Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has lost a bid to give city residents a chance to vote on casinos proposed for neighboring Everett and Revere.
The state’s top gambling regulator has stepped away from the process for awarding a casino license in the Boston area.
The state’s first licensed slot parlor is eyeing next spring for a possible opening.
The state gaming commission voted 3-2 on Thursday to offer the slots parlor license, with conditions, to Penn National Gaming, which plans to operate the facility at the Plainridge harness racetrack.
Costly airfares, luxury hotels and expensive meals out on the town; the cost of the state’s Gaming Commission is adding up.
The state gambling commission has cleared Mohegan Sun to bid for the sole resort casino license in western Massachusetts.
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.
January 15 is the date when applications for the two licenses in Boston and Western Massachusetts are due.
Before the state gaming commission can begin awarding casino licenses, it must first come up with a set of rules and regulations for fully implementing the year-old expanded gambling law.
The head of the state gambling board says the race for a casino in southeastern Massachusetts could open up to commercial interests if the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian tribe’s efforts to open a casino fall through.