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Gambling Regulators Weigh Greater Boston Casino Proposals

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Monday began a final review of the two competing proposals for a resort casino in greater Boston.

   The proposed design of Mohegan Sun’s $1.1 billion dollar casino in Revere received a more positive evaluation than did Wynn Resorts’ proposed design for a casino in Everett.  But Wynn’s $1.6 billion dollar project was found to be more  financially sound. Both projects will be judged in several categories before the commissioners begin their final deliberations and possibly vote by weeks end to award a license. Commissioner Enrique Zunica signaled it will be a close call.

   Massachusetts voters in November will have the final say on whether any casinos are built in the state. The commission has promised the lone western Massachusetts casino license to MGM Springfield.

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.