Ameristar proposes hotel-casino near Springfield, Mass.

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Ameristar is pitching a $910 million hotel-casino near Springfield, Mass., in a bid for the gaming license Massachusetts plans to give out for the western part of the state.

The company on Tuesday said it's planning a resort that would include a 500-room luxury hotel and a 150,000-square-foot casino. The resort would be built on a 40-acre property Ameristar acquired in January.

Ameristar is among at least a handful of companies bidding for Massachusetts' first gaming licenses. The state in late November signed a bill allowing for three gaming licenses for casino resorts -- one each in western Massachusetts, southeastern Massachusetts and the Boston area -- and one license for a slots-only facility. 

In August, MGM Resorts International has proposed building an $800 million entertainment-retail resort in Springfield that would have 250 hotel rooms and 89,000 square feet of gaming space as well as 200,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. 

And earlier this month, Penn National Gaming pitched an $807 million Hollywood-branded resort in Springfield that would also include a 500-room hotel as well as a 300,000-square-foot casino.

Follow Danny King on Twitter @dktravelweekly.

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