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Gambling Disorder Screening Day held on March 10 in MA

On March 10, 2015, the Cambridge Health Alliance's Division on Addiction and Outpatient Addiction Services are launching a Gambling Disorder Screening Day as part of the Cambridge Health Alliance Readiness for Gambling Expansion (CHARGE) Initiative. The Division is helping the Cambridge Health Alliance launch a pilot screening program at its Outpatient Addiction Service, Somerville, Massachusetts, as well as other organizations in Massachusetts and across the nation. If you are interested in hosting a screening day at your own organization or know of an organization that may be interested in hosting a screening day, please visit the CHARGE website.

Attorney General Healey Advocates for Regulation of ATMs in Casinos

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey urged the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) to clarify laws around the location of automated teller machines (ATMs) in casinos in the state. WWLP 22News noted that Healey, appearing before the MGC for the first time in her new position, urged they undertake a public process in regulating ATMs and gambling. Read more here.

Wynn Resorts Unveils Updated Design for Everett Casino

Wynn Resorts's planned casino in Everett received an update at a recent Massachusetts Gaming Commission meeting. A Springfield Republican report notes that the new design ups the number of hotel rooms to 629 and decreases parking spaces by 300. Read more here.

Possible Applicants Begin to Vie for Southeast Region License

A recent WWLP-22News report detailed four possible applicants who will vie for the casino license in the Southeast Region of Massachusetts. Mass Gaming & Entertainment, Seafan Trust Corp. and Somerset on the Move will join the previously announced KG Urban Enterprises as they compete for the state's sole remaining license. Read more here.

MA Legislature Backs Off Legalizing ATMs in Casinos

The Massachusetts House and Senate approved a banking reform law after removing provisions in the law that would have allowed casinos to feature automatic teller machines (ATMs). The Springfield Republican reports that current state law bans ATMs owned by Massachusetts-based banks from locating in casinos. Read more here.

DiZoglio Tapped to Chair Gaming Policy Advisory Council

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) recently appointed Dennis DiZoglio as the new chair for the Gaming Policy Advisory Council. An article in the Eagle-Tribune notes that DiZoglio, formerly the mayor of Methuen, is currently the executive director of the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission. Read more here.

Springfield Republican profiles MGM and Penn National casino projects

Recent articles in the Springfield Republican profile the two casino projects taking shape in Plainville and Springfield. The projects, developed by Penn National Gaming and MGM Resorts International respectively, were the first two casino projects approved by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Read more at the links below.

- Everything you need to know about the MGM Springfield casino project, by the numbers

- A look at Penn National Gaming's Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, by the numbers

Slot parlor at Plainridge Park Casino will test play management tool

Massachusetts will implement what the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) calls "play management tools," meant to help gamblers track how much money they are spending at casinos in the state. Despite opposition from casino companies, WWLP news reports that the MGC directed Penn National Gaming to implement a pilot version of play management at the Plainridge Park Casino. Read more here.

MGC Announces Deadlines for Southeast Region License

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) announces two upcoming deadlines for applicants interested in the Southeast Region casino license. A Berkshire Eagle report indicates that initial applications will be due January 26, and the second part of applications will be due May 26. Read more here.

Casinos and MGC discuss problem gambling at commission meeting

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) and representatives from casino operators in the state, including MGM Resorts International, Penn National Gaming, and Wynn Resorts discussed potential methods for helping problem gamblers. The Springfield Republican reports that casino executives expressed concern over a potential play management system that would allow gamblers to set limits on how much losses they could incur. Read more here.