>Casino Vote In Boston Could Launch Mohegan Sun's Palmer Plan

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>Massachusetts legislators are scheduled to debate a bill Tuesday that would allow for resort-style casinos in the Bay State, as well as slot-machines at existing racetracks.

Expanded gambling in Massachusetts is sure to have significant effects in Connecticut, because Massachusetts residents spend more than $700 million annually at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun.

Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan tribe, has already positioned itself to take advantage of expanded gambling in Massachusetts. It has a 99-year lease on more than 150 acres in Palmer, east of Springfield, and a proposal to build a casino there with thousands of slot machines, as well as table games and a hotel.

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