Casino gambling in Massachusetts

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

State panel selects Wynn casino over plan for Revere

Everett residents Christine Ragucci and Norma Parziale celebrated at Wynn’s Everett headquarters on Chelsea Street.

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The state gambling commission chose the Everett casino over a proposal in Revere for the Boston-area license.

Shown are the proposals for Wynn in Everett and Mohegan in Revere.

What happened at the casino hearings?

Follow along as officials decide who’s in line to build a casino near Boston.

Boston-area casino bidders agree to substantial changes

The two finalists for the Greater Boston resort casino license agreed to a number of substantial changes to their applications.

// After initial fanfare, skepticism on casinos grows

Since the expanded gambling law passed three years ago, public confidence has waned. What went wrong?

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Gambling panel’s decision spells end for Suffolk Downs races

Officials at the race track announced their intention to wind down operations in response to the panel’s decision.

shirley Leung

// In casino battle, one big winner and a long list of losers

Steve Wynn came out on top. Losers included Revere, Suffolk Downs, Boston, and Boston’s current and former mayors.

// Panel sees flaws in both plans for Greater Boston casino

Competing casino proposals by Wynn Resorts and Mohegan Sun faced tough criticism during an exhaustive all-day review.

The Casino of the Sky at the Mohegan Sun.

With Mass. deal, Mohegan could promote Conn. casino

Mohegan Sun has denied it would try to steer high-stakes players away, but a confidential agreement shows that’s not the case.

// Some see implications for Mass. in N.J. casino woes

Specialists see implications from casino closures in New Jersey for gambling in Mass.

The casino debate

Massachusetts casino board

John Tlumacki/GLOBE STAFF

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 one slots parlor that can be in any region. This year, the state’s highest court decided that a repeal measure can appear on the November ballot, jeopardizing the industry's future.

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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