Massachusetts casinos' gaming revenues were down more than 40% in July

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Massachusetts gaming regulators reported Monday that the state’s three casinos generated more than $45 million in gaming revenue in July after reopening in the second week of the month.

The casinos had closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

MGM Springfield kept $9 million in slot-machine revenue and $1.7 million in table-games revenue in July. Its $10.7 million in total gaming revenue was down 47.5% compared to the same month last year. Encore Boston Harbor, in Everett, kept $16.3 million in slots revenue and $10.7 million in tables-games revenue for a total of $27 million, which was down 44.5% over the previous July.

Plainridge Park Casino, a slots-only facility in Plainville, Mass., kept $7.7 million in slots revenue, reflecting a 38.3% year-over-year decline.

Southeastern Connecticut’s casinos, which reopened June 1 and whose July slots revenues were released over the weekend, benefited from the Massachusetts casinos’ belated reopenings and the continued shutdown of commercial casinos in New York. Mohegan Sun reported a 1.7% increase in July slots revenue while Foxwoods Resort Casino experienced a 19.8% decline.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has not allowed the Massachusetts casinos to offer certain table games, including roulette and craps, due to concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19. Connecticut’s casinos have not reopened their poker rooms.

— Brian Hallenbeck

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