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July 2016

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission welcomes Singapore’s National Council on Problem Gambling

Council members sought information about MGC’s responsible gaming policies and practices On Monday, July 18, 2016, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) was pleased to host representatives from Singapore’s National Council of Problem Gambling (NCPG) and share information about most promising practices related to responsible gaming policies and initiatives. The National Council on Problem Gambling provides […]

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Meeting Notification: MGC to hold open meeting on 7/21, TOPICS: Workforce Development, PlayMyWay, Horse Racing, Regulations and the Community Mitigation Fund

WHO:            Members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission including Chairman Steve Crosby, Commissioner Lloyd Macdonald, Commissioner Bruce Stebbins and Commissioner Enrique Zuniga. WHAT:          The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) will hold its 195th open public meeting on Thursday, July 21, 2016. The Commission will discuss workforce development and receive an update from several community colleges about the ongoing establishment […]

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A message from Jill Griffin, Director of Workforce, Diversity and Supplier Development about the recent announcement of the MGM Resorts HCC Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at Holyoke

On Monday, July 11th, I joined Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Steve Crosby, Commissioner Bruce Stebbins, and Executive Director Ed Bedrosian and others at the announcement of funding for the MGM Resorts HCC Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at Holyoke. The city of Holyoke is receiving $1.28 million in community impact payments from MGM and is providing HCC with $400,000 of those payments to go towards the center. As part of stipulations of the partnerships between the city of Holyoke, HCC and MGM Springfield, 50 Holyoke residents will have free entry to the non-credit programs every year.

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission releases June 2016 gross gaming revenue for Plainridge Park Casino

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) reported today that the month of June 2016 at Plainridge Park Casino generated $12,324,076.83 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 Development Fund. To date, the state has collected $81,362,999.07 in total state taxes and race horse assessments from Plainridge Park Casino since its June 24, 2015 opening.

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Division of Racing releases 2016 manuals for thoroughbred trainers, veterinarians

With thoroughbred racing returning to Suffolk Downs beginning July 9-10, the Division of Racing of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has released helpful information for both thoroughbred trainers and thoroughbred veterinarians at Suffolk Downs in 2016. The trainers’ reference manual provides owners, trainers, and others an overview of the rules and procedures that apply to the […]

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June 2016

PHOTOS: A message from Commissioner Stebbins about his trip to Courtlin Farms

Far from the noise of the slot machines and thundering hooves of a harness race at Plainridge Park Casino, I enjoyed the opportunity to visit a business that is beginning to reap the benefits of the renewed focus on horse racing thanks to the Expanded Gaming Act of 2011. Earlier this month, Director of Racing […]

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A Request for Public Comment: Draft regulation amendments pertaining to credit card cash advances in gaming establishments

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the draft regulation amendments below pertaining to credit card cash advances in gaming establishments. These amendments create a requirement for gaming licensees to implement reasonable measures to inhibit patrons from using credit to obtain cash for use at a gaming establishment. Three such measures are explicitly mandated by the […]

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Meeting Notification: MGC to hold public meeting on 6/23, TOPICS: PlayMyWay Update, Social Gaming, ATM Regulations, MGC FY17 Budget, Racing Regulations and Supplier Diversity Reporting

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) will hold its 194th open public meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2016.

Executive Director Ed Bedrosian will provide commissioners with an update on the recently launched PlayMyWay program at Plainridge Park Casino. Representative from Plainridge Park Casino and MGM Springfield will address the Commission on the topic of Social Gaming. The Commission is expected to vote on an emergency regulation pertaining to ATMs. In addition, the Commission will again review MGC’s FY17 budget.

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A Request for Public Comment: Proposed MGC FY17 Budget

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission hereby requests public comments for its proposed FY17 budget. On June 16, 2016, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission issued a request for public comment regarding the proposed FY17 budget. The Commission is seeking comments from licensee(s), applicants, and the public on the contents of the memo and any of the proposed costs […]

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A Request for Public Comment: Draft regulation amendments pertaining to thoroughbred racing, harness racing, and greyhound racing

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the draft regulation amendment below pertaining to thoroughbred racing, harness racing, and greyhound racing. The amendment governs a new section, 6.46: Pentafecta Pools, and provides the requirements and the means of distributing winnings for this method of wagering. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘pentafecta pools […]

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