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New England News
6:39 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Progress Reported On Casino Impact Research Project

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Thousands of Massachusetts residents are being surveyed as part of multi-year, multi-million dollar research project on the social and economic impacts of introducing casino gambling to the state.

The members of the UMass Amherst led research team say initial results will be reported to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in September. These findings will be the baseline that will be used to measure changes in problem gambling, domestic violence, housing prices and a host of other socio-economic factors as casinos open over the next one to three years.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Massachusetts Casino Licensing Pace Gives Gambling Opponents A Window

The effort to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts,which began almost two-and-a-half years ago, has hit some speed bumps along the way.  Gambling opponents believe they still have a chance to shut down the fledgling industry in Massachusetts.

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New England News
12:29 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Gambling Commissioners Hear Pros, Cons Of MGM Springfield Casino

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Supporters and opponents of MGM’s $800 million casino project in Springfield had a final chance last night to sound-off in front of Massachusetts gaming industry regulators.  The state gaming commission held a final public hearing in Springfield as it prepares to award the lone casino license in western Massachusetts where MGM Springfield is the only applicant.

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New England News
1:12 am
Sat March 15, 2014

Penn National To Begin Work On Mass. Slots Parlor

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Construction is set to begin on the first major gambling facility in Massachusetts. On Friday, Penn National Gaming held a groundbreaking ceremony for a $225 million slots parlor at the Plainridge harness race track in Plainville.

Plainridge Park Casino is slated to open next spring.

Penn National was awarded the state's only slots parlor license last month by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Gambling Industry Advances In Massachusetts

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The effort to bring Las Vegas-style gambling to Massachusetts hit a milestone today when regulators awarded the first casino license.  The Massachusetts Gaming Commission awarded a license to Penn National Gaming to operate a slot machine parlor at a harness race  track in Plainville on the Rhode Island border.  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.

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New England News
12:18 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Harness Racetrack Gets Nod For First Massachusetts Casino

A harness racing track has been chosen by Massachusetts gambling regulators as the site of the state’s first casino.  If all goes according to schedule, the casino that will have up to 1,250 slot machines, but no table games, will open just over a year from now.

       The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, in the most significant decision of its two years in existence, voted 3-2 on Thursday to offer a license to Penn National Gaming to operate a slot machine parlor at the Plainridge harness racetrack.  The track is in Plainville on the Rhode Island border.

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New England News
6:14 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

MGM Pitches Springfield Casino To State Gaming Regulators

MGM Springfield President Bill Hornbuckle presents details of the company's Springfield casino project to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission
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The lone applicant for the western Massachusetts casino license pitched the project to state gaming industry regulators today.  The 90-minute public presentation marked the beginning of an evaluation process that is expected to culminate with the awarding of a casino license in the spring.

   MGM  Resorts International CEO James Murran told the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that even though all competitors have fallen by the wayside, MGM’s Springfield project is the right choice to be awarded a lucrative casino license.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Public Scrutiny Of Casino License Applications Invited

Files containing the casino license application filed by MGM Resorts at the offices of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission
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Gaming industry regulators in Massachusetts are set to embark on a lengthy public review process that is expected to end with the awarding of the state’s first casino licenses by the end of May. Several criteria will be examined to determine the final winners of the high-stakes competition

Three casino companies submitted final license applications—each consisting of thousands of pages—by the New Year’s Eve deadline to satisfy the requirements of  the  two-phase  application process established by the Massachusetts  Gaming Commission.

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New England News
4:28 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

MA Regulators Find Wynn Suitable For Gambling

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BOSTON (AP) — State gambling regulators have cleared Wynn Resorts to pursue a proposed $1.2 billion resort casino in Everett.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Friday issued a positive determination of suitability for the company run by Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn.

The panel's investigative arm had recommended the company be found suitable after a lengthy background check, including a review of Wynn's operations in the Chinese territory of Macau.

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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
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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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