Massachusetts Gaming panel hears waivers

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BOSTON (AP) -- Now that a key deadline has come and gone, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will consider a handful of requests for additional time to file casino applications.

Among those who have asked the panel for a waiver is Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette, who still hopes to lure a casino developer into the western Massachusetts city.

The commission today will also consider waivers sought by Good Sam's Casino, WM Development Company and Seafan Trust. The meeting begins at 1 p.m.

Eleven firms met Tuesday's 5 p.m. deadline to file initial casino applications and a $400,000 non-refundable application fee.

Four of the applicants are seeking the western Massachusetts casino license; three are hoping to land the east regional license and two plan to bid for a slots parlor. The remaining two applicants have yet to announce specific plans.


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