• Companies emerge to replace Caesars at Suffolk Downs


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – After Caesars was forced to bow out of a potential casino venture at Suffolk Downs, some new companies have emerged as contenders to fill the gap.

    According to the Boston Herald, Suffolk Downs is in talks with at least four casino companies that are potentially interested in joining forces.

    Among those interested is Penn National Gaming, which owns 26 facilities that includes both race tracks and casinos. Rush Street Gaming, of Chicago, owns three casinos. Cordish, of Baltimore, owns multiple properties, including a casino attached to a horse track in Indiana. The fourth contender could be Hard Rock, which pursued a casino in West Springfield. That effort was blocked by voters.

    The Boston Globe reports Hard Rock and Rush Street are the top two contenders.

    Suffolk Downs is under pressure to lock down a new gaming partner before the East Boston Casino Referendum vote on Nov. 5. On Monday, Secretary of State William Galvin confirmed that vote will go on as scheduled.

    Suffolk Downs abruptly parted ways with Caesars over issues raised in a gaming commission background report, including reputed Russian mob ties a Caesars business partner.

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