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New England News
12:28 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Massachusetts Gambling Regulators Approve MGM, Wynn Casino Licenses

MGM has started to prepare the future casino site in Springfield for a spring 2015 groundbreaking and expects to open the casino in 2017
Credit MGM Springfield

The introduction of Las Vegas-style gambling to Massachusetts will proceed at a more rapid pace now that a major hurdle has been cleared.  Voters soundly defeated a ballot question to repeal the 2011 casino law.  

   With the cloud of uncertainty caused by the repeal vote lifted, The Massachusetts Gaming Commission meeting in Boston Thursday voted unanimously to formally award licenses to build and operate full-scale destination casinos to MGM Resorts for the company’s Springfield project and to Wynn Resorts in greater Boston.  

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New England News
1:20 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Mohegan Sun Ends Lease In Palmer Where Casino Plans Failed

An artist's rendering of the casino Mohegan Sun proposed to build on a hillside in Palmer. Voters rejected the project on Nov. 5,2013
Credit Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

Six years after Mohegan Sun planted its flag in Palmer with the idea of building a western Massachusetts resort casino, the Connecticut-based company is leaving the rural town and giving up control of a 152-acre site.

Mohegan Sun is terminating a 99-year lease on the former casino site -– a wooded hillside just off the MassPike — and giving up pursuit of a non-casino development there.  Town officials and the landowner, Northeast Reality, were notified Monday.

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New England News
6:27 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Gambling Commission Won't Wait On Referendum For Licensing Decision

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will not delay a decision on awarding the state’s most lucrative casino license until after the state’s voters weigh in on the fate of casino gambling.  It means the locations of proposed casinos will likely be settled by the time voters go to the polls in November.

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New England News
6:06 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Casino Repeal Question Will Be On Massachusetts Ballot

Massachusetts’ highest court ruled today that a question asking voters to repeal the state’s casino law can go on the November ballot.  It sets up what promises to be a hard-fought campaign to decide the fate of the fledgling gambling industry in Massachusetts.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Voters Decided The Fates Of Casino Projects In 2013

Nathan Bech, who lead the effort in West Springfield, MA to defeat a casino proposed by Hard Rock International
Credit WAMC

More than any other factor, votes in cities and towns in 2013 shaped the casino competition landscape for the burgeoning gaming industry in Massachusetts

In writing the Massachusetts gaming law in 2011 legislators and Governor Deval Patrick insisted that local control be paramount in determining where the state’s first casinos would be built. A successful outcome in a local referendum is a prerequisite for advancing in the state’s lengthy licensing process.

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New York News
2:58 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Arts Venues: Limit Casino Entertainment

A coalition formed in response to a planned statewide referendum about whether to amend the New York constitution to authorize up to seven additional casinos held a press conference this morning at Capital Repertory in downtown Albany.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A veritable"who's who" of leaders of Capital Region arts non-profits gathered in a show of solidarity under the moniker "Upstate Theaters for a Fair Game." The group hopes to educate the public on what it sees as potential negative effects of casino expansion on what it refers to as "local entertainment ecosystems," noting that mid-sized arts and entertainment venues in neighboring states have been impacted by casino-based entertainment offerings.

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New York News
12:38 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Saratoga Residents Question Casino Siting At Community Forum

The community forum hosted by Saratoga Wire was held at the Saratoga Arts Center.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Members of the public met with elected officials and people on both sides of New York’s casino gambling amendment at a community forum Monday night in Saratoga Springs. 

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Politics
6:06 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Coalition Promotes Casino Amendment; Judge To Hear Lawsuit

The push for passage of a ballot amendment to allow up to seven new gambling casinos in New York has begun. A coalition of business leaders, labor unions, and local elected officials are holding press conferences across the state. They expect to run some TV ads, as well.

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New England News
12:18 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Casino Supporters, Opponents Prepare For Battle In Palmer

An artist's rendering of Mohegan Sun's proposed resort casino in Palmer, MA
Credit Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

The focus of the casino competition in western Massachusetts is now squarely on Palmer. People on both sides of the casino issue in the rural town are gearing up for a referendum with an eye toward what happened with Hard Rock’s casino project last week in West Springfield.

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New England News
12:45 pm
Sat September 7, 2013

Vote Set On Mohegan Sun Palmer Casino Project

An artist's rendering of the Mohegan Sun's proposed resort casino in Palmer, MA.
Credit Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

The Town Council in Palmer, Massachusetts has endorsed a casino development agreement with Mohegan Sun.  The Connecticut-based casino operator is proposing a $1 billion development in the rural town.  It is one of three projects competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Town Councilor Paul Burns, who has been a long-time supporter of a casino project in Palmer.

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