Think election ads are already heated? Wait until you see what happens when you throw casino expansion into the mix.

If you live in a state where there’s big debate on casino proposals, you’ve probably seen ads against the casino. Usually, the casinos that want to build a property meet with the media and structure their PR campaigns pretty well, but TV advertising usually isn’t in their arsenal of attack.

But in Springfield, Massachusetts, the strategy is a bit different. Voters are being hit with advertisements from both sides. MGM, the company that wants to build the casino, is behind the advertisements for voters to vote No.

Confused? We don’t blame you. Why would a casino want you to vote No on casinos? Well, the wording on Question 3 of the election ballot is a bit confusing. A no vote is really a yes vote for casinos, and a yes vote is really a vote against casinos. You see, casino expansion laws have been passed, so the vote isn’t to allow expansion, but rather to repeal the law.

Voting yes would repeal the law and casinos won’t be built. Voting no would mean that things progress as usual. Hopefully voters head to the polls understanding how it all works.

Anyway, MGM doesn’t want the laws repealed because they stand to lose the right to build a casino. Their latest advertising push includes tugging at the heartstrings of voters, informing them that a Yes vote (repealing the casino expansion plan) would mean 3,000 would-be jobs lost.

Residents of Springfield have seen what’s been happening in Atlantic City. As casinos have closed their doors, thousands of employees have been out of work and the city is suffering. By repealing the law, those who hope for jobs would be back to square one.

But there’s more at play here. By repealing the expansion law, those hoping for online poker regulation would be out of luck. You can already play at lots of offshore properties from with Massachusetts state lines, including sites like Silver Oak Casino. But poker sites are few and far between.

A regulated market would be a boon for poker players, but that won’t happen if the casino expansion plan is repealed.

We’ll be watching what happens this election and we’ll keep you updated as things unfold. Stay locked to Silver Oak Casino for all the info.


Simon is an overactive gambler and the Staff Writer here at Silver Oak. He loves casino bonuses, online slots, and using the em dash too often. Currently, he rests his typing hands in Vancouver, Canada.