Caesars Entertainment yesterday sued Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Steven Crosby, charging he sabotaged its bid to run a proposed Suffolk Downs casino because of his past relationship with a co-owner of the Everett land on which archrival Steve Wynn wants to build a casino.
In its complaint, filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Caesars says a firm hired by the state to investigate... Read more
The Globe reports the Connecticut casino is joining up with the racetrack as the proposed operator of the proposed only-in-Revere resort casino.
The MetroWest Daily News reports on today's referendum. So that leaves, what, Everett and maybe Revere for eastern Mass.?
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission says the folks behind Suffolk Downs are fine, upstanding people and can proceed with their application for a billion-dollar casino project on the East Boston/Revere line.
In a ruling released today, the commission did say Suffolk Downs will have to propose a new operator to replace Caesars Entertainment and do a better job of vetting that company first.
The... Read more
Suffolk Downs officials said today they were shocked to learn of the issues raised by a state investigation into operations at their proposed casino operator earlier this month - especially after learning state investigators had started asking questions about them several months earlier.
Meanwhile, officials said they are talking to a number of new possible casino operators, but can't guarantee they'll have one selected by... Read more
The state Gaming Commission today released a redacted copy of the 558-page investigative report that led Suffolk Downs to drop Caesars Entertainment as manager of its proposed casino last week.
In addition to concerns about possible Russian-mob ties to an investor in a company with which Caesars was doing business on a Nevada project and one Caesars executives past in Internet gambling,... Read more
In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission today, Caesars Entertainment said Massachusetts gaming investigators raised red flags over three issues related to its proposed involvement in the Suffolk Downs project: One executive's past "employment by public companies in the internet gaming industry," the company's overall financial health, but most important, a "business relationship related to a license agreement for branding of a... Read more
The Globe reports Secretary of State William Galvin says East Boston and Revere residents will vote Nov. 5 on whether to approve a Suffolk Downs casino even if Suffolk Downs doesn't have a new manager for the facility in place by then.
On Friday, Suffolk Downs said it was booting Caesars because of concerns raised in a state report due out on Wednesday.
Over... Read more
Unless, of course, somebody at the gaming commission leaks a copy of its Caesars report to the Globe first. In a statement today, the commission has this to say about the report by its investigators that caused Suffolk Downs to decide not to have Caesars run its proposed casino:
Due to the content of recent media reports and the impending Host Community Agreement referenda... Read more
The announcement Friday night that Caesars Entertainment is withdrawing its stake in the Suffolk Downs effort to secure a casino license has been met with shock and wonder.
The shock is simple - how could a giant, worldwide company like Caesars fail to meet or even to exceed the application standards set by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission when it operates under the stringent laws... Read more
Nothing like a little Friday-evening bombshell: Suffolk Downs is giving casino giant Caesars the boot, just weeks before East Boston voters are supposed to decide whether to approve the idea of a $1-billion resort casino next to the racetrack.
In a letter to the casino operator (attached below), Suffolk Downs COO Chip Tuttle said an investigation by the state Gaming Commission's Investigations and Enforcement Bureau... Read more
The Globe reports several black ministers endorsed John Connolly yesterday and notes how dramatic that was given that some of them were comparing him to, gasp, Louise Day Hicks just last year, after he publicly called for School Superintendent Carol Johnson to quit. The Globe says Connolly stopped saying that after meeting with one of the ministers and agreeing to try to work... Read more
John Connolly today announced his position on the arbitrator's award in the stalled police contract talks: Both sides should go back to the bargaining table, because cops deserve a contract, but the city can't afford to pay for the arbitrator's award:
I believe that the arbitrator's award is out of line with the current economic environment and not in the best interests of the taxpayers.... Read more
A group of East Boston religious leaders today launched a campaign against the proposed resort casino at Suffolk Downs. As their Web site says:
Because we believe God has something better for East Boston than a casino.
More specifically, the clergy members say the casino would leader to more crime, addiction, traffic, pollution and bankruptcy and higher insurance rates.
East Boston residents vote... Read more
The Globe reports the city council agrees with Tom Menino - it voted 12-to-O'Malley today to limit the upcoming vote on the Suffolk Downs casino proposal to just East Boston residents.
The Globe reports the operators of the would-be casino and Mayor Menino have come to terms on payments to the city (tough nougies, Winthrop) and minimum employment levels.
The move clears the way for a referendum in East Boston and Revere to decide the fate of the proposal. Everett voters recently overwhelmingly supported a competing plan in an industrial wasteland in their city -... Read more
Up until now, the candidates have mostly contented themselves with playing up their own platforms on issues. Casinos, however, change everything.
Mike Ross blasted Dan Conley for calling for a citywide referendum on the Suffolk Downs proposal and threatening to sue to stop an Everett casino if Suffolk Downs goes down in flames:
Whether a casino is built in Everett or East Boston, it's going... Read more