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June 2017

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

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) reported today that the month of May 2017 at Plainridge Park Casino generated $14,418,101.33 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 $152,089,074.30 in total state taxes and race horse assessments from Plainridge Park Casino since its June 24, 2015 opening.

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission marks one year anniversary of PlayMyWay program

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) marks the one year anniversary of the official implementation of “PlayMyWay”, a responsible gaming initiative that provides casino patrons with a voluntary option to budget and track their play. Launched on June 9, 2016 at Plainridge Park Casino (PPC), the PlayMyWay program is an innovative budgeting tool designed to allow customers the ability to monitor the amount of money they spend on electronic gaming machines, and to support their decision to continue or stop play. As of June 12, 2017, a total of 12,670 players have enrolled in the PlayMyWay program. This number represents more than 10% of eligible players. There are currently 10, 857 players actively enrolled in the program, with total un-enrollment rate around 16%.

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission publishes Exclusion List on MassGaming.com

The gaming law and MGC regulations require the establishment of a list of  individuals banned from Massachusetts casinos The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) today launched a list of individuals who have been involuntarily excluded from Massachusetts gaming facilities. This casino ‘Exclusion List’, which includes an individual’s name and year of birth, is now available on […]

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A letter from MGC Chairman Stephen Crosby to the Legislature regarding the Race Horse Development Fund

On June 7, 2017, Chairman Steve Crosby sent a letter to the Massachusetts Legislature regarding the Race Horse Development Fund. As a former A&F Secretary, Chairman Crosby notes that he is fully sensitive to budget pressures and acknowledges that there are many worthy causes in need of money. However, as stewards of the strategy that the Legislature […]

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Meeting Notification: MGC to hold public meeting on 6/14, TOPICS: Gaming Service Employee Registration, PlayMyWay, Plainridge Park Casino Audit and the Community Mitigation Fund

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) will hold its 219th open public meeting on WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017. The Commission is expected to vote on matters related to Gaming Service Employee Registration. MGC’s Director of Research and Responsible Gaming Mark Vander Linden will present a one year report about the PlayMyWay program. The Finance Division will present the results of a 2016 audit of Plainridge Park Casino. The commission will discuss the Community Mitigation Fund as it relates to a workforce development pilot program. For a complete list of agenda items and anticipated votes, view the official Meeting Notification and Agenda.

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A Request for Public Comment: Proposed MGC FY18 Budget

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission hereby requests public comments for its proposed FY18 budget. On June 8, 2017, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission reviewed the proposed FY18 budget during a public meeting and is now issuing a request for public comment. The Commission is seeking comments from licensee(s), applicants, and the public on the contents of the […]

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Meeting Notification: MGC to hold public meeting on 6/8, TOPICS: Research Update, MGC Budget, Workforce Development and Racing

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) will hold its 218th open public meeting on THURSDAY, June 8, 2017. The Commission will continue an ongoing discussion and review about Gaming Service Employee Registration. MGC’s Director of Research and Responsible Gaming Mark Vander Linden will introduce presentations from contract awardees regarding an upcoming special population study. Commissioners will review the fiscal year 2018 budget. The Commission will also discuss the Economic Development Fund. The Legal Division will seek votes on a series of regulations. The Racing Division will introduce several requests from Suffolk Downs that will require Commission votes. For a complete list of agenda items and anticipated votes, view the official Meeting Notification and Agenda.

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Issues $65,000 Fine to Plainridge Park Casino

Casino receives administrative penalty for noncompliance with minimum security staffing requirements The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has issued a $65,000 fine to Plainridge Park Casino for repeat non-compliance with minimum security staffing requirements. In accordance with Mass. General Law chapter 23K, § 36, the Investigations and Enforcement Bureau (IEB) of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has assessed […]

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May 2017

Meeting Notification: MGC to hold Public Meeting in Springfield, TOPICS: MGM Quarterly Report, Race Horse Development Fund, MGM Workforce Development Plan and the Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute Update

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) will hold its 217th open public meeting on THURSDAY, May 25, 2017. Representatives from MGM Springfield will present its quarterly report. The Commission is expected to vote on a Community Mitigation Fund request from the city of Medford. MGC’s Director of Racing Alex Lightbown will provide the commissioners with a legislative update on the Race Horse Development Fund. The Commission is expected to vote on the 2017 MGM operations workforce development plan. Representatives from the Massachusetts Casino Careers Training Institute will provide a status update. Commissioner Bruce Stebbins will lead a discussion about the Gaming Economic Development Fund.

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PHOTOS: MGC staffers serve 170 guests at Rosie’s Place

On Friday, May 12th, fifteen MGC employees spent the day volunteering for lunchtime service at Rosie’s Place, a women’s shelter in Roxbury. In a span of about three hours, MGC helped Rosie’s Place staff ready the dining room, assemble turkey burgers, serve lunch to about 170 guests, and clear and re-set the dining room. In […]

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