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Massachusetts regulator delays Brockton casino talks until September

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC), which voted against a $677m casino-and-hotel complex for Brockton two years ago, said it will reconsider the project later this September.  

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In the meantime, the state gambling regulator said it is currently diverting all its attention to the opening of MGM Resorts International's $950m resort in Springfield on August 24.

Stephen Crosby, MGC chairman, said: “We’ve got our hands full until September.”

Mass Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) filed a request for the reconsideration of the casino project in June. In its request, MGE said the “south-eastern region of the state continues to languish without a casino.”

The proposed Mashpee Wampanoag casino plans for Taunton were also stopped due to litigation and federal legislative issues.

MGE reminded MGC that the state's gaming laws allow three casinos in the state and that they should move forward with the licensing of a casino in Brockton.

The Commission has approved casinos in two other locations – MGM Springfield in western Massachusetts and Encore Boston Harbor, which is currently under development.

MGE said the casino would help rake in over $100m for the state to reinvest back into the community.

MGE asserts the new casino venue would provide thousands of residents with new job opportunities and boost the state's economy.

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