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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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July 2017

Get To Know GameSense! MGC supports Responsible Gaming Education Week from July 31st – August 4th

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is pleased to announce its support and recognition of Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW) from July 31st – August 4th, 2017. RGEW was developed by the American Gaming Association in 1998 to increase awareness of problem gambling among gaming industry employees and customers, and to promote responsible gaming nationwide. MGC will utilize this advocacy week to raise awareness for RGEW and to promote GameSense, an innovative and comprehensive responsible gaming strategy adopted by the MGC as part of its mission to encourage smart play and mitigate problem gambling.

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

MGC reported today that the month of June 2017 at Plainridge Park Casino generated $13,929,080.74 in Gross Gaming Revenue.  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 $158,914,323.86 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 horse racing, harness racing, qualifier suitability, licensing and registration, surveillance, and electronic gaming devices

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is hereby requesting comment on the following draft regulation amendments: 205 CMR 3.00 DRAFT: Harness Horse Racing The amendments describe Veterinary practices, set up conditions that allow for the use of therapeutic medications, reduce penalties for multiple medication violations, change the Furosemide dosage to 500 mg, expand criteria for out of competition […]

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MassGaming awards grant to support an innovative recruitment and outreach strategy aimed at increasing diversity in the building trades

MGC is pleased to announce its support for a first-of –its-kind, statewide program that will implement a focused effort to increase the number of women in the building trades. Massachusetts is nationally recognized as a leader in the movement to employ women in the trades; however, female construction workers remain underrepresented in high wage jobs. As Massachusetts continues to experience a historic building boom with expanded gaming at the forefront, MGC has awarded more than $150,000 in grant funding to launch a new partnership that will carry out a comprehensive recruitment strategy to encourage more women to pursue a career in the building trades. In addition to the creation of a pipeline navigator, this initiative will include the development and implementation of a comprehensive communication campaign to increase awareness and support the program’s overarching goal of 20% tradeswomen by 2020.

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Meeting Notification: MGC to hold public meeting on 7/13, TOPICS: Construction Trade Diversity Recruitment Initiative, MGM Gaming School, Licensing Division Quarterly Report and Wynn Pedestrian Bridge Study

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) will hold its 222nd open public meeting on THURSDAY, July 13, 2017.

MGC’s Workforce and Supplier Diversity Director Jill Griffin will brief the Commission about a new initiative aimed at increasing diversity in the construction trades. Commissioner Bruce Stebbins in conjunction with representatives from Holyoke Community College will provide a presentation about the MGM Gaming School. It is anticipated that this matter will require a Commission vote. Learn more:

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