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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has signed a bill into law that creates a multi-step process for possibly opening a new tribal casino along the Connecticut border.

The Native American Indian tribe that operates the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut has reached an agreement to build and run a gaming resort at a South Korean airport.

A bill that would allow two Native American tribes to jointly open and operate up to three gaming facilities in Connecticut has made it past its first legislative panel. The General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee approved the legislation Thursday.

In what’s being framed as a state versus state battle over gambling, Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow two Native American tribes to open more casinos. Industry leaders are warning of thousands of lost jobs if nothing is done to combat future casinos in Massachusetts and New York.

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The chief executive of the tribal authority that runs Mohegan Sun says it could seek a deal with rival Foxwoods Resort Casino to build a third casino in Connecticut near the Massachusetts line to compete with casinos opening in the Bay State.

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Gambling regulators in Massachusetts have voted to award the state’s most lucrative casino license to Wynn Resorts.  It is the third casino license issued in Massachusetts, where voters in less than two months will decide if Las Vegas-style gambling will remain legal.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-1 Tuesday to approve Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn’s plan to build a $1.6 billion resort casino on the site of a former chemical company plant in the city of Everett.

Gambling industry regulators in Massachusetts resume deliberations today on awarding the state's most lucrative casino license.

The Mohegan Sun casino and its parent company have announced their purchase of a professional lacrosse team that will begin playing in eastern Connecticut in December.

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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.

Mohegan Sun Casino Proposal Approved In Revere

Feb 26, 2014
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Voters in Revere have approved a billion-dollar resort casino proposal, moving forward Mohegan Sun's plan that will compete with Wynn Resorts for the sole eastern Massachusetts resort casino license.

Mitchell Etess, CEO of Mohegan Sun Tribal Gaming Authority, says he's hopeful of convincing state gambling regulators to award Mohegan Sun the license.

Etess says Mohegan Sun will win the license because its application is unconditional. He says they're "ready to go."

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BOSTON (AP) — More than a dozen Massachusetts communities near proposed resort casino sites have petitioned the state's gambling commission for "surrounding community" status.

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.

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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.

Mohegan Sun, which worked for five years on a casino project in rural Palmer, Massachusetts only to see it come up 94 votes short on Election Day, has now shifted its focus to greater Boston.  The move leaves Palmer casino supporters concerned about the future.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has authorized Mohegan Sun to apply for a license to build a casino on land owned by Suffolk Downs in eastern Massachusetts.  However, a new voter referendum on the project will have to take place.

Seeking to avoid a scenario that would have left just one applicant for the lone casino license available in eastern Massachusetts, the five-member gaming commission voted unanimously Tuesday to waive a requirement that a casino applicant secure the approval of local voters before filing a final license application.

With a deadline looming at the end of the month for final applications for resort casino licenses in Massachusetts, the state’s gaming industry regulators have delayed a key decision on the fate of one project.   The decision will determine how many competitors will vie for the lone casino license available in the greater Boston area.

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The town clerk in Palmer, Massachusetts is expected to announce this week the date for a recount of the votes cast in the November 5th referendum on Mohegan Sun’s $1 billion casino proposal.  The Connecticut-based casino operator late last week filed the necessary paperwork to obtain a recount of the referendum it lost by fewer than 100 votes.

The effort to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts is “on the verge of being a mess,” according to a gaming policy expert.  Voters in Palmer and East Boston rejected casino projects on Election Day.  There is the possibility some casino developers won’t pass a strict background check.  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.   He asked Barrow to assess the current state of casino development in Massachusetts

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Mohegan Sun plans to ask for a recount of Tuesday’s referendum in Palmer where voters by a narrow margin rejected the company’s plans for a $1 billion resort casino.  If the results stand, it will leave MGM in Springfield as the only company left to apply for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts.

The casino referendum was defeated by a vote of 2,657 to 2,564—a margin of 93 votes—according to final, but unofficial, results announced Tuesday night by the Palmer Town Clerk’s office. Turnout was an astounding 66 percent of the town’s registered voters.

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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.

Entertainment industry giant Hard Rock’s plans to build a resort casino in western Massachusetts have been rejected by voters in the small town of West Springfield.

By a lopsided margin of 55 to 45 percent voters Tuesday defeated Hard Rock’s proposal for an $800 million resort casino on the Big E fairgrounds.  Ted Hebert, a member of a grassroots organization that worked to defeat the casino was thrilled.

Tim Maland, Hard Rock New England President said the company had no plans to try to put a casino somewhere else in Massachusetts

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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.

Conn. Revenues From Lottery Beat Casino Payments

Aug 12, 2013
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For the first time in 15 years, Connecticut is getting more revenue from its state lottery than from slot machines at the two tribal casinos.

Data compiled by the Department of Consumer Protection for the latest fiscal year show the Connecticut Lottery Corp. transferred $312.1 million to the state's General Fund — the main spending account for state government.

In comparison, Foxwoods Resort Casino and the Mohegan Sun transferred a total of nearly $296.4 million to the fund as the state's share of their slot machine revenue.

West Springfield Expected To Set Casino Vote Soon

Jul 22, 2013
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The town council in West Springfield, Massachusetts has scheduled a meeting to set a date for a voter referendum on the casino development deal proposed by Hard Rock International.

The President of Hard Rock New England said he'll ask the council when it meets on Tuesday to schedule the referendum for Sept. 10, before the start of the Big E expo the following weekend.

Hard Rock wants to build an $800 million resort casino on part of the Eastern States Exhibition fairgrounds.

Springfield voters last week approved a casino development deal with MGM Resorts.

Springfield Seeking Strong Casino Voter Turnout

Jul 15, 2013

Massachusetts Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola says she's optimistic that voter turnout could approach 25 percent Tuesday when Springfield voters decide on a casino project proposed by MGM Resorts International.

The Republican reports that groups lobbying for and against the casino plan are working to get out the vote with mailings, telephone calls and door knocking.

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Mohegan Sun, which once had the western Massachusetts casino landscape all to itself, has unveiled a dramatic new design and more  amenities for the project it hopes to build in rural Palmer. Mohegan Sun is facing stiff completion from MGM  Resorts and Hard Rock International for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts. 

Officials with Mohegan Sun addressed a meeting of 200 town officials and residents in Palmer Monday night about plans for a resort casino in the rural western Massachusetts town.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

One of the gaming industry heavyweights looking to build a resort  casino in western Massachusetts is expected to reveal more details about its project tonight at  an eagerly anticipated  public meeting. 

Mohegan Sun officials are expected to reveal changes to their original plans for a $600 million resort casino development in Palmer to address the competition that has sprung up in the last year for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts.  The meeting is scheduled for 7PM at  Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School.

Casino backers in the town of Palmer Massachusetts are anxiously awaiting a public presentation next week from Mohegan Sun, which has looked to develop a resort casino in the town for several years.