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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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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission releases December 2016 Gross Gaming Revenue for Plainridge Park Casino

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) reported today that the month of December 2016 at Plainridge Park Casino generated $12,638,807.06 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 $119,203,522.85 in total state taxes and race horse assessments from Plainridge Park Casino since its June 24, 2015 opening.

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A Request for Public Comment: Draft regulation amendments 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 […]

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DEADLINE EXTENDED – Request for Public Comment: Table Game Rules Regulations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment from interested members of the public and its gaming licensees on questions posed at its meeting on January 5, 2017, with respect to the Commission’s promulgation of regulations governing table game rules.  The questions are as follows: Will the Commission require that all games (including so-called “standard” […]

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Meeting Notification: MassGaming to hold public meeting on 1/5, TOPICS: Table Game Rules, Exclusion List Regulations, Licensing and Registration Regulations and Responsible Gaming Planning

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) will hold its 207th open public meeting on THURSDAY, January 5, 2017. The Commission will discuss table game rules and exclusion list regulations. Commissioners are expected to vote on a suitability request for a Gaming Vendor Primary license. The Commission will also vote to initiative the formal process for regulation 205 CMR 134 regarding licensing and registration of employees, vendors, junket enterprises, representative and labor organizations. MGC’s Director of Research and Responsible Gaming Mark Vander Linden will lead a discussion about a responsible gaming plan for Category 1 (resort-casino) licensees.

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December 2016

Happy New Year from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission!

As we look forward to 2017, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is pleased to report that it continues to make significant progress toward its mission to issue, award, oversee and regulate the gaming licenses allowed by the Gaming Act. MGC would also like to take this opportunity to review some accomplishments and milestones of this past year.

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MassGaming releases guidelines and application materials for 2017 Community Mitigation Fund Program

As part of the effort to help offset impacts that may result from the development and operation of gaming facilities in the Commonwealth, the Massachusetts Legislature created the Community Mitigation Fund as part of the Expanded Gaming Act. After considering thoughtful recommendations from the general public and from gaming advisory committees created under the Act, […]

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission releases November 2016 Gross Gaming Revenue for Plainridge Park Casino

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) reported today that the month of November 2016 at Plainridge Park Casino generated $12,211,659.58 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 $113,010,507.39 in total state taxes and race horse assessments from Plainridge Park Casino since its June 24, 2015 opening.

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission receives 12-Month Public Safety Impact Report from MGC Crime Analyst

On December 15, 2016 during a public meeting, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) was presented with an updated Public Safety Impact Report that focused on an analysis of changes in police data after the first year of operation at Plainridge Park Casino. This public safety assessment and ongoing research is being conducted by MGC consultant and crime analyst Christopher Bruce. The analysis continues to demonstrate no significant causal relationship between changes in police data and the opening of Plainridge Park Casino.

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Meeting Notification: MGC to hold public meeting on December 15th, TOPICS: Public Safety Impact Report and Responsible Gaming

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) will hold its 206th open public meeting on THURSDAY, December 15, 2016. The Commission is expected to receive a diversity report pertaining to MGC hiring and vendor contracts. Commissioners will vote on two matters regarding racing including a Suffolk Downs Capital Funds request and Quarterly Aid payments. The Commission will also receive an update to an ongoing public safety impact analysis for Plainridge Park Casino. Lastly, the Commission will discuss its Responsible Gaming framework.

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