When Caesars Entertainment abruptly withdrew from the Suffolk Downs casino bid last week, it was a backhanded compliment to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The panel had already shown it would closely scrutinize companies seeking to open casinos. So when a “suitability assessment” by commission investigators raised questions about a Caesars business partner in a Las Vegas project, it was enough to prompt Suffolk Downs to push out Caesars, one of the best-known casino operators in the world.
That, in turn, led Gary Loveman, Caesars’ top executive, to blast state regulators for “unprecedented” licensing standards. “It’s going to be very difficult for sophisticated, multi-jurisdictional operators to tolerate the environment this commission has created,” warned Loveman. His disappointment is understandable. But the commission’s desire to apply a tough character test to all casino bidders is to the panel’s credit.