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Steve Wynn sues Gaming Commission to block report

Steve Wynn sues Gaming Commission to block report

Says Wynn Resorts gave privileged materials to agency

STEVE WYNN is suing his former company, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, and the commission’s chief investigator, seeking to block the upcoming release of a report on his sexual misconduct that allegedly relies on improperly obtained privileged information. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in Las Vegas and publicly disclosed at a Gaming Commission hearing Thursday, claims(...)

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Boston Magazine gets only half the story

Boston Magazine gets only half the story

How biased was the Gaming Commission in favor of Steve Wynn?

BOSTON MAGAZINE’S recent story about the state’s embrace of Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts tells only half the tale. The article by Michael Damiano seeks to portray the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and its chairman Stephen Crosby as toadies eager to bend their own rules to land Wynn’s casino in Everett. The commission and Crosby certainly(...)

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State take from MGM $6.7m in September

State take from MGM $6.7m in September

MA collection from Plainridge was slightly more at $7m

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE FIRST FULL MONTH of gambling at a full-scale casino yielded more than $6.7 million in tax revenue for Massachusetts and almost $27 million in gross revenue for MGM Springfield, the Gaming Commission said Monday. Players wagered $190 million on MGM Springfield’s slot machines in September and, while 90.45 percent of(...)

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Suffolk Downs files $3b suit against Wynn Resorts

Suffolk Downs files $3b suit against Wynn Resorts

Court action comes in midst of casino license suitability review

THE FORMER OWNER of Suffolk Downs filed a lawsuit against Wynn Resorts in federal court on Monday alleging numerous violations of racketeering laws and seeking a total of $3 billion in damages. The lawsuit was filed as the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is preparing to decide whether Wynn is suitable to retain its casino license in(...)

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MGM, preparing to open, has feisty words for CT rivals

MGM, preparing to open, has feisty words for CT rivals

Baker hails new casino as ‘incredibly Springfield-centric’

LET THE CASINO wars begin. The MGM Springfield casino is about to open, and at a press conference on Thursday several officials made clear that the battle is on with Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Jim Murren, the CEO of MGM, who went to college in Hartford in the early 1980s, said he used(...)

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Let’s do a sports book

Let’s do a sports book

It makes no sense to continue banning it in Mass.

MASSACHUSETTS IS FACED with some big decisions in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision last month to scrap the federal law that prohibits states other than Nevada and (in limited form) Montana, Delaware, and Oregon from allowing sports betting within their borders. In the Murphy case, the Supreme Court did not affirmatively legalize sports betting; rather, it simply held that Congress(...)

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Wynn accused of reneging on $19m deal

Wynn accused of reneging on $19m deal

Casino developer calls handshake arrangement implausible

THE DRAMA SURROUNDING the Wynn Resorts casino took another odd turn when one of the former owners of the Everett property on which the facility is being built alleged that Wynn reneged on a handshake deal to pay him nearly $19 million in return for essentially accepting a lower sales price. Anthony Gattineri, one of(...)

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Casino notes: MGM seeks later ‘last call’

Casino notes: MGM seeks later ‘last call’

Three $1 million ferry boats ordered for Everett casino

THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION is treading cautiously with a request from MGM Resorts to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. on the gambling floor of its soon-to-open Springfield casino. MGM is attempting to take advantage of a change in state law approved last year that allows casinos, subject to the approval of the Gaming Commission, to(...)

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For casino job hunters, good news and bad

For casino job hunters, good news and bad

A clearer path for those with criminal records, but credit history could trip some up

SOME GOOD NEWS recently for the MGM casino in Springfield and for folks hoping to land jobs there: The casino now has more discretion to handle criminal background checks for potential employees. Some background. Last year, at MGM’s request, the state Gaming Commission reviewed the law governing casino employment and concluded, to MGM’s disappointment, that(...)

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All bets are on

All bets are on

Legalized sports betting may be on its way to Massachusetts

Way back in 2005, when casino gambling in Massachusetts was still just a twinkle in Bob DeLeo’s eye, Gary Loveman, the Harvard Business School prof-turned-casino-pitchman regaled the region’s business bigs at a downtown luncheon of the Boston College Chief Executives’ Club. Loveman, then the chief executive of Harrah’s Entertainment, talked with the unbridled confidence of(...)

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