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Originally Published:Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Massachusetts Gaming Commission sets date for awarding first casino license

By Dan Ring
The Republican Massachusetts

BOSTON - State gaming officials Tuesday agreed to approve the state's first casino license by early 2014. The five-member Massachusetts Gaming Commission, at its meeting today in Boston, aired a draft master schedule that calls for granting a license for a casino or a slots parlor by Feb. 26 of 2014. Fredric E. Gushin, a director of Spectrum Gaming Group in Linwood, N.J., a consultant for the commission, said it could take 18 months to two years to build a casino resort, meaning it might open in early 2016. A slots parlor, which could be in an existing building and would be less complicated, could be completed in nine months to a year, he added. Gaming commissioners said they would seek to speed up the proposed schedule. "We will move heaven and earth ... to get our job done as soon as we can," said chairman Stephen P. Crosby. The gaming commission is in charge of putting state law into effect and approving up to three casino resorts and one slots parlor. The state's gaming law was approved in November of last year.
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