Massachusetts casinos http://wamc.org en Fierce Campaign Expected On Massachusetts Casino Referendum http://wamc.org/post/fierce-campaign-expected-massachusetts-casino-referendum <p>When the Massachusetts legislature voted three years ago to legalize casino gambling after decades of debate, it appeared the only fights left would be over where the casinos would be built. But now both sides on the charged issue are gearing up to win the hearts and minds of the state’s voters, who will decide in November if Las Vegas-style gambling will in fact have a home in Massachusetts.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:10:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 93614 at http://wamc.org Fierce Campaign Expected On Massachusetts Casino Referendum Casino Repeal Question Will Be On Massachusetts Ballot http://wamc.org/post/casino-repeal-question-will-be-massachusetts-ballot <p>Massachusetts’ highest court ruled today that a question asking voters to repeal the state’s casino law can go on the November ballot.&nbsp; It sets up what promises to be a hard-fought campaign to decide the fate of the fledgling gambling industry in Massachusetts.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 93364 at http://wamc.org Casino Repeal Question Will Be On Massachusetts Ballot Pros, Cons Of Online Gaming Weighed By Mass. Panel http://wamc.org/post/pros-cons-online-gaming-weighed-mass-panel <p>The panel overseeing the state's casino law is exploring the potential impacts should Internet gambling come to Massachusetts. The <a href="http://massgaming.com/" target="_blank">Massachusetts Gaming Commission</a> held a daylong forum Tuesday on Internet gambling, which is currently legal in New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware.</p><p>Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby suggested that the Legislature not make any decisions on the legalization of online gambling until the panel completes the process of awarding casino licenses in Massachusetts.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 85622 at http://wamc.org Pros, Cons Of Online Gaming Weighed By Mass. Panel Gambling Industry Advances In Massachusetts http://wamc.org/post/gambling-industry-advances-massachusetts <p>The effort to bring Las Vegas-style gambling to Massachusetts hit a milestone today when regulators awarded the first casino license.&nbsp; The Massachusetts Gaming Commission awarded a license to Penn National Gaming to operate a slot machine parlor at a harness race&nbsp; track in Plainville on the Rhode Island border.&nbsp; WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Clyde Barrow, a professor of public policy at UMass Dartmouth, who specializes in the gaming industry.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:20:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 84879 at http://wamc.org Gambling Industry Advances In Massachusetts MA Communities Seek Deals On Nearby Casinos http://wamc.org/post/ma-communities-seek-deals-nearby-casinos <p>BOSTON (AP) — More than a dozen Massachusetts communities near proposed resort casino sites have petitioned the state's gambling commission for "surrounding community" status.</p><p>Under state law, casino developers are required to negotiate agreements with municipalities designated as surrounding communities. Such agreements could include funds to help offset impacts a casino might have on traffic or public safety in a neighboring city or town.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:44:51 +0000 Jim Levulis 81851 at http://wamc.org MA Communities Seek Deals On Nearby Casinos Expert Sees Disarray In Massachusetts Casino Landscape http://wamc.org/post/expert-sees-disarray-massachusetts-casino-landscape <p>The effort to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts is “on the verge of being a mess,” according to a gaming policy expert.&nbsp; Voters in Palmer and East Boston rejected casino projects on Election Day.&nbsp; There is the possibility some casino developers won’t pass a strict background check.&nbsp; WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Clyde Barrow, a professor of public policy at UMass Dartmouth, who specializes in the gaming industry.&nbsp;&nbsp; He asked Barrow to assess the current state of casino development in Massachusetts</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 09 Nov 2013 17:35:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 77289 at http://wamc.org Expert Sees Disarray In Massachusetts Casino Landscape MGM Wins Voter Approval For Springfield Casino http://wamc.org/post/mgm-wins-voter-approval-springfield-casino <p>MGM Resorts International has cleared a major hurdle in the competition to build a casino in western Massachusetts. Voters in Springfield, in a citywide referendum Tuesday, endorsed the company’s plan for an $800 million project in the south end of the city’s downtown.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:13:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 69416 at http://wamc.org MGM Wins Voter Approval For Springfield Casino Springfield Votes On MGM's Casino Project http://wamc.org/post/springfield-votes-mgms-casino-project <p>Voters in Springfield, Massachusetts go to the polls today for a referendum on MGM Resorts’ proposal to build an $800 million resort casino in the city’s downtown.&nbsp; State law gives local voters the right to weigh in before a developer can even apply for a casino license.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:09:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 69309 at http://wamc.org Springfield Votes On MGM's Casino Project Vox Pop : Open Forum - Casinos : 7/2/13 http://wamc.org/post/vox-pop-open-forum-casinos-7213 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today casino operator </span>Mohegan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Sun unveiled a new architectural design for its proposed casino in Palmer, Massachusetts. The project would include a 250,000 square-foot casino, two hotels, retail space, a conference center, an outdoor pavilion, and an indoor-outdoor water park.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 17:30:00 +0000 68334 at http://wamc.org Vox Pop : Open Forum - Casinos : 7/2/13 Mass. Gambling Panel Weighs Southeastern Casino Bids http://wamc.org/post/mass-gambling-panel-weighs-southeastern-casino-bids <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">The state's gambling commission has voted to allow failed applicants for casino licenses in eastern or western <font color="red">Massachusetts</font> the opportunity to compete for the sole license in southeastern <font color="red">Massachusetts</font>.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 16 May 2013 19:47:56 +0000 Lucas Willard 64854 at http://wamc.org Mass. Gambling Panel Weighs Southeastern Casino Bids