Massachusetts Land Casino Denied Gaming License

A proposed casino resort property in Brockton Massachusetts will not be built after the state's Gaming Commission denied Mass Gaming & Entertainment a gaming license.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission denied the license with a 4-1 vote, after what was described as a "thoughtful" consideration. The decision is a boon for the state's Mashpee Wampanoag Indian tribe, which is building a $1 billion resort in the same area, which broke ground earlier this year. Of course, the fact that the tribe is going to pay a 17% tax on revenues likely aided the Commission's decision.

Commenting on the decision Mashpee Wampanoag Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell said, "Historically, our people have been the recipients of a string of broken promises. Today is not one of those days. Today, the gaming commission upheld the Commonwealth's end of the bargain, paving the way for a fruitful economic partnership."

The Brockton development would have been built on the area's fairgrounds, and would have hosted a casino, hotel, and entertainment complex at a cost of $677 million.

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10 May 2016 - 12:03pm

Big relief obviously for the local Indian tribe which will allows them to be the only casino in the area, I'm not sure how fair is this decision by the Gaming commission but don't look like a too objective to me.