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Caesars Entertainment, one of the biggest names in the gambling industry, has been dropped from a casino venture at Suffolk Downs because of grave doubts that the international gambling giant would pass its mandatory state background check.
The racetrack’s ownership team intends to replace Caesars with another casino manager in its effort to win the sole Greater Boston resort casino license.
The stunning shake-up at Suffolk Downs comes less than three weeks before voters in East Boston and Revere decide the fate of the casino proposal in referendums and could provide casino opponents new ammunition to attack the project.
State casino investigators, charged with keeping people of questionable character out of the Massachusetts gambling industry, raised several concerns about the company, including a business relationship with a person alleged to have family members involved in organized crime outside the United States, said people familiar with the content of the investigators’ report.