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With Massachusetts set to build a series of casinos over the next few years, Foxwoods is right to worry. A lot of their visitors are from Massachusetts and it is very likely visitors will head to Springfield and Everett in 2017 rather than head out of state. The casinos are happening and Foxwoods is now trying to grab the last license available in this region. Mohegan Sun is also planning to build a new casino in northern Connecticut to rival with Springfield. Both Connecticut casino resorts, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, were hit hard by the global economic downturn of 2008 and are over $1 billion in debt.

Partnering with KG Urban Enterprises, Foxwoods has begun work on a proposal to acquire the last Massachusetts casino license for a new casino in New Bedford. This isn’t the first time Foxwoods has exhibited interest. Foxwoods was an early contender for the Boston area license for a casino in Milford. Voters wanted no part of it so it never made it off the ground floor.

Foxwoods has a battle ahead of them too. New Bedford mayor Jon Mitchell has stated “We are in discussions with the developer about whether a casino makes sense at the proposed site,” Mitchell said in a statement. “The city would be willing to support a casino proposal so long as, on balance, it advances the city’s long-term economic interests.” A spokesperson for KG Urban has a less enthusiastic take on the mayor’s position.  “At this point, we are not sure we can come to agreement with this mayor,” said Andrew Paven, a spokesperson for KG Urban. From asking for re-designs to requiring concessions, the mayor does not seem pleased.

Massachusetts currently has three approved casino venues. MGM won the bid for Springfield and Wynn Resorts plans to build in Everett. Mohegan Sun is partnered with Suffolk Downs and they are planning a resort in Revere. Massachusetts also has approved a slot parlor for Plainville.

Whether you gamble or not, the casinos are a sure thing at this point. They will bring thousands of jobs to the state and millions in tax revenue. It’s not a matter of if anymore, just when. And when looks like 2017.