As of this weekend in Massachusetts, there are three Region C (Southeast) applicants – four if you count the Wampanoag Tribe. Above you see a great illustration of existing, licensed and possible choices for the one Region C casino, thanks to Massachusetts Gaming Commission and provided by the Providence Journal.
According to the State House News Service, while the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has signed off on licenses for proposed casinos in Everett and Springfield, as well as a slots parlor in Plainville scheduled to open in June, they do not necessarily have to approve a casino for southeastern Massachusetts.
Uncertainty has surrounded Region C, since the Mashpee Wampanoags are still waiting to see if a federal application for taking land into trust for the tribe will be approved, allowing them to set up a resort casino in Taunton. If that does occur, which the Wampanoags have been waiting for since the Casino Law passed, the size and scope of their casino, the timing of border states expansion of casino gambling, and economic recovery in the region could cause the MGC to not accept any licenses for Region C.
Developers are seeking to build resort casinos in Somerset, Brockton and New Bedford. The MGC voted to give two of the groups — the Somerset and New Bedford camps — extensions until May 4 to file applications.
In case you have lost track of the players and places, here’s a review:
Mass Gaming & Entertainment, the company seeking to build a casino in Brockton, has filed a “substantially complete” application, meeting the commission’s deadline. Mass Gaming & Entertainment, which is affiliated with Rush Street Gaming, already has a host-community agreement with Brockton and a referendum vote scheduled in that city.
KG Urban Enterprises, which is seeking a casino on the New Bedford waterfront, has been in the game since the day the legislation passed in 2011. They are seeking help from Foxwoods to Run their casino.
Somerset on the Move LLC, is now working with Crossroads LLC, a company that had a failed bid in Region A.