Casinos in downtown Boston? Cape Cod?
It could happen. [Expanded from just on Indian reservations.]
Massachusetts is considering plans to approve resort casinos and casino developers recently met with gambling experts in an effort to get the ball rolling.
“We’re not counting any chickens before they’re hatched,” said Chip Tuttle, chief operating officer at Suffolk Downs Racetrack, which has partnered with Wonderland Greyhound Park to build a casino in East Boston.
“But we are in a unique position to go forward if the debate favors expanded gambling because we have been conducting gaming on the property since 1935.”
The forum, sponsored by the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, brought together executives from Mohegan Sun, Wonderland Greyhound Park and Suffolk Downs with gambling addiction treatment experts.
Last week, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he wants legislation introduced next month that would expand gambling in the Bay State. The proposal could include as many as three resort-style casinos and slots at racetracks.
The owner of Suffolk Downs said that even if his track gets state approval, he would keep horse racing at the site. Just add a casino.