Casinos push back on Mass. plan to require gaming parlors to limit gamblers' time, wagers

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Casino companies are voicing strong concerns about a plan by Massachusetts gambling regulators to limit the time and money gamblers spend at casinos.

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Representatives from Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming all said they support finding innovative ways to prevent gambling addiction.

But during a lengthy discussion Thursday with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the companies uniformly opposed enrolling customers into such a program automatically. They suggested research has shown "limit-setting" programs don't work.

Wynn, which is developing a $1.6 billion casino in Everett, also voiced concerns about providing rewards and incentives to customers that opt in.

And Penn National Gaming, which is building a $225 million slot parlor in Plainville, urged the commission not to try imposing the system before its planned June 2015 opening.