.

Gaming Commission Approves State’s First Casino License

Panel voted Thursday on proposed slots parlor in Massachusetts.

An rendition of what the Plainridge Park Casino would look like. Photo Credit: Plainridge Park Casino
An rendition of what the Plainridge Park Casino would look like. Photo Credit: Plainridge Park Casino
In a vote of 3-2, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has given conditional approval for the state’s first casino license - a slots parlor in Plainville.

The Boston Globe is reporting the five-member panel voted to approve Penn National’s proposal for its planned slots parlor PlainRidge Park Casino in the Plainridge Racecourse site on Rte. 1 in Plainville Massachusetts.

The Globe is reporting Penn National has until 9:30 a.m. Friday morning to accept the conditions set by the commission.

There is only one slot parlor license available for the state of Massachusetts and allows the recipient to provide up to 1,250 slot machines but no gaming tables. Two other properties were also in consideration: Raynham Park (the former dog-racing track) and Cordish Cos (a family owned Maryland company) which proposed a slot parlor in Leominster.

Last September, Plainridge Racecourse owners reached a deal to sell the track to Penn National conditional on the gaming company getting the approval from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

Four towns surrounding the current Plainridge location had to sign off on a community agreement with Penn National. In December, Foxborough was the fourth and final town to do so. Penn National needed this support to go forward in the process of obtaining the state’s only slot parlor licence for the harness racing track.

Last summer, Penn National failed to get community support for a slot parlor on a 30-acre lot off Ames Pond Drive in Tewksbury near the Andover line. In September, Tewksbury selectmen voted unanimously to cancel a planned Sept. 21 special referendum on casino gambling just three days after special Town Meeting voters turned down a slots-only casino proposal.
HJ February 27, 2014 at 03:30 PM
Let's bankrupt more people. Great idea.
Jamie St. Pierre February 27, 2014 at 03:56 PM
It's about time! When are we gonna get a real casino though?
Prometheus February 27, 2014 at 04:12 PM
Probably never....NH will build build one better, faster, on budget, on roads that are smooth, and in an area tourists/vacationers will enjoy visiting.
steve forte February 27, 2014 at 04:38 PM
I hope so prom
Janet Kennedy February 27, 2014 at 06:45 PM
I am very happy Plainville got it, The BOS in Foxboro took our rights away because the Mommies bullied them. I just wanted to hear about it it. But no that group bullied people and made up all types of stuff ( I have proof they did) . So it is what it is. The people of Plainville got to vote and foxboro didn't
Joe Viglione February 27, 2014 at 06:56 PM
Here Comes REVERE!
Stoughton Parent February 27, 2014 at 11:30 PM
All gamblers die broke. Words to remember.
andy gaeta February 28, 2014 at 07:18 AM
insanity!!!!!!!!!
Steven February 28, 2014 at 08:35 AM
The state's politicians need more revenue in order to "redistribute" wealth (i.e., buy votes to stay in power and keep the gravy train rolling). And apparently they need a lot of it -- THREE resort casinos plus a slots parlor in a small state like MA. I guess families that will be financially devastated by gambling are just considered necessary collateral damage. And, hey, they'll have a lot of fun along the way to bankruptcy!
Sean Ward February 28, 2014 at 09:13 AM
I do find it interesting that people are more offended by tax revenue coming from people willingly going to a casino to gamble than they are with it coming out of people's pay checks who are just trying to earn enough money to make ends meet.
Milford Senior Man February 28, 2014 at 09:35 AM
I live in Milford and a slots parlor don't bother me. I don't gamble... 99.9% who play slots loose.
Jarlath Crowe February 28, 2014 at 11:26 AM
Should I keep my doors locked in case the desperate gamblers look for more loose change?
kalman berke February 28, 2014 at 11:59 AM
You are so confused about taxation and gambling that it is a wonder there is any civilization at all..
Matt February 28, 2014 at 01:54 PM
Yep keep an eye out for loose change. You could wake up one morning to find someone going through your couch cushions.
Silence DoBad February 28, 2014 at 06:44 PM
Boy I hope they let Entitlement recipients use their welfare cards right at the tables or the slots.
Just Me! March 01, 2014 at 07:24 AM
Wow...some of the negative comments here blow me away. C'mon people it's a "SLOT MACHINE" building. No gaming tables, no high stakes betting and it promotes harness racing. So let's see, does the gambler put down $100 on a night out with dinner and betting on the horses or go out and buy $100 worth of Mass Lottery tickets. The place is out in the middle of nowhere, not bothering any neighborhood nor town people! Added revenue to the town, to the state and will employ alot of people in the area. We had the Foxboro Racetrack down that way for years..I don't remember the mob taking over anything, degenerate gamblers sleeping on peoples lawns or living under RR bridges. Give it a rest everyone and reap the benefits of something local. Fret not though, there will still be the dozen or so busses going down to casinos in Conn. if you choose to take your business elsewhere!
kalman berke March 01, 2014 at 09:51 AM
The issue completely buzzes over head. The matter concerns the state sponsorship of a negative, non producing enterprise. If we are so open to a new morality why not one that is a productive effort like subsidizing pot cultivation including hemp use? Why sponsor and tax cancer, alcoholism and debt as good sources of taxes? The new morality is all about taxes anyway. Be smart and not dumb! We might then be able to invest in infra structure as a good source of economy!
Janet Kennedy March 01, 2014 at 10:10 AM
To all the negative ones . Put your negative thoughts into the problems with Department of C & F Do you think its ok for the State to be Missing Kids's . I for one think that that would be a great cause for you to sink your teeth into
Silence DoBad March 01, 2014 at 10:29 AM
This state has so many incompetency issues choosing one would be a disservice to thinking people. From the Incompetent Governor (that needed 3 tries to pass the State Bar exam, though he went to Harvard, hmmmmmm?) to the incompetent local leaders. Our state flag should have a gold goose with a severed head on the ground with throngs of Welfare classes holding forks over it. Ha! That was funny! Just popped into my head!
John Mack March 01, 2014 at 12:04 PM
So if we eliminated all MA income taxes would your income increased enough that you felt you achieved the American Dream? I say that lack of education, lack of ambition and laziness are the real enemy. My grandfather broke his back on a shovel. He didn't tell me I could sit back and take it easy because we were entitled to the American Dream. He showed us how to work hard, how to provide, how to be a man. When you are the man, fear of "the man" just doesn't exist.
BH March 01, 2014 at 02:01 PM
When welfare pays more than minimum wage in most states I think we may have a problem. Where is the motivation to work? Who can blame people that opt to do nothing all day and make more than someone working a 10 hour shift at McDonalds? The fed and local governments deserve the full blame.
Ken B. March 02, 2014 at 11:45 AM
The rush is on to grant the four licenses and get construction started in order to nullify the "repeal the deal" ballot question this November. With all due respect to four-legged barnyard animals, the pigs on Bacon Hill need a never ending flow of cash to keep their filthy snouts in the trough.
mplo March 02, 2014 at 01:21 PM
This is just crazy! The last thing the Bay State needs are casinos, especially in Boston, and/or the towns and cities that are adjacent to it. Our streets, roads and highways are congested enough, and we've got enough of a crime problem in many areas here, and people are having a hard time making ends meet WITHOUT casinos around? What do we need casinos for? There are enough problems in need of addressing without them!
John March 02, 2014 at 04:12 PM
When was the last time the brain-dead, liberal, socialist, Democratic-controlled Mass. State House did ANYTHING positive for the hard-working, tax-paying, LEGAL residents of this state? The answer, of course, is never. And if Coakley should win this fall, watch out as it will only get worse, which considering we've been enduring the stellar "leadership" of Deval Patrick for the last 7 years is saying something. Also, Ken B.'s comments above are 100% spot-on.
Gretchen Robinson March 03, 2014 at 09:22 PM
John, you might look at your opinions. Lots of rightwing Republicans are in favor of and supporting gambling. Your hatred of democrats seems to be pathological (to your common sense).
Ken B. March 05, 2014 at 06:41 PM
Let's examine that democrat "leadership" Gretchen, shall we ? Compounding Lab: 64 Dead and counting. Drug Lab: 1 Dead, more to follow, thousands of convictions overturned and at least $50 million down the toilet. DCF: 1 missing & presumed dead, dozens more dead under their care. Welfare: Rampant abuse, and a total refusal to do anything about it. All of this and more, well into Devoid's tenure & accompanied by veto-proof demo majorities in both houses. Yes, I could go on and on, but you already had your head stuck in the sand at "...that democrat....."
kalman berke March 05, 2014 at 08:03 PM
Ken B is a tea bagger since he cites no facts only mythical things heard on Fox. Are you really serious? Thousands? You deserve every bad thing that you can dream of to blame on your boogey men.
Ken B. March 05, 2014 at 08:53 PM
Hey kal, I'd ask you for citations or links to disprove any one of the facts I posted, but I won't 'cause you would have to have an IQ a tad above room temperature to understand the question. Now that you've made a complete fool of yourself, mommy's calling you to get off the computer and go nite-nite. Buh-bye !
Edward Cherry March 13, 2014 at 10:25 PM
It' Crazy Eddie Time I' AN AQUANTANCE OF STEVE CLAUDIA,NIKO,AND ARNO; AND HAVE MET NEIGHBOR BRIDGET WHO LIVES ACROSS16TH FROM THE McEWANES ALSO MET SOPHI NIKO'S OLD GIRLFRIEN AND MARCIANO ARNO'S FRIEND HE TOLD ME ABOUT WHEN WE SPENT TIME HERE IN TUCSON DOING COMPASIONATE INTERESTING THINGS TOGEATHER. I'D LOVE TO VISIT THE ISLAND AND WALK WERE MY FORE FATHERS WHO ARRIVED ON THIS CONTENET TOGEATER AS DANIEL BOONE'S GRANDAD DID AT PLYMOTH, MASS.. lOVE eVERY BODY EVER THOSE WHO LIKE WITH CHRIST DON'T NO WHAT THEIR DOING AS THE CRISIFIED HIM ON THE CROSS OF CRUCIFICTION.
BH March 14, 2014 at 12:50 AM
Wow, go away Ed

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »