Rolling the Dice

Rolling the Dice

Coverage of casino licensing and the gambling referendum

Did Walsh mislead the governor?

Did Walsh mislead the governor?

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh won a seven-day reprieve from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on his host community casino quest, but he appears to have pulled it off by misleading the governor. The commission voted 5-0 on Thursday to put off for a week its ruling on whether Boston should be designated a host community to(...)

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Walsh wins delay

Walsh wins delay

Gaming Commission, urged on by Patrick, grants 7-day reprieve on host community decisions

Massachusetts Gaming Commission members Stephen Crosby ( center), James McHugh (left) and Gayle Cameron (right) answer questions after hearing. CORRECTION: The original story indicated that Matt Cameron, a lawyer representing the group No Eastie Casino, informed the Commission at last Thursday’s meeting that patrons would be able to make wagers on the track while they(...)

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Walsh: No regrets on pro-casino vote

Walsh: No regrets on pro-casino vote

Won’t say if lawsuit in works on host bid

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he doesn’t regret his votes as a state rep to open the state to casino gaming even as he presses the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for a designation that would probably undermine casinos in the Greater Boston area. The commission is expected to rule today on Boston’s claim that it should(...)

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Mohegan Sun rebuts Boston host status

Mohegan Sun rebuts Boston host status

Says Suffolk Downs lease not a partnership

Mohegan Sun executives say they are eager to work cooperatively with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, but insist his efforts to win host community status for their proposed casino are off base. Walsh has asserted that Boston and Revere should both be host communities for the proposed Mohegan Sun casino at Suffolk Downs, just as they(...)

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Walsh asserts casino double standard

Walsh asserts casino double standard

Mohegan Sun, Suffolk Downs profit sharing?

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and a group opposed to casinos suggested on Friday that the proposed Mohegan Sun gambling facility is so intertwined with the Suffolk Downs race track straddling East Boston and Revere that residents of both communities should be allowed to decide whether the project should go forward or not. That’s exactly what(...)

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Spring 2014 Editor's note

Spring 2014 Editor’s note

Casino questions

the massachusetts gaming Commission has a tough choice to make in awarding the Greater Boston casino license. The two finalists, Mohegan Sun and Wynn Resorts, are both strong companies, pledging to create 4,000 jobs and pump more than $1 billion into their projects. Yet, as our Conversation package with the leaders of the two companies(...)

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We’re a better player (Full Transcript)

We’re a better player (Full Transcript)

CEO Mitchell Etess says Mohegan Sun is better than the Las Vegas legend

What follows is the complete transcript of a discussion with Mitchell Etess, the chief executive officer of Mohegan Sun, on March 11, 2014. CommonWealth: Steve Wynn says you have a conflict of interest owning a casino in Massachusetts that would be 111 miles away from your casino in Connecticut? You will pay a 25 percent(...)

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We’re a better player

We’re a better player

CEO Mitchell Etess says Mohegan Sun is better than the Las Vegas legend

commonwealth: Steve Wynn says you have an inherent conflict of interest owning a casino in Massachusetts that would be 111 miles away from your casino in Connecticut, in part because the tax rate on table games in Massachusetts is 25 percent and zero in Connecticut. mitchell etess: He thinks if he keeps saying things they(...)

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Don't bet against me (Full Transcript)

Don’t bet against me (Full Transcript)

Steve Wynn puts his cards on the table

What follows is a transcript of an unedited interview with Steve Wynn of Wynn Enterprises on March 5 at his villa in Las Vegas. For the edited version, click here. WYNN: What’s on your mind? What’s of interest to the magazine about this show they’re running in Massachusetts about having a casino in Boston? Do(...)

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Don't bet against me

Don’t bet against me

Steve Wynn puts his cards on the table

Steve Wynn, in his Las Vegas villa, in front of Picasso’s The Sailor and a Giacometti sculpture. steve wynn is giving an art tour inside his villa, which is located inside his Las Vegas hotel and offers a panoramic view of the 18th hole of his lush golf course, complete with a waterfall. His two(...)

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