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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill in late 2011 that legalized casinos. The law allows three casinos, in three different geographic regions, plus one slot parlor.
The slot parlor, Plainridge Park Casino, a harness racing track located about 35 miles southwest of Boston, opened June 24, 2015.
The first resort-casino license in Region B (Western Massachusetts) was awarded to MGM Springfield on June 13, 2014. The second resort-casino license for Region A (Eastern Massachusetts) was awarded on September 17, 2014 to Wynn MA. The final resort-casino license for Region C (Southeastern Massachusetts) is expected to be awarded by late summer, 2015. Late 2017 is the earliest any of the casino/resorts are expected to open.
Additionally, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is planning to build a destination resort casino near Taunton. That casino is expected to open by mid-2017.
NOTE: If you happen to win a jackpot of $600 or more in Massachusetts, the casino will withhold 5% and send it to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. You may, however, be able to get some of that money refunded by filing a state income tax return. The $600 threshold also applies to any cash prizes won in casino drawings or tournaments, as well as the fair market value of non-cash prizes such as cars, houses, and trips.
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Shown below is a list of all Massachussetts casinos. Click on a name to see a page of detailed information about that particular casino.