Will Massachusetts Casino Gambling Ever Really Happen? Place Your Bets

Overlook the British; are casinos ever coming to Massachusetts? (Image source: Britannica.com)

Last year, Massachusetts passed casino gambling legislation, but in 2013, it is still uncertain whether that will trigger any casinos that are actual built in the state. While that legislation made it feasible for licensing of up to three casinos in parts of this state (along with one parlor that is slots, a mix of reluctant communities and a brutally intrusive gaming commission are starting to help make some wonder if anyone will ever get approved for a casino here.

Uphill Battle So Far

Here’s the reality: many communities have rejected the concept of experiencing a casino in their neighborhood. East Boston and Palmer both said no to casinos on this Election that is past Day while many other towns stopped proposals from going forward before they ever got on the ballot. That does not suggest every casino has been refused, of course. Milford is working together with Foxwoods on a proposal that will be taken fully to a vote on November 19, while the town of Everett overwhelmingly approved a Wynn project, with 87 percent of voters coming out in favor of it. And MGM won a casino vote in Springfield this summer also.

But that alone is not enough. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission must also approve the companies that will be running these gambling enterprises, and that is needs to look like a real issue in some Continue reading →