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Massachusetts regulators release objections to Caesars

Massachusetts regulators release objections to Caesars

CREATED Oct 23, 2013

BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts regulators have released details on their background investigation that led the group proposing a casino at Suffolk Downs to end its partnership with Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment.

The state Gaming Commission report Wednesday said its concerns included Caesars' now-ended relationship with a New York hotel company subsidiary, an executive's previous work in online gambling, and Caesars' now-settled dispute with a high-roller over millions in gambling debts. The commission also cited Caesars' nearly $24 billion debt.

Caesars said it strongly disagreed with the report and had been prepared to "thoroughly address" its concerns.

Suffolk Downs asked Caesars to withdraw on Friday after viewing the report.

The proposal for Suffolk Downs, near Boston's Logan airport, is one of three offered for eastern Massachusetts. Only one will be approved under the state's 2011 gambling law.