Revenues rise at MGM Springfield, drop at Encore

  • The casino in the MGM Grand Springfield, the first casino resort in Massachusetts. The Berkshire Eagle via AP/FILE

Published: 2/18/2020 9:05:31 PM

BOSTON (AP) — Gambling revenues have dropped at Encore Boston Harbor even as they’ve rebounded at Massachusetts’ two other casinos.

The state’s Gaming Commission reported Tuesday that the Everett resort generated less than $49 million in gross gambling revenues in January, down from $54 million in December.

Revenues at MGM Springfield, meanwhile, rose to nearly $21 million in January, up from about $19 million in December. And Plainridge Park in Plainville generated $11 million from gambling in January, up from $10 million in December.

Encore has been attempting to lure less affluent gamblers as it’s missed its lofty revenue promises since opening last June.

The Wynn Resorts-owned casino has been lowering minimum bets at its table games, offering free parking and introducing budget food options including a taco truck on the casino floor.

The casino has also been approved to roll out automatic drink-dispensing machines to speed up alcohol beverage service for gamblers and is exploring the idea of building an aerial gondola to transport subway commuters directly to the casino.

A casino spokeswoman says officials will address the facility’s revenues during the company’s next quarterly earnings call.

The state assess a 25% gambling revenue tax on Encore and MGM and a 49% tax on Plainridge Park.

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