Penn National is casino company we haven't heard about in a while, but they've paid their money to the state, and according to the gaming law, are still free to shop around for a partner community.
Chicopee has been mentioned as a possible destination.
According to Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette, "We've ceased our efforts to reach out to companies that might be interested in developing a gaming resort in Massachusetts; however, given the results in West Springfield, we heard from engineers involved in the West Springfield project to whether we might want to re-open negotiations. That's very doubtful."
Language in the gaming law allows for up to one casino license in the region, so it is possible that there may not be any casino.
There's 56 days until Palmer voters head to the polls. The vote 'Yes' campaign is already underway. 22News talked with at least one woman who said she thinks the town now has a better chance.
"I think that West Springfield voting no will give Palmer a better chance, but we've been waiting for a long time so hopefully we'll be able to get a casino in Palmer," said Palmer resident Laura Simpson.
Palmer's Mohegan Sun was the first developer to formally announce interest in western Mass.
Supporters hope to top 58% in the polls on November 5th. That's the number MGM's Springfield proposal received. They want to send a message to the Gaming Commission.
Robert Young is from the group Palmer Businesses for a Palmer Casino. He told 22News, "I think we have a good shot at beating Springfield's numbers in the polling. And I think we'll have a robust turnout like West Springfield did with 45% of their voters coming out. I think we are probably going to match that or exceed that."
Ultimately it will be up to the Mass. Gaming Commission to decide if and which company will get a gaming license. They'll make their decision by April of next year.