Rolling the Dice

Rolling the Dice

Coverage of casino licensing and the gambling referendum

New Wynn board chair makes his case

New Wynn board chair makes his case

Satre says revoking casino license wouldn’t be fair

CHANCES ARE WE’LL be seeing more and more of Phil Satre in Boston. The new, 69-year-old chairman of the board at Wynn Resorts is expected to take a lead role in efforts to convince Massachusetts regulators that the company should be allowed to hang on to its casino license in the wake of Steve Wynn’s(...)

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Steve Wynn sues Gaming Commission to block report

Steve Wynn sues Gaming Commission to block report

Says Wynn Resorts gave privileged materials to agency

STEVE WYNN is suing his former company, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, and the commission’s chief investigator, seeking to block the upcoming release of a report on his sexual misconduct that allegedly relies on improperly obtained privileged information. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in Las Vegas and publicly disclosed at a Gaming Commission hearing Thursday, claims(...)

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Boston Magazine gets only half the story

Boston Magazine gets only half the story

How biased was the Gaming Commission in favor of Steve Wynn?

BOSTON MAGAZINE’S recent story about the state’s embrace of Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts tells only half the tale. The article by Michael Damiano seeks to portray the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and its chairman Stephen Crosby as toadies eager to bend their own rules to land Wynn’s casino in Everett. The commission and Crosby certainly(...)

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Suffolk Downs files $3b suit against Wynn Resorts

Suffolk Downs files $3b suit against Wynn Resorts

Court action comes in midst of casino license suitability review

THE FORMER OWNER of Suffolk Downs filed a lawsuit against Wynn Resorts in federal court on Monday alleging numerous violations of racketeering laws and seeking a total of $3 billion in damages. The lawsuit was filed as the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is preparing to decide whether Wynn is suitable to retain its casino license in(...)

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MGM, preparing to open, has feisty words for CT rivals

MGM, preparing to open, has feisty words for CT rivals

Baker hails new casino as ‘incredibly Springfield-centric’

LET THE CASINO wars begin. The MGM Springfield casino is about to open, and at a press conference on Thursday several officials made clear that the battle is on with Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Jim Murren, the CEO of MGM, who went to college in Hartford in the early 1980s, said he used(...)

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Let’s do a sports book

Let’s do a sports book

It makes no sense to continue banning it in Mass.

MASSACHUSETTS IS FACED with some big decisions in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision last month to scrap the federal law that prohibits states other than Nevada and (in limited form) Montana, Delaware, and Oregon from allowing sports betting within their borders. In the Murphy case, the Supreme Court did not affirmatively legalize sports betting; rather, it simply held that Congress(...)

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Wynn accused of reneging on $19m deal

Wynn accused of reneging on $19m deal

Casino developer calls handshake arrangement implausible

THE DRAMA SURROUNDING the Wynn Resorts casino took another odd turn when one of the former owners of the Everett property on which the facility is being built alleged that Wynn reneged on a handshake deal to pay him nearly $19 million in return for essentially accepting a lower sales price. Anthony Gattineri, one of(...)

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Casino notes: MGM seeks later ‘last call’

Casino notes: MGM seeks later ‘last call’

Three $1 million ferry boats ordered for Everett casino

THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION is treading cautiously with a request from MGM Resorts to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. on the gambling floor of its soon-to-open Springfield casino. MGM is attempting to take advantage of a change in state law approved last year that allows casinos, subject to the approval of the Gaming Commission, to(...)

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Gaming Commission: Steve Wynn, Wynn Resorts divorced

Gaming Commission: Steve Wynn, Wynn Resorts divorced

Steve Wynn no ‘ordinary citizen,’ but relationship terminated

WYNN RESORTS CLEARED an initial hurdle on Monday in seeking to hang on to its casino license in Massachusetts, securing confirmation from the state Gaming Commission that Steve Wynn no longer plays any role in running the company named after him. The decision was expected, since Steve Wynn, after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against(...)

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Cost of Everett casino rises another $100m

Cost of Everett casino rises another $100m

Wynn Resorts says price tag now set at $2.5b

EVEN AS WYNN RESORTS is fighting to retain its Massachusetts casino license, the cost of the Everett project keeps on rising. At a hearing before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Friday, Wynn Resorts officials said the expected price tag of the project was now $2.5 billion. That means the cost has increased another $100 million(...)

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