Key dates in Massachusetts casino approval process

Following years of intense lobbying by the casino industry and several near misses in the Legislature, Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill legalizing casinos in Massachusetts on Nov. 22, 2011. The law allows for one casino in each of three regions in the state, with a single slots parlor that can be in any region. The legislation also created a five-member gambling commission to select and implement casino gambling in the state.

Here is a look at some upcoming milestones and key dates in bringing casino gambling to Massachusetts.


September 30, 2013: Deadline for Phase 1 casino applications in Region C (Southeastern Mass.), the first deadline in a two-phase application process in the region.

October 2013: Deadline for Phase 2 slots-parlor applications. Applicants must have deals in place with cities/towns and have those deals approved by voter referendum.

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December 31, 2013: Deadline for Phase 2 casino applications in Region A (Eastern Mass.) and Region B (Western Mass.), the second deadline in the two-phase application process. Casino applicants must have deals in place with cities/towns and have those deals approved by voter referendum.

December 2013 to February 2014: The Mass. Gaming Commission expects to issue the state’s lone slots-only license.

April 2014: The commission expects to award two of the three licenses for casino reports (Eastern and Western Mass.) by this date.


July 2014: Anticipated deadline by the commission for Phase 2 casino application in Region C (Southeastern Mass.)

October-November 2014: The commission expects to award the Region C casino license.

More on the casino deadlines.

Source: Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
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