“Two guys walk into a New England bar….you’d think the second would have seen it.” Old joke, I know. But it fits as you will see at the end of this post.
There’s an old saying in New England about those of us who have lived her and grown up here all our lives. “We don’t accept friendship easily, but when we do, it’s everlasting.”
It’s true that a stereotype of New Englanders is that we can be disagreeable, tending to be suspicious & cautious until we get to know ya. Trust seems to take more time here in the northeast than other places, but if trust is gained, it’s everlasting. Maybe it’s the tough winters, the three days of spring, the long humid summers, followed by a never-ending falling of leaves, leaves and more leaves.
Fishing in Rhode Island
Whatever is the cause – the weather, the blue-collar history of hard work in textile and fishing industries – when people move here to do business, they need to do their homework to earn our trust.
So in walks two big-wigs from the west. They are convinced that a) no one knows the gaming industry better than them, and b) they are the kings of manipulation, unstoppable, having their own way, no matter what us peasants in New England want. It is an arrogance that has romanticized the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to the point that Steven Crosby and his cronies are willing to give Murren & Wynn carte blanche! Continue reading →
Eight casinos inside this radius by 2018 – not including Maine and NY Expansion!
Wow, has the Bay State’s Casino Expansion News been busy these past two weeks. Just when a topic comes up and I start to post about, it gets put on the back burner because something else comes up. It reminds me what the suits told me at Plainridge Park – “Massachusetts is a different place…”
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Waste Site for the expected Wynn Casino
July 7th – of the Associated Press reported that a group of Massachusetts residents opposed to casinos are challenging the sale of state property to Wynn Resorts, saying the MBTA failed to comply with the state’s public bidding law when it proposed selling some $6 million worth of land to Wynn for its $1.7 billion casino project on the Everett waterfront. But the lawsuit suggests officials representing the MBTA, Wynn and the city of Everett were in discussions to convey the property without a public bid as early as 2013.
Tribal leaders want to turn the long dormant Wampanoag community center into a bingo hall.
July 7th – Nelsen Sigelman of MyTimes.com reported that Aquinnah selectmen (Martha’s Vineyard) voted unanimously to deliver a cease-and-desist letter to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) that orders the tribe to stop work intended to transform a long-unfinished shell of a community center into a high-stakes bingo facility. Spurned in its quest for a piece of the mainland gaming pie in favor of the Mashpee Wampanoags, the Aquinnah tribal membership narrowly voted to turn its unfinished community center into a Class 2 gaming facility. The Mashpee Wampanoags are still waiting for the go ahead on their Region C entry in Taunton, MA.
Steve Wynn – Annoyed in Everett?
July 7th – Peter Howe of NECN reported “Legal skirmishing around Las Vegas impresario Steve Wynn’s $1.6 billion casino plan for Everett cranked up” another notch. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said he has no intention of backing off a 158-page multi-count lawsuit Boston has filed contending the Wynn casino process was shot through with favoritism and shenanigans.
July 13th– NECN reports that the city of Boston says “interviews conducted by state investigators show Wynn Resorts was aware a convicted felon had a stake in land it eyed for a casino.” The city is suing the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to have Wynn’s gambling license revoked. It says commission investigators interviewed at least five witnesses who testified Wynn’s representatives were informed of or actively discussed Charles Lightbody’s ownership stake in the Everett waterfront land before securing an option on it.
View of the Sullivan Square Rotary. (photo by Stuart Cahill)
July 13th – Sean P. Murphy of the Boston Globe reports state Attorney General Maura Healey said that “The state should delay its consideration of a crucial environmental permit needed for the construction of a $1.7 billion casino in Everett until an independent traffic study is completed.” The casino would be built less than a mile from Charlestown’s Sullivan Square, a crossroads of several major roadways in the shadow of a hulking, elevated section of Interstate 93, from which still more traffic pours into the often-congested square. “For this project, that approach is insufficient,” Healey wrote. “We believe it is critical that MassDOT and the Commonwealth benefit from an independent analysis of the traffic impact, paid for by Wynn, before considering” any plans to mitigate traffic impacts.
Twin River Casino, RI
Larger than most people realize – two large casino floors
Twin River Casino in Rhode Island continued to push towards the addition of a hotel to accompany its Event Center, 300,000 square-feet of gaming space, 4,500 video slot machines and virtual table games (including blackjack and roulette), as well as 80 (soon to be 120) live table games including blackjack, roulette, craps and more. In addition, the purchase of the slots parlor in Newport, RI was completed in Twin River’s attempt to move it to Tiverton, RI on the MA/RI border to compete with Plainridge Park, Massachusetts’s first casino – also slots only.
Connecticut not only has seen a slight rise in gaming revenue from both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, legislation continues to move forward for a joint full casino slightly smaller than MGM Springfield. The northern border of CT is the focal point to counter the expected competition from MGM Springfield.
Back in the Bay State…………….
July 16th – Big Bad MGM Resorts International will try to prevent the construction of a tribal casino in Connecticut that would compete with MGM’s own resort being built in Springfield, Massachusetts. Hartford Courant’s Kenneth R Gosselin reported more rounds fired between CT & MA casino officials. MGM already lobbied hard with CT legislators to stop the bill for a satellite casino, but failed. “We’re not going to go peacefully,” William Hornbuckle, president of MGM Resorts International, told Bloomberg News, adding that MGM was “contemplating our options…..We are ideally positioned to go into Hartford and attack.” On the day of the MGM Springfield groundbreaking, MGM Chairman and CEO Jim Murren, who is from Connecticut, just likeHornbuckle, ridiculed Connecticut’s plan, calling it a “box of slots,” but he didn’t threaten any action.”
Plainridge Park Casino
Interesting that the only Massachusetts casino that will open for the next three years will be its own “box of slots” at Plainridge Park Casino in Plainridge. Now, why would a big successful industry giant like MGM invest so much time in this? Three things – greed, arrogance, and…….WORRY!
July 17th – Casino News Daily reported that in its newest court filings, the city of Boston claims that Wynn Resorts
representatives were well-aware that a convicted felon would benefit from his stake in the land where the Las Vegas-based gambling operator is to build its Everett casino. At least five people revealed in interviews with commission investigators that representatives for the casino giant were informed about Charles Lightbody holding a majority stake in the land prior to signing a deal for the 30-acre site where the Everett gaming facility is to be built. Under the state law, criminals are not allowed to profit from casinos. Boston said that the latest findings are crucial to its case, as they indicate that the state Gaming Commission had neglected important issues while considering Wynn Resorts’ application.
That’s just a quick (quick?) update into what happened lately. If you have any questions or comments, feel free send me an email at email@example.com, leave a comment on our website at netimegambling.com, or find our beginning Facebook community and join us to add to the discussions.