Tuesday’s votes won’t end the debate over casino gambling in Massachusetts. Both Suffolk Downs and Mohegan Sun say they’re hopeful they can save their plans to apply for one of the gaming licenses being made available by the state gaming commission.
The owners of Suffolk Downs say they’re pleased with the decision by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to allow them to move ahead with their bid for one of three casino licenses.
Officials of the Suffolk Downs thoroughbred race track told state gambling regulators on Tuesday that it is in discussions with several potential casino operators but may not have one in place before host community votes scheduled for next week.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commissioners were bombarded with slick videos and big promises on Monday.
The commission said the investigation revealed what it called “a culture of fear and concealment pervasive in the operations” of the Plainville facility.
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.