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Mass. Panel Finds Path for Revere Casino Plan


BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) — The state makes a ruling on Mohegan Sun’s last minute plans to build a casino in the eastern part of the state – after voters in Palmer said ‘no’.

It was just over a month ago that folks in Palmer went to the polls and by a very close vote, rejected plans by Mohegan Sun to build a resort casino in their town.

Almost immediately… officials at Mohegan Sun shifted gears, announcing they were now pursuing a casino on land owned by Suffolk Downs in Revere.

It’s something of a ‘marriage of convenience’ – because back in October Suffolk Downs’ casino partner, Caesars Entertainment, was deemed unsuitable for a casino license by state investigators.

Plus, the earlier plan to build a casino on the Boston-Revere border was rejected by voters in East Boston but approved by Revere voters.

Thus, the Revere-only Suffolk Downs/Mohegan Sun partnership was born.

And Tuesday, state gambling regulators adopted a plan that would allow Mohegan Sun to pursue that casino in Revere, pending the results of a second vote.

The compromise approved by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is an attempt to resolve a sticky dispute over whether the shift to a Revere-only facility would require a second referendum.

So Mohegan sun is now allowed to request a waiver from the rules that had required a referendum vote before the Dec. 31 casino application deadline.

If approved by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, a vote could take place after the deadline possibly in February.

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