The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, empowered to award three casino licenses and one slots license, has set a Sept. 30 deadline for commercial developers eyeing southeastern Massachusetts for a gaming site.
The commercial license holder will be competing with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe that has applied for a license for a casino in the City of Taunton. However, the tribe must receive federal approval to take the real estate site in trust.
Commercial applicants will be required to submit a non-refundable $400,000 fee.
The Commission hopes to award a license for the area by late 2014.
Prior to that time, the panel will choose successful applicants for casinos in the Greater Boston area and in western Massachusetts.
Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.
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