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Caesars Alleges Mass. Gaming Regulator Personally Asked Steve Wynn To Remain In Race For Casino

Firm Claims Stephen Crosby Personally Called Steve Wynn


Caesars Entertainment Corp. recently filed an amendment to its lawsuit against the chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

The firm has now accused the state’s top gaming regulator of personally calling Steve Wynn, owner of Wynn Resorts, to encourage him to remain in the hunt for a casino in the Boston area. Caesars was once in the race, but withdrew after regulators expressed concern over the company’s business activity.

Caesars has denied any wrongdoing in matters related to the regulatory investigation.

“Notwithstanding his statutory role as the unbiased overseer of the Massachusetts gaming license application process, [Stephen] Crosby, in the company of another commissioner, took it upon himself to place a call to Wynn and to ask Wynn to remain in the Massachusetts licensing process,” Caesars attorneys wrote in the federal lawsuit.

Wynn took it upon himself last week to deny the claim.

“At no time has any member of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission ever initiated contact with me and I have never been discouraged from withdrawing from the licensing process in Massachusetts,” Steve Wynn said in a statement.

He added: “This lawsuit and the misrepresentations included within it are a shameless, desperate attempt by Caesars to deflect attention from the serious issues raised in their investigation, including their current financial condition.”

Wynn was once frustrated by the Commission’s comments and questions regarding Macau.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has more on the story.