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Massachusetts gaming industry regulators began a final review today of MGM’s proposed casino in Springfield.  It is expected to conclude Friday with a decision to award the state’s first resort casino license.

Massachusetts Gaming Commissioners gave marks of “sufficient” to “outstanding” as they reported publicly on their evaluation of MGM’s application for a gaming license to build an $800 million casino in downtown Springfield.

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Gaming industry regulators in Massachusetts have announced a revised timetable for issuing resort casino licenses.  Delays are costing the state and municipal governments gaming revenue that budget writers had counted on receiving by now.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is on track to make a decision on June 13th to award the lone resort casino license in western Massachusetts.  The commission chairman says he will be part of the decision- making process.

Chairman Stephen Crosby presided over the commission’s public hearing in Springfield Wednesday, the first public meeting for the gaming regulators since Crosby removed himself last week from any further role in the casino licensing process in the greater Boston area.

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is scheduled to hold a final public hearing in Springfield today on the casino proposed by MGM.   It is a last chance for commissioners to gauge public sentiment before completing a lengthy evaluation of the sole resort casino applicant in western Massachusetts.

Questions about ethics and possible conflicts of interest are clouding the effort to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts.  There are calls for the chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to step down, and questions about the impartiality of a justice who will help decide if voters get a say on the fate of casinos.

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Two western Massachusetts communities that went through an arbitration process to obtain payments intended to offset the impacts of a casino in Springfield appear to have done better financially than municipalities that accepted offers from casino giant MGM Resorts.

   Longmeadow and West Springfield went to arbitration with MGM after failing to reach negotiated settlements with the casino company by an end-of- March deadline established by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.  By then MGM had reached surrounding community agreements with six other municipalities.

After a two-year battle that left MGM Resorts International as the last competitor standing to build a resort casino in western Massachusetts, the entertainment giant now wants to delay the ultimate prize—a Massachusetts casino license.   A leading anti-casino advocate says it’s a sign MGM is nervous about the prospect Massachusetts voters could repeal casino gambling in a statewide referendum.

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Thousands of Massachusetts residents are being surveyed as part of multi-year, multi-million dollar research project on the social and economic impacts of introducing casino gambling to the state.

The members of the UMass Amherst led research team say initial results will be reported to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in September. These findings will be the baseline that will be used to measure changes in problem gambling, domestic violence, housing prices and a host of other socio-economic factors as casinos open over the next one to three years.

The effort to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts,which began almost two-and-a-half years ago, has hit some speed bumps along the way.  Gambling opponents believe they still have a chance to shut down the fledgling industry in Massachusetts.

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Supporters and opponents of MGM’s $800 million casino project in Springfield had a final chance last night to sound-off in front of Massachusetts gaming industry regulators.  The state gaming commission held a final public hearing in Springfield as it prepares to award the lone casino license in western Massachusetts where MGM Springfield is the only applicant.

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Construction is set to begin on the first major gambling facility in Massachusetts. On Friday, Penn National Gaming held a groundbreaking ceremony for a $225 million slots parlor at the Plainridge harness race track in Plainville.

Plainridge Park Casino is slated to open next spring.

Penn National was awarded the state's only slots parlor license last month by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

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The effort to bring Las Vegas-style gambling to Massachusetts hit a milestone today when regulators awarded the first casino license.  The Massachusetts Gaming Commission awarded a license to Penn National Gaming to operate a slot machine parlor at a harness race  track in Plainville on the Rhode Island border.  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.

A harness racing track has been chosen by Massachusetts gambling regulators as the site of the state’s first casino.  If all goes according to schedule, the casino that will have up to 1,250 slot machines, but no table games, will open just over a year from now.

       The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, in the most significant decision of its two years in existence, voted 3-2 on Thursday to offer a license to Penn National Gaming to operate a slot machine parlor at the Plainridge harness racetrack.  The track is in Plainville on the Rhode Island border.

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The lone applicant for the western Massachusetts casino license pitched the project to state gaming industry regulators today.  The 90-minute public presentation marked the beginning of an evaluation process that is expected to culminate with the awarding of a casino license in the spring.

   MGM  Resorts International CEO James Murran told the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that even though all competitors have fallen by the wayside, MGM’s Springfield project is the right choice to be awarded a lucrative casino license.

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Gaming industry regulators in Massachusetts are set to embark on a lengthy public review process that is expected to end with the awarding of the state’s first casino licenses by the end of May. Several criteria will be examined to determine the final winners of the high-stakes competition

Three casino companies submitted final license applications—each consisting of thousands of pages—by the New Year’s Eve deadline to satisfy the requirements of  the  two-phase  application process established by the Massachusetts  Gaming Commission.

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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.

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More than any other factor, votes in cities and towns in 2013 shaped the casino competition landscape for the burgeoning gaming industry in Massachusetts

In writing the Massachusetts gaming law in 2011 legislators and Governor Deval Patrick insisted that local control be paramount in determining where the state’s first casinos would be built. A successful outcome in a local referendum is a prerequisite for advancing in the state’s lengthy licensing process.

Casino supporters in Springfield, Massachusetts received an early Christmas present on Monday. A regulatory ruling paves the way for a final decision this spring on what has been billed as the biggest economic development project in the city’s history

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, after reviewing a 10- month background investigation, cleared MGM Resorts International to be the lone applicant for a casino license in western Massachusetts. The Las Vegas-based entertainment industry giant is proposing an $800 million resort casino in downtown Springfield.

The investigative unit of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has found Wynn Resorts suitable to bid for the lone casino license available in eastern Massachusetts.  The five-member commission conducted a hearing in Boston today on the results of the background investigation

The Investigations and Enforcement Bureau of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission found nothing that would disqualify Wynn Resorts from being issued a casino license in Massachusetts providing the company can explain to the commission’s satisfaction its business practices in Macau, China.

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Ethics questions swirl around the chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission as the panel inches closer to issuing casino licenses.  The head gaming industry regulator is now a defendant in a lawsuit by a major casino company

Caesars Entertainment filed a federal court lawsuit this week accusing Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby of discrimination against the company so as to boost a rival casino development where a former business associate of the chairman stands to profit.

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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.

MGM Resorts International is looking to get a green light this week from Massachusetts gaming industry regulators to file a final application to build a $800 million resort casino in downtown Springfield. Investigators for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission have found no reason to disqualify the Las Vegas-based company from the casino licensing process.

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MGM Resorts International appears to have cleared a key hurdle in the quest to build a resort casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.  The results of a 10-month investigation by Massachusetts gaming industry regulators were released today.

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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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A decision on whether MGM Resorts International is suitable to hold a casino license in Massachusetts is expected to be made by gaming industry regulators in the next two months.  Passing the mandatory background investigation in Massachusetts is proving to be no easy feat.

       When casino industry giant Caesars Entertainment, which has stakes in more than 50 casino operations in the United States and seven countries, was abruptly dropped  two weeks ago    as the operator of a proposed Boston casino, it rang alarm bells in Springfield.

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
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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.

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The state gambling commission is hearing from advocates and opponents of extending an Indian tribe's exclusive right to develop a casino in southeastern Massachusetts.

The commission met Thursday at Bristol Community College in Fall River as it considers opening the region to commercial bidders.

BOSTON (AP) — The gambling industry spent $2.3 million dollars lobbying Beacon Hill lawmakers in 2012, a drop from the $3.1 million spent by the industry in Massachusetts in 2011.

A review of lobbying records by The Associated Press found that despite the decline, companies hoping to land one of the state's coveted casino license still poured hundreds of thousands into lobbying.

Two companies bidding for gaming licenses in Massachusetts have told regulators they will apply for a slots facility, and not a resort casino.

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