On May 15th 2015, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has expressed an objection to the number and also the type of slot machines that are to be used by Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, Massachusetts (pictured). This casino is set to open its doors on the 24th June.
The state has been called by tribal officials to investigate whether the slot machines that are going to be used at the casino are in violation of a law that was adopted in 2011.
Chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Stephen Crosby has said that he believes it was the right decision by the states gambling regulator to give the Plainville project the go head, but he is open to talking with the Mashpee Wampanoag about it.
Plainridge Park Casino, owned by Penn National Gaming has been permitted to add up to 1250 slot machines and no live dealer table games will be offered. The state Gaming Commission has decided that 1500 players can play at the venue at once. This is because some machines have a multiplayer interface.
The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has objected to these license provisions and a letter was sent to the state Attorney General Maura Healey that asked her office to investigate. Legal Counsel for the commission has said they will assist the AG in looking into the matter.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved the casino floor plan for Plainridge on Thursday.
The tribe has so far unsuccessfully been trying to open a casino in Taunton, about 30 miles away.