A Caesars Entertainment subsidiary signed a licensing deal with a New York hotel firm after Caesars’ own investigation turned up material suggesting a principal in the hotel company had alleged ties to Russian mobsters and helped to sponsor a visa for a reputed professional hit man, according to a report from Massachusetts casino investigators.
Caesars, the one-time casino partner of Suffolk Downs, withdrew from the East Boston casino venture Friday, at the urging of its partners, after the partnership learned that state investigators would recommend to the gambling commission that Caesars be disqualified from bidding for a Massachusetts.
Suffolk Downs is in talks with other gambling companies to replace Caesars. Hard Rock International and Rush Street Gaming are leading contenders to join the venture. The casino proposal is facing Nov. 5 referendums in East Boston and Revere. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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