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MGC approves delayed grand opening for MGM Springfield

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) recently agreed that MGM Springfield may open one year later than its previous grand opening date of 2017. The Springfield Republican reports the MGC voted to delay opening until September 2018 or 30 days after the completion of work on Interstate 91, whichever is later. Read more here.

Casino developer in New Bedford retracts bid

The developer behind the proposed project in New Bedford, KG Urban Enterprises, has retracted their bid for the third and final casino license in Massachusetts. A report from National Public Radio affiliate WBUR notes that the project ran into trouble putting together financing for the project, which New Bedford voters approved by a wide margin in June. A proposed project in Brockton is now the only one in the running for the license. Read more here.

Boston's casino lawsuit argues for host community status, greater say in proposed casino

Boston's lawsuit against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) advocates for a number of changes to the process currently in place for the proposed casino near that city. National Public Radio affiliate WBUR reported extensively on the arguments contained in the lawsuit. Read more here.

Plainridge Park Casino reports $6.1 million in revenue for first week open

Revenue at newly opened slot parlor Plainridge Park Casino were $6.1 million, according to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The Springfield Republican reports Massachusetts will receive $3 million of that revenue. Read more here.

MA Lottery studying potential impact of Plainridge Park Casino

Officials with the Massachusetts Lottery are tracking sales patterns of approximately 200 lottery sellers within a 15-minute drive of newly-opened Plainridge Park Casino to see what impact the new slot parlor may have. The State House News Service reports that commissioners with the Massachusetts Lottery Commission heard from lottery officials about concerns that the new venue could cause a dip in sales. Read more here.

MGM Springfield asks MGC to delay opening casino until September 2018

Citing a delay by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in rehabilitating I-91, MGM Springfield recently asked the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) to delay opening the Western Massachusetts casino until September 2018. The Springfield Republican reports that commissioners vowed to make their own investigations before approving the proposal. Read more here.

New Bedford referendum on proposed casino passes

A referendum on a proposed casino at a former power plant in New Bedford passed by a 73 percent margin. A New England Cable News (NECN) report notes 21 percent of registered voters turned out for the referendum on the proposal for a casino operated by Foxwoods Resort Casino and backed by developer KG Urban. Read more here.

Plainville casino officially opens to the public

Plainridge Park Casino, Penn National's new slot parlor located on the grounds of the Plainville harness racing facility, opened its doors to the public. The Boston Globe reports the 3,750-capacity venue was full within three hours of opening. Read more here.

Massachusetts prepares for beginning of gambling at Plainridge Park Casino

As construction concludes at Plainridge Park Casino, Boston Globe columnist Shirley Leung explores the differences between the new facility in Plainville and nearby Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI. Read more here.

MGC to enact self-exclusion for problem gamblers

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) recently announced a self-exclusion policy that problem gamblers will be able to use to prevent them entering at casinos statewide. The Springfield Republican reports a person can ban their self from gambling for six months, one year, three years, five years or for life. Read more here.