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Chief Massachusetts Casino Regulator Confident In Revenue Estimates

The top gaming industry regulator in Massachusetts is standing firm on casino revenue estimates.

  Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby sees no need to revise gambling revenue projections in the face of declining profitability at the Connecticut casinos, where revenue has declined 39 percent over the last eight years.

  " We are part of the new competition. We might cause a problem for them ( the Connecticut casinos)," Crosby told reporters in Springfield Thursday.  

  " We think the numbers are legitimate for us and not a reason for worry, and we certainly are not predisposed to let anybody change their capital commitments," he added.

Massachusetts’ first casino, with slot machines and no table games, is scheduled to open in four months. Projected annual revenue is between $86 million and $130 million. 

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.