Rolling the Dice

Rolling the Dice

Coverage of casino licensing and the gambling referendum

Only 10 boat slips at Wynn casino

Only 10 boat slips at Wynn casino

Resort officials say number should be sufficient

THE PROPOSED WYNN RESORTS hotel and casino in Everett will feature just 10 slips for boats to pull up and dock. The number seems small given all the concerns about automobile traffic congestion at the resort, but Wynn Resorts officials said they think the number should be sufficient. The number of boat slips became something(...)

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Wynn says construction will start this summer

Wynn says construction will start this summer

Says challenge from Somerville will be the last one

STEVE WYNN TOLD FINANCIAL ANALYSTS on Thursday that Wynn Resorts will resolve an environmental challenge from Somerville and start building its $2 billion Everett hotel and casino this summer. Wynn said the hotel will offer grandeur not available anywhere in the United States except Las Vegas. The analysts seemed concerned about the repeated delays to(...)

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Wynn land case defendants found not guilty

Wynn land case defendants found not guilty

Big defeat for feds; questions raised about Gaming Commission

A FEDERAL JURY took less than a day to return not guilty verdicts for three men accused of concealing a convicted felon’s ownership stake in a 35-acre parcel of Everett land acquired by Wynn Resorts for a $2 billion hotel and casino project. Charles Lightbody, Anthony Gattineri, and Dustin DeNunzio on Friday were each found(...)

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Was Lightbody in or was he out?

Was Lightbody in or was he out?

Jury must decide whether backdated documents were real or bogus

JURORS IN THE FEDERAL conspiracy trial of three men involved in the sale of the Everett land for a Wynn casino began deliberations Thursday with both prosecutors and defense attorneys in agreement on the core question. “This really is a simple case,” Assistant US Attorney Kristina Barclay said during her closing argument. “Was Charlie Lightbody(...)

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Brockton casino rejected on 4-1 vote

Brockton casino rejected on 4-1 vote

Cautious commission cedes southeast to Mashpee Wampanoag

THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION on Thursday adopted a cautious approach on gambling in southeastern Massachusetts, voting 4-1 to reject a casino license application for the struggling Gateway City of Brockton and ceding the market to the proposed Mashpee Wampanoag tribal casino in Taunton. The decision was driven by three concerns. The commissioners feared the financial(...)

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Brockton fails to ‘wow’ Gaming Commission

Brockton fails to ‘wow’ Gaming Commission

Questions persist over Mashpee Wampanoag casino plan

THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION sounded unenthusiastic about gambling in southeastern Massachusetts on Wednesday, with the chairman lamenting a Brockton casino proposal’s lack of “wow factor” and other commissioners raising concerns about what might or might not materialize at a Native American gambling facility in Taunton. On the second day of hearings in Brockton, commission chairman(...)

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Attorney says he briefed Wynn lawyer on Lightbody

Attorney says he briefed Wynn lawyer on Lightbody

But Feldman couldn’t recall if he used Lightbody’s name

THE THREE DEFENDANTS in the Wynn Resorts land fraud trial rested their case on Wednesday after calling just one witness and playing an audio tape of the grand jury testimony of a prominent Boston real estate attorney who represented them in a number of transactions. Federal prosecutors allege Dustin DeNunzio of Cambridge, Anthony Gattineri of(...)

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Commission crunches casino numbers

Commission crunches casino numbers

Consultant: Tax take falls with 2 casinos in SE Mass

A CONSULTING FIRM working for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission estimated on Tuesday that the state would net less tax revenue overall if the commission approves a commercial casino in Brockton in addition to the tribal casino in Taunton being pursued by the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. With just the Taunton casino operating in southeastern Massachusetts, HLT(...)

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Charlie (bleeping) Lightbody

Charlie (bleeping) Lightbody

Wynn land case revolves around foul-mouthed wise guy

FEDERAL PROSECUTORS are alleging in US District Court in Boston that some of the owners of a piece of land in Everett defrauded Wynn Resorts by concealing the involvement of a convicted felon from Revere named Charles Lightbody. A good chunk of the case hinges on expletive-laden statements made by Lightbody on a series of(...)

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Tale of the tape in Wynn land case

Tale of the tape in Wynn land case

Prominent real estate attorney will testify without appearing in court

DEFENSE LAWYERS IN THE FEDERAL FRAUD TRIAL of three men accused of concealing the involvement of a convicted felon in the sale of land in Everett to Wynn Resorts plan to open their case with the testimony of the real estate attorney who handled the deal. But that attorney won’t be appearing in person. Instead,(...)

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