article Massachusetts Gambling Looks to Canada for Responsibility Program
(Massachusetts) -- The two licensed Massachusetts gambling resorts won’t arrive until the fall of 2017 at the earliest, but that isn’t stopping local leaders...

2/11/2015

article Will Mass. casinos impact lottery revenue?
(Massachusetts) -- Convenience stores across the country are cranking out Powerball tickets ahead of tonight’s near-record drawing. The $500 million dollar jackpot...

2/10/2015

article Wynn expecting a big win / Casino exec projects $50 million a month
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts is projecting big money from its casino in Everett, telling investors the Boston-area resort will be a winner for Wynn and Massachusetts...
article Group will oppose casino
(Massachusetts) -- Resident John Tripp is organizing a group called No Casino Somerset and the first meeting of its members and anyone interested in joining will be held...
article Setters see merger as positive development in casino proposal
(Massachusetts) -- Town officials were expecting Somerset On the Move LLC to ask for an extension to file an application and pay a $400,000 fee to the Massachusetts...

2/6/2015

article Casino pitches made for Brockton, New Bedford, Somerset
(Massachusetts) -- A 60-acre site in Brockton emerged on Thursday as one of three locations in the competition for the resort casino license in Southeastern...

2/5/2015

article SouthCoast casino developers to plead cases with state
(Massachusetts) -- More cards will be dealt in the city’s increasingly complex casino negotiations Thursday, as the New York-based developer that’s seeking...

2/4/2015

article Five Groups Taking a Shot at Final Massachusetts Casino License
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts casino battle isn’t over quite yet. Sure, the Wynn pulled out a contentious win in the Greater Boston area, while MGM was...

2/3/2015

article Las Vegas East: Casino Boom Raises the Stakes in New England
(Massachusetts) -- The looming arrival of Las Vegas-style gambling in Massachusetts has prompted new looks at adding casinos in at least two neighboring states,...
article Lottery eyes ad campaign to compete with casinos
(Massachusetts) -- With Las Vegas-style gambling coming to Massachusetts, state Lottery officials are preparing to fight for every dollar amid concerns that casinos will...

2/2/2015

article 5 groups vying for Massachusetts’s final casino license
(Massachusetts) -- The competition for Massachusetts’s final casino license, reserved for the state’s southeast region, is slowly coming into focus, as state...
press release BCLC's GameSense Goes International
(British Columbia) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has announced it is adopting BCLC's GameSense into their responsible gambling program, becoming the first...

2/1/2015

article Lotta money for Lottery
(Massachusetts) -- New state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg is seeking to bump up the Lottery’s ad budget to $10 million — a doubling over the past two years...

1/31/2015

article 5 groups vying for Massachusetts' final casino license
(Massachusetts) -- The competition for Massachusetts' final casino license, reserved for the state's southeast region, is slowly coming into focus, as state...
article Casino contenders ante up for SE Mass license
(Massachusetts) -- Four of the five contenders for a casino resort in southeastern Massachusetts requested an extension from state authorities Friday, while one —...
article Deadline To Apply For Last State Casino License On Friday
(Massachusetts) -- The competition for Massachusetts’ final casino license, reserved for the state’s southeast region, is slowly coming into focus, as state...

1/30/2015

article Gambling companies face Friday deadline to apply for final Massachusetts resort casino license
(Massachusetts) -- A deadline is approaching for applicants interested in vying for Massachusetts' final resort casino license. Applicants must submit by 5 p.m....
article Mass. could see 5 applicants for southeastern region casino license
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced Friday that three groups seeking a casino gambling license for the southeastern part of the commonwealth...

1/29/2015

article MGM Springfield looking for firms interested in bidding on demolition of former Zanetti School in South End
(Massachusetts) -- While MGM Resorts International wades through the complicated permitting process necessary to start construction on its $800 million Springfield...

1/28/2015

article State treasurer eyes more Lottery spending as casinos loom
(Massachusetts) -- With Las Vegas-style gambling coming to Massachusetts, state Lottery officials are preparing to fight for every dollar amid concerns that casinos will...

1/27/2015

article Three’s a Crowd / Wynn faces down Massachusetts lawsuits
(Massachusetts) -- The city of Boston joined two other Massachusetts cities in January in suing the Gaming Commission over its decision in September to award the license...
article Mass. State Lottery eyes ad campaign to compete with casinos
(Massachusetts) -- With Las Vegas-style gambling coming to Massachusetts, state Lottery officials are preparing to fight for every dollar amid concerns that casinos will...

1/26/2015

article OP/ED: Mass. casinos must be competitive
(Massachusetts) -- Fresh off taking her oath of office on Wednesday, Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday put the state gambling commission on notice that there is...

1/25/2015

article Luttrell has experience with gaming
(Massachusetts) -- Not long before Dennis Luttrell left his job as Somerset town administrator on Jan. 14, a filing was made with the state Gaming Commission for a...
article Our View: Casino study will start to answer questions
(Massachusetts) -- The city of New Bedford and casino developer KG Urban Enterprises have adopted a posture of constructive communication, though maybe not full-fledged...

1/24/2015

article Planned Massachusetts casinos, slot parlor a mounting threat to Rhode Island
(Massachusetts) -- The last round of the casino lottery game in Massachusetts begins in earnest Friday, when the initial gambling license applications are due for a...

1/23/2015

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

1/22/2015

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

1/20/2015

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

1/18/2015

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

1/16/2015

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

1/14/2015

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

1/12/2015

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

1/11/2015

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

1/10/2015

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

1/4/2015

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

1/3/2015

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

1/2/2015

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

1/1/2015

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

12/31/2014

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

12/30/2014

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

12/29/2014

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

12/28/2014

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

12/27/2014

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

12/26/2014

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

12/24/2014

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

12/19/2014

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

12/18/2014

article BUILD: At Wynn casinos, we all look bronzed
(Massachusetts) -- Casino mogul Steve Wynn is expected to release new renderings of his Everett gambling resort in January. He is a man famous for his laser-like focus...

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