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Deadline Looms for Firms Seeking Mass. Casinos


By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Some potential casino developers appear to be hedging their bets as a key deadline approaches in Massachusetts.

The state gambling commission says any company that is interested in seeking a license to operate a resort casino or slots parlor has until 5 p.m. Tuesday to submit an initial application along with a non-refundable, $400,000 entry fee.

Seven companies are already in.

Mohegan Sun, Penn National Gaming, MGM International and Hard Rock are seeking a casino license for western Massachusetts.

Wynn Resorts and Suffolk Downs have set their sights on the eastern Massachusetts license.

The Plainridge harness race track in Plainville is applying for the single slots parlor license.

It’s likely that one or more additional suitors will apply before the 5 p.m. deadline.

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