The Big Gamble

Stay up-to-date with the local reporting on casinos & gambling and its impacts to  the region.

Connecticut’s gaming industry is expected to lose a big pot of money this week when MGM opens a resort in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Friday. The state is bracing for a drop in tax revenue, not just from Springfield, but from other resorts also opening soon.

Gubernatorial candidates Jay Gonzalez, left, and Bob Massie attended a Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee event.
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It's crunch time for Massachusetts candidates -- many of whom are just hoping voters know they exist.

Construction underway on June 6, 2018, on the casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Primary elections were held this week in Connecticut and Vermont for several offices, including governor. In Vermont, Democrat Christine Hallquist became the first transgender person to win a major party's nomination for governor.

An artist's rendering of the dynamic sign below the MGM Springfield marquee and other signs on the casino's parking garage facing Interstate 91.
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Massachusetts casino regulators have delivered a rare setback for MGM Springfield. The company wanted to play videos on a large sign visible from interstate 91, but the gaming commission worried about distracting drivers. 

Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, New York.
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MGM Springfield opens its resort casino in just over a week. One nearby casino  -- about 100 miles away in Schenectady, New York -- has been open for about a year and a half.  

The starting gate at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, Massachusetts, in 2004.
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Simulcast wagering on horse and dog races resumed Thursday afternoon and live horse races scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be run as planned. 

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MGM Resorts has announced a gambling partnership with the NBA and WNBA. But don't look for betting on basketball at MGM’s new Springfield casino anytime soon.