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September 2017

A Request for Public Comment: Economic Development Strategies

Earlier this summer, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission reached out to economic organizations, chambers of commerce, regional workforce leaders, tourism bureaus and critical leaders in the host and surrounding communities around the three gaming licensees.  The goal was to gather innovative and thoughtful strategies that could build off the economic impact our casinos will have in […]

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Division of Racing releases Application to Hold or Conduct a Horse Racing Meeting in 2018

The Division of Racing of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission hereby releases the Application to Hold or Conduct a Live Racing Meeting in 2018. Completed applications must be submitted to the Commission by close of business on September 29, 2017 and will be subject to review by the Commission and the public. The Commission expects to […]

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Transportation Meeting: The Lower Mystic Regional Working Group invites you to attend a community meeting on Monday, September 25th!

Help Plan for Future Transportation Needs around Sullivan Square! Are you interested in helping weigh options for future transportation improvements around Sullivan Square and in surrounding Everett and Somerville neighborhoods? The Working Group developed transportation options based on community feedback received during the past fall and winter. Now, State and City officials want YOUR input as they determine which projects and policies to recommend.

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission releases August 2017 gross gaming revenue for Plainridge Park Casino

MGC reported today that the month of August 2017 at Plainridge Park Casino generated $14,220,613.86 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 $173,449,051.73 in total state taxes and race horse assessments from Plainridge Park Casino since its June 24, 2015 opening.

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Meeting Notification: MGC to hold public meeting on 9/14, TOPICS: Plainridge Park Casino Quarterly Report, Horse Racing, 2018 Community Mitigation Fund and Regulations

 The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) will hold its 224th open public meeting on THURSDAY, September 14, 2017. The meeting will begin with a review and a Commission vote on an updated mission and core values statements. The Commission will also review MGC’s current Enhanced Code of Ethics. Commissioner Bruce Stebbins will brief the Commission about his initiative to develop potential strategies for the Economic Development Fund. The Commission is expected to vote on several requests for racing-related funds.  Plainridge Park Casino will present a quarterly report. MGC Ombudsman John Ziemba will lead a discussion about policy guidelines for the 2018 Community Mitigation Fund.

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August 2017

VIDEO: Commissioner Bruce Stebbins delivers remarks at the opening of the state’s first gaming school

On Friday, August 11th, Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner Bruce Stebbins attended the grand opening of Bristol Community College’s CATCH Institute at BCC Taunton. BCC is launching a Casino Management program to prepare students for employment at a casino as part of an overall hospitality program that can prepare students for a variety of positions in a […]

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission releases July 2017 gross gaming revenue for Plainridge Park Casino

MGC reported today that the month of July 2017 at Plainridge Park Casino generated $15,442,096.08 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 $$166,480,950.94 in total state taxes and race horse assessments from Plainridge Park Casino since its June 24, 2015 opening.

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Meeting Notification: MGC to hold public meeting on 8/10, TOPICS: Quarterly Reports from Wynn Boston Harbor and MGM Springfield, Horse Racing, Vendor Certification Updates and Regulations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hold its 223rd open public meeting on THURSDAY, August 10, 2017. MGC Research and Responsible Gaming Director Mark Vander Linden will offer an update from the Department of Public Health and will brief the Commission about the results of efforts to promote Responsible Gaming Education Week. MGC Racing Director Alex Lightbown will present two requests from Suffolk Downs that will each require a Commission vote. Wynn Boston Harbor and MGM Springfield will present Quarterly Reports.

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PHOTOS: Commissioners Gayle Cameron and Enrique Zuniga visit GameSense Info Center during Responsible Gaming Education Week

  ABOVE: In recognition of Responsible Gaming Education Week, Commissioner Enrique Zuniga of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission visited the GameSense Info Center at Plainridge Park Casino. Commissioner Zuniga took this opportunity on the behalf of the Commission to support the efforts of the GameSense Info Center and express the Commission’s gratitude for the continued dedication […]

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MGC’s PlayMyWay program presented to National Council on Program Gambling Conference

Mark Vander Linden, Director of Research and Responsible Gaming of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, spoke to all 600 attendees of the 31st annual National Council on Problem Gambling Conference about PlayMyWay. Largely made up of prevention workers and treatment providers, the audience was interested in this practical application of prevention and technology on the gaming […]

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