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Casino applications stretch thousands of pages

Wynn Resorts delivered a final application more than 18,000 pages long to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, promising a $1.3 billion resort casino on the Mystic River waterfront.

MGM’s application for a Springfield casino topped 7,000 pages. And Mohegan Sun submitted more than 16,000 pages outlining its plans for a 42-acre project at Suffolk Downs in Revere.

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The three companies, the remaining applicants for two of the state’s three casino licenses, submitted their final applications by Tuesday’s deadline, punctuating a comprehensive, two-phase application process that had already seen other companies bow out of the competition.

The gambling commission said on its website Tuesday that it plans to publicly post the lengthy applications next week. It hopes to name the winning licensees for Western and Eastern Massachusetts by May.

Before making a decision, the commission plans to hold a public comment period, with at least two public hearings, said Stephen Crosby, its chairman.

“Those applications have a vast array of criteria in them,” Crosby said in a video posted on the commission’s website.

“These applications are thousands of pages long and contain answers to 200 questions we’ve asked,” he said.

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The application process for a casino in Southeastern Massachusetts — the last of three regional licenses allowed under the 2011 Expanded Gaming Act — is ongoing. With applications not due until summer 2014, only one company, KG New Bedford, has so far cleared the first phase for a license in the region. However, Foxwoods Resort Casino, which cleared the first phase in another region, has explored the possibility of competing in the final phase, for a license in Fall River, the Globe reported last week.

Foxwoods would not have to clear the first phase again if it explores a license in another region, according to the gambling commission.

The 2011 state gaming law had delayed bidding in the southeastern region to allow a federally recognized tribe, which turned out to be the Mashpee Wampanoag, time to pursue a tribal casino in the area.

The tribe reached a gaming compact for a casino in Taunton with the state in November, and the federal government’s Bureau of Indian Affairs has 45 days to take a position on the compact. If the bureau takes no action within that time, the compact would go into effect without its endorsement. A spokesman for the bureau did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the gambling commission is slated to approve by March a license for a facility with up to 1,250 slot machines. Three companies have completed the final application process and are under consideration: Penn National Gaming Inc., for a slots parlor in Plainville; PPE Casino Resorts, for one in Leominster; and Raynham Park, for one in Raynham.

The gambling commission said the review of the final applications for the casino resort licenses would examine five areas: project overview; finances; economic development; building and site design; and mitigation for host communities.

Wynn has had a longstanding agreement with Everett, where the company won the support of 86 percent of voters at the polls in June.

Mohegan Sun, competing against Wynn for the sole license in Eastern Massachusetts, said in its 16,000-page application that it will be a boon for Revere, with up to $33 million in pre-opening payments. The deal will go before Revere voters for a referendum in about two months.

Mitchell Etess, chief executive of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority promised, “Mohegan Sun will create something very special in Revere.”

MGM said in a statement that it will build a world-class residential, dining, retail, and entertainment district in downtown Springfield.

“Our application demonstrates our ability to do so,” said Michael Mathis, the company’s vice president of global gaming development.

Milton J. Valencia can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @miltonvalencia.

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