New player enters Mass. casino sweepstakes November 1, 2012 at 8:17 am BOSTON (AP) – A new player has entered the sweepstakes to open a casino in Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reports that Chicago casino and real estate tycoon Neil Bluhm is pursuing casino development rights in the state and will send representatives to meet with the state gambling commission next week. Bluhm, chairman of Rush Street Gaming, has not yet chosen a site for a casino in Massachusetts. The state plans to allow up to three casinos. In another development, the head of the state gambling commission is under fire from two western Massachusetts developers who were working with Hard Rock International to open a casino in the region. They tell the Boston Herald that commission Chairman Stephen Crosby encouraged a Hard Rock executive to turn efforts to eastern Massachusetts. Crosby says he made a “passing comment.” Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.