Casino heavyweights – including Wynn, Caesars and Genting – are ready to bet big on Massachusetts, but whether they will get a chance to roll the dice hinges on the New England state’s notoriously fickle legislature.
While a State House hearing last week provided a public platform for casino companies and would-be gambling hall developers to make their case, legislative leaders and Gov. Deval Patrick remain mired in difficult, closed-door negotiations on the issue.
House leaders now appear to be aiming to get a bill out of committee – and passed by the chamber – before May ends.
But that may be the easy part, with getting both the Senate and the governor on board looming as major challenges.