Casino gambling in Massachusetts

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

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State gambling commission chairman James McHugh at the meeting.

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.

Work continues on the Plainridge racecourse slot parlor, as the steel frame of the prefab slots building is constructed.

Sides in fight over casino law ready to raise their voices

Those behind the repeal effort are preparing their first punch, while gambling firms are gearing up their own campaign.

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

What’s happening with the casino hearings?

Follow along as officials decide who’s in line to build a casino near Boston: Wynn Resorts in Everett or Mohegan Sun in Revere.


// 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.

// After initial fanfare, skepticism on casinos grows

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

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

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

Mohegan Sun wants to build a casino on the Suffolk Downs site in Revere.

Panel to vote on Boston-area casino this week

Over the next five days, the state’s top gambling regulators will tackle their most important assignment.

The casino debate

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 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.

Region A - Eastern Mass.

A rendering of the proposed Wynn casino in Everett.

Wynn envisions casino ferry service

Wynn now estimates that 6 percent of trips to the casino would arrive by the water transit service, double the company’s original forecast.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

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.

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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