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.
On April 5, 2016 the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will break ground on a $500 million destination casino resort in Taunton, about 35 miles south of Boston.
This will be a 146-acre complex with a 150,000 sq-ft casino, 2 hotels, an event center, and a family water park.
The Aquinnah tribe seek to build a casino on tribal land on Martha's Vineyard. The federal government has approved "Class II" gambling on the Aquinnah's reservation,
however the state has sued to block this project.
Massachusetts Commercial Casinos
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has licensed one slots parlor and
two regional casino resorts. A decision for a fourth casino in Brockton is
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission awarded the single slots-parlor license to Penn National Gaming on February 28, 2014. On March 14, 2014 the company broke ground on construction next to the Plainridge Racecourse in Plainridge, MA.
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MGM Springfield is a $800 million resort casino in Springfield, Massachusetts that 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.
Wynn LLC has been licensed to build a $1.6 billion five-star resort and
casino at Everett near Boston. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved
Wynn's application over proposals from Mohegan Sun and Suffolk Downs.
BROCKTON CASINO - REJECTED 4.28.2016 The Massachusetts Gaming
Commission can issue one more casino license for the southeastern part of the state.
Mass Gaming & Entertainment had proposed a $650 million casino in Brockton about
17 miles north of Taunton, however the Gaming Commission decided in April 2016
to reject their application. The 4-1 vote against the Brockton casino did
not rule out approval of a future commercial casino in the region.
A gaming compact between the state and the Mashpee Wampanoag requires the
tribe to pay the state 17 percent of its gambling revenues. Commercial casinos pay 25 percent. If a commercial casino is
licensed in the same region, the Mashpee Wampanoag will pay nothing.
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