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Casino Operators Fault Mass. Gambling Regulations

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By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — The Las Vegas casino operator hoping to build a $1.2 billion gambling resort near the Mystic River is criticizing the state regulations facing companies like his bidding for casino licenses in Massachusetts.

Steve Wynn called the rules “probably one of the most challenging, complex situations” he’s ever faced.

He said any other business offering to bring jobs and spend billions of dollars would get a much warmer reception.

Wynn’s comments come days after a spokesman for Caesars Entertainment also faulted what he called the state’s “arbitrary, unreasonable and inconsistent” standards.

Caesars had initially agreed to partner with Suffolk Downs on a proposed Boston casino. Suffolk Downs has since ended that partnership.

Officials have defended the regulations, saying they’re meant to get the best deal for the state and avoid any perceived conflict of interest.


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