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March 2017

Meeting Notification: MGC to hold Public Meeting on 3/30, Topics: Suffolk Downs, Research Agenda Update, and Responsible Gaming

MGC will hold its 213th open public meeting on THURSDAY, March 30, 2017. The Commission is expected to vote on the sale of the Suffolk Downs racing facility. Also, Plainridge Park Racecourse will provide an update on its 2017 racing meet. As part of a research and responsible gaming overview, researchers from UMass Amherst will present the Commission with a deeper analysis of the baseline general population survey. MGC Director of Research and Responsible Gaming Mark Vander Linden will lead a discussion about responsible gaming planning for the Category 1 licensees (Wynn Boston Harbor and MGM Springfield). Marlene Warner, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Compulsive Gambling, will present to the Commission in recognition of Problem Gambling Awareness Month.

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UPDATE: A Request for Public Comment: New regulations pertaining to table games rules

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the proposed new regulation below: 205 CMR 147.00 DRAFT:  Uniform Standards of the Games These new regulations govern the authorization of the rules of the game for table games offered for play in a gaming establishment and the standards applicable to table games offered for play […]

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A Request for Public Comment: Table Games Rules (Red Dog, Mini Baccarat, Sic Bo, Pai Gow, Chemin De Fer, Poker varieties, others)

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following proposed table game rules of the game: RED DOG MINI BACCARAT SIC BO PAI GOW PAI GOW POKER BACCARAT – CHEMIN DE FER POKER CARIBBEAN STUD POKER DOUBLE DOWN STUD LET IT RIDE POKER SPANISH 21 THREE CARD POKER FAST ACTION HOLD ‘EM COLORADO […]

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A Request for Public Comment: New regulations pertaining to Gaming Equipment

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the proposed new regulation below: 205 CMR 146.00 DRAFT: Gaming Equipment These new regulations govern the gaming equipment utilized in the conduct of table games. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘gaming equipment’ in the subject line, or email them to 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA, 02110. The Commission […]

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

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission reported today that the month of February 2017 at Plainridge Park Casino generated $12,063,562.52 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 $131,066,421.37 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 open meeting on 3/16, TOPICS: Horse Racing, Table Game Rules and Gaming Equipment Regulations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) will hold its 212th open public meeting on THURSDAY, March 16, 2017. The Racing Division will present the commission with a series of racing-related matters that will require a vote. The commission is expected to vote on two fund requests from Suffolk Downs, approval of 2017 Plainridge Park Casino officials and a Finger Lakes racing request from the Massachusetts Thoroughbred Breeders Association. For a complete list of the anticipated racing votes, view the official Meeting Notification and Agenda.

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is CLOSED on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 due to weather

Due to inclement weather on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Boston office at 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, is closed.  The office will re-open for business on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

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A Statement Regarding Supreme Judicial Court Decision, City of Revere & Others vs. Massachusetts Gaming Commission

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission appreciates the guidance provided by the Supreme Judicial Court. The Commission remains fully confident that this complex licensing process was executed in a manner that was comprehensive, fair and highly transparent. As the Commission has repeatedly demonstrated and subsequently validated by every concluded legal action to date, each license award was based solely on a thoughtful, objective and exhaustive evaluation of each gaming proposal. We will continue to vigorously defend our process in trial court and will prove that the Commission’s decision-making is firmly guided by the law and strongly grounded in the best interests of the Commonwealth.

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Pursues Further Study of Gambling Behavior for Special Populations in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission appreciates the guidance provided by the Supreme Judicial Court. The Commission remains fully confident that this complex licensing process was executed in a manner that was comprehensive, fair and highly transparent. As the Commission has repeatedly demonstrated and subsequently validated by every concluded legal action to date, each license award was based solely on a thoughtful, objective and exhaustive evaluation of each gaming proposal. We will continue to vigorously defend our process in trial court and will prove that the Commission’s decision-making is firmly guided by the law and strongly grounded in the best interests of the Commonwealth.

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Division of Racing releases 2017 racing license applications

The Division of Racing of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is pleased to release the 2017 racing license applications. The forms are available on the Horse Racing Licenses page. New for 2017, applicants who held a racing license from the Division of Racing in 2016 are directed to forms for license renewal. Applicants who did not […]

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