Rolling the Dice

Rolling the Dice

Coverage of casino licensing and the gambling referendum

Plainridge says it’s doing very well

Plainridge says it’s doing very well

GM: Revenue highest in nation on per-machine basis

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ONA PER-MACHINE BASIS, the slots parlor at Plainridge Park in Plainville has the highest revenue of any similar gaming facility in the country, the parlor’s general manager told the Gaming Commission on Tuesday. Plainridge Park General Manager Lance George said the slots parlor averaged a “win per unit” — the average(...)

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Audit: Plainridge Casino falls short in hiring goals

Audit: Plainridge Casino falls short in hiring goals

Report says gaming commission at fault for not monitoring agreement

A NEW AUDIT says the Massachusetts Gaming Commission dropped the ball in its mandate to ensure that Plainridge Park Casino met its agreed-upon local hiring goals and that the state’s only slots parlor failed to garnish winnings of patrons to pay back delinquent child support. “Allowing Plainridge to not accomplish its plan goals could result(...)

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Wynn wants to partner with locals

Wynn wants to partner with locals

Will add to Everett casino’s ‘general appeal’

LAS VEGAS CASINO DEVELOPER Steve Wynn said on Wednesday that his company is courting “local personalities” to operate food and beverage operations at the $2.1 billion hotel/casino complex under construction in Everett. Speaking to analysts after releasing the company’s third-quarter earnings report, Wynn revealed that his company will partner with locals, which is not a(...)

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MA, CT, and RI to negotiate wind, solar deals

MA, CT, and RI to negotiate wind, solar deals

Unusual three-state bid process yields 7 projects

MASSACHUSETTS, CONNECTICUT, AND RHODE ISLAND announced on Tuesday that they intend to negotiate seven power purchase contracts with wind and solar developers selected through an unusual three-state bidding process. The so-called three-state RFP is an attempt by the three states to pool their buying power in the pursuit of clean energy needed to meet emission(...)

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Feds: Reconsider Mashpee Wampanoag ruling

Feds: Reconsider Mashpee Wampanoag ruling

Tribe applauds Justice Department for challenging court decision

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION on Wednesday sought reconsideration of a federal court ruling that would strip the Mashpee Wampanoag of its tribal land in southeastern Massachusetts, according to the tribe, reigniting hope for the future of the tribe’s planned casino in Taunton. Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell cheered the move(...)

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Curtatone making up with Wynn

Curtatone making up with Wynn

Signs agreement promising to be good neighbor

SOMERVILLE MAYOR JOSEPH CURTATONE is making up with Wynn Resorts. The mayor, who delayed by several months the construction of the Wynn Resorts hotel and casino in Everett by challenging a state environmental permit for the project, said on Monday that he would not pursue the matter further in court and announced an agreement with(...)

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Wynn project shifts into gear

Wynn project shifts into gear

Largest private construction project in state history

WYNN RESORTS led everyone to believe it put construction of its $2.1 billion Everett casino and hotel on hold when Somerville challenged a key environmental permit, but the worksite on Thursday was humming with activity. Wynn officials called Thursday’s event a construction start, but it looked as if the true start happened some time ago.(...)

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An unlikely spot for a $2.1b hotel

An unlikely spot for a $2.1b hotel

Wynn complex surrounded by power plant, box stores, T facility

ON ONE SIDE is a massive power plant. On the other is a commuter rail line and a group of big box stores. To the rear is an MBTA repair facility. Not exactly the most likely spot for one of the poshest hotels on the East Coast, yet Steve Wynn thinks he can turn a(...)

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Wynn construction could start this week

Wynn construction could start this week

Somerville doesn’t pursue reconsideration of permit award

WYNN RESORTS is expected to move ahead with construction of its $2.1 billion hotel-casino complex in Everett this week after Somerville decided not to seek reconsideration of an environmental  permit awarded to the project. Denise Taylor, a spokeswoman for Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, said the city does not intend to ask the state Department of(...)

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DEP chief OKs Wynn permit

DEP chief OKs Wynn permit

Casino operator moves closer to construction

THE COMMISSIONER of the Department of Environmental Protection issued a two-page decision on Friday affirming the issuance of a key environmental permit to Wynn Resorts for its $2 billion hotel-casino complex in Everett. The decision by Martin Suuberg, in response to an appeal by Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, is still subject to reconsideration, but it(...)

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