Gaming Commission Chair: MGM’s Springfield Casino ‘Not a Done Deal’

MGM will make a detailed pitch to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission this week. The company is the only remaining applicant for the casino license reserved for Western Massachusetts. But it’s not quite in the bag.

MGM easily passed its referendum before Springfield voters, and got the background check OK from the gaming commission.

“It’s not a done deal. Obviously it’s easier for them than if they had a competitor, but they have to compete with us,” commission chair Steve Crosby says.

Crosby explains how things could still go wrong for MGM.

“We don’t have to award the license, number one,” he says. “And number two, we have the ability and the authority to negotiate the terms of the proposal. If we don’t think it’s a good enough proposal, then we will go back to them and say, ‘We need you to do something better.’”

MGM will get a chance to – as Crosby put it – “strut their stuff” during a presentation before the commission this week. They were scheduled for Wednesday morning, but have been delayed to Thursday because of the expected snow.

Gaming regulators will hear Wednesday afternoon from the two casino operators hoping to build in the Boston area: Mohegan Sun in Revere and Wynn Resorts in Everett. They’re competing for a single license slated for that region.

Final decisions are expected by the end of May.