Casino gambling in Massachusetts

Globe reports on the implementation of casino gambling in the state.

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// Walsh to boycott casino hearings on compensation

The move leaves state gambling regulators in charge of determining how big a payment, if any, the city deserves if a casino is built in neighboring Everett.

// Boston, Mohegan Sun near deal on Revere casino

The deal has Mohegan Sun paying the city to offset a Revere casino, but would not allow East Boston residents to hold a binding vote.

// Casino repeal leader blasts Walsh deal with Mohegan Sun

“We hoped for more from Mayor Walsh,” said a leading opponent of the state casino law.

Massachusetts casino board

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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.


// Casino regions and proposed developments

The gambling law authorizes one casino in each of three regions, with a single slots parlor that can be in any region. See the details of some of the proposed projects.

Two years later, a shifting landscape for casinos

After Mass. opened its borders to the gambling industry, the casino license sweepstakes envisioned looks more like a demolition derby.

February 28, 2014: The Mass. Gaming Commission expects to issue the state's lone slots-only license.

May 2014: The commission expects to award two of the three licenses for casino resorts (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

Region A - Eastern Mass.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh (left) said deciding on a casino plan before the elections could mean a waste of time and money.

Walsh seeks delay on casino decision

Boston’s mayor asked the state gaming panel to delay the decision on a Boston-area casino license until late fall.

Mayor DeMaria (left) did not disclose his friendship with Charles Lightbody.

Mayor’s ties to shady pair cloud casino plan

An ownership tangle for an Everett site may have two felons in the mix.

Abandoned casino plans

Guy Romano (left) and Nancy Wojick held opposing signs on the casino referendum outside a Milford polling place.

Milford voters reject Foxwoods-backed casino plan

Voters crushed casino plans five years in development, shrinking the field of applicants for the state’s most lucrative gambling license.

A meeting last week on the $200 million Merrimack Valley Casino proposal drew 2,617 voters, the largest crowd for a Special Town Meeting  in decades.

Tewksbury vote against slots was decisive

Fearing an increase in crime and traffic and a drop in home values, residents effectively killed Penn National’s bid to build a 24-hour slots parlor.

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