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by Sarah J.F. Braley | January 13, 2012

MGM Resorts International announced today that the company is purchasing 150 acres in Brimfield, Mass., to develop a world-class resort about 65 miles west of Boston. "When we decided to get actively involved in Massachusetts, we scoured the state for a location that would provide the rural setting that New Englanders want," said MGM chairman and CEO Jim Murren. "The remote nature of this property, along with its proximity to the Mass Pike, is exactly what we had in mind." The property's working name is Rolling Hills Resort. In November, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill authorizing three casinos and one slot-machine parlor in the state. Hard Rock International already has announced plans to build a casino hotel in Holyoke, and the owners of Suffolk Downs, a historic racing park in East Boston, have proposed building a $600 million resort complex that would offer a variety of gaming options.