The Massachusetts casino market could have a new top candidate.

According to The Herald News, a letter was sent to Taunton City Council President Estele Borges from The Bureau of Indian Affairs on August 21. The letter stated that a decision will be made within 30 days on the Mashpee Wampanoag’s tribe application to have land taken into trust to establish a reservation in Taunton, where tribal leaders hope to build a casino.

Massachusetts gambling regulators initially held off on accepting applications for a commercial casino in Region C, because they were concerned about oversaturating the market. However, the Gaming Commission eventually decided to accept applications.

The Gaming Commission will conduct a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of the commercial application in Region C. Before making a final decision on licensing, the Commission will take into consideration all the factors affecting Region C.

Commissioners will evaluate market conditions, including the possibility the likelihood of a tribal casino in Taunton.

The only other remaining commercial casino in Region C is in Brockton.

With additional reporting by Sal Lopez

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