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 in a gaming establishment.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘rules of the game’ in the subject line, or mail them to 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA, 02110. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter. The public hearing has not yet been scheduled.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

A Request for Public Comment: Table Games Rules (Red Dog, Mini Baccarat, Sic Bo, Pai Gow, Pai Gow Poker, Chemin De Fer, Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, Double Down Stud, Let It Ride Poker, Spanish 21, Three Card Poker, Fast Action Hold’em, Colorado Hold’em)

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 HOLD ‘EM POKER

To view the draft rules, please click here.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘rules of the game’ in the subject line or send them to Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA. The comment period will remain open for 30 days following the POSTED date.

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 will accept public comments until Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at 4:00pm. There will be another opportunity for public comment in the formal regulation promulgation process.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

UPDATE: A Request for Public Comment: Draft regulations pertaining to Individuals Excluded from a Gaming Establishment

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the below draft regulation amendments:

205 CMR 152.00: Individuals Excluded from a Gaming Establishment. The amendments differentiate between the information regarding excluded individuals that will be posted publicly on the Commission’s website and the information about excluded individuals that is possessed by the Commission and made available to the casinos. The amendments also add the Gaming Enforcement Division of the Office of the Attorney General as a referral source for individuals to be placed on the exclusion list and requires gaming licensees to notify the IEB in advance of ejecting an individual and to confiscate winnings from excluded individuals.

To view the draft regulations, click below:

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Excluded Individuals Regulations Comment’ in the subject line or send by mail to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission at 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA. Comments must be received by April 6, 2017 at 4:00pm. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter. The public hearing has been scheduled for April 5, 2017 at 11:30am, at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA.

A Request for Public Comment: MGM Springfield Workforce Development Plan

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission hereby requests public comment on the MGM Springfield Workforce Development Plan. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘MGM Springfield Workforce Development Plan’ in the subject line, or send them by mail to 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA.  Comments must be received by March 30, 2017 at 5:00pm. The Commission will review any comments received.

About the MGM Springfield Workforce Development Plan

As part of the effort to ensure that Massachusetts residents benefit from the operational jobs created by casino development in the Commonwealth, the Massachusetts Legislature created as part of the Expanded Gaming Act requirements that casino licensees satisfy and produce for Commission approval an Affirmative Action Program for Equal Opportunity (the Affirmative Action Program).  Pursuant to the Act, the Affirmative Action Program must describe how the licensee will identify and market employment opportunities to under and unemployed residents of the Commonwealth identified in c.23k 21 (22) and in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Labor and Workforce Development to identify and market employment opportunities to unemployed residents of Massachusetts.

MGM presented the MGM Springfield Workforce Development Plan to the Commission at Public Meeting #211 on March 2, 2017 to satisfy the requirements described above regarding employment and career opportunities at the MGM Springfield. Over the next few years while the gaming facilities are being constructed and particularly when the facilities are operational, the MGM Springfield Workforce Development Plan will be a road map for maximizing the economic benefits for residents of the Commonwealth. The Commission looks forward to an ongoing dialogue with communities and other interested parties regarding the plan and its implementation.

To read the full MGM Springfield Workforce Development Plan, click here.

For an overview of the MGM Springfield Workforce Development Plan, click here.

A Request for Public Comment: 2017 Community Mitigation Fund applications

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission hereby requests public comment on grant applications from the 2017 Community Mitigation Fund.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘2017 Community Mitigation Fund applications’ in the subject line. The Commission will review any comments received.

About the Community Mitigation Fund

As part of the effort to help offset impacts that may result from the development and operation of gaming facilities in the Commonwealth, the Massachusetts Legislature created the Community Mitigation Fund as part of the Expanded Gaming Act. Pursuant to the Act, applications for funds are annually due in the beginning of February [February 1, 2017].

Over the next few years while the gaming facilities are being constructed and particularly when the facilities are operational, the Community Mitigation Fund will play a pivotal role in helping communities and others address impacts. The Commission looks forward to an ongoing dialogue with communities and other interested parties regarding the use of these funds in the future. Once Category 1 (full casino) facilities are operational, significant new funds will be deposited annually into the Community Mitigation Fund. However, at least through 2018, the Community Mitigation Fund will need to rely on one-time funds deposited by gaming licensees as part of their gaming license fees.

To read the full guidelines for the 2017 Community Mitigation Fund, click here.

For more information on the 2017 Community Mitigation Fund, click here.

2017 Funds for Mitigation of Specific Impacts
2017 Transportation Planning Grant Applications
2017 Workforce Development Pilot Program Grant Applications
2017 Tribal Gaming Technical Assistance Grant Applications
2017 Mitigation Reserve Fund Applications

Previous Request for Public Comment: Table Games Rules (Craps, Mini-Craps, Blackjack, Baccarat, Midi Baccarat, Roulette, Big Six Wheel, Red Dog)

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following proposed table game rules of the game:

  • Craps and Mini-Craps
  • Blackjack
  • Baccarat
  • Midi Baccarat
  • Roulette and Big Six Wheel
  • Red Dog

The comment period is now closed.

The draft rules can be found here:

Previous Requests

See archived requests for public comment here.

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