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Boston to Become Las Vegas East?

 
 
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Thu 15 Sep, 2011 08:21 pm
@Region Philbis,
I'm a-gonna have to move back to the Bay State. Here in the Sandwich Islands you can't even buy a scratch ticket. No lottery, no casinos, no nothin'. And I don't think I know anyone here who doesn't go to Las Vegas from time to time whenever they feel they can afford the air fare.
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maxdancona
 
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Reply Fri 16 Sep, 2011 06:38 am
A casino in Boston is a good thing from my perspective. To play poker now I have three options including a nearby slightly illegal poker room where I am not completely sure the game is fair, an old racetrack turned charity poker room about 45 minutes to the north, or 2 hours to get to a real casino.

Having real casino poker that I can get to on the T will make me happy.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 13 Oct, 2011 02:27 pm
Quote:
Mass. Senate passes casino gambling bill

The Massachusetts Senate this afternoon approved casino gambling, bolstering the likelihood
that slot machines and full-scale table games will be coming to the Commonwealth.

The bill, which passed 24-14, included a rare vote from Senate President Therese Murray, who
cast her “yes” in a roll call vote just after 4 p.m.

The plan would authorize three “resort” casinos and one slots-only gambling parlor in Massachusetts.
The House passed a similar version of the bill last month. Now the measure goes to a joint House-Senate
conference committee where lawmakers will reconcile the differences that now exist in the two versions.

Once a final proposal has been ironed out, the legislation will head to Governor Deval Patrick’s desk
for his signature. Patrick has indicated initial support for the plan.
(globe)
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George
 
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Reply Thu 13 Oct, 2011 05:47 pm
Next step: the Massachusetts Gaming Authority.

A bloated bureaucracy providing a great place for pols to stick their
neer-do-well brothers-in-law.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Tue 22 Nov, 2011 10:17 am

done deal...

Quote:
Patrick signs Mass. casino gambling bill into law

Governor Deval Patrick has signed the bill legalizing casinos in Massachusetts, ending a years long battle on Beacon Hill
and paving the way for full-scale casinos and slots in this state.

In a bill-signing ceremony at the State House this morning, the Governor, flanked by House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo,
made Massachusetts the 40th state in the country to legalize casinos and slot parlors.

The historic signing follows years of intense lobbying by the casino industry and several near misses in the Legislature.
The bill, approved by lawmakers on a final vote in the waning hours of the legislative session last week, allows three
full-scale casinos and one slot machine parlor.

Lawmakers say the slot parlor, which requires minimal investment, could open within a year. There is disagreement
over how long it will take to open the casinos: a state report has suggested a 5-year timetable is possible while proponents
have said it could take as little as three to four years.

Supporters, including Patrick and the state’s other most powerful Democrats, say casinos will help reduce the state’s
unemployment problem and revitalize the state budget. They say state residents are already spending freely at casinos
in neighboring states.

Opponents counter that the state will lose money combating increased crime and dependency and diminish residents’
quality of life through increased addiction.
(globe)
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Tue 22 Nov, 2011 01:42 pm
@Region Philbis,
Thx, RP.

Strange feeling -- I'm old enough to remember when gambling of just about any kind was illegal virtually everywhere except in Nevada and a couple of counties in other states. (In Massachusetts, if you drove across the state line into neighboring New Hampshire to buy a NH Sweepstakes ticket and then came back across the state line carrying said ticket, you stood a chance of being stopped by the MA state police and cited for the offense! It actually happened a few times.) Now Mass. has become one of 40 states that have some form of casino gambling. That's 40 out of 50.

Excellent!

Where I live now (Hawaii) there is no legal gambling of any kind whatever. There isn't even a state lottery and you can't buy scratch tickets anywhere. That's sad.
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Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Mon 12 Dec, 2011 11:28 pm
http://www.boston.com/Boston/politicalintelligence/2011/11/patrick-signs-casino-bill-into-law/UR8XgKZ7ahsQP3yps8dKDL/index.html

By Noah Bierman, Globe Staff


Governor Deval Patrick has signed the bill legalizing casinos in Massachusetts, ending a years long battle on Beacon Hill and paving the way for full-scale casinos and slots in this state.

In a bill-signing ceremony in his office this morning, the governor, flanked by House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, made Massachusetts the 40th state in the country to legalize casinos and slot parlors.

“Now the work will turn to getting it right in the implementation,” Patrick said as he put his signature on the bill just after 10:30 a.m.

The historic signing follows years of intense lobbying by the casino industry and several near misses in the Legislature. The bill, approved by lawmakers on a final vote in the waning hours of the legislative session last week, allows three full-scale casinos and one slot machine parlor.

Speaking at this morning’s ceremony, DeLeo said, “there were times when I would question whether we would ever come to this day.”

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