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"It's our first time out here, we went to Mohegan, Foxwoods and went all over the country to different casinos but we're very glad to see Massachusetts have a couple now," said Ayer resident Dave Dolan. "Keep the money in Massachusetts!" The bus from Worcester was one of six buses expected to make the trip to the casino on Tuesday. "Some people can't travel or drive themselves.. so one of the way we're able to assist them is by putting together a motor coach program," said Anike Gaskin, Vice President of National Marketing for MGM Springfield. MGM Springfield Line is a partnership with King Ward Coach Lines to allow people from Worcester, southern Vermont, Hartford and Middlesex Counties in Vermont, and western Massachusetts to travel to the casino. The president of King Ward Coach Lines, Dennis King told 22News they plan to make this run five days a week.
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Representatives for both banks and Caesars declined to comment. "It is Jack Entertainment's long-standing policy to not comment on rumors or speculation," the company said in a statement Wednesday. Gilbert, a billionaire who also owns the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, began eyeing gambling as part of a strategy to revive struggling downtowns in older U.S. cities. He backed a 2009 ballot measure to legalize casinos in Ohio and opened his first property in the historic Higbee's department store building in downtown Cleveland three years later. Jack Entertainment LLC, based in Detroit, has interests in six casinos and racetracks, including Jack casinos in Ohio and the Greektown Casino-Hotel in Detroit, which Gilbert acquired in 2013. The properties may be sold separately. He's worth an estimated $7.8 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The gambling industry is in the midst of an acquisition wave, thanks in part to the emergence of casino-based real estate investment trusts that allow bidders to pay higher prices for properties.
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