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Developer says Marlborough a possible casino site

Posted by Ralph Ranalli August 2, 2007 10:43 AM

Developer Sheldon Adelson
(AP photo)


While the Wampanoag tribe presses forward with its plan to build a casino in Middleboro, Sheldon Adelson, majority shareholder and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette he remains interested in building a resort style casino in the Marlborough area off Interstate 495.

Its up to the government, the governor and the legislature, Adelson said of the decisions facing the state over whether to allow casino gambling.

His comments came after a two-hour private meeting at the Statehouse with House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, D-Boston, who has opposed expanded gaming in the state in the past, staff writer John J. Monahan reports.

Mr. Adelson, considered the third wealthiest person in the country with more than $20 billion in assets, has a home in Newton. He emphasized that he spoke with Mr. DiMasi about the pending decisions over casinos yesterday both as a concerned resident and a casino developer.

I care more about what happens in Massachusetts with all my family here. I told the speaker and Id tell the governor, I put on two hats. One is my resident hat. My other is my commercial hat. They are two different things, said Mr. Adelson, who grew up in Dorchester.

I am a Massachusetts resident. I still have a home here. My ex-wife came from Worcester, he said of his ties to the state.

Asked if he was preparing to develop a full-scale resort casino here at this point, he said, If the state wants to do it, yeah.

Read more about this story in the online version of the T&G

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