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Massachusetts Considers Bill To Extend Drinking Hours Ahead of Casino Opening

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Massachusetts Considers Bill To Extend Drinking Hours Ahead of Casino Opening

Even when the casino is open 24 hours players tend to leave after last call – last call for alcohol, that is. To keep patrons on the felt a bit longer Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow casinos to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. as opposed to the current 2 a.m. cutoff.

The bill arrives ahead of the opening of the new MGM Springfield and Wynn Resorts casinos in Massachusetts, which bring a combined $3 billion investment to the state.

The MGM casino, which will have 20 poker tables, should be open by next summer. Wynn Resorts should be ready by summer 2019 and is planning a space for 90 poker tables.

The two hour extension is proposed as a way to help the new casinos start off as competitive as possible. Casinos in nearby Pennsylvania have been allowed to serve alcohol 24/7 since last year. Massachusetts casinos can begin serving alcohol at 8 a.m.

Local news source quoted a spokesman for the House Ways and Means Committee with an explanation for the bill. “As we get nearer to the opening of the facilities and six years past the creation of the law we need to take into account the changes in the marketplace and ensure competitiveness.”

Massachusetts currently has just one gambling facility, the Penn National Gaming slots parlor. However, last week the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts won a court ruling that gives affirming their right to operate a gaming facility on their land.


Hailing from Wisconsin but arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, I'm better known at various US online poker rooms under the pen name "OreoBob" and "SoyFlush". I'm an avid poker player and editor-at-large who has contributed as a freelance writer for diverse national and international iGaming publications since 2004.