Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Consumer: Racing and Gamimg

D23 Massachusetts Gaming Commission
101 Federal Street, 12th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Tel: 617-979-8400
Fax: 617-725-0258

The Expanded Gaming Act: Chapter 194 of the Acts of 2011 has established the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The commission’s goal is to ensure that its decision-making and regulatory systems engender the confidence of the public and participants, and that they provide the greatest possible economic development benefits and revenues to the people of the Commonwealth, reduce to the maximum extent possible the potentially negative or unintended consequences of the new legislation, and allow an appropriate return on investment for gaming providers that assures the operation of casino-resorts of the highest quality. The commission’s Racing Division regulates all horse and harness racing in the state including the regulation of calculation on odds for payment of winnings. It licenses the track, the trainers, the horses, the jockeys, and any simulcast and inter-track wagering. The Commission regulates the thoroughbred track at Suffolk Downs and a Standardbred (harness track) at Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville, Massachusetts.

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