October 2017

Research Update: Plainridge Park Casino economic impacts released for first year of operation, Analysis concludes $100M in out-of-state spending recaptured

In PPC’s first 12 full months of operation (July 2015 through June 2016), patrons spent approximately $172.5 million on gambling and non-gambling activities at the facility. The majority of patrons surveyed at PPC were identified as “recaptured” patrons who would have spent their money gambling out of state had PPC not opened, while others were out-of-state visitors whose visit was prompted by the casino. Recaptured patrons are responsible for $100 million of the $172.5 million spent at PPC. Out-of-state residents spent $36 million at PPC. Another $36.6 million was spent by Massachusetts residents who otherwise would have spent their money elsewhere.

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Meeting Notification: MGC to hold public meeting on 10/12, TOPICS: Plainridge Park Casino research update, MGM Springfield Workforce Development Plan, Gaming Economic Development Fund presentations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) will hold its 226th open public meeting on THURSDAY, October 12, 2017. The Commission will hear a report by researchers from the UMass Donahue Institute and UMass Amherst. These new findings detail the economic impact Plainridge Park Casino operations have had on the host and surrounding communities.Commissioners will also receive an update on MGM Springfield’s Workforce Development Plan. Commissioners will also receive an update on MGM Springfield’s Workforce Development Plan.

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A Request for Public Comment: 2018 horse racing applications

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission requests public comment on the applications it received to conduct horse racing in 2018. As of close of business on October 1 (the c.128A §2 statutory deadline for receipt of such applications), the Massachusetts Gaming Commission was in receipt of the following applications to hold or conduct live horse racing in the […]

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A statement from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission regarding senseless tragedy in Las Vegas

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the senseless tragedy in Las Vegas. We commend the bravery of the emergency first responders and wish the Las Vegas community strength in the difficult days ahead.

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September 2017

A Request for Public Comment: Monthly rewards card statements

Notice is hereby provided that in accordance with G.L. c.30A, §2, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“Commission”) will convene a public hearing for purposes of gathering comments, ideas, and information relative to the following amendments: 205 CMR 138.13: Complimentary Services or Items and Promotional Gaming Credits.  This regulation is intended to clarify and aid in the […]

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Meeting Notification: MGC open meeting on 9/28 in Springfield, TOPICS: MGM Springfield Status Report, Region B Gaming School Funding, Horse Racing and Economic Development Fund Presentations

MGC will hold its 225th open public meeting on THURSDAY, September 28, 2017 in Springfield. The Commission will begin the meeting with a vote on a request from Northampton to utilize the Community Mitigation Fund. MGM Springfield will then present commissioners with a status report. The Commission will receive an update on the status of Region B (Western Mass) Gaming Schools and is anticipated to vote in regards to school funding.

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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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