With Caesars out, Suffolk Downs has no casino partner

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October 19, 2013, 6:45 pm
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(NECN: Brendan Monahan, Boston) - Plans to build a casino at Suffolk Downs Boston are now changing.

The racetrack is cutting ties with Caesars Entertainment just weeks before the casino plan goes before voters in East Boston and Revere.

Suffolk Downs says that after they heard that Caesars' background check didn't score well with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, they asked their partner for an East Boston casino to resign.

"Safe to say, we became aware of some information for the first time," said Suffolk Downs Chief Operating Officer Chip Tuttle. "We took a hard look at it. We started our own review."

Tuttle says reasons for concern will be released next week. Despite not having a casino operating partner with about two weeks until the local referendum, he says the $1 billion plan remains the same.

Mayor Tom Menino says this is all proof that the gaming commission's process is effective.

"They found out there was an issue. They moved immediately on the issue," said Menino. "They could have delayed it and appealed it and did anything else they want. But they didn't."

Those against the casino say these latest developments are fueling their campaign.

Volunteers from No Casino Eastie say after researching Caesars' history themselves, they aren't surprised.

Suffolk Downs remains confident they will find a new gaming partner soon that those in both East Boston and Revere will like.

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