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February 2017

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission commends MGM Resorts International for adopting internationally recognized GameSense program

  The Massachusetts Gaming Commission would like to commend MGM Resorts International for adopting the innovative and comprehensive responsible gaming program known as GameSense. Today MGM Resorts International announced an agreement with BCLC, British Columbia’s provincial gambling corporation, to license GameSense—perhaps the most robust and effective responsible gaming program in the world. MGM anticipates having […]

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A Request for Public Comment: Table Games Rules (Craps, Mini-Craps, Blackjack, Baccarat, Midi Baccarat, Roulette, Big Six Wheel, Red Dog)

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following proposed table game rules of the game: Craps and Mini-Craps Blackjack Baccarat Midi Baccarat Roulette and Big Six Wheel Red Dog Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘rules of the game” in the subject line, or send them by mail to 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA. […]

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A Request for Public Comment: New regulations pertaining to table games rules

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the proposed new regulation below: 205 CMR 147.00 DRAFT:  Uniform Standards of Rules of the Games These new regulations govern the authorization of the rules of the game for table games offered for play in a gaming establishment and the standards applicable to table games offered […]

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A Request for Public Comment: 2017 Community Mitigation Fund Applications

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission hereby requests public comment on grant applications from the 2017 Community Mitigation Fund. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘2017 Community Mitigation Fund applications’ in the subject line. The Commission will review any comments received. About the Community Mitigation Fund As part of the effort to help offset impacts that may result from the development and […]

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission releases January 2017 Gross Gaming Revenue for Plainridge Park Casino

  The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) reported today that the month of January 2017 at Plainridge Park Casino generated $12,146,434.45 in Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR).  The category 2 slots-parlor is taxed on 49% of gross gaming revenue, of that total taxed amount 82% is paid to Local Aid and 18% goes to the Race Horse […]

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Meeting Notification: MGC to hold public meeting on 2/16, TOPICS: Quarterly Reports from Wynn Boston Harbor and Plainridge Park Casino, Community Mitigation Fund Update and Table Game Rules and Regulations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hold its 210th open public meeting on THURSDAY, February 16, 2017. The Commission will receive Quarterly Reports from Wynn Boston Harbor and Plainridge Park Casino. The agenda includes an update about the status of Community Mitigation Fund applications. The Commission will discuss table game rules and regulations. Lastly, the Commission is expected to vote on both Vendor License Renewal Forms and several qualifier suitability determinations.

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is CLOSED on Thursday, February 9, 2017

Due to expected inclement weather on Thursday, February 9, 2017, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Boston office at 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, is closed.  The office will re-open for business on Friday, February 10, 2017.

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A Request for Public Comment: Draft regulations pertaining to Individuals Excluded from a Gaming Establishment

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the below draft regulation amendments: 205 CMR 152.00: Individuals Excluded from a Gaming Establishment. The amendments differentiate between the information regarding excluded individuals that will be posted publicly on the Commission’s website and the information about excluded individuals that is possessed by the Commission and made available to […]

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Meeting Notification: MGC to hold public meeting on 2/2, TOPICS: Research Agenda Update, Plainridge Park Casino Capital Investment Plan, Table Game Rules, Exclusion List Regulations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) will hold its 209th open public meeting on THURSDAY, February 2, 2017. The Commission will receive an update from UMass Amherst researchers regarding the baseline online panel survey. This update is part of the Commission’s ongoing Research Agenda known as SEIGMA. The Commission is expected to vote on Plainridge Park Casino’s Capital Investment Plan. The Commission will discuss table game rules and exclusion list regulations. Lastly, the Commission will vote on suitability for MGM qualifiers.

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January 2017

SEIGMA Press Release: Plainridge Park Casino’s First Year Did Not Reduce Lottery Sales Nearby or in State, UMass Amherst Report Says

AMHERST, Mass. – Researchers led by Rachel Volberg at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who are studying the effects of expanded casino gambling in the Commonwealth are reporting to the state Gaming Commission today that lottery sales have not decreased statewide, nor near the Plainridge Park Casino, during the first year after it opened in June 2015. “However, lottery revenues for agents nearer the casino grew more slowly on average than the rest of the state,” the new report states.

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