Long before a casino breaks ground in Massachusetts, gamblers could be heading out to sea.
Connecticut’s Foxwoods Resort Casino has joined the race to open a casino in eastern Massachusetts.
The panel had set a 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline for companies to submit initial applications along with $400,000 application fees.
The late entries included one surprise — a company affiliated with the principals of Baltimore-based Cornish Companies, which had not publicly expressed interest in the state before Tuesday.
Some gaming experts can’t understand why Massachusetts is moving so slowly to approve casino licenses. Meanwhile, competition is increasing in neighboring states.
Penn National Gaming said in a statement Friday it had submitted a non-refundable, $400,000 application fee to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that was required by Jan. 15 for the company to be considered for a casino license.
Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn may be placing a new bet on gambling in Massachusetts.
There will be several debates coming up between incumbent Democratic Congressman John Tierney and Republican challenger Richard Tisei, and the issue of Tierney’s wife being sent to prison briefly on gambling charges will most likely come up.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is set to meet with representatives of several companies interested in putting a casino in the state’s third-largest city.
The Mashantucket tribe reports slot revenues of $51 million, a decline of nearly 16 percent from July of last year.
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