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

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission reported today that the month of May 2016 at Plainridge Park Casino generated $13,488,794.58 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 $75,324,201.42 in total state taxes and race horse assessments from Plainridge Park Casino since its June 24, 2015 opening.

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A message from Jill Griffin, Director of Workforce, Diversity and Suppier Development: Congrats to the graduates of the Building Pathways Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program!

Recently, I along with other members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission attended the graduation ceremony of the Building Pathways Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program at the Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center in South Boston. Building Pathways is a 6-week training program that prepares qualified applicants for an apprenticeship in the building trades, which is the beginning […]

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A Request for Public Comment: Proposed updates to guidelines relative to supplier diversity reporting

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on proposed guidelines regarding supplier diversity reporting during the design, construction, and operations of the Category 1 (resort-casino) gaming establishments.

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It’s Official! MassGaming launches first-of-its-kind responsible gaming initiative at Plainridge Park Casino

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is pleased to announce the official launch of “PlayMyWay”, a new responsible gaming initiative that provides casino patrons with a voluntary option to budget and track their play. Available June 9th at Plainridge Park Casino, the PlayMyWay program is an innovative budgeting tool designed to allow customers the ability to monitor the amount of money they spend on electronic gaming machines, and to support their decision to continue or stop play. PlayMyWay is an optional electronic system by which slot machine players will have an opportunity to personalize their play by setting a budget before they begin gambling.

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Public Meeting Notification: MGC to hold public meeting on 6/9, TOPICS: MGC FY17 Budget, Racing Regulations and Supplier Diversity Reporting

WHO: Members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission including Commissioner Gayle Cameron, Commissioner Lloyd Macdonald, Commissioner Bruce Stebbins and Commissioner Enrique Zuniga. WHAT: The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) will hold its 193rd open public meeting on Thursday, June 9, 2016. The Commission will review MGC’s FY17 budget. The Commission is expected to vote on Small Business […]

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