The Big Gamble

Stay up-to-date with NEPR's local reporting on casinos and gambling, and its impact on the region.

The MGM Springfield construction site.
Don Treeger / The Republican

MGM's Springfield casino is scheduled to open in less than a year. That could have local residents with gambling addictions nervous. 

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Berkshire Museum / Creative Commons

Our panel of journalists looks at the big stories in the news. 

MGM International has announced its intention to build a resort casino in Bridgeport. The gaming giant Monday held a ground-breaking ceremony for the project at Steelepoint Harbor on the city’s waterfront. 

When it comes to real estate, the old phrase “location, location, location” still applies.

And for many, there’s no better real estate than along the water. That includes along the Mystic River in Everett.

That’s where workers for the planned Wynn casino are transforming what had been home to industrial chemical plants into a glittering, 27-floor Las Vegas-style casino.

But as the tower rises — it’s now up to five floors — focus is on the ground and along the water when it comes to mitigating the effects of climate change.

Construction of the MGM casino in Springfield, Mass., as of Oct. 2016.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

New legislation allowing Massachusetts casinos to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. gives them a competitive advantage over gambling facilities in several neighboring states.

With approval from regulators, the Bay State could allow casinos to serve booze several hours later than any other New England state with legal gambling.

Casinos in Connecticut and Rhode Island must stop selling alcohol at 2 a.m. on weekends, and 1 a.m. during the week. In Maine, they can serve until 1 a.m.

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