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MGM Resorts Enters Western Massachusetts Casino Race

MGM Resorts is one of the leading gambling companies in the world, and they have spent the past year looking into possible expansion as the casino boom in the US has reached an all-time high. MGM's latest endeavor may come in Massachusetts, where the company has unveiled plans for a massive casino resort in the Western part of the state.

Late last year, lawmakers in Massachusetts finally signed off on a casino bill that will bring three new casino resorts to the state. The largest gaming companies in the country have all said to be considering applying for licenses in Massachusetts, but MGM became the first to place a formal bid.

MGM has its sites set on 150 acres of land in Brimfield, only sixty miles away from Boston. The casino would be located near the Massachusetts Turnpike, so access would be easy for many Northerners. Massachusetts will be one of a handful of states competing for the gaming dollars in the Northeast.

"When we decided to get actively involved in Massachusetts, we scoured the state for a location that would provide the rural setting that New Engenders want," said Jim Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts. "The remote nature of this property, along with its proximity to the Mass Pike, is exactly what we had in mind."

MGM is not the only company with their mid set on entering the Massachusetts gaming industry. Ameristar Casinos, which owns several properties in St. Louis and elsewhere around the US, has expressed interest in developing a Western Massachusetts casino. Hard Rock International is another company pursuing the Western Mass. license.

Competition is always key in the gaming industry, and officials in Massachusetts have found that to be true even in the developing stage.

"Their interest creates an environment of intense competition that will invigorate the casino debate in this area and ensure world-class proposals that will provide the strongest economic development opportunity in the Commonwealth," said Palmer Town Council president Paul Burns.

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