BOSTON (WGGB) – At a press conference Tuesday night, Mass. Gaming Commission chairman Stephen Crosby and members of the committee announced that they have received applications and fees from 11 companies looking for a casino or slot parlor in the Commonwealth.
“The Massachusetts legislation drafted the Expanded Gaming Act prioritizing competition as key criteria. The gaming commission has vigorously carried that charge forward resulting in the achievement of a gaming competition that is robust and primed to obtain that absolute maximum benefits in job creation and economic growth to the residents of the commonwealth,” said Crosby.
For Western Massachusetts, it was already announced prior to Tuesday that four companies had submitted their applications and the $400,000 non-refundable application fee.
Those four were Hard Rock International, Penn National Gaming, MGM Resorts International, and Mohegan Sun.
Heading to the eastern part of the state, casino mogul Steve Wynn submitted an application for a proposed project in Everett, while Caesars Entertainment is looking to partner with Suffolk Downs for a casino in East Boston.
Three other applicants that are seeking a casino license include Mass. Gaming and Entertainment, PPE Casino Resorts, and Crossroads Massachusetts LLC.
The Associated Press reports that Baltimore-based PPE Casino Resorts has not yet selected a site for their project, while Mass. Gaming and Entertainment indicated to the AP that they too haven’t selected an exact site, but were looking at sites in the Boston area.
Crossroads is also looking at a project in the Boston area.
Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville and the owners of Raynham Track submitted applications for slot parlors at their tracks.
ABC40 is at the press conference in Boston and will have more on today’s developments, including news that Paper City Development and Chicopee’s mayor have asked for an extension, tonight on ABC40 News First on FOX and ABC40 News at 11:00 p.m.