BOSTON (AP) — The two companies competing for the coveted license to operate the only resort casino in greater Boston delivered high-powered presentations to the state gambling commission on Wednesday, with both promising to be the superior choice to create jobs, generate tax revenue and attract tourists from around the world.
Mohegan Sun has applied to build a casino on land owned by Suffolk Downs in Revere, pending a Feb. 25 referendum, while Las Vegas casino operator Steve Wynn has proposed a casino along the Mystic River in Everett. Both locations lie just outside the city of Boston.
“We have the ‘wow’ that this market wants and what Massachusetts deserves,” said Mitchell Etess, chief executive of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, during a 90-minute presentation that included charts, videos and architectural models.
Wynn, by contrast, offered a less glitzy and largely unscripted presentation that lasted less than one hour.
“I’m being hard-nosed today because today is not about theater, today is about how we get a destination resort up and running in Massachusetts,” said Wynn, who openly mocked the Mohegan Sun proposal as a three-star resort compared to what he said would be a five-star operation if his company wins the license.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports