The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has unanimously voted to award its first resort casino licences to operators MGM Resorts and Wynn Resorts, with a third and final licence expected to be issued next year.

It follows Tuesday’s defeat of a ballot initiative to overturn the state’s 2011 casino law that allowed gaming resorts in the state.

Just under 60 per cent of state voters (approximately 1.2m) were against a casino repeal measure, Question 3 on the ballot, with around 41 per cent of voters in support of banning the casino industry.

MGC chairman Steve Crosby said earlier this week that the Commission would respect the voters’ choice to continue moving forward with the successful implementation of the Gaming Act.

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