So, where do I begin? Let me take you back a few weeks to start because there has been a whirlwind of news in the Bay State concerning their new found obsession – casino gambling. So I decided to make the casino news in Massachusetts brief, and if interested you can look for more info –
Where to begin, where to begin…..
- International Game Technology (IGT) inked a deal with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for the provision of a central monitoring system to 20,000 electronic gaming devices at up to four venues in the Commonwealth. The implementation of IGT’s INTELLIGEN System in Massachusetts will be its sixth in the United States.
- Wynn Resorts is opening an office in Massachusetts to oversee the development of a planned $1.6 billion casino in Everett. The gambling company announced Thursday that the 7,626-square-foot office in Medford about two miles from the site of the proposed casino. Meanwhile, the same casino is mired in a lawsuits from both the city of Boston and neighboring city of Somerville.
Mayor Marty Walsh claims the process by which the permit was awarded was rigged in favor of Steve Wynn’s Wynn Resorts. The Mass. State Ethics Commission is now checking into a possible conflict of interest on the part of gambling commission chairman Stephan Crosby who had a longstanding friendship and past business dealings with one of the owners of the Everett land sold to Wynn for the project
- MGM has targeted the opening of their Springfield casino for late 2017, but that may be delayed further. MGM Springfield, in response to questions regarding its construction schedule and permitting delays related to its $800 million casino project, has scheduled a meeting with the MGC originally scheduled for yesterday. The discussions will include the MGM project and the pending Interstate 91 viaduct rehabilitation project in downtown center planned by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
- In anticipation of the arrival of the expanded gaming industry, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is announcing the launch of the Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program. A future post will outline the program.
- Developers proposing a Foxwoods casino for the city’s waterfront not only met a critical deadline set by gambling regulators, but a few days cleared a crucial step Tuesday as city residents overwhelmingly approved the proposal in a special election.
- Of course the biggest news – Plainridge Park Opened to the public to start a new era in Massachusetts, Casino Gambling.
That’s all for now.