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Developer pitches Brockton site to state gambling panel

November 5, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A Chicago developer has told the state Gaming Commission that the first resort casino in Massachusetts could be a $677 million complex considered for Brockton.

Mass Gaming & Entertainment, a partnership of developer Neil Bluhm and businessman George Carney, is the only applicant for the third and last resort casino license authorized by state law.

The partnership says its proposal would be more successful than a $500 million casino plan for Taunton by the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.

The Mashpees could open a casino without a state license unless a federal decision in its favor is successfully challenged. Backers of the Brockton casino say the tribal plan could get snared in court.

Arlinda Locklear, a lawyer for the Mashpee Wampanoag, has said a lawsuit would name the federal government. She believes federal officials would prevail.

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