BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- It appears another casino giant is ready to roll the dice on Suffolk Downs.
Both the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald are reporting that Mohegan Sun is a leading contender in the bid to bring a casino to Revere. The big announcement is expected within the next 48 hours.
Suffolk Downs is a 160-acre property, 108 of which is in East Boston. The rest is in Revere. Since the property is split between the two cities, voters from both weighed in on election day. East Boston rejected the casino referendum, while Revere passed it.
There was another casino proposal on the table in Palmer, 80 miles west. That proposal, which was for a Mohegan Sun casino, was also defeated on election day. The result: Revere wants a casino and Mohegan wants a casino in Massachusetts.
Since the Nov. 5 referendum vote, Suffolk Downs has explored whether moving the casino to the Revere side is an option, Even if it is, Suffolk Downs still needs to find a casino operator by Dec. 31, which is the deadline for bids from casino license applicants. The previous potential partner, Caesar's Entertainment, dropped out.
Suffolk Downs officials haven't confirmed anything, but Revere Mayor Daniel Rizzo tells FOX 25 that Suffolk Downs is in active negotiations with several different potential gaming partners, including Mohegan Sun. Rizzo went on to say Suffolk Downs knows time is of the essence and it's critical that they reach an agreement with an organization that is acceptable to the Mass. Gaming Commission.
Even if an agreement is reached, it would be far from a done deal. A recount on the Palmer casino referendum is scheduled for Tuesday, since the victory margin was less than 100 votes.
The state gambling commission still needs to decide if the Nov. 5 vote is enough of an endorsement for a Revere-only Suffolk Downs. If Suffolk Downs goes forward, it would be competing against a Wynn Resorts proposal on the Mystic River in Everett.
Another proposal by Foxwoods Resorts in Milford was also rejected by voters.
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