Massachusetts Casinos: When will they open?
In November 2011 Massachusetts passed a Gaming Act to introduce casino gambling into the state
and authorizing the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) to license 3 regional casinos and one slots parlor. For the details
about this bill and the licensing timelines of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, see our page
Massachusetts Casino Bill 2011 page.
When will the first casino open in Massachusetts?
ANSWER: The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is
targeting February 26, 2014 as their date for issuing casino licenses.
Licensing will launch
the construction phase which will last 9-12 months making
the grand opening of the first Massachusetts casino in late-2014 or early 2015.
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Casino applicants must pay a non-refundable $400,000 fee to the Massachusetts
Gaming Commission to begin the process. Gambling companies that pay these fees are certified as
applicants and allowed to meet with state agencies for discussion of
environmental or transportation permits in preparation for their applications.
DEADLINE: The deadline for paying the application fee is mid-October 2012.
Massachusetts Casinos: Proposals, Plans and Locations
The following casino applicants have paid the
$400,00 application fee to be certified by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. They are listed in descending order of their
- Mashpee Wampanoag Casino
Status: In Oct. 2012 the Bureau of Indian Affairs rejected the gaming
compact signed between the tribe and the state. The federal denial was
based on the high percentage of gross revenue the tribe would pay. The
next step is for the governor and the tribe to negotiate a new gaming
agreement. That agreement would then have to be ratified by the state
legislature and approved by the federal government.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hope to build the single casino in the
Southeastern Region. Upon final approval the tribe can begin construction on its $500 million destination
casino resort planned for Taunton, about 35 miles south of Boston.
This will be a 146-acre complex with a 150,000 sq-ft casino, 3 hotels, an
event center, and a family water park.
See our page about the First Light
Casino Project for gaming details, resort amenities, and artist
- Plainridge Racecourse
Status: Paid their application fee Aug 10, 2012 for a slot parlor in
Plainridge Racecourse is a harness track that hopes to add 1,250 slot
machines to its racecourse and simulcast operations. It is seeking the only
slot machine license offered by the state. Plainville is 35 miles
southwest of Boston.
- Suffolk Downs
Status: Paid their application fee Aug 11, 2012 for a casino in East Boston.
The owners of Suffolk Downs propose $1B destination resort casino at
their thoroughbred race track in East Boston. It would feature 200,000 sq-ft
of gambling space, thousands of slots, 200 table games, 10 restaurants, a
300-room hotel, and a new grandstand.
See our page about the
Suffolk Downs proposal for
additional gaming information, resort amenities, and artist
- MGM Springfield
Status: Paid their application fee Aug 22, 2012 for a casino in Springfield.
MGM Resorts International announced plans for a $800 million casino
resort in Springfield, Massachusetts. The project is named MGM Springfield
and will encompass three downtown city blocks. The total resort will be
500,000 square feet of casino gaming, dining, entertainment, hotel,
residential and retail facilities.
See our page about the
MGM Springfield for gaming details, resort amenities, and artist
Several other companies are expected to compete for casino licenses and will
pay the application fee before the mid-October deadline. Here is a summary
of these candidates based on recent news articles, press releases and TV
Developer Jencent LLC is proposing either a slots parlor or a resort casino
be built at the former site of a recycling facility.
A proposal to build a $1 billion destination casino has been suspended after
voters backed two anti-casino members on Foxborough's Board of Selectmen.
Developer David Nunes is proposing a $850 million casino, hotel, and retail
complex branded the Crossroads Resort. Includes a 176,000-square-foot casino
floor, a 350-room hotel, and 60,000 square feet of retail space.
- New Bedford
KG Urban Enterprises is proposing a $500 million resort casino at MacArthur
Drive and Canon Street (former power plant site).
Northeast Group is proposing a waterfront resort casino, hotel and marina in
the Hicks Logan area.
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority is proposing a $600 million resort casino
off the Massachusetts Turnpike. For information on these plans, see
out Mohegan Sun Palmer page.
Developer George Carney wants to build a $125 million slots parlor at the
Raynham Park facility.
Four companies are interested in building a casino
in Springfield: Ameristar, Hard Rock International, MGM Resorts
International (applied) and Penn National Gaming. For details and
current status, see our
Springfield Casino page.
The 500 Nations website adds updates weekly. Please check back with us soon again for the latest information.
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