Rule Drafting Process Begins for Poker in Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts is getting ready to provide casino gaming options to residents and visitors to the state after a long and arduous process. The state has been trying for the past few years to begin the process and now the hard work has progressed. The gaming regulators in the state have now begun drafting a set of rules which will have to be followed for the gaming options that will come to the state including poker, blackjack and roulette.

The Milford Daily News reported that the third phase of the application process has begun and this phase includes the regulation of the table games as well as employee licensing. Todd Grossman is the attorney for the commission and in a recent meeting he announced the factors that will be under consideration during the drafting process. Grossman stated: “What we have is essentially a road map. We’d like to sit down and determine where this road map should take us.

Grossman also stated that two options will be considered during the drafting of regulations. Both state adoption of a comprehensive set of rules as well as a casino operator option for creating rules will be under consideration. Grossman continued on by saying:

 “It’s whether you want to set how blackjack is played in Massachusetts, or just have the casinos post rules so everyone knows how it’s played. That’s something the commission will have to wrap its arms around: which approach will work better here.”

The state is also still offering one remaining casino license. The Boston area is set to build a casino and there are three groups in the running for the license which includes Wynn Resorts. The casinos will most likely be available until 2016 but at least the state has opened up to gambling options and players will eventually have an opportunity to enjoy their favorite games.

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