Mohegan Sun Passes Background Check in Bid for Palmer Casino

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has cleared Mohegan Sun to bid for the sole resort casino license in western Massachusetts. The unanimous vote Thursday followed an extensive background check by the commission.

Mitchell Etess is Mohegan Sun’s CEO.

“Not only is the Mohegan Sun brand extremely powerful in New England, but we also think that our database of millions of customers who are already in New England distinguishes us from our competitors and provides us with the best opportunity to bring customers here from outside of Massachusetts, one of the goals of the act,” Etess told the commission.

The Connecticut casino operator has proposed a $1 billion resort casino in the town of Palmer. Residents of Palmer have a chance to weigh-in on November 5th, when they’ll vote on Mohegan Sun’s casino proposal.

If the referendum passes, Palmer will likely compete with MGM’s proposal to build a casino is downtown Springfield. State gambling officials make the final decision.

The Associated Press and New England Public Radio’s Sam Hudzik contributed to this story.