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Mohegan Sun CEO promises bold Revere casino

State gambling commission to discuss if bid may move ahead

REVERE — The chief executive of Mohegan Sun promised Monday to build a casino resort on the Revere side of Suffolk Downs that would “redefine how people in the region entertain themselves.”

“We make special places,” said Mitchell Etess, chief executive of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority.

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Etess met reporters Monday morning at a media conference at Revere City Hall, days after Suffolk Downs announced that the Connecticut gambling giant intended to lease land in Revere from Suffolk Downs for a casino.

Whether the project can move ahead is an open question. The state gambling commission on Tuesday is scheduled to continue a discussion on whether the Revere casino bid is legal. Suffolk Downs officials had originally proposed a casino in East Boston and Revere, but those plans fell apart when East Boston residents rejected the project at a Nov. 5 referendum. Revere voters approved a Suffolk Downs casino, and the commission must decide if that vote, also on Nov. 5, constitutes a legal endorsement of the new Mohegan Sun plans.

There is not time under current deadlines for another citywide vote, though the commission has the power to extend deadlines.

Mark Arsenault can be reached at mark.arsenault@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @bostonglobemark

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