Massachusetts Supreme Court deals potential blow to casino industry

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Forget about trying to figure out whether to bet on black or red at the Roulette table. Residents of Massachusetts will be asked to choose one side or the other this November when they head to the ballot box.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled a few days ago that the casino repeal measure can appear on the ballot this fall when Massachusetts citizens head to the polls.

Last year, Attorney General Martha Coakley ruled that the repeal measure was unconstitutional, arguing that repealing the law would violate implied contract laws with casino developers. But it was left up to the high court to decide.

And they decided, rejecting that argument. In its final verdict, the high court stated, “We conclude that . . . the Legislature and, through initiative, the voters of Massachusetts may choose to abolish casino and slot parlor gambling and parimutuel wagering on simulcast greyhound racing, and doing so would not constitute a taking of property without compensation.”

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The fact that this will be on the ballot box has far reaching consequences. And this isn’t just a big deal for gamblers. It’s a huge deal for developers. Big names like MGM now have to face the real prospect of not being able to take a bite out of the Massachusetts market. It essentially means that about $1.7 in potential revenue is up in the air, only to be decided by a tick in one box over another.

MGM has already won the right to construct an $800 million gambling resort in Springfield, Massachusetts, so you can be sure they’ll be putting their money where their mouth is to try and garner support for the complex.

Expect to see billboard, online, radio, and TV advertisements warning you about what canceling the casinos could mean for the state. And expect to see arguments from the other side too.

At stake in this fight is more than just whether people can gamble or not. With several casinos being constructed, thousands of jobs are on the line during the construction period – not to mention the type of constant income it could bring to the economies in which the casinos reside.

If you live in Massachusetts and you were hoping for casino action in your neighborhood, you might be disappointed come November if the casino opposition groups have their way. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy slots and table games action close to home.

Online casinos like Slots of Vegas are willing and ready to serve players like you, all from the comforts of your own home. So log on and have fun. There’s no need to wait for those casinos to be built – whether it happens or not.

Susan Sedlak

Susan Sedlak is a writer based on San Diego, California. Being an avid player, and most importantly, an avid blog reader, Susan knows how to deliver interesting, highly entertaining articles.

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