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Mass. casinos returning to pre-pandemic revenue levels

THE STATE’S THREE gaming facilities reported strong revenues in July, with the numbers at Encore and MGM Springfield returning to pre-pandemic levels and the Plainridge Park slots facility trending in the same direction. The best way to compare slot revenues is on a per machine, per day basis. Slot revenues, in general, can fluctuate wildly […]

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2-month sales tax holiday makes sense to me

THINKING OUTSIDE the box is always difficult.  We are pre-programmed to look at things in certain ways and seldom venture outside of our comfort zones. I confess, I am one of those individuals.  However, when I first heard about Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal for a two-month sales tax holiday, for the months of August and […]

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Mass. casinos may need Legislature’s help

I GET IT!  Massachusetts is slowly beginning to emerge from the cocoon of the COVID-related shutdown of a significant portion of the Commonwealth’s economy.  The effects of that shutdown have been felt across all ranges of business activity, especially our nascent gaming industry.  I have read, with some amusement, the news stories touting the post-pandemic bounce […]

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Legislative oversight hearing on COVID was shameful

THOMAS PAYNE wrote, in The American Crisis (1776), that “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Although he  wrote those words during the American Revolution, he may have been talking about Massachusetts during the Age of COVID. I think that we can all agree that we are living in unprecedented times, and that we are being […]

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Slot revenues rise, but fall on per-machine basis

OVERALL GAMING revenue numbers for the most part were up in February over the previous month, but there was a surprising decrease in daily per machine revenues. In February, Encore Boston Harbor took in nearly $24 million in slot revenues, an increase of almost $4.3 million over the previous month’s numbers.  However, the revenue per machine per […]

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Gaming numbers improved in January

THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING Commission released the casino revenue figures for the month of January 2021 this week and those revenue numbers look encouraging.  All three gaming venues, Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield, and Plainridge Park, showed increases in their monthly revenues. Encore Boston Harbor saw slot revenues increase by a total of $3.6 million over […]

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December gaming revenues show promise

LAST WEEK’S REVENUE REPORT from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission suggested the state’s casinos are doing pretty well, given the many restrictions imposed by COVID-19. Monthly slot revenues for the Commonwealth’s two category 2 casinos showed modest increases, with Encore Boston Harbor posting a 3.9 percent increase over November’s numbers, and MGM Springfield showing a 9.51 […]