Massachusetts Gaming Commission

New England News
4:29 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Casino Company Announces $910 Million Project In Springfield

An artist's drawing of the proposed Ameristar Casino in Springfield
Ameristar Casinos

Nevada based gaming company Ameristar has unveiled renderings and announced details about the resort casino it hopes to build in Springfield Massachusetts.  It is one of three companies competing for casino development rights in Springfield.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

  

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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Three Casino Companies Apply To Build In Springfield

An artist's drawing of Penn National Gaming's proposal for a casino on Main Street in Springfield
Penn National Gaming

Three experienced casino operators stepped forward ahead of a Thursday night deadline and will compete in Springfield for the chance to  build a casino in western Massachusetts.  Each is proposing a development project totaling almost $1 billion.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
12:30 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Casino Industry Workforce Development Cost Put At $9 Million

Massachusetts Gaming Commissioners Bruce Stebbins (on left) and James McHugh hold an informal meeting to discuss workforce development for the casino industry
WAMC

A report to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission estimates the state will need to establish a labor pool of 30,000 candidates to fill approximately 10,000 jobs in the new casino industry. Commissioners  will need to establish a plan for workforce development to go along with a master schedule that projects the awarding of casino licenses in the winter of 2014.   WAMC’s  Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
6:15 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

First Massachusetts Casino License Expected In February 2014

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission at a meeting in Springfield on Sept. 11, 2012
WAMC

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Tuesday set the end of February 2014 as the outside date for awarding the first casino license in the state.    WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill reports..

   The state’s gaming industry regulators discussed a master schedule which commission chairman Stephen Crosby described as prudent.

The background checks on the casino license applicants is the most time consuming part of the schedule, pegged to take a minimum of six months. The draft master schedule calls for the investigations to begin in January.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Springfield,Gaming Commission Compromise On Casino Competition

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission at a meeting in Springfield held on Sept. 11
WAMC

Officials in Springfield Massachusetts have agreed to changes in a casino selection competition to address concerns about the timetable that were  raised last week by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. It will likely push back until next summer a voter referendum on a casino in Springfield..  WAMC’s  Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

  

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New England News
6:10 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Springfield Urged To Slow Casino Selection Timetable

Massachusetts Gaming Commission meets at Springfield Technical Community College
WAMC

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission clashed with Springfield city officials Tuesday over the city’s proposed casino selection competition.  The state and local timetables that would lead to the launch of a resort casino development in western Massachusetts remain at odds.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Ameristar Official Outlines Casino Proposal For Springfield

  A top official with a Nevada based gaming  company says a proposed casino in Springfield Massachusetts would be the  largest gambling facility it currently operates. But officials with Ameristar offered only a broad description of its plans for a Springfield casino during a presentation to a city council ad-hoc casino committee.   WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Gambling Commission Holds Forum In Western Massachusetts

People protest casino development at an educational forum held by the Mass. Gaming Commission. Another group ( in the background) demonstrated for a casino project in Palmer MA.
WAMC

The five member Massachusetts Gaming Commission held a  forum Wednesday in western Massachusetts. It’s the area of the state where competition for a lucrative casino license appears to be most keen..  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

The chairman of the powerful gaming commission, Stephen Crosby said the apparent level of interest in western Massachusetts by major casino operators is proof the state’s new casino law is working as intended.

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Vox Pop : Gambling : 7/18/12

With less than 48 hours until the first race of the 2012 season at Saratoga Race Course – today we’re talking gambling.

While the Saratoga season is just beginning, already reports indicate Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to unveil the members of the New York Racing Association’s new board, whose installation was precipitated earlier this year after the naming of new president Ellen McClain without input from state officials, following the firing of former president and CEO Charles Hayward, an alleged party to a scandal that cost the betting public over $8 million.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Massachusetts Gambling Commission Holds First Meeting

The five member Massachusetts Gaming Commission held its first public meeting Tuesday as it set about to bring casino gambling to the state.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

     Declaring  the decades long debate over whether to bring casinos to Massachusetts is over, Stephen Crosby, the chairman of the powerful gaming commission, said he and the other four appointees were ready to get to work to implement the public policy in the best way they can.  He pledged that much of that work would take place in full public view.

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