SPRINGFIELD, MASS (WWLP) - A decision on MGM's suitability in Massachusetts is expected to happen in the next two months. After Caesars withdrew from Suffolk Downs, MGM passing these background checks is not a slam dunk.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission performs background checks on all of its casino applicants. Suffolk Downs in eastern Massachusetts, decided to split with Caesars Entertainment after the commission raised a whole lot of red flags, including alleged ties to Russian Mobsters. The commission has not yet ruled on MGM in Springfield.
(Does that make you nervous as these investigations are going on?) "No, not whatsoever", says Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.
Gaming Commission investigators have spent $1.77 million investigating MGM. $1.15 million on Suffolk/Caesars, $1.085 million on Wynn and $837K investigating Mohegan Sun. Mohegan Sun has already been found suitable.
"Obviously the gaming commissioner, under chairman (Stephen) Crosby has to do their due diligence and we respect that, but we feel confident", says Mayor Sarno.
MGM was recently found suitable in Maryland where it is going after a gaming license. New Jersey is also reconsidering MGM's license. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement recommended that Pansy Ho be found unsuitable as a business partner to MGM. MGM disagreed with the findings and continues to hold its interest in the Borgata (Atlantic City) in a trust.