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Plainville slot parlor approaches anniversary of opening, and industry and officials gauge its success

As Plainridge Park Casino, the slot parlor in Plainville, reached the one year anniversary of its June 24 opening, officials and members of the gambling industry have spoken with the press to gauge its success. The Sun Chronicle reports mixed successes, with jobs and revenue generated, but not exceeding expectations. Read more here.

Mashpee Wampanoag break ground on tribal casino in Taunton

Mashpee Wampanoag tribal leaders led a ceremony marking the beginning of construction on First Light Resort & Casino, a 150,000 square-foot facility in Taunton that the tribe hopes to open as early as June 2017. The Springfield Republican reports the tribe expects its casino, which is exempt as a tribal facility from the state's casino licensing process, will open before either MGM Springfield or Wynn Boston Harbor. Read more here.

State announces system allowing gamblers to choose limits to losses

"Play My Way," a new system piloted by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC), will allow gamblers to set limits on how much money they can spend during a casino visit. According to television station CBS Boston, participants in the program will receive notifications when they reach 25, 50, and 75 percent of their chosen "budget." Read more here.

Mashpee Wampanoag win federal approval for land holdings, clearing way for tribal casino

The federal government approved the Mashpee Wampanoag's tribe taking control of several hundred acres in Southeastern Massachusetts for a tribal reservation. The Boston Globe article notes the decision allows the tribe to move forward with plans for a proposed casino in Taunton, bringing into question the viability of a project slated for Brockton that would claim the state's last casino license under the Expanded Gaming Act. Read more here.

Wynn Resorts begins preparations at Everett casino site

Wynn Resorts has begun work at the location of its Everett casino, located on the site of a former chemical plant. The Boston Herald reports recent activity there was called "pre-construction" by Wynn. Read more here.

2016 ballot initiative will give citizens chance to vote on allowing slots at second racetrack

Attorney General Maura Healey recently certified an initiative for the 2016 statewide ballot that would allow an additional slot machine parlor, and specifies it be located at a horse racing track. The Boston Globe reports activists in East Boston view the the proposal as an attempt to revive the prospect of a slot machine casino at Suffolk Downs. Read more here.

Wynn casino project certified by state for environmental and traffic management

Wynn Resorts has passed another regulatory hurdle for its casino project in Everett. The Springfield Republican reports that Matthew Beaton, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary, approved the developer's plan for environmental and traffic mitigation at the $1.7 billion project. Read more here.

MGC releases data on on revenue from Plainville slot parlor

According to data released by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC), the Plainridge Park Casino spent around $1.5 million of its operating expenses in the state since June 1. The Boston Globe reports the newly opened Plainville slot parlor has also collected $24.3 million in revenue so far. Read more here.

MGC reports on enforcement for minors and adults at Plainville slot parlor

According to data release by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 259 individuals under the age of 21 were turned away from Plainridge Park Casino during the month of July. The Springfield Republican also reports that one adult was arrested, and fifteen adults were evicted from the  slot parlor during the same period. Read more here.

Brockton proposal for southeastern casino license still under consideration

The developer behind the proposal for a casino in Brockton confirmed to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) that they will continue pursuing the remaining license in the state. The Herald News reports the MGC voted to move forward as planned, with Brockton as the sole bidder for the license. Read more here.