Massachusetts’ never-ending casino quagmire. PokerStars announces NJSCOOP dates and details. Tom Dwan lost a $20 million pot according to Dan Cates. And more.

Massachusetts casinos haven’t  opened but are already crowded

Following the passage of a 2011 law allowing the state to license casinos, Massachusetts was supposed to get three resort casinos and a single slot parlor. Fast forward five years and only the slots parlor is open; fears of oversaturation are already being voiced; and the state could have as many as four casinos when all is said and done.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will make a final decision on the State’s third and final casino license sometime this week. The only applicant is Rush Street Gaming, who is eyeing a project in the city of Brockton, but the lack of competition doesn’t guarantee them the license.

Complicating matters in the area is the fact that the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has already broke ground in nearby Taunton on their First Light Casino, something federally recognized tribes are allowed to do in any locale that has legalized casino gambling.

Quick Hitters

– With a hearing on tap tomorrow, here’s where the potential California stakeholders stand on the big issues holding up online poker legislation.

– PokerStars has announced the NJSCOOP tournament series, a two week (plus one day) long series at, with $1.1 million up for grabs over the course of 54 tournaments.

– Other than Revel Casino in Atlantic City, the Stratosphere may very well be the biggest flop in gaming history. That being said, the needle at the far end of the Strip is one of the lasting legacies of Las Vegas icon Bob Stupak, and the casino is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

– Variance can be a bi………. well, you know the rest. As does Tom Dwan, if we’re to believe Daniel Cates tale (and why shouldn’t we) that Dwan lost a $20 million pot in a set-over-set confrontation in Macau.

– Dan Cypra tells the tale of Mad Harper’s 12 year run with the European Poker Tour, detailing how she went from handing out free hats to eliminated players to EPT Media Director.

– The satirical website, Bonus Code Poker has the faux story of a poker playing selling action, with one intriguing stipulation. If you’re a Mel Brooks fan you’ll immediately get the joke.