BOSTON (as reported by the Associated Press) -- Seven companies hoping to build casinos in Massachusetts have plunked down $400,000 each in nonrefundable application fees ahead of a key
A 2011 law signed by Gov. Deval Patrick allows up to three casinos in Massachusetts.
Among those jumping into the casino race is Las Vegas developer Steve Wynn who has eyed a site in Everett.
Others who have paid the fee and submitted an application include: MGM Springfield; Penn National Gaming, Inc.; Plainridge Racecourse; Hard Rock; and Mohegan Sun.
Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, which operates Suffolk Downs, has also has also paid the 400,000 fee, but hasn't yet submitted an application.
The deadline is Tuesday at 5 p.m.
The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is hoping to build in southeastern Massachusetts. The casino law gave first crack in the region to a federally-recognized tribe.
|Penn National Gaming owns and operates casino and horse racing facilities with a focus on slot machine entertainment. The company presently operates sixteen facilities in thirteen jurisdictions including Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ontario. In aggregate, Penn National's facilities feature over 18,600 slot machines, nearly 400 table games, almost 1,200 hotel rooms and approximately 565,000 square feet of gaming floor space.|
|MGM MIRAGE is one of the world's leading gaming companies. It owns and operates 24 properties located in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has investments in four other properties in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois and the United Kingdom. MGM MIRAGE has also announced plans to develop Project CityCenter, a multi-billion dollar mixed-use urban development project in the heart of Las Vegas, and has a 50 percent interest in MGM Grand Macau.|
|The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is a popular destination entertainment resort that was built in 1995. It has over 600 rooms and features over 650 slots and 90 table games. In addition to the hotel and casino, the property has a beach club with a swimming pool that was selected by the Travel Channel as one of the top 10 pools in the world, the Body English nightclub, "The Joint" concert hall, five restaurants, including the world famous Nobu, and an 8,000-square-foot spa and fitness center.|
|Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States. What began with the Casino of the Earth in 1996 has evolved into a destination that now includes: the Casino of the Sky and over 300,000 square feet of total gaming space; The Shops at Mohegan Sun, featuring more than 60 retail shops and dining venues; the 10,000-seat Mohegan Sun Arena for world-class sporting events and concerts, an intimate Cabaret Theatre; and a 34-story luxury hotel, featuring 1,200 guestrooms and suites, premier meeting and convention space and a world-class spa.|
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