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Massachusetts Gaming Commission updates licensing schedule

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Artist's rendering of proposed $1.3 billion Mohegan Sun casino in Massachusetts. Image from Mohegan Sun Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission plans to issue two casino licenses this year, according to an updated schedule.

A decision on western Massachusetts is expected on June 13. The only competitor is MGM Resorts International -- the Mohegan Tribe was knocked out of the running after losing a local referendum.

The license for eastern Massachusetts is expected on August 29 at the earlier or September 12 at the latest. The Mohegan Tribe has proposed a $1.3 billion Mohegan Sun Massachusetts and is competing against Wynn Resorts, which is owned by billionaire Steve Wynn.

As for the southeastern region, a license could be awarded in early 2015. However, that depends on how much progress the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has made on its $500 million First Light Resort and Casino, which is still under review at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut has filed an application for the southeastern license. Plans call for a $750 million casino in Fall River.

H.3702, the Massachusetts Expanded Gaming Act, authorized three casinos in three regions of the state. The law gives first shot in the southeastern region to a "federally recognized tribe."

Get the Story:
Mass. Gaming Commission releases revised casino licensing schedule, still eying June 13 for MGM Springfield decision (The Springfield Republican 5/20)
Foxwoods, Fall River Seek Much Larger Site For Casino In SE Massachusetts (The Hartford Courant 5/20)

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