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Massachusetts Lawmakers Consider Bill That Could Give Boost To Upcoming Poker Rooms

Legislation Would Extend Last Call At Casinos

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Bay State lawmakers are looking over a bill that would allow casinos to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., rather than 2 a.m.

MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts committed to investing more than $3 billion altogether into building new Las Vegas-style casinos in Massachusetts. MGM’s Springfield casino will have a 20-table poker room, while Wynn Boston Harbor is planning a 90-table room.

MGM could be open next summer, while Wynn is expected to open in mid-2019.

As poker players know, a 4 a.m. last call could improve the quality of the poker games.

“As we get nearer to the opening of the facilities and six years past the creation of the law, we need to take into account the changes in the marketplace, and ensure competitiveness,” a spokesman for the House Ways and Means Committee said in a statement, according to a report from Masslive.com.

The two-hour extension would allow casinos to continue to serve alcohol to people “who are actively engaged in gambling.” The poker rooms could begin serving alcohol again at 8 a.m.

Last year, Pennsylvania allowed its 12 casinos to serve alcohol 24/7, but the response from the Keystone State’s gaming industry was lukewarm.

The only gambling facility currently open in Massachusetts is the slots casino from Penn National Gaming.