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What You Need to Know

  • MassGaming has conducted background investigations on 10 gaming applicants who officially submitted the first application (Phase 1) and the non-refundable $400,000 application fee in a two-phase application process toward the award of a resort-casino license in Regions A or B, or the state’s single slots-parlor license. A background investigation is underway for one gaming applicant who submitted the Phase 1 application for Region C.
  • Each applicant for a gaming license, as well as their qualifiers, will undergo extensive background investigations to ensure they meet the high standards for good character, honesty, integrity and financial suitability
  • Investigations may take up to six months to complete, dependent on the complexity and number of qualifiers for each applicant

About Phase 1 Applications

MassGaming received 11 pre-qualifying applications from gaming applicants who officially submitted the first application (Phase 1) and the non-refundable $400,000 application fee in a two-phase application process toward the award of an expanded gaming license. The deadline for Phase 1 application submission for the slots-parlor license and the resort-casino license in Regions A & B was January 15, 2013. The deadline for Phase 1 application submission in Region C was September 30, 2013.

The Massachusetts legislation drafted the Expanded Gaming Act prioritizing competition as key criteria. The gaming commission has vigorously carried that charge forward resulting in the achievement of a gaming competition that is robust and primed to obtain that absolute maximum benefits in job creation and economic growth to the residents of the commonwealth.

MGC has received Phase 1 applications and the $400,000 application fee from the following entities:

Applicants seeking a Category 1 (resort-casino) license in Regions A or B:
  • MGM Springfield
  • Hard Rock MA
  • Wynn, LLC
  • Mohegan Sun
  • Sterling Suffolk Racecourse
  • Crossroads Massachusetts, LLC
Applicants seeking a Category 1 (resort-casino) license in Region C:
  • KG Urban
Applicants seeking the single Category 2 (slots only) license:
  • Raynham Park
  • PPE Casino Resorts
  • Penn National Gaming, Inc.

The background investigations of all applicants for Category 1 (resort-casino in Regions A & B) and Category 2 (slots-parlor) gaming licenses have concluded. The background investigation phase for Category 1 (resort-casino) applicants in Region C is ongoing. Each applicant for a gaming license, as well as their qualifiers, will must undergo extensive background investigations to ensure they meet the high standards for good character, honesty, integrity and financial suitability.

MGC has established multiple investigative teams to execute the substantial background investigations. The teams are comprised of gaming experts from the consulting firms, Spectrum Gaming and Michael & Carroll and collectively includes former FBI agents, state investigators, prosecutors, Massachusetts state police troopers, and accountants, all of who have vast experience in all types of investigations, including, but not limited to, background, corruption, organized criminal enterprise and racketeering as well as corporate due diligence and gaming industry backgrounds for the largest gaming entities in the industry.

The due diligence investigations for Massachusetts entity applicants will cover their regulatory history in other jurisdictions, financial stability, compliance plan and history, and recent litigation, among other areas. The investigations for qualifiers – those individuals who are officers, board members or key investors of the applicant – will cover their employment history, criminal record, education, stock holdings and financial suitability, among other areas.

Investigations may take up to six months to complete, dependent on the complexity and number of qualifiers for each applicant.

The Phase 2 application may only be submitted by applicants that have received a positive determination of suitability from the Commission in accordance with 205 CMR 115.05(3).

The Phase 2 applications must first be reviewed and processed by the investigators for completeness and areas of confidentiality. MGC will then launch the Evaluation Process for each application’s site-specific plan. For a more detailed explanation of the Evaluation Process, please click here.

The slots-parlor license was awarded to Penn National Gaming on February 28, 2014. The first resort-casino license in Region B (Western Massachusetts) was awarded to MGM Springfield on June 13, 2014. MGC expects to award the resort-casino license for Region A (Eastern Massachusetts) by September, 2014. MGC expects to award the resort-casino license for Region C (Southeastern Massachusetts) by Spring, 2015.

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