TYPES OF CASINOS IN MASSACHUSETTS
Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill in late 2011 that legalized casinos in Massachusetts. The law allows three casinos, in three different geographic regions, plus one slot parlor. That slot parlor, Plainridge Park Casino, is a harness racing track located about 40 miles southwest of Boston, and it opened on June 24, 2015.
The first resort-casino license in Region B (Western Massachusetts) was awarded to MGM Resorts and their $1.3 billion casino, MGM Springfield, opened in late 2018. The second license for Region A (Eastern Massachusetts) was awarded to Wynn Resorts and their $2 billion, Encore Boston Harbor, opened in June 2019. Encore Boston Harbor is the closest casino to Boston. The final license for Region C (Southeastern Massachusetts) had not yet been awarded as of mid-2019.
Additionally, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is planning to build a destination resort casino near Taunton. That facility, First Light Casino, was expected to open by late 2020. However, the project has been hampered by lawsuits which might stop it from being completed.
Gaming regulations for Massachusetts casinos require a minimum payback of 80% on all gaming machines. The payback percentages for slot machines at all casinos in Massachusetts are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for all Massachusetts casinos.
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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