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Thu December 12, 2013

Caesars Entertainment Sues Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 4:04 pm

A failed bidder for a casino license in Massachusetts has sued the chairman of the state gaming commission. 

   Ceasars Entertainment filed a federal court lawsuit Thursday questioning the objectivity and fairness of gaming commission chairman Stephen Crosby.   The suit highlights Crosby’s past business ties to someone who could profit handsomely if a casino proposed by Wynn Resorts is built in Everett.  Crosby has said the state ethics commission has cleared him of a conflict of interest.

    "I think a fair and reasonable person will conclude that I can be objective about this."

   Ceasars was forced to drop out of the casino competition in eastern Massachusetts earlier this year because of concerns it would not pass the mandatory state background check.  The suit alleges the commission’s investigators were much tougher on Ceasars than on MGM Resorts.  The staff recommended MGM be found suitable to pursue a casino project in Springfield.

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