Rolling the Dice

Rolling the Dice

Coverage of casino licensing and the gambling referendum

Fate uncertain, Wynn doles out $1m to 10 groups

Fate uncertain, Wynn doles out $1m to 10 groups

Museum of Fine Arts, RIZE Massachusetts biggest recipients

WYNN RESORTS doled out nearly $1 million in donations to nine Massachusetts nonprofits and the city of Everett over the last two weeks despite uncertainty about whether the company will be allowed to retain its casino license. Since the close of three days of hearings by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on April 4, the casino(...)

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Budget notes: Beacon Hill assuming Encore will open on time

Budget notes: Beacon Hill assuming Encore will open on time

Nursing homes get $30m Band-Aid

THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING Commission is currently meeting in private, trying to decide whether Wynn Resorts should be allowed to retain its casino license and open on time in June. But budget officials on Beacon Hill are acting as if the decision has already been made. A fiscal 2020 budget proposal put out by the House(...)

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Wynn Resorts security chief gone after spying admission

Wynn Resorts security chief gone after spying admission

James Stern copped to covert tactics in hearing last week

THE FORMER FBI AGENT who headed up Wynn Resorts’ security operation no longer has a job at the international casino business four days after telling regulators he spied on employees and the ex-wife of the company’s founder. The casino company, which plans to open an Everett resort in June, has been under scrutiny since a(...)

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High stakes as Gaming Commission begins deliberations

High stakes as Gaming Commission begins deliberations

Wynn lawyer says firm has ‘cleansed its character’

AS IT BEGINS DELIBERATIONS on what to do with Wynn Resorts, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission can do pretty much whatever it wants. It can declare the company unsuitable and revoke its casino license. It can fine the company. It can declare individual executives unsuitable. Or it can do nothing. “The law provides the commission with(...)

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Maddox’s explanations doubted by some commissioners

Maddox’s explanations doubted by some commissioners

Wynn CEO says he ordered surveillance of rumor-monger last year

WYNN RESORTS CEO Matt Maddox said on Thursday that he wasn’t aware of the way Steve Wynn and some of the company’s employees had bought the silence of women who alleged sexual harassment or worse, but some members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission didn’t seem to buy it. “Can you see why to some people sitting(...)

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Wynn CEO faces skeptical commissioners

Wynn CEO faces skeptical commissioners

Exec under fire for $10m payout to legal counsel Sinatra

DURING A BRUISING cross-examination with his company’s Boston area casino license hanging in the balance, Matt Maddox, the new CEO of Wynn Resorts, acknowledged “how ridiculous” it looks now that he believed the rash of accusations against his predecessor was a set-up and part of a “litigation strategy.” Maddox, who is trying to convince the(...)

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How Steve Wynn covered his tracks

How Steve Wynn covered his tracks

Gaming Commission report indicates money bought silence

“THAT’S THE QUESTION, isn’t it?” asked Steve Wynn in an October 2017 deposition. That was Wynn’s response when he was asked why he paid a manicurist and her husband $7.5 million in 2005 if her allegation that she was raped and impregnated by the gambling mogul was false, as Wynn insisted it was. “That was(...)

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Report cites ‘significant, repetitive’ failures at Wynn Resorts

Report cites ‘significant, repetitive’ failures at Wynn Resorts

Maddox, other company officials say firm has changed

THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION on Tuesday began a sprawling review of Wynn Resorts, delving into the alleged sex crimes of the company’s founder, the way it jettisoned an executive working on the Everett resort two years ago, the financial future of the publicly traded firm, and an introduction to an array of new officials running(...)

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Report cites significant, repetitive ‘failures’ at Wynn Resorts

Report cites significant, repetitive ‘failures’ at Wynn Resorts

Gaming Commission says Steve Wynn party to six settlements

WYNN RESORTS maintained a culture of cover-up when it came to allegations of sexual misconduct against the company’s founder, according to an extensive report compiled by Massachusetts gambling regulators. The report, which was provided to the news media on Tuesday ahead of a multi-day hearing into the company’s actions, provides a window into Steve Wynn’s(...)

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As hearings begin, Steve Wynn eluding disciplinary action

As hearings begin, Steve Wynn eluding disciplinary action

No charges filed against him yet; stock sales net casino mogul $2.1b

THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION opens a series of hearings this week on the sexual misconduct of Steve Wynn, but the gambling mogul is unlikely to attend and unlikely to face any disciplinary action despite allegations of rape and sexual harassment. The Gaming Commission on Tuesday is expected to release its report on Wynn’s sexual misconduct,(...)

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