Casino revenues, amid constraints, do fairly well in July

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THE STATE’S THREE CASINOS performed fairly well in July, bringing in 56 percent of the revenue they did in July 2019 despite operating far fewer games and slot machines for fewer days.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission said on Monday that Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, MGM Springfield in Springfield, and Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville brought in nearly $45.4 million in gross gaming revenue between July 10 (July 8 for Plainridge) and July 31 compared to nearly $81 million for the whole month of July in 2019. July 2019 was the first full month the facilities were open.

Encore Boston Harbor’s revenues totaled just under $27 million, or nearly 60 percent of the total, with $10.7 million from table games and $16.3 million from slots. MGM Springfield’s revenues were $10.7 million, with $1.7 million from table games and $9 million from slots. Plainridge brought in $7.7 million from its slot machines.

All three facilities are operating with restrictions on the number of guests and gaming stations. Poker, craps, and roulette games are not allowed. Officials said the three facilities as a group are operating with half of their regular gaming positions and the number of guests has rarely hit half of the occupancy levels.

Even so, the facilities managed to bring in 56 percent of the gross gaming revenue they did in July 2019. The state’s tax take followed the same trajectory, as tax revenue of $6.7 million was 56 percent of the $12 million collected in July 2019.

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Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

At Encore, the facility is operating with 60 percent of its available slot machines and 32 percent of its table game positions. A smaller percentage of slots and table game positions are open at the other two casinos. Encore’s $27 million in revenue represents 56 percent of the $48.6 million in gross gaming revenues in July 2019.

The three casinos were closed in April, May, and June and part of March due to COVID-19 restrictions. They reopened as part of the Phase 3 of the Baker administration’s reopening plan.

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