Rolling the Dice

Rolling the Dice

Coverage of casino licensing and the gambling referendum

Why help only the Mashpee Wampanoag?

Why help only the Mashpee Wampanoag?

All tribes deserve same rights, including Aquinnah Wampanoags

IT HAS BEEN A GREAT WEEK for the Mashpee Wampanoag in their quest to open a tribal casino in Taunton.  The US House of Representative passed the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Reservation Reaffirmation Act by a vote of 275 to 146.  The act is designed to correct a flaw in the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934(...)

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Wynn casino could open a week or two late

Wynn casino could open a week or two late

CEO says company may appeal Gaming Commission's secondary conditions

This story was updated at 9 p.m. WYNN RESORTS CEO Matt Maddox told financial analysts on Thursday that the company’s Everett casino and hotel are on schedule to open as planned on June 23, but he indicated the opening could be delayed a week or two to make sure there are no loose ends. “We’re(...)

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Wynn Resorts on hook for $1.3m in legal fees

Wynn Resorts on hook for $1.3m in legal fees

Tab for law firms defending Gaming Commission from Steve Wynn

THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION paid about $1.25 million to five outside law firms defending the agency and one of its top employees in a lawsuit brought by Steve Wynn, but officials say the legal tab will be picked up by Wynn Resorts. The invoices for legal work, released Friday in response to a public records(...)

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What you need to know about the Wynn decision

What you need to know about the Wynn decision

Las Vegas firm has 30 days to pay $35m

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission issued its decision about Wynn Resorts Tuesday night. On Wednesday, commissioners took questions from the press. Here’s a Q&A  attempting to answer some of the questions around the decision. Q: Is the Wynn Resorts casino in Everett going to open as planned June 23? A: It looks that way. The Massachusetts(...)

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'Deeply troubled' Gaming Commission allows Wynn to open casino

‘Deeply troubled’ Gaming Commission allows Wynn to open casino

Company hit with $35m fine and CEO assessed $500,000

WYNN RESORTS WILL need to pay $35 million and its CEO Matt Maddox will need to pony up $500,000 under a Massachusetts Gaming Commission decision that allows the gaming giant to keep its Boston-area casino license and open its Everett resort in June. In its decision, the commission found the company suitable to retain its(...)

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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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