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Two-month window opens for Region C casino feedback

Over the next two months, state regulators want people in the gaming world and residents of southeastern Massachusetts to weigh in on a variety of issues surrounding a possible third full-scale casino in the state, before deciding whether to formally re-launch the bidding process there.

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8/16/2019

article Encore Boston Harbor easily leads Commonwealth; $49 million first-month haul more than double Springfield GGR
(Massachusetts) -- With first-week figures coming out last month and the gambling landscape on the East Coast becoming increasingly competitive, it’s not...
article State's 3 casinos paid $23M in taxes in 1st month all open
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling regulators say Massachusetts took in more than $23 million in taxes during the first full month in which all three of the state's...

8/15/2019

article Mass. Casinos Generate $81 Million in July
(Massachusetts) -- The three casinos in Massachusetts cumulatively generated $81.4 million in revenue last month from hundreds of millions in wagers and Encore Boston...
article MGM Springfield gambling receipts rebound in July; Encore Boston Harbor gross gaming revenues more than double Springfield haul
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Springfield’s gross gambling revenue rebounded slightly in July, the casino’s first full month of competing with the larger Encore...

8/11/2019

article Bid to bring horse racing back to Berkshires faces hurdles
(Massachusetts) -- The owners of the now-closed Suffolk Downs in Boston are stepping up efforts to bring live horse racing to the Berkshires for the first time in more...

8/9/2019

article As The Horse Racing Industry Eyes The Berkshires, Questions Swirl
(Massachusetts) -- Berkshire leaders are considering the return of horseracing to Great Barrington. The possibility is raising a number of questions. The long dormant...

8/2/2019

article Lifetime ban available to compulsive gamblers who can't resist entering state casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Ray Fluette has spent his casino career watching people win -- and lose. "They couldn't even tell you how much they're winning or losing...

8/1/2019

article Pacheco: Raynham Park should get sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- It came down to the wire, with the state Legislature missing the deadline for the second year in a row to renew racing and simulcast wagering in...

7/31/2019

article Everett, Partners Receive Several Gaming Commission Grants
(Massachusetts) -- The City and its partners received more than $1 million in community mitigation grants from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) last week...
article Massachusetts Legislative Inaction Threatens Simulcasts
(Massachusetts) -- In a scenario all too familiar, Massachusetts legislators were in a stalemate July 31 as the deadline approached to extend the statute legalizing all...

7/30/2019

article Casinos, by the numbers: How Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield stack up against Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods, Plainridge Park and Twin River
(Massachusetts) -- When Encore Boston Harbor opened its doors at the end of June, it marked the sixth casino within about an hour drive for some residents in...

7/29/2019

article AUDIO: Governor Baker on the future of sports betting in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Governor Baker joined the Greg Hill Show for the first time on WEEI and discussed the future of sports betting in Massachusetts.

7/22/2019

article Can you bet and play online casino in Massachusetts?
(Massachusetts) -- When it comes to online gambling, Massachusetts is one of the more progressive states. Lawmakers in the state are steadily behind an expansion of the...

7/21/2019

article BOSTON GLOBE: Holding the line on casino expansion
(Massachusetts) -- Yes, Massachusetts can have too much of a good thing — especially if that “good thing” is casino gambling. The latest numbers are in...
article Local officials back expansion of Plainridge with table games
(Massachusetts) -- Local officials are getting behind a bill that would allow the state Gaming Commission to permit table games at Plainridge Park Casino. Despite the...

7/20/2019

article Gaming Industry Adding to Better Outlook for Massachusetts Job Numbers
(Massachusetts) -- Casino operators, including Wynn Resorts, are playing an increasingly important role in job creation in Massachusetts, helping keep the commonwealth...

7/18/2019

article Casino Mitigation Funds Denied For CATV Studio Move
(Massachusetts) -- Casino regulators in Massachusetts have rejected a request for help on behalf of Springfield’s community access television station. Facing eviction by...

7/17/2019

article Plainridge Park Table Games Discussion Heats Up, Lawmakers Say Critical for Casino Competitiveness
(Massachusetts) -- The Plainridge Park Casino, the sole slots-only Category 2 gaming facility in Massachusetts, needs inclusion of table games to remain relevant, some...

7/16/2019

article Southeast Mass. lawmakers push for table games at Plainridge Park
(Massachusetts) -- A clutch of lawmakers from the southeastern region painted a rosy picture of Massachusetts in the legal gambling era and asked the Joint Committee on...

7/15/2019

article Push for Plainridge table games meets resistance from Hopkinton family
(Massachusetts) -- Eight years after Massachusetts legalized casino gambling and while lawmakers are weighing further expansions of gaming, a Hopkinton couple told...

7/5/2019

article OP/ED: Time to get into the online lottery game
(Massachusetts) -- We either get the lottery online now or miss the boat completely. This Monday, Mass Lottery Executive Director Michael Sweeney and State Treasurer...

7/4/2019

article New England casinos battle for high-rollers
(New England) -- There has never been a better time for gaming in New England. The recent launch of Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, and the opening of MGM Springfield...
article How to make gambling more safe for the consumer
(Massachusetts) -- Many Gaming Associations have made revisions in their set of standard rules to address the various sports betting issues. It incorporates publicising...

6/30/2019

article Push to move Massachusetts Lottery online forging ahead
(Massachusetts) -- The push to move the Massachusetts State Lottery online is forging ahead. A legislative committee will hold a public hearing Monday on bills related...

6/28/2019

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission Revives Region C Casino Consideration Following Encore Boston Harbor Opening
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is once again considering the Region C license, the third and final destination casino property the state...

6/19/2019

article Massachusetts Town Wants Seat At The Sports Betting Table
(Massachusetts) -- Sports betting, in one form or another, will eventually come to Massachusetts. The pastime could even be legalized this year, as the state’s...

6/18/2019

article Massachusetts’ GameSense program has enrolled 571 people looking for help with gambling addiction since launching
(Massachusetts) -- It’s not the dazzling billboards or the sheer volume of casinos that turns the temptation to gamble into a costly, nagging habit, but often the...

6/17/2019

press release The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Issues Request for Response Seeking Research Services
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission just released a Request for Response (RFR) to solicit bid proposals for research services to support the MGC, the...

6/15/2019

article Michael Mathis: Sports betting in Massachusetts will offer unique opportunities (Guest viewpoint)
(Massachusetts) -- Can you feel it? It’s game time in Massachusetts. Our resilient Bruins battled to try and bring home another Stanley Cup. Our beloved Red Sox...

6/14/2019

article Massachusetts Lottery has awarded four $1 million scratch ticket prizes in the last 10 days
(Massachusetts) -- June has been a good month to buy a scratch ticket. The Massachusetts Lottery announced four $1 million winners over the last 10 days, pushing the...

6/8/2019

article Springfield casino advisory committee member says its inaugural meeting is ‘long overdue’
(Massachusetts) -- An 11-member advisory committee, established earlier this year by the city to review operations at the MGM Springfield casino, has yet to meet. City...

6/5/2019

article Local small business owners want in on sports betting once it’s legalized
(Massachusetts) -- A group of small business owners wants in on the sports betting action in Massachusetts, once it’s legalized. All of the bars and restaurant...

6/3/2019

article State funding study on elderly and gambling at Plainridge
(Massachusetts) -- On any given afternoon, the slot machines at Plainridge Park Casino are populated largely by older adults who make up a key market segment for the...

5/31/2019

article Mass. officials worried about Rhode Island gambling competition
(Massachusetts) -- Like a battlefield general reviewing troop placement before a fight with a neighboring army, state Rep. Jeff Roy, D-Franklin, held up a map and walked...

5/29/2019

article Betting notes: DeLeo wants floor vote on sports bill
(Massachusetts) -- THERE ARE SCORES of variables for lawmakers to consider as they put together a regulatory scheme to legalize sports betting, but Speaker Robert DeLeo...
article Delaware North wants a piece of pro sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- Executives from DraftKings and the state's three licensed resort casino and slot machine venues in Massachusetts are angling to corner the...
article Massachusetts Casinos Support Stand-Alone Mobile Sports Betting
(Massachusetts) -- Months after a bevy of sports betting bills were filed in Massachusetts, state lawmakers finally heard from stakeholders in a two-day hearing in...
article Sports betting plan aired again
(Massachusetts) -- Beacon Hill leaders are looking to get a piece of the action following last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized wagers on...
article Councilor Worried About Impact Casino Will Have on Seniors
(Massachusetts) -- NBoston City Councilor Althea Garrison is worried about the impact casinos will have on Boston residents especially senior citizens. During the last...
article Critics tell lawmakers online gaming has health, social costs
(Massachusetts) -- Not enough attention is being paid to the social and public health consequences of legalizing sports betting, particularly the ability to place wagers...

5/28/2019

article Casinos, DraftKings make pitch for sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- The three casinos of Massachusetts are making their case about why they and fantasy sports firms should handle the digital sports books together as...
article Casinos, DraftKings voice differing views on sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling companies are voicing differing views on how best to regulate sports betting as state lawmakers hold hearings on legalizing the industry in...
article How much money would legalized sports betting bring into Massachusetts?
(Massachusetts) -- If sports betting is legalized in Massachusetts, how much money could it raise? The answer depends on what exactly is allowed and how high the tax...
article Massachusetts Casinos Want Sports Betting Exclusivity, Low Tax Rates
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gaming operators submitted their legal sports betting proposals to state lawmakers Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the statehouse will...

5/27/2019

article Casinos and daily fantasy industries get on same page about sports bets
(Massachusetts) -- Key players in the state’s gambling industry are aligning on major aspects of how legalized sports betting could work in Massachusetts,...
article Massachusetts casinos release sports betting wishlist: legal, moderately taxed and reserved for them
(Massachusetts) -- As the Massachusetts legislature prepares to debate the legalization of sports betting, the state’s casino companies are putting their cards on...

5/26/2019

article Massachusetts Statehouse Hearing to Focus on Sports Betting
(Massachusetts) -- A pair of hearings at the Statehouse this week will focus on the best way to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts as state lawmakers work to...

5/25/2019

article Massachusetts lawmakers to hold hearings on legalized sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- How best to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts will be the focus of a pair of hearings at the Statehouse this week as lawmakers work to tackle...

5/23/2019

press release Massachusetts Gaming Commission Issues $100,000 Fine to MGM Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has issued a $100,000 fine to MGM Springfield for repeated noncompliance with provisions designed to protect and...

5/20/2019

article Watchdog: Time to clean house at Massachusetts Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- The state’s beleaguered gaming commissioners are being played “like minor leaguers” and need to do their jobs — or be entirely...

5/19/2019

article THE ARGUMENT: Should Massachusetts allow betting on professional sports?
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling is not a new phenomenon in Massachusetts. In fact, we have a well-established tradition that includes horse racing, the Lottery, simulcasting...
article Time Is Running Out For New England Sports Betting Expansion
(Massachusetts) -- The northeast region as a whole was quick to see states like New Jersey and Delaware exceed financial expectations for legal sports betting, but the...

5/16/2019

article Key lawmakers undecided on sports betting legalization
(Massachusetts) -- Will Massachusetts bettors be able to plunk down a legal wager on the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots when they take the field week one...
article Beacon Hill lawmakers drag their feet on sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- The state Legislature is unlikely to decide whether to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts before the fall, two key lawmakers said Thursday. That...
article Who Gets A Piece Of The Action If Legal Sports Betting Comes To Mass.?
(Massachusetts) -- Casino gambling begins in Greater Boston next month, and another form of wagering could be next. State lawmakers are considering multiple bills that...

5/12/2019

article Researchers seek to gauge impact of gambling parlors on nearby seniors
(Massachusetts) -- Seniors are among the most loyal customers of casinos. But with limited income, fewer social outlets, and plenty of time on their hands, some older...

5/7/2019

article Are there enough gamblers to keep Bay State casinos in business?
(Massachusetts) -- The first casino in the Boston area is set to begin operations on June 23 when the Encore Boston Harbor plans to open its doors. At $2.6 billion, the...
article Gambling at gaming school
(Massachusetts) -- Encore Boston Harbor will employ nearly 6,000 employees. To help meet the unprecedented need the casino has partnered with Cambridge College to create...

5/2/2019

article RUDDOCK: Massachusetts Provides The Roadmap For Expanding Gambling The Right Way
(Massachusetts) -- Casino gambling has taken the state of Massachusetts on a rollercoaster ride since it joined the ranks of casino states back in 2011. Suffice it to...

4/25/2019

article OP/ED: Lottery and casinos are co-existing well
(Massachusetts) -- One concern about the onset of casino gambling in the Bay State was its effect on the Massachusetts Lottery, which provides needed revenue for cities...

4/21/2019

article March a big money maker for Massachusetts casinos
(Massachusetts) -- March was a good month for the state's two gambling halls; Plainridge Park Casino and MGM Springfield both pulled in more revenue from gaming last...

4/20/2019

article Some items off the table as House takes up state budget
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts House lawmakers preparing for debate on the state's $42.7 billion budget have submitted more than 1,300 amendments to the July 1...

4/11/2019

article OP/ED: Casino hearing a reminder of the downsides of legal gambling
(Massachusetts) -- The larger takeaway from last week's hearing may be the realization of exactly what Massachusetts brought upon itself by legalizing gambling...

4/10/2019

article Sports betting, online lottery out of order in House budget
(Massachusetts) -- Despite the appeal of potential new revenue sources, the House will not wade into debate about expanded gambling during its upcoming budget discussion...
article House proposes a $42.69 billion state budget for fiscal 2020, with more education funding and few new taxes
(Massachusetts) -- The state budget proposed by the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee increases state investments in education, while avoiding most major new...
article Massachusetts House budget puts off decisions on taxes, sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- A $42.7 billion state budget unveiled by House Democratic leaders on Wednesday proposes additional spending on education but pumps the brakes on calls...
article The Boston Globe wants Massachusetts to force out Wynn Resorts CEO
(Massachusetts) -- The Boston Globe believes that Matt Maddox is no longer fit to sit in the big chair at Wynn Resorts. The media outlet has begun a push to try and get...

4/7/2019

article State eyes future of sports wagering
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts sports teams have long made headlines for challenging the rules. While “legal sports wagering” doesn’t have the same...

4/6/2019

article Massachusetts could be first in non-casino sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts sports teams have long made headlines for challenging the rules. While “legal sports wagering” doesn’t have the same...
article LETTER: Casino bill aimed to protect jobs and revenues without saturating market
(Massachusetts) -- We are pleased that the Globe acknowledges in its recent editorial that Plainridge Park Casino is a model gaming operation in the state (“A bad...

4/5/2019

article Bay State in the race for sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts sports teams have long made headlines for challenging the rules. While “legal sports wagering” doesn’t have the same...
article Massachusetts panel to vet Wynn Resorts’ fate with public hearings in mind
(Massachusetts) -- The fate of Wynn Resorts’ $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor resort is now in the hands of Massachusetts gambling regulators after they wrapped...

4/3/2019

article Much to learn before Bay State dives into online, sports gambling
(Massachusetts) -- If the state Legislature goes along with a bill proposed by Gov. Charlie Baker, legalized betting on professional sports soon will be available in...

3/31/2019

article Massachusetts edging closer to sports wagering
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts sports teams have long made headlines for challenging the rules. While "legal sports wagering" doesn't have the same ring...

3/30/2019

article How the state’s gaming tax revenue money is spent
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Cultural Council — already facing questions about its spending habits — is in line to receive $714,000 in state gaming...
article Sky’s the limit for Mass Cultural Council junkets
(Massachusetts) -- A state senator backing a bill to funnel casino cash to the free-spending Mass Cultural Council is demanding to know if agency staffers attending 10...

3/27/2019

article A bad bet for Massachusetts: More casino gambling
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts: Don’t become the Catskills by signing off on one too many gleaming new casinos. Oversaturation is the watchword now, as the...

3/26/2019

article Baker wants vote on sports betting before summer recess
(Massachusetts) -- As daily fantasy sports company DraftKings celebrated the opening of its new Boston headquarters Tuesday, the company's leader and Gov. Charlie...
article OP/ED: A bad bet for Massachusetts: More casino gambling
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts: Don’t become the Catskills by signing off on one too many gleaming new casinos. Oversaturation is the watchword now, as the...

3/23/2019

article Legislators: Lottery must have place in online betting
(Massachusetts) -- While lawmakers weigh whether to further expand gaming to allow sports betting and to authorize gambling to legally spread online, the head of the...

3/22/2019

article Lottery's Place Uncertain In Expanded Gambling Debate
(Massachusetts) -- While lawmakers weigh whether to further expand gaming to allow sports betting and to authorize gambling to legally spread online, the head of the...

3/20/2019

article Suffolk Downs Uninterested in Boston Casino Regardless of Wynn Resorts Suitability Outcome
(Massachusetts) -- Suffolk Downs CEO Chip Tuttle tells the Boston Herald that the company won’t be rebidding for the Boston-area casino license regardless of...

3/19/2019

article Mass Cultural Council skips talk of belt-tightening at budget meeting
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Cultural Council reports it is “in good shape” with its budget — especially with casino cash about to flow into...
article Cultural council could get steady flow of casino cash
(Massachusetts) -- The jet-setting Massachusetts Cultural Council — called out for lavish spending on hotels, meals and trips — is in line for a big budget...

3/16/2019

article Mass. Gaming: Gambling revenue up in February
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenues in Massachusetts surged in February, according to a report issued Friday by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Plainridge Park...

3/15/2019

article DraftKings angling for piece of pro sports betting
(Massachusetts) -- With legislation to legalize and regulate sports betting on the horizon in Massachusetts, representatives from a Boston-based mobile sports wagering...

3/6/2019

article Mass. Lottery could handle sports betting, state treasurer says
(Massachusetts) -- New Hampshire, one of 11 states that offer lottery games online, took in more than $1.3 million in revenue from online sales in its first 12 weeks. In...
article Del Lago aids local non-profits with new giving program
(New York) -- The del Lago Resort & Casino has begun a new program to raise money for local non-profit agencies. The program is called the Community Cash-In. Guests...

2/27/2019

article Sports’ great gamble: Slow roll of inevitability
(Massachusetts) -- The momentum that’s been gathering behind legalized sports betting since last May’s US Supreme Court ruling at times can appear to the...

2/26/2019

article How Malden spends, receives money through the Mass State Lottery
(Massachusetts) -- In fiscal 2018, people spent about $5 billion on lottery games in Massachusetts and won $3.9 billion in prize money. With the remaining amount, the...

2/24/2019

article Sports’ great gamble: Betting is big business
(Massachusetts) -- In this moment of calm between Super Bowl squares and March Madness brackets, take a peak behind the curtain of the fledgling legalized US sports...

2/21/2019

article State to fund redesign of Route 1 in preparation for new casino traffic
(Massachusetts) -- A redesign of Route 1 is in its preliminary stages as the state Gaming Commission anticipates there will be an increase in traffic with the opening of...

2/19/2019

article Bettors give casinos the cold shoulder
(Massachusetts) -- In terms of revenue, January was the worst month in the short history of MGM Springfield and the worst month in almost two years for the slots parlor...

2/18/2019

article Lawsuit Alleges Boston Casino License Process Was Marred By Fraud and Cronyism
(Massachusetts) -- Amended complaints in an ongoing lawsuit filed by Sterling Suffolk Racecourse against Las Vegas casino giant Wynn Resorts claim that the license...

2/16/2019

article Justice ruling throws snake eyes for online lottery
(Massachusetts) -- When it comes to the Lottery’s bid to sell its products online, State Treasurer Deb Goldberg must feel that all the stars are aligned against...
article Casino Mitigation Funds Sought For 'The Loop' Bus Service
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts casino regulators are being asked to help fund the expansion of a free bus service linking the MGM Springfield casino with the city...
article Massachusetts Bar Owners Form Group To Lobby For Place In Sports Betting
(Massachusetts) -- As Massachusetts considers legalizing sports betting, bar owners want in on the action. Angling for a seat at the table as Beacon Hill begins to look...

2/15/2019

article MGC releases January 2019 gross gaming revenue for Plainridge Park Casino and MGM Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission reported today that the month of January 2019 at Plainridge Park Casino (PPC) and MGM Springfield generated...

2/12/2019

article Want to be a butler? How about a dock master? Encore casino has some interesting job postings
(Massachusetts) -- Looking for a gig? Or perhaps you want to make a sudden — or drastic — career change, and try your hand at something new. The Encore...

2/10/2019

article Rush Street-Backed Venture Raises Stakes in Massachusetts, Splurging $430,000 Lobbying for Brockton Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Mass Gaming and Entertainment — a venture led by Chicago real-estate and casino mogul Neil Bluhm that wants to build a casino in Brockton,...
article Chicopee group pushes for sports betting at small businesses
(Massachusetts) -- A group pushing to allow sports betting in keno parlors licensed by the lottery says the expansion would benefit small business and the state. Fair...

2/8/2019

article Chicago casino magnate bets big on Beacon Hill with lobbying push
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling man Neil Bluhm is placing a big bet on Beacon Hill. The Chicago real estate magnate’s Mass Gaming and Entertainment venture spent $430,...

2/7/2019

article As Massachusetts moves toward legalizing sports betting, bars seek seat at the table
(Massachusetts) -- Beer, pretzels and a bet on the Super Bowl? A group of bars have formed an organization to advocate for inclusion as the state move toward the...

1/28/2019

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission to consider reopening bid process for Region C casino
(Massachusetts) -- The only section of Massachusetts without a casino could possibly see one in the near future if gaming regulators decide to reopen a bidding process...

1/24/2019

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission agrees to further delay decision on third state casino license
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling regulators agreed Thursday that deciding whether to restart the bidding process for the southeastern Massachusetts casino license will have...
article Analysis: Why Baker’s Sports Betting Bill is Best For Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts has jumped back into the nationwide sports betting legalization fray with a flurry of bills introduced earlier this month in Boston....
article Baker’s sports betting bill limits wagers to pro games
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Charlie Baker proposed last week to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts, igniting an already smoldering debate on Beacon Hill over whether...
article Rep. Bud Williams calls for casino revenues to be spent evenly among wards in Springfield, Everett
(Massachusetts) -- State Rep. Bud Williams has filed a bill that would require tax and related revenues received by cities from casinos to be spent evenly among the...

1/23/2019

article Gaming regulators to consider reopening bid process for southeastern Mass. casino
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming regulators are meeting today to discuss the next steps in deciding whether to reopen a bidding process for a southeastern Massachusetts casino...
article Massachusetts Treasurer Insists Lawmakers Include Online Lottery In Gambling Expansion
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts state treasurer has a simple message for lawmakers: If you legalize online sports betting, you better be prepared to authorize the...

1/22/2019

article AUDIO: Governor Baker’s Gamble
(Massachusetts) -- Last week, Gov. Baker floated a proposal that would legalize sports betting in Massachusetts. WGBH Morning Edition Host Joe Mathieu discussed this...
article OP/ED: Stay ahead of curve, legalize sports betting, online Lottery sales
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Baker's proposed legislation legalizing betting on professional sports online and at the state's three licensed casinos reflects an...
article Southeast casino, Wynn lawsuit on Gaming Commission agenda
(Massachusetts) -- The possibility of a third resort casino will be on the table Thursday when state officials meet to discuss how they might move forward with re-...

1/20/2019

article Could Massachusetts Have Legal Sports Gambling By Way Of Governor Baker?
(Massachusetts) -- Though the plan hasn’t been fully developed yet, it is on its way to becoming a real possibility. Governor Charlie Baker announced Thursday,...

1/18/2019

article Opinion: Online gambling a risky wager
(Massachusetts) -- With Gov. Charlie Baker all but green-lighting online gambling in the Bay State, the drawbacks of such a sanctioned recreation should be discussed.
article Our Opinion: Sports wagering coming: You can bet on it
(Massachusetts) -- It wasn't that long ago that the concept of legalized sports betting in Massachusetts was all but inconceivable, but it wasn't that long ago...
article OP/ED: Sports betting: Are we in or are we out?
(Massachusetts) -- Known as a middle-ground type of guy, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker thinks he has the proper solution for the nettlesome issue of sports...

1/17/2019

article Charlie Baker all in on sports betting in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Charlie Baker wants Massachusetts to pull up a seat at the sports betting table this year, and has drafted his own legislation to make that...
article Charlie Baker announces bill to legalize sports gambling in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Charlie Baker announced Thursday that he plans to file legislation to legalize bets on professional sports in Massachusetts, following the...
article Gov. Baker Files Bill To Legalize Gambling On Pro Sports In Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Charlie Baker proposed on Thursday to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts, igniting an already smoldering debate on Beacon Hill over whether...
article Gov. Baker: Legalized Sports Betting Worth the Gamble
(Massachusetts) -- Professional sports betting could soon be a reality in the Bay State. Governor Charlie Baker announced plans on Thursday to file legislation that...
article Legal sports wagering may be coming to Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- States are rushing to legalize wagers on professional sports following last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, and Massachusetts could be getting a...
article Mass. Gov. Moves To Legalize Sports Betting
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced a new bill Thursday that would make sports betting legal in the state and add a new tax to already legal...
article Massachusetts Gov. Baker Filing Sports Betting Bill, And DraftKings Apparently Will Like It
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Charlie Baker is introducing his own sports betting bill today in the Massachusetts legislature. Although the bill has not been posted on the...
article Massachusetts governor proposes sports betting law
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Charlie Baker wants Massachusetts to legalize betting on professional sports. The Republican announced Thursday that he will be filing...
article Massachusetts governor proposes sports betting law
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a proposal on Thursday that would legalize and tax betting on professional sports online and at casinos in Massachusetts.
article Experts: Sports gambling carries costs
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Charlie Baker has his sights set on legalizing sports betting in the commonwealth, but some experts say he’s rolling the dice —...

1/16/2019

article Legal sports wagering may be coming to Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- States are rushing to legalize wagers on professional sports following last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, and Massachusetts could be getting a...
article Lynn senator putting sports betting on the table
(Massachusetts) -- With thousands of fans getting ready to settle into their couches this weekend for the NFL playoffs, one state senator has a proposal ready to make...
article Gaming Revenues Up in Springfield, Down in Connecticut
(Massachusetts) -- After a down month in November, gaming revenues at Massachusetts’ two casinos rebounded in December, delivering nearly $12.3 million to the...

1/15/2019

article Casino revenues rise for the month of December
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts' casinos are reporting increased revenues. The state Gaming Commission reported Tuesday that MGM Springfield generated $21.6 million...
article Baker appoints one of his top legal aides to lead Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday named one of his top legal aides, Cathy M. Judd-Stein, as the new leader of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission,...
article Cathy Judd-Stein Named as New Head of Massachusetts Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has named Cathy Judd-Stein as the new head of the state Gaming Commission. She takes the post after former chairman...

1/12/2019

article Senate president to stay away from sports betting legislation because of family conflict
(Massachusetts) -- Sports betting is no longer banned in the United States, and legislation will undoubtedly follow this session on Beacon Hill, where interested...
article Various Entities Interested In Sports Betting If Massachusetts Makes It Legal
(Massachusetts) -- Legal gambling has been expanding for the last several years in the Northeast with the opening of more casinos. The next growth area for gaming is...
article Suffolk Downs’s thoroughbreds could be headed to the Berkshires
(Massachusetts) -- If there is a dark horse in New England’s crowded gambling industry, it would be thoroughbred racing. Suffolk Downs, the region’s last...

1/11/2019

article Various Entities Interested In Sports Betting If Massachusetts Makes It Legal
(Massachusetts) -- Legal gambling has been expanding for the last several years in the Northeast with the opening of more casinos. The next growth area for gaming is...
article Various Entities Interested In Sports Betting If Massachusetts Makes It Legal
(Massachusetts) -- Legal gambling has been expanding for the last several years in the Northeast with the opening of more casinos. The next growth area for gaming is...

1/2/2019

article Growing trend: Children left unattended in cars at casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Kelsi Costa had a bad feeling as soon as she saw the car. "I had to say something," the Cumberland native thought as she walked into Twin...

12/27/2018

article Open house held for people looking to enroll in upcoming casino dealer classes
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute and MGM held two open house sessions Thursday for people enrolling in their upcoming blackjack or...

12/21/2018

article Mike Kirby: Expanding Plainridge is a solid bet
(Massachusetts) -- The new year is just around the corner. Here’s something that should get a quick thumbs-up from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2019:...

12/20/2018

article Casino commission to reconsider Brockton? Wait ’til next year
(Massachusetts) -- While the issue of the Wynn casino in Everett and a sexual harassment investigation involving its namesake has taken up all the attention, the...

12/19/2018

article PAVLO: Massachusetts Promise Of Gaming Riches Made In Desperate Times
(Massachusetts) -- I was reading Chris McCarthy's Opinion piece on Massachusetts and his warning about dependance on casino gaming for tax revenue / jobs.

12/18/2018

article BOSTON HERALD: Casino revenues looking like wild card for state
(Massachusetts) -- With the Encore Boston Harbor Casino set to open in a little over six months, it is concerning that gambling revenues at Massachusetts’ casinos...

12/17/2018

article Revenues dip at Massachusetts and Connecticut casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling revenues have tumbled at Massachusetts' casinos for another month. The state Gaming Commission reported Monday that MGM Springfield...

12/16/2018

article Planridge expansion always in the cards
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, the state’s first (and for almost three years only) legal gambling establishment, wants to expand and...

12/15/2018

article Lottery could see net gains by selling products online
(Massachusetts) -- You can’t blame state Treasurer Deb Goldberg for trying. And you can’t blame her if what she predicted comes to pass. Goldberg, whose...

12/13/2018

article Plainville, North Attleboro, Wrentham ask state to allow Plainridge Park Casino to expand
(Massachusetts) -- With competition in the gambling industry on the rise, area towns are asking the state to allow Plainridge Park Casino to expand. In letters to the...
article Towns Surrounding Plainridge Park Casino Petition Massachusetts Gaming Commission for Table Games
(Massachusetts) -- Several towns located near the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, Massachusetts, are urging the state’s gaming agency to allow the slots-only...

12/12/2018

article Some towns are calling for table games at Plainville casino to keep up with R.I. casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Officials in Plainville and three neighboring towns are calling on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to support an expansion of Plainridge Park...
article State officials launch Holiday Responsible Gambling Campaign
(Massachusetts) -- The Holiday Responsible Gambling Campaign warns about the dangers of buying lottery tickets for children or encouraging any form of underage gambling...
article Officials: Lottery tickets 'not appropriate' gifts for kids
(Massachusetts) -- With the gift-buying season well underway, state gambling regulators and responsible gaming advocates are reminding players that Massachusetts Lottery...

12/8/2018

article UMass study shows casino gambling hasn't increased addiction
(Massachusetts) -- After it was announced MGM would be opening a casino in Springfield, some worried there would be increase in gambling addictions in our area. In its...

12/7/2018

article UMass report finds Plainridge casino has brought significant financial benefits, few socioeconomic problems
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ first casino is bringing significant financial benefits to its region and to the state, while having minimal socioeconomic...

12/6/2018

article SEIGMA Team Releases Most Comprehensive Report on Impacts of Casinos Ever Undertaken and One-Page “Fact Sheets”
(Massachusetts) -- The Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) team has officially released the Social and Economic Impacts of Expanded...
article Study: Casino social impacts not so negative
(Massachusetts) -- A new study by the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that social and economic impacts of casino gambling is not as bad as what people think it...
article Study: No increase in gambling addiction with Mass. casino opening
(Massachusetts) -- Researchers say the introduction of casino gambling in Massachusetts hasn't led to an increase in gambling addiction or related problems yet. The...
article UMass gambling survey shows economic gains, shifting views in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- As Massachusetts gets closer to having two full casinos in operation, a study shows that, since 2015, the public has become more accepting of...

12/3/2018

article Massachusetts Sports Betting Gains Support from Red Sox
(Massachusetts) -- Another high-profile supporter is backing legal sports betting. Boston Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy told the Boston Herald he believes legal...

11/26/2018

article Deb Goldberg’s all in for online lottery
(Massachusetts) -- State Treasurer Deb Goldberg is in a high-stakes horserace to expand the state’s profitable lottery online as Beacon Hill lawmakers appear ready...

11/20/2018

article Great Barrington horse racing on hold until state gambling, racing laws change
(Massachusetts) -- A plan to revive thoroughbred racing at the former Great Barrington Fairgrounds in 2019 is no longer on track. But with a change in state law, it...

11/18/2018

article Plainridge slot machines bring in $13.5 million in October
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino brought in $13.5 million in October, about in line with previous earnings. The $13,525,789 was slightly below the gross revenue...

11/15/2018

article Gambling revenues down at MGM, Plainridge
(Massachusetts) -- October was the worst month since January for the slots parlor at Plainridge Park Casino, and MGM Springfield saw players wager less money – and...
article MGM Springfield Revenue Is Down For October
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Springfield's revenue lagged somewhat in its second full month of operation. The casino says it was an exciting past month while new marketing...

11/14/2018

article Gaming Commission debates cost-benefit of Suffolk Downs racing
(Massachusetts) -- Horse racing overseers approved Suffolk Downs to run four days of live Thoroughbred horse races next year, but regulators said the trade-off of...

11/12/2018

article Massachusetts lawmakers eyeing possible legal sports betting bill
(Massachusetts) -- Sports betting is set to begin in Rhode Island around Thanksgiving. A Supreme Court decision earlier this year paved the way for legal sports betting...

11/6/2018

article DraftKings Campaigning To Bring Legal Sports Betting to Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- It appears that DraftKings believes its home state will be among the next to legalize sports betting, or wants to make sure that’s the case....

10/29/2018

article Massachusetts Sports Betting Likely In 2019, Despite Chaos At Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in mid-May enabling each state to legalize sports betting, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said his state...

10/22/2018

press release A Statement from MGC’s Director of Communications about recent Boston Magazine article regarding the Region A casino licensing process
(Massachusetts) -- The following is a statement from MGC’s Director of Communications Elaine Driscoll about a recent Boston Magazine article regarding the Region A...

10/21/2018

article Gaming Commission continues research on casino impact
(Massachusetts) -- Although it’s too soon to project the economic impact of the MGM Springfield casino, a researcher told the state Gaming Commission Thursday...

10/18/2018

article Casino Projects Draw More Women Into Building Trades
(Massachusetts) -- Pipefitter Savy Man-Doherty says when most people meet her, they don't realize she works on construction sites for a living. But at 5 feet 2...

10/16/2018

article Revenue at Plainridge takes a $1M dip
(Massachusetts) -- Revenue at Plainridge Park Casino took a $1 million dip in September, sinking to $14.3 million. Whether the slide is related to additional competition...

10/12/2018

article Lottery players can claim losing tickets as tax deductions
(Massachusetts) -- Two big lottery jackpots are up for grabs this weekend. Tonight's Mega Millions drawing is for $548 million. Saturday's Powerball jackpot is $...

10/11/2018

article Gaming Commission continues research on casino impact
(Massachusetts) -- Although it’s too soon to project the economic impact of the MGM Springfield casino, a researcher told the state Gaming Commission Thursday...

10/4/2018

article SouthCoast Casino Could be Reconsidered by State Regulators
(Massachusetts) -- The possibility of a casino on the SouthCoast of Massachusetts isn't dead, after all. State regulators over the next two months will be soliciting...
article Two-month window opens for Region C casino feedback
(Massachusetts) -- Over the next two months, state regulators want people in the gaming world and residents of southeastern Massachusetts to weigh in on a variety of...

10/3/2018

article State wants to hear from SouthCoast on possible casino (yes, again)
(Massachusetts) -- Over the next two months, state regulators want people in the gaming world and residents of southeastern Massachusetts to weigh in on a variety of...

10/1/2018

article PODCAST: Baystate Business: Casinos, Colleges and Fenway (Radio)
(Massachusetts) -- On the Friday, September 28 edition of Bloomberg Baystate Business we spoke with Boston Globe reporter Jon Chesto about the latest on the Everett...

9/30/2018

article Charlie Baker’s chance to shape the Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- Should the state cancel the Wynn Resorts license for its giant casino under construction in Everett? Reopen the contentious application process in the...

9/29/2018

article Gaming commission to open comment period on southeast Mass. casino
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming regulators want to hear from residents of southeastern Massachusetts and those in the gambling world before deciding whether to revisit the...
article Editorial: Gaming Commission change needed
(Massachusetts) -- Commission needs to improve the way it does business now. Chairman Stephen Crosby abruptly resigned this week amid accusations of bias in favor of...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission Elects New Interim Chair as Wynn Investigation Nears End
(Massachusetts) -- The twisting saga surrounding the high-profile Wynn investigation took another turn this week, as the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) selected a...

9/28/2018

article A third Massachusetts casino could get another look
(Massachusetts) -- Prospects for a casino in southeastern Massachusetts got a bit of a boost this week when the Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced it will solicit...
article Gaming commission pours cold water on Brockton casino request
(Massachusetts) -- Don’t hold your breath. That’s essentially the message that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission had on Thursday for the company that wants...

9/27/2018

article Gambling panel picks interim head amid Wynn investigation
(Massachusetts) -- A former deputy superintendent of the New Jersey State Police has taken over as interim head of the Massachusetts’ casino regulatory agency...
article Mass. gambling panel picks interim head amid Wynn investigation
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts' gambling commission has picked an interim head after its longtime chairman abruptly resigned. Commissioner Gayle Cameron was...

9/26/2018

article Crosby resigning as Mass. Gaming Commission chairman
(Massachusetts) -- Stephen P. Crosby, who has led the Massachusetts Gaming Commission from its infancy to a 100-member agency overseeing the state’s growing casino...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission head resigns amid Wynn investigation
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission lost its chairman a day before discussions about its investigation of Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts Ltd. were to...
article In effort to derail Wynn, Mohegan bets big on lobbying
(Massachusetts) -- Mohegan Sun has been doubling down on its lobbying efforts in Massachusetts amid rival Wynn Resorts’ legal troubles. Mohegan’s campaign to...
article Collins Tower ideas include possible casino
(Massachusetts) -- As state legislators continue expanded gambling talks, the latest ideas for Collins Tower include a casino. A second gambling expansion hearing that...

9/25/2018

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s Wynn Resorts Investigation to be Updated Thursday, State Gaming License Could Be at Stake
(Massachusetts) -- Thursday’s Massachusetts Gaming Commission meeting will reveal where the commission stands in its investigation into how Wynn Resorts responded...

9/23/2018

article 'How do I do business with the new casino?'
(Massachusetts) -- When the Encore Boston Harbor resort opens next summer in Everett, Wynn Resorts hopes to have a bevy of local companies providing goods and services...

9/21/2018

article Brockton casino backers push for second chance
(Massachusetts) -- The backers of a Brockton casino proposal want a second roll of the dice. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission held an agenda setting meeting on...
article EDITORIAL: State is profiting on gaming revenues
(Massachusetts) -- At first glance, Massachusetts' state-sponsored gambling ventures seem more like sure bets. The opening week of the state's first resort...

9/19/2018

article Suffolk Downs claims casino conspiracy
(Massachusetts) -- The former owner of Suffolk Downs race track is demanding more than $3 billion for what it alleges was a conspiracy by Wynn Resorts and a local real...
article Suffolk Downs Operators Seek $3 Billion In Lawsuit Over Casino License
(Massachusetts) -- The operator of Suffolk Downs in East Boston, Mass., is seeking $3 billion in a lawsuit filed against casino executive Steve Wynn and others claiming...

9/17/2018

article Plainridge has robust August
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino has just concluded the most successful August in its three-year history, but now it is contending with new competition. A new...

9/15/2018

article Lottery sends windfall to cities and towns
(Massachusetts) -- Business couldn't be better for the State Lottery, which sold a record $5.29 billion in tickets last fiscal year. That also bodes well for cities...

9/7/2018

article No, you can’t bet on the Patriots in New England yet
(Massachusetts) -- With Sunday’s kickoff, the New England Patriots start their first season in an era of dramatic expansion for US sports betting. But...

9/6/2018

article What you need to know about the prospect of sports betting in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- As NFL season kicks off, fans across the country will be considering a new prospect: legalized sports betting. While this has been the case in Nevada...

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