December 2014

A message from Chairman Steve Crosby regarding the 2015 Community Mitigation Fund

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“Commission”) is pleased to announce the availability of the 2015 Community Mitigation Fund guidelines and application.

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ADVISORY: Massachusetts Gaming Commission address change

Please be advised that effective Monday, December 22, 2014, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will be located at: 101 Federal Street, 23rd Floor Boston, Massachusetts 02110

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UPDATE: MassGaming to hold public meeting on 12/18, Topics include Central Management System, Community Mitigation and Responsible Gaming

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hold its 141st open public meeting on Thursday, December 18th. The Commission is expected to discuss and vote on a variety of topics.

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GRAPHICS: MassGaming encouraged by Plainridge Park Casino’s recent diversity report

The Commission was encouraged by data recently received from its Category 2 slots-parlor licensee, Penn National Gaming, regarding ongoing efforts to ensure that minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses have access to the economic benefits of construction at Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville.

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MassGaming to establish ‘Access and Opportunity’ committee, Initiative created to support state’s commitment to ensuring workforce and vendor diversity

On December 4, 2014, the Commission voted unanimously (5-0) to establish an ‘Access and Opportunity’ Committee with a primary function of monitoring diversity in the construction workforce and supplier base of the state’s resort-casino licensees. The committee will be tasked with furthering the diversity goals as outlined in the Gaming Act, and also making related recommendations to the Commission and/or licensees.

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MassGaming adopts first-of-its-kind pilot program to offer limit-setting tools to casino patrons, Initiative developed to enhance state’s responsible gaming strategy

A first-of-its-kind initiative, this pilot program is part of a comprehensive and innovative approach to responsible gaming strategies, with a particular focus on problem gambling prevention and customer protection practices.

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Commissioner James McHugh responds to recent letter received from the City of Revere

Dear Mr. Mayor:
With reference to your letter of December 1, 2014, I have several observations and comments. First, as the Commission discussed at yesterday’s public meeting, it first learned of the federal inquiry from a published report in the Wall Street Journal on November 20, 2014.

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November 2014

Boston Globe Op-Ed by Chairman Steve Crosby: A data-­driven understanding of gambling

The following Opinion Editorial was written by MassGaming Chairman Steve Crosby and was published in the Boston Globe on November 27, 2014.

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UPDATE: The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Announces Application Deadlines for Resort-Casino License in Southeastern Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) announced today that the first application (RFA-1) in a two-phase application process toward the award of a Category 1 (resort-casino) license in Southeastern Massachusetts (Region C) is due on January 30, 2015. The second application (RFA-2) will be due on May 26, 2015.

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MassGaming Launches Innovative Longitudinal Cohort Study to Examine How Problem Gambling Develops, Progresses, and Remits

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced today that it will partner with the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences to conduct a first-of-its-kind, multi-year cohort study.

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