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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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12/5/2016

article Massachusetts gaming regulators to study casino industry and possible impact of legalized marijuana
(Massachusetts) -- In the state of Massachusetts, there are gambling facilities in the works that would cater to players who enjoy table games, slots and more. The...

12/2/2016

article Key Takeaways From The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Annual Report
(Massachusetts) -- On Nov. 22, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission submitted its fifth annual report to the state government. The report covered a wide range of topics...

11/28/2016

article State's gambling audit pays off
(Massachusetts) -- A report issued last week by the state auditor’s office is the first audit dealing with a functioning casino, examining the oversight the...
article The abiding success of Keno in a casino era
(Massachusetts) -- A couple dozen men sat hunched at the bar, elbow to elbow with longtime pals. They were waiting for the next Keno drawing on the TV screens, as they...

11/27/2016

article The abiding success of Keno in a casino era
(Massachusetts) -- A couple dozen men sat hunched at the bar, elbow to elbow with longtime pals. They were waiting for the next Keno drawing on the TV screens, as they...

11/26/2016

article Audit: 1st Mass. casino not hitting hiring goals
(Massachusetts) -- The first and only casino in Massachusetts so far has been “falling far short” of its job creation promises, and the state agency charged...

11/25/2016

article Area officials find fault with Plainridge Park Casino audit
(Massachusetts) -- The state auditor has faulted Plainridge Park Casino for not living up to a license agreement to hire 90 percent of its workers from Plainville and...

11/23/2016

article Gaming panel seeks clarity on pot law
(Massachusetts) -- The state gaming commission is reaching out to the Treasurer’s office for help developing a new system now that recreational marijuana use has...
article Audit Finds Massachusetts Gaming Commission Not Ensuring Casino Workforce Development Requirements Met
(Massachusetts) -- An audit of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC), released today by Auditor Suzanne M. Bump, found that it did not ensure that Plainridge Park...
article Plainridge manager: Slots average highest in country
(Massachusetts) -- On a per-machine basis, the slots parlor at Plainridge Park in Plainville has the highest revenue of any similar gaming facility in the country, the...
article Plainridge slots average $346 per day
(Massachusetts) -- On a permachine basis, the slots parlor at Plainridge Park in Plainville has the highest revenue of any similar gaming facility in the country, the...

11/22/2016

article Audit Shows Plainridge Park Casino Not Meeting Hiring Goals
(Massachusetts) -- The first and only casino in Massachusetts so far has been “falling far short” of its job creation promises, and the state agency charged...
article No marijuana smoking in casinos, at least for now
(Massachusetts) -- Marijuana is set to become legal next month for recreational use, but don’t expect to partake while playing those spinning, colorful slot...

11/21/2016

article Audit: state's 1st casino not meeting hiring goals
(Massachusetts) -- A state audit has found the Massachusetts Gaming Commission did not ensure the state's first casino was meeting its hiring goals. Auditor Suzanne...

11/20/2016

article Plainridge Park Casino reports five percent revenue decline in October 2016
(Massachusetts) -- The Plainridge Park Casino is a slots only casino in Plainville, Massachusetts that currently enjoys a slot machine monopoly in the state but is still...

11/15/2016

article Plainridge Park's gambling revenues declined in October
(Massachusetts) -- Revenues at Massachusetts's first and so far only casino are on a downswing. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission reported Tuesday that Plainridge...
article Revenue at Plainridge Park falls by more than 5 percent in October
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino tumbled by more than 5 percent in October, marking the slot parlor’s worst month since January. The...

11/14/2016

article After long decline, harness racing receives jolt from Plainville casino
(Massachusetts) -- In a blur of taut muscles, eight horses charged across the finish line, capping off a full card of harness racing at Plainridge Park Racecourse. In...

11/13/2016

article In Revere, a move away from a tradition of gambling and on to a new start
(Massachusetts) -- Gamblers once bet more than $1 million a day at the Wonderland Greyhound Park. Now, the shuttered track is so deteriorated that the city inspector has...

11/11/2016

article OP/ED: Should the state Gaming Commission revisit the Brockton casino plan?
(Massachusetts) -- Over the past couple of years, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has undertaken several attempts at awarding a resort casino license in Southeast...

11/10/2016

article Massachusetts Voters Reject Another Slots Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters on Tuesday soundly rejected a plan for a second slot machine facility in the Bay State. More than 60 percent of voters (3.8...

11/9/2016

article 61% of Massachusetts voters reject expanded gambling measure
(Massachusetts) -- By a 61 percent to 39 percent margin, Massachusetts voters opted not to add an additional slots parlor license at Suffolk Downs on top of the three...

11/8/2016

article Lottery places bet on Internet games
(Massachusetts) -- State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg finally formally acted on her intentions last week by filing a bill that would authorize the Massachusetts State...
article Treasurer pushes plan to create ‘iLottery’
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg is advancing her plan to create a so-called “iLottery,” filing a bill with the state Legislature...
article Mass. Voters Reject Proposal For 2nd Slots Parlor In The State
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters have rejected a proposal to expand the state's five-year-old casino gaming law to allow for a second slots parlor here. The...
article Question 1, authorizing second slots parlor in Massachusetts, fails
(Massachusetts) -- Voters on Tuesday rejected developer Eugene McCain's push for a second slots parlor in Massachusetts, according to the Associated Press. Question...

11/6/2016

article Editorial: Reviewing the ballot questions
(Massachusetts) -- Early voting in Massachusetts has proved popular in its inaugural run, and as many as a third or more of eligible voters have already cast their...
article Get Out and Vote
(Massachusetts) -- The Sentinel & Enterprise urges all registered voters to cast a ballot in the election Tuesday. Here is a list of the newspaper's endorsements...
article Voters to decide fate of legalizing marijuana, adding charter schools
(Massachusetts) -- Question 1 on the Massa­chusetts ballot regards ex­panded slot-machine gaming. The proposed law would allow the state Gaming Com­mission...

11/5/2016

article From more gambling to legal pot, voters weigh ballot issues
(Massachusetts) -- With no statewide races on the ballot and Massachusetts considered safely in Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s column, much of...

11/4/2016

article Documents reveal true backers of drive for a 2nd slots parlor
(Massachusetts) -- The $3.2 million campaign to open a second slots parlor in Massachusetts has been secretly financed by a team of developers who brought gambling to...
article Mass. likely voters skeptical of Question 1 allowing 2nd slots parlor, Western New England University poll says
(Massachusetts) -- Fifty percent of likely voters in Massachusetts aren't interested in allowing the state to set up a second slots parlor, according to a new poll...
article Springfield creating police unit in response to casino
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield’s mayor and police commissioner say the city is creating a 41-member police unit to address crime in the neighborhood where a...

11/2/2016

article Sudbury Election Guide: Get Ready to Vote on Nov. 8
(Massachusetts) -- OK Sudbury residents, it’s almost time to join the rest of the country to vote not only for our next president, but state senators,...
article Massachusetts Legislature Studying Online Gambling and Daily Fantasy Sports
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Legislature has begun its review on the merits of passing online gambling and daily fantasy sports (DFS) legislation.
article Massachusetts Special Commission to Examine Roadmap to Online Poker, Casino, DFS Regulation
(Massachusetts) -- In Massachusetts, a newly established commission to examine the pros and cons of legalizing and regulating online poker and casino gaming met for the...
article Treasurer pushes plan to create ‘iLottery’
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg is advancing her plan to create a so-called “iLottery,” filing a bill with the state Legislature...

11/1/2016

article OP/ED: A Worthless Gamble
(Massachusetts) -- This election, the people of Massachusetts will be voting on four ballot questions, the first of which, if approved, would expand a five-year old...
article Our View: Vote No on Question 1
(Massachusetts) -- The Herald News encourages a No vote on Massachusetts Ballot Question 1. The initiative is to let the state Gaming Commission issue an additional...
article Massachusetts to Explore Online Gambling Legalization
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts has indicated interest in looking at the legalization and regulation of online gambling as an attractive opportunity for the expansion...

10/29/2016

article Experts joining state lawmakers to study online gaming
(Massachusetts) -- Legal and gaming experts are set to join a group of lawmakers for the first time Monday to begin a study of online gaming and fantasy sports gaming, a...

10/26/2016

article What would approving another slots parlor mean for Mass.?
(Massachusetts) -- Only one slots parlor, in Plainville, has opened since casino gambling was legalized in Massachusetts in 2011. Question 1 on the Nov. 8 ballot would...

10/21/2016

article Wynn’s antislot group hired Revere political operative
(Massachusetts) -- When Wynn Resorts quietly launched a campaign to scuttle a proposal for a slots parlor in neighboring Revere last month, the opposition group hired...

10/18/2016

article Revere voters reject slots parlor in nonbinding vote
(Massachusetts) -- For the first time in recent years, Revere voters rejected the offer of a gambling facility in their city, snubbing their noses at a developer’s...

10/17/2016

article Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino up 1 percent in Sept.
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino ticked up by 1 percent in September, as managers of the state’s first casino continued to sacrifice...

10/16/2016

article Meet the man behind Question 1
(Massachusetts) -- He left the University of California Berkeley to study meditation in Hawaii. He sold high-end properties on the Big Island until Thailand beckoned,...

10/12/2016

article MGM Springfield construction moving along as scheduled
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Springfield construction is on schedule and the city skyline continues to change. Just a couple weeks ago they installed that 205 foot crane, and...

10/9/2016

article For most area lawmakers, the answer to Question 1 is no
(Massachusetts) -- Area legislators are largely against Question 1, the November ballot question that would permit a second slot parlor in the state.
article Question 1 asks Massachusetts voters take on additional slots parlor
(Massachusetts) -- When it passed its gaming act in November 2011, Massachusetts thought it had reached a delicate balance among casinos and slots parlors in the state.
article Revere leaders decry referendum for slots
(Massachusetts) -- Question 1 could give Revere another chance at a casino -- a chance most people in Revere don't want. The ballot initiative to build a slot-...

10/6/2016

article Legislation being prepared to take the Massachusetts Lottery online
(Massachusetts) -- In Massachusetts, a senior government official has announced that she intends to file and champion legislation that would allow the eastern state...

10/5/2016

article Hundreds turn out for MGM Springfield career session hoping to get casino jobs
(Massachusetts) -- It may be nearly two years before MGM Springfield plans to open its doors, but hundreds of Western Massachusetts residents have already signaled...

10/3/2016

article Question 1 would allow 2nd slots gaming parlor
(Massachusetts) -- Question 1, more than anything else on the Nov. 8 ballot, may leave voters scratching their heads because it’s about allowing another slots...

10/1/2016

article City Officials Oppose Slot Casino in Revere
(Massachusetts) -- Mayor Brian Arrigo has released a statement regarding a proposed slots casino parlor and hotel at the site of Lee’s Trailer Park on Revere Beach...

9/30/2016

article Ballot Question Would Expand Slots Parlors
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters in the November 8 election have an opportunity to allow a second slots parlor in the state as a way to support a limping horse...

9/28/2016

article How will Gov. Charlie Baker vote on farm animal, slots ballot questions?
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Charlie Baker has been a strong advocate on two of this year's ballot questions, opposing marijuana legalization and supporting an expansion...
article Question 1 foes highlight out-of-state forces behind slots parlor support
(Massachusetts) -- The main opponent of a ballot question that could open the door to the state issuing another slots parlor license sought to paint Question 1’s...

9/27/2016

article Question 1 Seeks To Allow 2nd Slots Parlor In Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- One of the four ballot questions Massachusetts voters will decide this November would expand the state's five-year-old casino gaming law to allow...

9/26/2016

article Slots parlor group hires casino developer
(Massachusetts) -- The group that wants to open a slots parlor in Revere has hired a Las Vegas-based casino developer and manager to help shepherd a proposal that faces...
article Opposing Question 1, Baker says he wants to see casino impacts first
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Charlie Baker — a vocal advocate for one of the four questions on November’s ballot who is looking to defeat another — outlined...

9/23/2016

article East Boston gears up to fight a casino, once again
(Massachusetts) -- Three years ago, East Boston residents rallied against a proposed casino in their neighborhood, launching a grass-roots campaign that improbably...
article MGM Casino Springfield Construction project update
(Massachusetts) -- The MGM Springfield parking garage is taking shape as construction crews have put up three levels of the garage’s framework. 2 large cranes are...
article With Plainridge came many jobs
(Massachusetts) -- About 800 people from Norfolk and Bristol counties worked on construction of Plainridge Park Casino, including 74 from the immediate Plainville area,...

9/22/2016

article MGM Springfield to begin vertical construction in coming weeks
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission held their 200th public meeting Thursday with an update from MGM Springfield. Casino President Mike Mathis said...

9/21/2016

article State studying impact of gambling in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- The state is studying the impacts of gambling before the first full resort casino opens in Massachusetts. Under the state’s 2011 gaming law,...
article Professor briefs lawmakers on problem gambling study results
(Massachusetts) -- An estimated 88,000 adults in Massachusetts are problem gamblers, and another 390,000 are deemed “at-risk” gamblers and may bet more than...

9/20/2016

article MGM Resorts International joins Question One opposition
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International has allied itself with fellow American casino operator Wynn Resorts Limited in its opposition to an upcoming state-wide...
article MGM Springfield’s parking garage framework raised
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Springfield construction is on schedule, and you can see the parking garage finally taking shape. 22News put together a time lapse for you, which...

9/19/2016

article Wynn voices opposition to slots parlor project in Revere
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts declared its opposition to an international developer’s campaign to open a slots parlor in Revere, saying it would run counter to...
article No. 200: Massachusetts Gaming Commission conducts 200th open public meeting on Thursday
(Massachusetts) -- Nearly five years after the Massachusetts expanded gambling bill was signed into law, the Gaming Commission is about to hit a milestone: 200 public...
article Expedite Lottery gaming guidelines
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission made the right call recently by appointing a panel to craft comprehensive regulations to oversee online gambling...

9/17/2016

article Plainridge Park Casino sees drop in August revenues as it looks to give back more to gamblers
(Massachusetts) -- The Plainridge Park Casino opened as slots only casino in Plainridge, Massachusetts during June 2015 and currently enjoys a monopoly in the state as...

9/15/2016

article Revenue falls at Plainridge Park Casino, but gamblers gain
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino tumbled by more than 5 percent in August, as managers of the state’s first casino continued to...

9/14/2016

article Editorial: Saying no to slots
(Massachusetts) -- It has become increasingly obvious over the years that the ballot box is just not a good venue for resolving complex policy questions.

9/13/2016

article Opinion: Dodging Bullets in Revere
(Massachusetts) -- It’s hard to blame Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo for taking his fight against building a proposed slot machine parlor locally to the courts even as...

9/12/2016

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission: Single Omnibus Bill May Be Best Path Forward For Online Gambling
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) may not make policy, but it can make recommendations to the legislature, which it has done since its...
article To carry the state, slots parlor developer seeks local support
(Massachusetts) -- The international developer seeking to bring a slots parlor to Revere has launched an aggressive campaign to win statewide approval for the plan in...

8/25/2016

article Proposed $17 million hotel across street from MGM Springfield casino temporarily delayed by Historical Commission vote
(Massachusetts) -- Developer Louis Masaschi of Longmeadow hopes to demolish the former Smith Carriage Co. building on Park Street to build a hotel near the MGM...

8/18/2016

article Plainridge to get more money to fund harness racing track
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission endorsed a plan Thursday to send more money from a racehorse development fund to the harness track at Plainridge Park...

8/16/2016

article Plainridge Park Casino’s July revenue is the highest all year
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino surged in July, making it the slot parlor’s best month since last August. Gross gaming revenue in...

8/15/2016

article Massachusetts casino generates $88M in taxes in 1st year
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts' only casino collected nearly $180 million in gambling revenues in its first year of operation. The profits mean that Plainridge...
article Horse racing's supporters want another track, parking lot
(Massachusetts) -- Robert Temple remembers when horse racing enthusiasts flocked to Suffolk Downs, crowded into the grandstands to watch thoroughbred legends tear up the...
article Plainridge Park Casino revenue jumps up to $13.8 million in July
(Massachusetts) -- The gross gaming revenue for Plainridge Park Casino, the sole slots parlor in Massachusetts, rose to $13.87 million, the state's Gaming Commission...

8/14/2016

article Gaming projections can't be taken seriously
(Massachusetts) -- It would nice if the rosy tax revenue projections from the state's budding casino empire come true, but we're expressing caution. Don't...
article Officials see MA taking in $300 million from casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Once two resort casinos under development are open to gamblers, diners and shoppers, Massachusetts can expect to pull in about $300 million in annual...

8/11/2016

article Proposal To Bring Horse Racing Back To Brockton Fairgrounds Is Dealt A Blow
(Massachusetts) -- A proposal to bring horse racing back to the Brockton Fairgrounds after 15 years was dealt a major blow on Wednesday.

8/10/2016

article Gaming Commission Chairman believes Massachusetts will benefit greatly from its two new casinos
(Massachusetts) -- While there has been a lot of debate and opposition to the proposed MGM Springfield and Wynn Boston Harbor casinos in Massachusetts, Steve Crosby the...
article How Massachusetts will spend $300M casino revenue
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts will receive hundreds of millions of dollars every year once MGM Springfield and Wynn Boston casinos open for business. Once MGM...
article Gaming Commission refuses to pay $1.4m to restart thoroughbred racing in Brockton
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission Wednesday unanimously rejected a $1.4 million request to upgrade the Brockton Fairgrounds racetrack, with some...

8/9/2016

article Gambling chief said state will win big from casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Once two resort casinos under development are open to gamblers, diners and shoppers, Massachusetts can expect to pull in about $300 million in annual...

8/8/2016

article Holdups Continue To Be The Story For Land-Based Casino Developers In Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Back in 2011, Massachusetts passed a law that allowed for up to three commercial casinos and a single slots casino to be built in the state. Five...
article Plainridge casino fined for not complying with state alcohol rules
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino has been fined $10,000 for failing to comply with alcohol storage and distribution requirements, officials said. In a news...
article Plainridge Park casino fined $10,000 for alcohol violations
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has fined Plainville's Plainridge Park Casino $10,000 for violating alcohol regulations. The casino, which is...
article State horse fund, facing long odds, can't find enough purses to fatten
(Massachusetts) -- It seemed like a sure bet for the Sport of Kings: A tax on casinos aimed solely at reviving Massachusetts horse racing. Five years after it was...

8/5/2016

article Gamblers signing up for addiction prevention effort
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gambling regulators say they're encouraged by early numbers from a unique gambling addiction prevention effort being tested at the...

8/4/2016

article Online lottery backers will try again on Beacon Hill
(Massachusetts) -- Beacon Hill backers of online lottery games say they will try again next session, after lawmakers scratched out a proposal that would have allowed the...
article Online Lottery failed to make cut in late-session flurry
(Massachusetts) -- Having been denied the legislative authority to move products online, the head of the Massachusetts Lottery said the agency will continue to make its...

8/2/2016

article Massachusetts Fantasy Sports And iLottery Progress Could Set The Table For Online Gambling
(Massachusetts) -- With the 2016 session coming to a close, the Massachusetts legislature managed to pass a bill that ostensibly legalizes daily fantasy sports and calls...
article The Massachusetts Model Could Become The Gold Standard For Gambling Regulation
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts may have been late to the casino party that’s swept across the United States during the past two decades, but now that it has...

8/1/2016

article Mass. Gaming Commission OKs partial casino relief funds for Hampden County Sheriff's Department, Caring Health Center
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved partial funding on Monday to assist the Hampden County Sheriff's Department and the Caring Health...

7/31/2016

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission meets again to consider casino mitigation funds for Caring Health Center, sheriff's department
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has a special meeting on Monday to consider requests for funds filed by the Hampden County Sheriff's...

7/27/2016

article A second Mass. slots parlor? Easier said than done
(Massachusetts) -- An international developer prevailed in his unlikely quest to get a referendum on the November ballot asking voters to demand a second slots parlor in...
article Casino piloting program to help patrons track gambled funds
(Massachusetts) -- A pilot program was recently launched at the Plainridge Park Casino that allows gamblers to monitor the amount of money they spend on electronic...

7/25/2016

article One year in, Plainridge casino seen as modest success
(Massachusetts) -- On its opening day in June of last year, Plainridge Park Casino was thronged with gamblers, eager to try their luck at the state’s first Las...

7/23/2016

article Plans to bring horse racing to Brockton hit a snag
(Massachusetts) -- Plans for the return of thoroughbred horse racing to the Brockton Fairgrounds this summer have the general support of the state Gaming Commission, but...

7/21/2016

article In Mass. lottery, a tie counts as a win
(Massachusetts) -- In big, bold letters, the state lottery’s $30 instant game tickets trumpet the odds of winning — better than one in three. But there...

7/20/2016

article Firms fatten lobbyists’ coffers
(Massachusetts) -- Boston-bound General Electric dropped $135,000 on lobbyists through the first six months of the year, a sign that it is keeping a heavy presence on...

7/19/2016

article Lottery sales jump even as racetrack bets drop
(Massachusetts) -- The state Lottery collected record-high wagers, worth $9.7 billion, for the financial year that ended March 31, even as interest waned at the horse...
article Online betting a big gamble for Lottery
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts State Lottery and the state treasurer are supporting legislation to allow online gambling, but neither can say how much revenue it...

7/18/2016

article Ruling on Caring Health Center request for casino mitigation funds possible this week
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission could rule on Thursday if the Caring Health Center will receive $257,075 in casino mitigation funds to help...

7/15/2016

article Should the Legislature allow the Massachusetts Lottery to offer online gambling?
(Massachusetts) -- In this ever-changing economy that has seen a massive shift toward digital and mobile platforms, we need to embrace new technologies to ensure that...
article State Senate OKs online Lottery
(Massachusetts) -- The Senate authorized the Lottery to expand into cyberspace as part of an economic development bill that passed Thursday night on a 39-1 vote. The...
article Plainridge Park Casino take declined in June as slots parlor turned 1
(Massachusetts) -- Gross gaming revenue for Plainridge Park Casino fell to $12.3 million in June, after seeing $13.5 million in May. The slots parlor, which is located...

7/14/2016

article Has Plainridge Park Casino plateaued?
(Massachusetts) -- The latest gaming revenue numbers for Plainridge Park Casino, the lone slots parlor in Massachusetts, are expected to be out later this week.

7/13/2016

article Online gambling on the mind of Massachusetts State Lottery officials
(Massachusetts) -- Lottery players in the state of Massachusetts may soon have access to gaming options online, if a proposal by the Massachusetts State Lottery is...
article 'The False Dream And The Cost': Littlefield On Online Gambling
(Massachusetts) -- According to The Boston Globe, the Massachusetts State Lottery wants to expand: “The Massachusetts State Lottery is calling on lawmakers to open...

7/11/2016

article BLOG: Lottery Games Online? Scratch That Idea
(Massachusetts) -- JEN FLANAGAN is distressed. The state senator from Leominster, a 40-year-old Democrat, is worried that not enough young people are wasting their money...
article MGM Springfield investing in Holyoke to train culinary staff
(Massachusetts) -- Holyoke will use its share of the neighboring-community impact payments made by casino operator MGM Springfield to pay tuition for 50 Paper City...

7/10/2016

article Lottery games online? Scratch that idea
(Massachusetts) -- JEN FLANAGAN IS distressed. The state senator from Leominster, a 40-year-old Democrat, is worried that not enough young people are wasting their money...

7/8/2016

article Casinos emerge as surprising savior for struggling racetracks
(Massachusetts) -- Two years ago, thoroughbred horse racing was dead in Massachusetts, a victim of years of declining interest and a failed casino bid at the region...
article Massachusetts Takes Step Toward New Track
(Massachusetts) -- The creation of a non-profit Thoroughbred racetrack and equine center in Massachusetts advanced closer to reality with the release of a favorable...
article DEBATE: Should the state Legislature allow the lottery to offer online gaming?
(Massachusetts) -- As legislators, we are always searching for new sources of revenue to fund important state and local programs without having to raise taxes. This year...
article Will Massachusetts Soon Need a Lottery Smartphone App?
(Massachusetts) -- In addition to scrolling through their email and reading the news, commuters on the T might soon be able to use their smartphones to play the state...

7/7/2016

article Two mayors say no to more slots. Will casino mogul Steve Wynn?
(Massachusetts) -- My dream column: Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone and casino mogul Steve Wynn joining forces to defeat a ballot question that would allow a second slots...

7/2/2016

article The Argument: Should the state Legislature allow the Lottery to offer online gambling?
(Massachusetts) -- Should the state Legislature allow the Lottery to offer online gambling? YES. Jennifer L. Flanagan, State senator, Leominster Democrat: Although the...

6/29/2016

article Court approves slot referendum for November ballot
(Massachusetts) -- The highest court in Massachusetts has approved a proposal that will see voters asked via the November presidential election ballot whether the...
article Court says slots parlor question properly certified for 2016 ballot
(Massachusetts) -- A ballot question authorizing a slots parlor with up to 1,250 machines at the former Suffolk Downs horse racing track was properly certified for this...

6/28/2016

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

6/25/2016

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

6/24/2016

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

6/23/2016

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

6/21/2016

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

6/17/2016

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

6/16/2016

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

6/15/2016

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

6/13/2016

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

6/11/2016

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

6/10/2016

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

6/9/2016

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

6/6/2016

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

6/4/2016

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

6/2/2016

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

6/1/2016

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

5/31/2016

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

5/30/2016

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

5/16/2016

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

5/15/2016

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

5/14/2016

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

5/13/2016

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

5/11/2016

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

5/10/2016

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

5/8/2016

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

5/6/2016

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

5/5/2016

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

5/4/2016

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

5/1/2016

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

4/29/2016

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

4/27/2016

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

4/26/2016

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

4/25/2016

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

4/24/2016

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

4/21/2016

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

4/20/2016

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

4/19/2016

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

4/18/2016

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

4/16/2016

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

4/15/2016

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

4/14/2016

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

4/9/2016

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

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