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Massachusetts Casinos Latest Updates

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.

First casino breaks ground in Massachusetts

The state's sole license for a slot parlor was awarded to Penn National Gaming.  On Mar 14, 2014 the company broke ground on construction next to the Plainridge Racecourse in Plainridge, MA.  Visit our Plainridge Park Casino page for the latest details.

Plainridge Park Casino
301 Washington St.
Plainville, MA 02762
(508) 643-2500


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. The deadline for paying the application fee was 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 payment date.

  • Plainridge Racecourse
    Status: Awarded the sole license for a slot parlor.

    Plainridge Racecourse is a harness track that will add 1,250 slot machines to its racecourse and simulcast operations. Plainville is 35 miles southwest of Boston.
  • Mashpee Wampanoag Casino
    Status:  The gaming compact between the state and the tribe is proceeding with approval of the federal goverment.

    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 renderings.
  • 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 renderings.

  • 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 renderings.


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 coverage:

  • Charlton
    Developer Jencent LLC is proposing either a slots parlor or a resort casino be built at the former site of a recycling facility.
  • Foxborough
    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.
  • Milford
    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.
  • Palmer
    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.
  • Raynham
    Developer George Carney wants to build a $125 million slots parlor at the Raynham Park facility.
  • Springfield
    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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