BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has disqualified the owners of the Plainridge Racecourse from pursuing the state’s sole slots parlor license.
The commission issued a statement Monday saying Plainridge’s owners failed to present “clear and convincing evidence as to business practices that will likely lead to a successful gaming operation.”
The decision leaves four other slots applicants.
Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby said the decision to disqualify Plainridge followed a comprehensive background investigation and deliberations by the five-member commission.
The commission said the investigation revealed what it called “a culture of fear and concealment pervasive in the operations” of the Plainville facility. They said the most notable problem was former Plainridge head Gary Piontkowski’s withdrawals from the money room.
Also Monday, the commission allowed a slots proposal by Raynham Park to move forward.