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July 2015

An internal message to MGC staff from Commissioner Jim McHugh

Colleagues, With the very successful opening of the Plainridge Park Casino on June 24, the Gaming Commission reached a major milestone. That opening surely represented the wisdom of the Commission’s award of the license to Penn National Gaming, a talented, highly competent and nationally recognized casino operator. More important, though, it represented the culmination of […]

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A memo to MGC staff: A message from Chairman Steve Crosby and Executive Director Rick Day

From Chairman Crosby to MGC staff: Colleagues— After nearly three and  a half years of operation and dramatic growth, we now have our first significant changes in the Gaming Commission’s organization. Both Commissioner McHugh and Executive Director Day are moving on to the next phase of their lives. Jim will remain with us until September […]

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission announces key dates for Phase 2 process in Southeastern Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) today announced key dates important to potential host and surrounding communities to a resort-casino in Region C (Southeastern Massachusetts). These estimated dates outline the processes in Phase 2 of the two-part application process and include: the negotiation of surrounding community agreements, public input hearings, and host community hearings. Additionally, the […]

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MassGaming to hold open meeting on July 9; topics include Region C schedule, Community Mitigation Fund, MGM Springfield

WHO: Members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission including Chairman Steve Crosby, Commissioner Gayle Cameron, Commissioner James McHugh, Commissioner Bruce Stebbins and Commissioner Enrique Zuniga WHAT: The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hold its 157th open public meeting on Thursday, July 9th.  The Commission will discuss key dates in the resort-casino licensing schedule in Region C (Southeastern Massachusetts). […]

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MassGaming releases first week of gross gaming revenue for Plainridge Park Casino

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) reported today that the first week of operations at Plainridge Park Casino has generated $6,154,626.38 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 […]

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June 2015

VIDEO AND IMAGES: Chairman Steve Crosby’s remarks at the opening of Plainridge Park Casino

On June 24, 2015, Chairman Steve Crosby issued the following remarks at the official grand opening of the first gaming facility in Massachusetts, Plainridge Park Casino: This will be said many times, but today is a momentous day in Massachusetts. As everybody knows, it took Massachusetts a long time to decide whether we wanted to […]

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VIDEO: Massachusetts Gaming Commission announces launch of Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program

Innovative and personal tool is part of MassGaming’s comprehensive efforts to mitigate problem gambling In anticipation of the arrival of the expanded gaming industry, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is announcing the launch of the Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program.  A key requirement of the Expanded Gaming Act, the program is just one of many resources the Commission […]

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UMass Amherst Research Team Releases Results of an Unprecedented Survey about Gambling Attitudes, Participation, and Problems in Massachusetts

On Thursday, June 11th, a research team from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at UMass Amherst will release a comprehensive report of findings from a large baseline population survey that assessed Massachusetts residents’ attitudes about gambling, gambling participation, and gambling-related problems. Nearly 10,000 Massachusetts residents completed the survey, making it the largest and most representative gambling survey ever conducted in the United States.

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UPDATE: MGC issues update on Region C licensing process

Today KG Urban did submit requested documentation which is now under review by MGC’s Investigations and Enforcement Bureau (IEB). The Commission will receive an update from the IEB on the overall Region C licensing process at MGC’s next public meeting scheduled for June 11, 2015.

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A Request for Public Comment: Amendments to regulations pertaining to Commission regulations, licensing and registration

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following draft regulations: 205 CMR 102.00 DRAFT Amendments: Construction and Application 205 CMR 134.00 DRAFT Amendments: Licensing and Registration Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment‘ in the subject line.  All written comments must be received by June 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm. The Commission will review any comments received, […]

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