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Regulators To Begin Deliberations On Greater Boston Casino License

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will meet Monday to consider issuing a license for a casino in greater Boston.

The gambling industry regulators have completed an exhaustive review of the two competing casino proposals and have suggested changes to both projects.  Mohegan Sun and Wynn Resorts will respond to the commission’s suggestions by the end of this week. Acting chairman James McHugh said there will be a public discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of each proposal.

" The four of us will deliberate between the two proposals, and I think the deliberations are going to be very interesting," McHugh said in a video posted on the commission's website to explain the process for awarding the casino license.   " These are very competitive proposals. A lot of work has gone into them, a lot of analysis has gone into them," he added.

The gaming commission earlier awarded a slots parlor license in Southeastern Massachusetts, and assigned a resort casino license to MGM in Springfield.  The greater Boston license is considered the most lucrative.

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.