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November 26, 2013

Recount confirms defeat of W. Mass. casino proposal


Chip Tuttle, chief operating officer of Suffolk Downs, confirmed last week that Connecticut-based Mohegan Sun was among the companies with which it had held discussions, and said a new partner would likely be announced by the end of the month.

Wynn Resorts is the only other applicant for the eastern Massachusetts license still standing.

Word of Mohegan Sun’s possible interest in Suffolk Downs angered many casino backers in Palmer in the weeks after the referendum, with some accusing the company of abandoning the town even before Tuesday’s recount was held.

The group Palmer Businesses for a Palmer Casino said it planned to organize a bus trip to an upcoming meeting of the commission in Boston to ask the panel to investigate whether Mohegan Sun was engaged in talks with Suffolk Downs prior to the Nov. 5 vote, which the company has strongly denied.

Casino supporters have also complained that by continuing to lease the property, Mohegan Sun is effectively slamming the door on any potential gambling proposals from other developers in the future.

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