According to cardplayer.com and the Boston Globe, an effort to repeal a 2011 law that authorized the building of three casinos and one slots-only parlor has failed, so it appears that there will finally be a casino poker room in the Boston area, to the delight of poker enthusiasts in the area.
MGM and Wynn resorts, as well as Penn National plan to get in on the recently re-approved casino plans in New England. In fact, Penn National has already broken ground on building the slots parlor. They were, evidently, very confident that the recent vote would turn out in their favor, and their gamble paid off. They will be able to open the doors to their parlor six months earlier than if they had waited until the failure of the repeal effort was certain to begin construction. Though MGM and Wynn have not yet broken ground, the companies combined plan to sink in over $2 Billion into redeveloping the areas in which they plan to build their new casinos.
It seems that, though some people in the area are opposed to hosting casinos, a larger margin are interested in the prospect of creating thousands of jobs during the building projects that are to come along with the approval of the casinos, as well as the jobs and money the casinos themselves can bring once they become fully functional. The primary reasons for opposition to the building of the casinos is concern from residents in the area over increases in gambling addiction, increased traffic, and crime.
Now that casino proponents have won out, there will soon be another casino hub along the Eastern Seaboard for poker enthusiasts to enjoy.