Mass. commission to vote on Suffolk Downs, Wynn Resorts

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will vote this week to decide whether to allow Suffolk Downs and the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority to push forward their bid for a casino in Revere, Boston.com reported Sunday. More

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Mass. commission to vote on Suffolk Downs, Wynn Resorts

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THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION is set to vote this week on both the Suffolk Downs casino proposed for Revere, Mass., and the Wynn Resorts Ltd. casino proposed for Everett, Mass. Above, an artist's rendering of Suffolk Down's proposed $1 billion resort casino, originally planned for its racetrack on the East Boston-Revere border.
Posted 12/9/13

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will vote this week to decide whether to allow Suffolk Downs and the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority to push forward their bid for a casino in Revere, Boston.com reported Sunday.

Mohegan joined the Suffolk Downs proposal after voters in Palmer, Mass., shot down the developer’s plans to build a casino in the town.

The original Suffolk Downs proposal involved a $1 billion casino at its racecourse straddling the East Boston-Revere border, but after the project failed to garner support among voters in East Boston, Suffolk Downs reworked the plan to move the casino entirely onto the Revere side of the property, where voters had approved it.

The new proposal would locate the casino on 42 acres in Revere, about a half mile from the horse track in East Boston. Last week, the Revere City Council unanimously approved a resolution affirming its support for the Suffolk Downs casino, according to a Boston.com report.

On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will decide whether Revere residents’ approval of the original East Boston-Revere casino serves to authorize the new plan to move the casino entirely onto the Revere portion of its property.

If it receives the commission’s approval, the Mohegan-Suffolk Downs casino will compete with Wynn Resorts Ltd. for the sole Boston-area gaming license.

In a separate meeting on Friday, the commission will consider Wynn Resorts owner Steve Wynn’s purchase of land along the Mystic River in Everett, which stirred up some controversy after a federal grand jury investigation into whether a businessman with a criminal record has hidden ownership of the property.

The gaming commission’s chairman, Stephen Crosby, has recused himself from the Wynn Resorts vote because he has a past business relationship with a co-owner of the Everett property, Paul Lohnes.

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