Rolling the Dice

Rolling the Dice

Coverage of casino licensing and the gambling referendum

All over before the casino vote in Springfield

History did not repeat itself. With visions of dollars to city coffers dancing in their heads, Springfield voters weren’t about to chuck away MGM International’s $800 million casino opportunity.The MGM agreement got Springfielders’ seal of approval in Tuesday’s referendum campaign, 58 percent to 42 percent.   MGM Springfield President Bill Hornbuckle called the outcome a(...)

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Mashpee get Washington backing

There are two ways of looking at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s long slog toward a tribal casino in Taunton. In the tribe’s view, they’re inching toward their federal approvals, renegotiating their gambling compact with the state, and winning over local support. They’re doing everything they’re supposed to do to secure the casino that will pay(...)

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Casino deadline

The casino competition in Massachusetts gets real today. Would-be developers have until 5 pm Tuesday to apply for a casino license and submit a non-refundable $400,000 deposit. The deadline, which comes nearly a year after Massachusetts legalized casino gambling, marks the end of an extended period of  quiet wrangling, maneuvering, lobbying and posturing, and the(...)

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Casino could redevelop Springfield

MGM, proprietor of such upscale resorts as the Bellagio and the Luxor in Las Vegas, is making a run for the Western Massachusetts casino license. The company today will unveil plans for what amounts to a massive redevelopment of three downtown Springfield city blocks. Plans will include gambling facilities, an “entertainment district” featuring restaurants, performance(...)

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South Coast casino fears

For years, South Coast politicians were the lonely voices in the gambling wilderness. Even when legislative leadership stood solidly against legalizing casinos in Massachusetts, politicians from the state’s southeastern region would reliably push the issue, arguing that the area was in desperate need of large-scale investment, and casinos were as good a bet as anything(...)

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Tribe and tribulation for Indian gaming

Since Gov. Deval Patrick signed a law authorizing casino gambling last year, a giant contradiction has been hanging over the race for the state’s three casino licenses. The law carves out a license for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe in the state’s southeastern region, provided the Legislature and the state gaming commission are confident in the(...)

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Rhode Island rolls the dice

If the tensions in Massachusetts over casino legislation seemed high, it’s really nothing compared to the time Rhode Island is having trying to stem the impending financial calamity that will come with expanded Bay State gambling. As it was becoming clear that Massachusetts would pass gambling legislation last year, Rhode Island lawmakers approved a referendum(...)

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