Mashpee Wampanoags Casino – “Game Changer” for Mass Casino Expansion?

Taunton Proposal

Taunton Casino Rendering for Mashpee Wampanoags Proposal

The Boston Globe reported last week that the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribe appear to be making significant progress in its quest to secure land in Massachusetts to build a Las Vegas-style casino.

We’ve been hearing about this on-again, off-again casino for three years, but it now seems closer than ever to fruition.

Proposed Brockton Casino

Proposed Brockton Casino

The federal government recently informed the tribe in a letter that a decision in their case is imminent. The tribe needs the federal government to help them convert 150 acres of land into a reservation, which would allow for the casino to be built under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.  The tribe wants to build a $500 million casino in Taunton, which is in the Southeastern part of the state. But, Brockton also is competing for the SE license in Region C.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs seems confused on what exactly it’s communications to the Mashpee Wampanoags means.

  1. the tribe’s request is under review
  2. they are inviting comments for a 30-day period on the tribe’s request to issue a reservation proclamation
  3. no date has been identified in which a reservation proclamation will be issued by the Department of the Interior
  4. issuance of a reservation proclamation is a separate and distinct action from acquiring land in trust…”

MashpeesIt seems the important part is that a reservation proclamation would allow the tribe to construct a casino in Taunton if the land has been turned into a trust.

“This letter to the City of Taunton is an indication that the Interior Department is one step closer to making a final decision on our full application,” tribal council chairman Cedric Cromwell said in a press release regarding the letter. But the letter refers to looking into the trust, not deciding on it.

Estele C. Borges, president of Taunton’s City Council, said that the council and the City of Taunton have already responded when more than 60 percent of city residents voted in favor of a casino to be constructed in Taunton.  So the BIA seems to have the last say.

What will this mean to Brockton?  It seems that two casinos in Region C, so close to Rhode Island Casinos and the new Plainridge slots joint may add to the saturation problem.  The Massachusetts Gaming Commission did refer to the fact that neither Brockton or the then alive New Bedford proposal might not see a casino.  It might depend solely on the BIA’s decision with the Mashpee Wampanoags casino in Taunton.

More to come.

That’s all for now.

Binbin

 

 

Massachusetts Casino Industry – NETG’s “Binthsayer” Predicts The Future of New England’s Casinos

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The “Binthsayer”

As I was having breakfast this morning, I was wondering what to post about today.  Nothing came to mind….until I checked my news alerts.

The Sky Is Falling On Massachusetts’s Casino Industry!!!

Numerous articles posted and rehashed concerning the destiny of the Massachusetts Gaming Industry – oh the horror, oh the humanity!

Melodrama & hyperbole aside, allow the “Binthsayer” to predict, dispel, and cut to the reality the Massachusetts Gaming Menagerie.

Here we go.

  1. Massachusetts will not have a full slate of casinos until 2018 – True.  MGCNo extra tricks that Mr. Crosby has up his sleeve won’t change the traffic construction in Springfield and won’t clean up the mess in Everett (both outside and within the Wynn property) to start before then.
  2. Plainridge Park Casino is positive sign. – True, 392168-entering-plainridge-park-dc214but by 2017, the new flavor in New England will wear off, and it will be a nice little “box of slots” competing with raised competition in CT, RI and ME.
  3. Steve Wynn’s Everett casino project, after facing hurdles of legal suits, Massachusetts gaming “quirks” and toxic waste will pull out of Massachusetts. – False – VERY FALSE!
    Wynn, Everett Mass

    Wynn, Everett Mass

    Look, as much as I despise his arrogance, he is an astute business man and a visionary.  He knows the future success that the Boston market will bring.  Like it or not, Steve Wynn is here to stay.

  4. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) might not back any of the proposals in Region C if they decide the market will become oversaturated. – False.  The MGC is drooling over the initial success of Plainridge Park and certainly will want more. They now feel Massachusetts is going to be Casino Mecca in New England.  Region C will see a casino in either New Bedford or Brockton.
  5. The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe will eventually establish a casino in Taunton.Mashpees The future is murky here. This is the only answer I seek that eludes my crystal casino ball. New BIA recognition changes could nix the Taunton casino all-together.
  6. Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe, will establish a Class II casino in Martha’s Vineyard. – False.  It will open a bingo hall, but that’s as far as it goes.
  7. MGM will change and down-scale its Springfield project due to increased CT competition on the border – NOPE.  imagesYou mean to tell me one of the largest and most succesful of Casino Companies in the World is intimidated by another casino in Connecticut?  Pshah…..if they make changes to their original design, it will be due to other factors such as historical buildings, the new traffic construction, or simply changes to support current trends.
  8. Will there be a new casino in Connecticut – Yes.  But if so, it might open the door to more competition for that site, raising havoc with the tribal slot %pact with the state. It might open the door to privatized casino companies vyinmg for that casino, since it would be the first off tribal land.
  9. Will there be new casinos in Maine? – Nope
  10. Will there ever be a casino in New Hampshire? – (chuckle) When pigs fly!  pigs_fly_tujs

 

 

There you are.  Now everyone can relax. the Binthsayer has predicted to New England Casino future.  Sit back and enjoy the entertaining next two years of the a new soap opera happening before our eyes.  Let’s call it “The Old, and the Arrogant”……. or maybe “As the MGC Turns” or “Casino Revenue is a Many Splendored Thing””…….i got it,

“Steve Wynn’s Place!”

Steve Wynn

Steve Wynn

 

The Binthsayer is now tired with so much investigation into the future.  Must rest.

That’s all for………..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

 

 

Massachusetts Casino News

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So, what’s happening in the state that Steve Wynn considers his new cash cow – or will be as soon as he can clean up the dump in Everett that his casino will inevitably be sitting on.

Here’s a few things that passed by my desk these recent SNOWY weeks: Continue reading