Rolling the Dice

Rolling the Dice

Coverage of casino licensing and the gambling referendum

Felon involvement in Wynn land deal called problem

Felon involvement in Wynn land deal called problem

But legal counsel did little to investigate landowners

THE LEGAL COUNSEL OF WYNN RESORTS pushed back on Friday against the notion that buying land for a casino in Everett from a convicted felon would not pose legal problems for the Las Vegas company, but she grudgingly admitted her firm did little on its own to investigate the background of the land owners until(...)

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Wise guys offer their take on Gaming Commission

Wise guys offer their take on Gaming Commission

Defendants in casino land deal raise questions about Wynn, Mintz Levin

CHARLES LIGHTBODY AND DARIN BUFALIONO were grumbling in late 2012 about how wise guys are always discriminated against. Lightbody said it was unfair that people like him, a convicted felon, couldn’t be part of an Everett land deal with Las Vegas casino operator Wynn Resorts. Yeah, said Bufalino, an associate of organized crime who was(...)

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Was Lightbody’s involvement in land deal illegal?

Was Lightbody’s involvement in land deal illegal?

Gaming official says no prohibition on convicts selling land to casino

THE HEAD OF THE INVESTIGATIVE ARM of the state Gaming Commission said she was “extremely concerned” when she learned reputed organized crime members may be part of the group selling land to Wynn Resorts for a casino in Everett. But she conceded there is no section of the gambling law preventing convicted felons from making(...)

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Wynn land case opens with lots of expletives

Wynn land case opens with lots of expletives

Two very different versions of events presented

A STREAM OF SWEAR WORDS cascaded around a federal courtroom in Boston on Tuesday as US Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office opened its case against three men accused of concealing the involvement of a convicted felon in a deal to sell land in Everett to Wynn Resorts for a $2 billion hotel-casino project. The profanity was(...)

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Steve Wynn courts the press in Medford

Steve Wynn courts the press in Medford

Plays tour guide, calls Curtatone an irritant, and sounds presidential

STEVE WYNN CAME TO MEDFORD on Tuesday. The 74-year-old Las Vegas casino developer is walking with a cane and his already poor eyesight appears to be getting worse, but he remains as entertaining as ever, offering a detailed, guided tour of a scale model of his newly named Wynn Boston Harbor hotel and casino, dismissing(...)

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Fish calls casino ‘game-changer’ for MA

Fish calls casino ‘game-changer’ for MA

Says delays reinforce image of state as unfriendly to business

JOHN FISH, the developer chosen by Wynn Resorts to build the company’s $1.7 billion Everett casino, said on Wednesday that the ongoing delays in building the facility are reinforcing an image of Boston as an area hostile to business. “At the end of the day, this is a political issue,” Fish said after a press(...)

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Curtatone invites Steve Wynn to call him

Curtatone invites Steve Wynn to call him

Overture comes as Las Vegas firm ratchets up pressure

WYNN RESORTS on Wednesday ratcheted up the pressure on Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone to drop an environmental challenge to the company’s $1.7 billion hotel and casino in Everett, but Curtatone showed no signs of backing down, inviting Steve Wynn himself to call to negotiate a resolution. “You know how to reach me,” Curtatone told a(...)

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Wynn bullish on Everett casino potential

Wynn bullish on Everett casino potential

Cites air connections to world capitals out of Logan

STEVE WYNN said on Thursday that he remains bullish about the potential of the proposed Wynn Resorts casino and hotel in Everett, in part because Boston has so many air connections to the world’s capitals. In a conference call with financial analysts, the colorful chairman of Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts ticked off the direct flights(...)

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Arrigo chafes at Mohegan Sun deal

Arrigo chafes at Mohegan Sun deal

Agreement bars Revere from doing deal with Wynn

This story was updated after its initial publication with comments from Dan Rizzo. Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo wants to negotiate a surrounding community agreement with Wynn Resorts in next-door Everett, but he says he’s prevented from doing so by a contract his predecessor signed with rival casino operator Mohegan Sun. Every municipality bordering Everett has(...)

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Revere officials find major code violations at Wonderland site

Revere officials find major code violations at Wonderland site

Mayor Arrigo presses for property’s redevelopment

REVERE MAYOR BRIAN ARRIGO said city inspectors have identified code violations at the former Wonderland dog track that could lead to fines totaling $10,000 to $15,000 a day. Arrigo indicated he has no immediate plans to collect the fines, but wants to use them as leverage to spur the owner of the property to move(...)

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