Rolling the Dice

Rolling the Dice

Coverage of casino licensing and the gambling referendum

Wynn land issue resolved

Wynn land issue resolved

Casino operator wins Chelsea, Somerville arbitrations

A co-owner of the Everett property where Wynn Resorts wants to build a casino has pledged that he has no secret partners, resolving a long-running standoff that had threatened to undo the entire deal. The Everett property has been a stumbling block for Wynn for months amid concerns that criminals could possibly profit from the(...)

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Spinning the casino poll numbers

As support slips in Massachusetts, casino group promotes national results

The latest poll on casino gambling in Massachusetts brings troubling news for the casino industry, while it’s sure to lift the spirits of opponents hoping to keep casinos out of the Bay State. A Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll, released Monday, found that 47 percent of voters oppose plans to bring casinos to the state, while(...)

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Gaming Commission vows no ties

Gaming Commission vows no ties

Consensus called key to avoiding impasse

Left with an even number of members for Greater Boston issues, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission decided on Thursday to pursue a multi-step, consensus-building plan to avoid a tie vote on the awarding of a casino license. The five-member commission is down its chairman, Stephen Crosby, after he recused himself from voting on Greater Boston matters.(...)

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Coakley indicts man for Plainridge theft

Coakley indicts man for Plainridge theft

Allegedly stole $61,000 from track’s money room

Attorney General Martha Coakley on Wednesday indicted a former official at Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville for stealing $61,000 from the harness racing track’s money room. The alleged theft occurred at a time when Plainridge was under fire for allowing the track’s former manager to take $1.4 million out of the money room. Joseph Sears of(...)

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Audio: Casino gaming splits governor candidates

Audio: Casino gaming splits governor candidates

Three Dems oppose repeal, one in favor

The Democratic candidates for governor are split on casino gambling, with one opposed, one in favor, and two somewhat reluctant supporters. At a forum this week with four of the five Democrats running for governor, the casino question prompted one of the sharpest exchanges. Click here for audio of the gubernatorial forum. The segment on(...)

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Gaming panel restarts Wynn-Mohegan feud

Gaming panel restarts Wynn-Mohegan feud

Commission calls for changes in gaming law

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is calling for some changes in the state gaming law, and doing so in a way that appears to buttress Steve Wynn’s claim that Mohegan Sun is pursuing a Bay State casino license to protect its casino operations in Connecticut. The commission sent a memo this week to top officials on(...)

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No Eastie’s letter to Cunha, Galvin

No Eastie’s letter to Cunha, Galvin

Counsel calls for collusion probe

I am writing as pro bono counsel for No Eastie Casino, a group of concerned citizens organized to oppose casino development in the Greater Boston region formerly registered as a municipal ballot question committee. This letter and all attached supporting documentation are filed in support of a formal request that the Inspector General’s office investigate(...)

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Casino bidders credo: by any means necessary

Casino bidders credo: by any means necessary

True, Jean-Paul Sartre, who is credited with coining the phrase in his 1948 play Dirty Hands, had loftier ideas in mind — the abolition of class distinctions. So, too, did Malcolm X, who launched the line into popular culture when he delivered it in a speech on blacks’ determination to win fully equal standing, less(...)

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Gaming Commission: Boosterism or bias?

Gaming Commission: Boosterism or bias?

Your perspective depends on your view of the agency

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is taking a lot of heat from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and others for failing to be objective, but the perception of bias may stem from differing views about the appropriate role of the commission. Walsh and other critics of the commission want it to act much like an impartial jury,(...)

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