A Request for Public Comment: Draft regulation amendments pertaining to gaming devices, accounting procedures and internal controls, continuing disclosure and reporting obligations of gaming licensees

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the proposed amendments to the regulations below:

  • 205 CMR 143.00 DRAFT AMENDMENTS: Gaming Devices and Electronic Gaming Equipment.
    The amendments adopts the GLI-11, version 3.0, by reference (including skill based gaming standards) with MA specific modifications and creates a standard distinguishing a slot machine from an automatic amusement device.
  • 205 CMR 138.56 DRAFT AMENDMENTS: Uniform Standards of Accounting Procedures and Internal Controls.
    The amendments requires a gaming licensee to ensure that the taxation provisions of the commission’s regulations are incorporated into its internal control procedures, and acknowledges the aggregate reporting of slot machine winnings provisions recently adopted by the IRS.
  • 205 CMR 139.04 DRAFT AMENDMENTS: Continuing Disclosure and Reporting Obligations of Gaming Licensees.
    The amendments require an analysis report to be filed with the Commission which compares actual payout percentages by month to theoretical payout percentages for each slot machine/electronic gaming device.     

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation amendments’ 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. There will be another opportunity for comments during the formal period.

To view the draft regulations, please click below:

A Request for Public Comment: Background investigation requirements for outside directors of casino licensees

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on background investigation requirements for outside directors of casino licensees. In a recent public meeting, the Commission had a discussion about how other jurisdictions handle the issue of whether or not outside directors of casino licensee companies are subject to qualification.

Here is a chart outlining how other jurisdictions investigate (or not) outside directors.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘background investigation requirements/outside directors’ in the subject line by Tuesday, April 25th, or mail them to 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA, 02110. The Commission will review any comments received, and discuss at an upcoming public meeting on April 27, 2017.

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 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 been scheduled for May 3, 2017 at 11:30am. Comments must be received by May 4, 2017 at 4:00pm.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

A Request for Public Comment: Draft regulations pertaining to sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages at gaming establishments

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

  • 205 CMR 136.08 DRAFT: Sale and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages at Gaming Establishments

    The amendments will eliminate the requirement to list on a gaming beverage license the names and contact information for managers or other principals.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation amendments’ 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, please click below:

A Request for Public Comment: Rules of the Game (Red Dog, Boston 5 stud poker, Double Cross Poker, Double Attack Blackjack, Four Card Poker, Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker, etc.)

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

  • RED DOG
  • BOSTON 5 STUD POKER
  • DOUBLE CROSS POKER
  • DOUBLE ATTACK BLACKJACK
  • FOUR CARD POKER
  • TEXAS HOLD ‘EM BONUS POKER
  • FLOP POKER
  • TWO CARD JOKER POKER
  • ASIA POKER
  • ULTIMATE TEXAS HOLD ‘EM
  • WINNER’S POT POKER
  • SUPREME PAI GOW
  • MISSISSIPPI STUD
  • CASINO WAR

The draft rules can be found here.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘rules of the game” in the subject line or mail 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: 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.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 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 April 13, 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 Requests

See archived requests for public comment here.

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