State gambling officials have voted unanimously to award the state’s first casino license to MGM Springfield, pending acceptance by the Las Vegas-based casino giant of a number of proposed terms and conditions.
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has lost a bid to give city residents a chance to vote on casinos proposed for neighboring Everett and Revere.
Both sides in the casino gambling debate are encouraged by the questions asked by Massachusetts supreme court justices in a case centered on a proposed voter referendum repealing the state’s 2011 casino law.
The fate of casino gambling in Massachusetts may hinge on a case before the state’s highest court Monday.
The gaming commission Thursday morning postponed a decision on the host community issue, after Walsh asked for at least a weeklong delay and Gov. Deval Patrick backed him.
Wynn Resorts says it has signed agreements with four more Boston-area communities as it seeks to build a $1.2 billion resort-style casino in Everett.
The process for awarding casino licenses in eastern and southeastern Massachusetts will take at least two months longer than hoped, state gambling officials said Thursday.
The state gambling commission is holding a hearing Tuesday on MGM Resorts’ plan to build an $800 million resort casino.
State gambling regulators agreed Thursday to consider Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s bid to have the city declared a host community for resort casino proposals in the neighboring cities of Everett and Revere, a designation that, if granted, would give Boston voters the ability to kill the projects.
Over the next few months, casinos and slots are going to become much more than just a sketch and a distant promise.