Former Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Steve Crosby at a meeting held at the MassMutual Center in April 2016.
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Stephen Crosby, who served as chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission since its inception and has overseen the implementation of casino gaming in the Bay State, resigned from the commission Wednesday afternoon, effective immediately.

The MGM Springfield casino ahead of its August 24, 2018, opening date.
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Updated 5:20 p.m.

Massachusetts gambling regulators are reporting MGM Springfield generated $9.5 million from gambling operations in its first week open. 

The MGM Springfield casino on opening day, Friday, August 24, 2018.
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The volume of people who have visited MGM Springfield since it opened three weeks ago has well exceeded the gaming company's estimates. But casino executives told Massachusetts gaming regulators Thursday they are running into an issue with minors on the gaming floor.

Randy Wexler, right, visited the MGM casino with his friend, Richard Emmings, left, on August 31, 2018.
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It's been a little over a week since the new MGM casino opened to much fanfare in Springfield, Massachusetts. A week later, some folks sounded happier than others. 

A scene at Thursday's "preview party" at MGM Springfield.
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Updated 4:45 p.m.

The first resort casino in Massachusetts opened Friday, a $960 million complex in downtown Springfield with expansive Las Vegas-style gambling and entertainment options.