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COMMISSIONERS SEE NO SIGNIFICANT ISSUES WITH MGM

A state gambling regulator reviewing MGM's finances and projected revenues for its proposed $800 million casino in Springfield gave a largely positive assessment as the gambling giant seeks to become the state's first licensed casino operator.

 

Massachusetts Gaming Commission member Enrique Zuniga developed the report and presented it at a Tuesday hearing. He said the MGM Resorts International casino would draw largely from western and central Massachusetts, and nearby Connecticut.

 

He said the casino's likely market represents between $416 million to $485 million in potential annual revenue, based on the commission's independent financial advisors.

 

The five-member commission is reviewing MGM's 236-page casino license application all day Tuesday and Wednesday as it prepares to issue a final award by Friday.

 

Earlier in the day, Commissioner James McHugh gave the casino plan high marks for building and site design.

 

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