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Ameristar Casinos Drops Plans For Casino In Springfield

One of three companies that had been in the running to build a casino in Springfield Massachusetts has abruptly dropped out.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

   Ameristar Casinos announced late Friday afternoon that it was  abandoning its plans for a $910 million dollar resort casino development in Springfield. The company, in a statement, said it did not believe it had a strong enough chance to win a casino license in Massachusetts.  Ameristar , nearly a year ago, had purchased, for $16 million dollars, a former industrial site on Springfield’s east side. Just last month the company staged an elaborate unveiling of its planned development.  Two other companies, MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming are competing to develop casinos in different parts of downtown Springfield.  There is also a casino proposal in Palmer, and just recently two  in Holyoke.  State law authorizes just one license for a resort casino in western MA..

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.