Casino Commission Delays Vote on Suffolk Downs, But it’s Looking Good for Revere-Only Bid

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is delaying a decision on whether Suffolk Downs racetrack can proceed with a revised casino proposal.

Voters last month in East Boston rejected a casino at the racetrack, but a majority in Revere said yes.

Stephen Crosby, the chair of the gaming commission, says he believes there’s no reason to prevent a casino application for Revere alone from proceeding to the next step.

“There’s no clear legal case that either precludes or permits precisely this situation,” Crosby said at a Tuesday hearing. “This becomes a public policy question, [to] try to figure out what serves the best interest of the most people…in a situation where the interests are incompatible.”

Suffolk Downs last week paired up with Mohegan Sun to craft the revised casino plan.

The racetrack previously partnered with Caesars Entertainment, but broke off the deal because of questions raised during a background check.