MGM Resorts International moved two steps toward broadening its presence on the East Coast by getting support for gaming licenses from the states of Massachusetts and Maryland.

MGM received a casino license from Maryland that will allow for the construction a resort near Washington, D.C. MGM Resorts beat out two competitors for a license for what will be the state’s sixth casino.

The company plans to build a $925 million resort-casino at National Harbor in Prince George's County, about 10 miles south of Washington. The project will include a 300-room hotel as well as 3,600 slot machines, 140 table games and 35,000 square feet of meeting space.

Also, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted unanimously that MGM was deemed “suitable” for the first casino license to be granted for western Massachusetts. MGM Resorts is pitching an $800 million hotel-casino resort for Springfield.

The state is expected to grant its first three casino licenses for the state next year. MGM has the only application for western Massachusetts.

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