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The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is wasting little time in breaking ground as it makes its pitch for its proposed tribal casino in Taunton, Massachusetts.

The tribe, which gained sovereignty from the U.S. government in 2007, has created an aggressive timeline for its proposed First Light Casino project, as it has announced it would like to break ground early next month in order to have a grand opening, sans hotel, in the summer of 2017.

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According to the tribe, the $1 billion First Light project will boast three 15-story luxury hotels, retail stores, and a water park, to go along with its plans for a gaming floor consisting of 3,000 slot machines, 150 table games, and a sizable 40 table poker room.

The tribe appeared before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday to unveil more details about its plan. However, because of its tribal sovereignty and the tribe’s land going into trust last year, and the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the Wampanoag tribe doesn’t need the state’s approval to build a casino, although it would be best for all involved if the state and the tribe worked together and were on the same page.

Mashpee Wampanoag plan to have #FirstLight Resort Casino open for gaming and food in summer 2017. Hotel to follow.

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Because of the aggressive timeline, the First Light Casino would be the first destination casino in Massachusetts to open its doors. The MGM project in Springfield and the Wynn project in Everett are slated to have their ribbon-cuttings in 2018, and the Wynn project has run into several delays due to disagreements with neighboring communities.

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State’s plans thrown into disarray

The original plan when Massachusetts passed its casino law in 2011 was to license three destination casinos in three separate “zones” in the state, as well as one slot casino, which has already opened in Plainville, Massachusetts.

Those plans may have to be altered now that the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has made clear it will build a tribal casino in Taunton, Massachusetts with or without the state’s blessing, something all recognized tribes are able to do in any state where casino gaming has been legalized.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will now have to decide if it wants to:

  1. Go forward with its original plans and license three destination casinos in addition to the Mashpee Wampanoag tribal casino;
  2. Fight the Wampanoags in court, which would likely do little more than delay First Light Casino and create ill will between the MGC, the Wampanoags, and the corporate casino entities in the state;
  3. Scrap the plans for three destination casinos and let the Wampanoag’s tribal casino replace the third licensee.

Saturation fears a growing concern

If the MGC and the state don’t fight against a tribal casino in Taunton, the state is likely to choose option three from above, and suspend the issuance of the third license, even though that would mean less revenue flowing into the state’s coffers due to the tax revenue breakdowns between tribal casinos and the states they are located in.

The potential of an oversaturated market like that of New Jersey and many other east coast gaming markets is simply too great.

The current frontrunner is Mass Gaming and Entertainment, a subsidiary of Rush Street Gaming, which would like to build in nearby Brockton, putting it in very close proximity to the Mashpee tribal casino, and creating a scenario where casino gaming in Massachusetts could very well hit a saturation point, something the creation of the three casino zones was meant to avoid.

Not only would First Light Casino and (likely) Rush Street’s project in Borckton be within 20 to 30 minutes of one another, but the already-open-for-business Plainridge Casino (racino) in Plainville, Massachusetts is just a mere 30 minute car ride from Taunton. The proposed Wynn Casino in Everett just an hour north.

The in-state competition is in addition to the Twin River Casino in neighboring Rhode Island, which is about 40 minutes from Taunton, and 20 minutes from Plainville.

The only casino in the region that wouldn’t get caught up in a likely marketing blitz designed to lure potential casino goers away from competitors would be the MGM Casino being built in Springfield, nearly two hours to the west of both Taunton and Everett.

Massachusetts adopted a new casino law in November 2011 which authorizes the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) to license 3 regional casinos and one slots parlor.

The law developed from a casino proposal first made in 2007 by Governor Deval Patrick. His original plan and the years of debates leading to passage of the Massachusetts casino bill are chronicled in news articles below.

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January 8, 2019 - The Mashpee tribe hopes Congress will take a new look at a bill to keep the tribe's reservation land in federal trust and allow the tribe to proceed with its casino plans... Read moreMohegan Sun ready to buy Encore Boston HarborDecember 01, 2018 - If state regulators decide to revoke the gaming license issued to Wynn Resorts for the Encore Boston Harbor casino, the Mohegan Sun will offer to buy the casino for $2.5 billion... Read moreAquinnah Tribe partners with Chickasaw for casino at Martha's VineyardAugust 22, 2018 - The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has partnered with the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma to develop a Class II casino on Marth's Vineyard... Read moreTaunton Casino Plan Appears DeadSeptember 7, 2018 - A federal judge has stopped the U.S. Interior Department from transferring 300 acres of tribal land into federal trust. This may effectively end the Taunton casino project... Read moreMashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reaffirmation Act would allow construction of Taunton casinoJune 21, 2018 - A proposed bill called the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reaffirmation Act to allow building the Taunton casino is gaining support... Read moreEverett Casino is renamed Encore Boston Harbor (opens summer 2019)May 1, 2018

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- Due to the allegations against Steve Wynn, the company decided to rebrand the Wynn Boston Harbor casino project. The $2.5 billion casino hotel will open in summer 2019... Read moreMGM Springfield announces earlier opening date of August 24April 26, 2018 - The new MGM Springfield will open August 24th at a cost of $960 million and taking nearly seven years to complete. It is located in the Downton-South End area off of I-90 and Main Street... Read moreMGM Springfield announces 1,000 new job openings
April 2, 2018 - When the MGM Springfield opens in September 22018 it will need 1,000 hirees for opening day and up to 3,000 for operation of the MGM Springfield properties... Read moreAquinnah Victory! Supreme Court Clears Way for Gambling Hall01.08.2018 - An announcement has been made by the United States Supreme Court that the petition submitted by Massachusetts and local officials will not be heard against the proposed Martha's Vineyard.. Read more News Archive

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08.24.2016 Motion Filed to Protect Mashpee Tribal Land Ruling
08.10.2016 Massachusetts to Recieve $300M From Casinos
06.21.2016 MGM Springfield Wants Legislation to Stop CT Tribal Casino
06.08.2016 Plainridge Park Casino Money to Fund New Town Buildings
06.06.2016 Martha's Vineyard Casino Supported by Dept of JusticeCasino Plans For Everett Ma
05.14.2016 First Light Resort and Casino Hosts Job Fair
04.24.2016 MA Gaming Commission to Decide on Third Gaming License
04.05.2016 First Light Resort & Casino Breaks Ground
03.15.2016 Wynn Remains Interested in Boston Harbor Casino Project
03.04.2016 Taunton Casino Hosting Meeting with MA Gaming Commission
02.27.2016 Construction at Wynn Casino MA Stopped
02.12.2016 New Lawsuit Filed Against Wynn Casino Everett
02.05.2016 Tribe Sued by Group Funded by Brocton Casino Developer
01.22.2016 Plainridge Park Blames Media for Revenue Decline
01.20.2016 Green Building Cert Awarded to Plainridge Park Casino
01.08.2016 Land Approved for Mashpee Wampanoag and Future Casino Site


12.24.2015 Motion to Reconsider Aquinnah Casino Rejected
11.30.2015 MGM Springfield to Fight Against East Hartford Casino Bill
11.24.2015 Aquinnah to Appeal Fed Judge Ruling Against Bingo Hall
11.12.2015 Land Placed into Trust for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
08.31.2015 BIA Clarifies Letter for Mashpee Casino Issues
08.11.2015 Wynn to Payout $850M for Everett Casino Resort
07.24.2015 New Bedford Casino Developers No Longer Interested
07.13.2015 Proposed Aquinnah Casino to Have New Vote
06.24.2015 Plainridge Park Casino Opens
06.23.2015 Voters Approve New Bedford Casino
06.18.2015 The First Casino in MA Prepares to Open
06.15.2015 Plainridge Park Casino wants New Address
05.20.2015 Possible Tribal Casino Slows MA Casino Decision
05.15.2015 Proposed Somerset Casino Drops Out
05.12.2015 Voters Approve Proposed Brockton Casino
05.11.2015 Brockton to Vote on Proposed Casino
04.23.2015 Mayor Questions Plans for Tiverton Casino
03.24.2015 Ground Broken at MGM Springfield
03.19.2015 Proposed New Bedford casino Strikes Deal
03.05.2015 Mohegan Sun Casino to Build Earth Hotel
01.05.2015 Aquinnah Casino Hearing to Take Place


12.30.2014 Wynn Unveils New Boston Casino Design
12.28.2014 Design Change for Boston Area Wynn Casino Project
12.09.2014 Players to Set Own Betting Limits at Plainridge Park Casino
11.20.2014 Deadline for MA Region C Casino License May be Postponed
11.04.2014 Question 3 Rejected by MA Voters
11.01.2014 MA Voters Showing Favor to Current Casino Law
10.31.2014 MA Voters to Decide on Move Forward with Casino Gambling
10.28.2014 Report for Everett Casino Postponed
10.23.2014 Wynn Resorts to Hold Environmental Meeting for Everett Casino
10.19.2014 Springfield to Host Casino Meeting with MGM
10.16.2014 Massachusetts Gaming Commission Sued by Suffolk Downs Workers
10.15.2014 MA to Vote on Casinos in November
09.29.2014 Amongst Voters Casinos are a Close Race
09.17.2014 Everett Casino Approved Means Suffolk Downs Closure
08.20.2014 Anti-Mashpee Wampanoag Casino Signs Posted
07.04.2014 Wording Of The Casino Ballet Measure May Be Confusing
06.20.2014 Northeast Gaming About to Reach Max Capacity
06.09.2014 Proposed MGM Casino Reviewed By MA Gaming Commission Friday
05.08.2014 Massachusetts Gaming Commission Votes Against City Votes
04.02.2014 New Environmental Study Needed for Proposed Revere Casino
04.01.2014 Mohegan Sun and Wynn Resorts Face New Challenge in MASS
03.13.2014 Foxwoods May Open Casino in Fall River
03.10.2014 Plainridge Park Casino To Break Ground Friday
02.25.2014 Mohegan Sun Revere Casino Plan Approved by Voters
02.06.2014 Possible Repeal of Casino Law in Mass.
01.20.2014 No New Casino Planned for Boston
01.18.2014 Mass. Gaming Commission to Review Casino Proposals
01.03.2014 Taunton Casino is a step closer


12.02.2013 Suffolk Downs to be Remade by Mohegan Sun
11.21.2013 Massachusetts Gaming Law May Be Repealed
11.19.2013 Milford Foxwood Casino Bid Heads to the Polls
11.18.2013 Support for MA Casino Shown in Poll
11.15.2013 New Gaming Compact for The Mashpee Wampanoag to be signed
11.12.2013 Feds Approve Wampanoag Casino
10.29.2013 New casino operator needed at Suffolk Downs
09.10.2013 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino New England Gives Thanks
08.09.2013 MA Casino Applicants must have community approval
07.18.2013 Approved West Springfield Casino opposition will continue
07.17.2013 MGM to Meet with Massachusetts Gaming Commission over Springfield Casino
07.15.2013 Massachusetts Gaming Commission Discusses Proposed Casinos
07.14.2013 Mass to Vote on New MGM Springfield Casino on Tuesday
07.14.2014 MGM Springfield and Tax Relief Issues
07.10.2013 Traffic Plan Released for Mohegan Sun Palmer
07.06.2013 Protesters Against Springfield Casino
06.24.2013 Western Massachusetts Casino effect on Local Business
05.13.2013 Western Mass plans for Casinos
04.24.2013 Worcester Casino Plans released for Approval
04.20.2013 Mass Gaming Commission Approves Commercial Casino Developers over Tribe
03.14.2013 New Casino Compact to be signed by Mass Gov
03.04.2013 Mohegan Sun MA Shares Some but Not All Casino Details
02.11.2013 Casino Negotiations to be Hosted by Mayor Sarno
01.15.2013 11 Companies Gamble on a Chance to Build Casino
01.08.2013 Mass Resort Casinos May Take 6 Years To Open

The two full-scale casinos in Massachusetts are taxed at a rate of 25 percent of their gross gaming revenue.The state is also entitled to more than $4.39 million of Plainridge’s November revenue in the form of taxes intended for local aid and another $988,000 for the Race Horse Development Fund. That works out to a total tax or assessment hit of almost $5.38 million last month, according to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. /plainridge-park-casino-plainville-ma-entertainment/. Combined, the two full-scale casinos generated about $16.8 million in tax revenue for the state last month.


10.30.2012 Colleges plan courses to train future casino employees
10.12.2012 Fed reject's Mashpee tribe's compact with state
10.10.2012 Possible Mohegan Sun Casino in Palmer
10.09.2012 Massachusetts is now accepting applications for new casinos
10.02.2012 Holyoke Community College Develops Program for licensed casino positions
08.22.2012 MGM files application for Springfield casino
08.11.2012 Suffolk Downs files first Massachusetts casino application
08.10.2012 Plainridge Racecourse files first Massachusetts slots application
08.04.2012 Mashpee Wampanoag Casino Status - Latest Update!
06.14.2012 Mass. Economy and Casinos discussed at Public Meeting
06.12.2012 Local business impact discussed by Springfield Casino Committee
04.12.2012 Boston to have Casino Commission
04.09.2012 First meeting of Massachusetts gaming commission to be held Tuesday
01.26.2012 Crossroads Resort Plans to be Discussed Tonight


12.07.2011 Attorney General Stops Casino Referendum
12.03.2011 Proposed MA Casinos could effect gaming in Neighboring States
11.22.2011 Massachusetts casino bill signed into law
11.16.2011 Mohegan Sun plans to expand to Palmer
11.16.2011 Former Westinghouse bought for Future Ameristar Casino Site
10.10.2011 Mass Casino Debate continues with Pros and Cons
09.22.2011 Change in Casino Bill wanted by Mass. Commission on Indian Affairs
09.20.2011 Massachusetts Prepares for Debate over Casino
06.20.2011 Massachusetts State Government Discusses Possible Casino Future
02.24.2011 Massachusetts Gaming support from Governor Patrick


09.08.2010 Palmer still wants a casino
07.06.2010 Suffolk Downs details casino proposal
06.18.2010 Revised Senate bill doesn't guarantee Indian casino license
06.15.2010 Crossroads Casino proposed in Milford
05.25.2010 Aquinnah pitch competing Fall River casino plan
05.17.2010 Wampanoags Indian casino plan shifts to Fall River
04.15.2010 Massachusetts legislature legalizes 2 casinos and 3000 slots
04.09.2010 Indian casino resort supported in Palmer


12.21.2009 Mashpee Indian casino hopes kept alive
09.28.2009 Mashpee Wampanoag's casino encouraged by Dorgan amendment
07.18.2009 Mohegan Sun Casino Palmer
07.16.2009 New Survey: Palmer residents support casino
04.17.2009 New House Speaker revives casino debate
04.05.2009 Mohegan Sun pitches Palmer casino to Massachusetts lawmakers
03.25.2009 Massachusetts Tribe Pursuing Political Fix
03.10.2009 U.S. Supreme Court ruling blocks Wampanoag casino
02.20.2009 Wampanoag tribe seeks casino talks


11.03.2008 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in RI will affect Mashpee Casino
09.08.2008 Patrick rejects casino negotiations with tribe
09.03.2008 Wampanoag tribe ask Patrick to negotiate casino deal
08.11.2008 Study urges gaming compact with Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
06.10.2008 Patrick ready to negotiate Wampanoag casino compact
05.06.2008 Poll shows 57% now favor allowing casinos
04.07.2008 Mashpee tribal land deal approved by town residents
03.24.2008 Wampanoag Hope for Casino Approval
03.13.2008 First Discussion of an Indian Gaming Compact
03.06.2008 New Casino Study
03.05.2008 Middleboro Casino Hearing March 25th
02.06.2008 Gov Patrick Files Opposition to Indian Casino in Middleborough
01.08.2008 Fed Policy Change Complicates Middleboro Indian Casino
05.21.2008 House Speaker proposes referendum on casinos
05.21.2008 Senate seeks new study of casinos
03.20.2008 Governor's Casino Plan Dead
03.19.2008 Committee Votes to Reject Patrick's Casino Proposal
03.19.2008 Gov. Patrick Concedes Defeat is Likely in House
03.18.2008 DiMasi Blasts Patrick's Casino Proposal

12.17.2007 Report Justifies a Fourth Casino
12.03.2007 Trump Discusses Revere Site for Casino


11.15.2007 Casino Issue Will Not be on Primary Ballot
10.15.2007 Boston Mayor Supports Suffolk Downs Casino
10.11.2007 Govenor Patrick Sends Casino Gambling Bill to Legislature

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10.04.2007 Local Voter Approval Required for Casinos
09.30.2007 Poll 53% Support Casino Plan
09.23.2007 Suffolk Downs Seeks Temporary Casino for 2008 Gaming

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09.17.2007 Governor Will Propose Three Casinos for the State

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