Rolling the Dice

Rolling the Dice

Coverage of casino licensing and the gambling referendum

Gaming Commission sidesteps Encore concert legality

Gaming Commission sidesteps Encore concert legality

Agency focuses on March fight night event

THE MASSACHUSETTS Gaming Commission on Thursday sidestepped a prickly policy question about the legality of concerts and other entertainment being offered by Encore Boston Harbor at its grand ballroom in Everett. Rival theater operators earlier this week accused Wynn Resorts of violating a state law barring the Encore casino from hosting concerts or other forms(...)

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Concert violations at Encore ballroom alleged

Concert violations at Encore ballroom alleged

Officials from rival theater urge regulators to fine casino

THEATERS LOCATED near Encore Boston Harbor in Everett are alleging the casino has been violating state law by selling seats to large concerts and events inside its grand ballroom. The theaters are basing the claim on a provision in the state gaming law that says “a gaming licensee shall only be permitted to build a(...)

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Encore’s ‘expansion’ starts to raise tricky questions

Encore’s ‘expansion’ starts to raise tricky questions

Wynn officials give conflicting statements on west of Broadway venture

WHO SHOULD we believe over at Wynn Resorts? The question is starting to get interesting as the company is pitching a new complex across Broadway from the existing Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett. The proposed project is big, with at least two hotels, a half-dozen restaurants and bars, retail stores, an event venue, and(...)

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Casinos end year with a bang

Casinos end year with a bang

3 facilities report nearly $100m in revenue for December

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GAMING REVENUES were up across the board last month as Plainridge Park Casino, MGM Springfield, and Encore Boston Harbor together generated nearly $100 million in revenue of which about $26.5 million is due to the state, the Gaming Commission reported Tuesday. Of the $95.65 million in gaming revenue produced in December,(...)

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12 charged in lottery deception scheme

12 charged in lottery deception scheme

AG alleges winners paid front men to hide winnings

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A DOZEN PEOPLE and three stores were indicted Friday by a statewide grand jury in connection to what Attorney General Maura Healey’s office called “an ongoing scheme to rob the state of tax revenue by laundering lottery winnings and lying under oath on numerous lottery claim forms.” The 12 defendants include(...)

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Baker commits to bridge linking Assembly Sq. and Encore casino

Baker commits to bridge linking Assembly Sq. and Encore casino

Source of $35m for project over Mystic River still not clear

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION committed on Friday to build a bicycle and pedestrian bridge crossing the Mystic River and connecting Assembly Station on the Orange Line in Somerville to the grounds of the Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett. The new bridge will connect the two municipalities and link a number of regional bike paths. It(...)

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With thoroughbreds missing, money piling up in race horse fund

With thoroughbreds missing, money piling up in race horse fund

Commission shifting more funds to standardbred racing at Plainridge

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A RECENT AUDIT of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission found no deficiencies, but Auditor Suzanne Bump said the agency could do a better job of collaborating with the Legislature and other organizations to address the horse racing industry here, including the use of casino revenues to support racing. The 2011 law that(...)

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Bally’s in R.I. taking aim at Mass.

Bally’s in R.I. taking aim at Mass.

Some Bay State lawmakers eager to fire back

CASINO WARS in New England are officially starting to heat up. The newly renamed Bally’s Twin River officially broke ground Thursday on a major expansion of its casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island, spurring nervous lawmakers in Massachusetts to push for legislation that would allow the slots parlor in Plainridge to expand its offerings to remain(...)

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Lawmakers push for expansion of Plainridge

Lawmakers push for expansion of Plainridge

Says table games, more slots needed to compete against Twin River

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HAVING ALREADY advanced House and Senate versions of sports betting legislation, the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies dedicated much of its Tuesday hearing to two other longstanding proposals to further expand casino-style gambling in Massachusetts. The two ideas — allowing table games at the state’s lone slots parlor(...)

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Keep your eye on Twin River Casino in RI

Keep your eye on Twin River Casino in RI

Big changes coming, which could impact Mass.

WHEN YOU THINK of casinos in New England, what comes to mind are Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, which continue to dominate the region and account for between 42 percent and 45 percent of the total amount of cash fed into slot machines by casino patrons.  Encore Boston Harbor, a relative newcomer to the New England gaming(...)

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