One of the most popular casinos in Massachusetts has just broke some exciting news. Today, MGM Springfield’s poker room will officially reopen to the public. State officials feel comfortable reopening the tables and many are expected to make the trip here to begin playing.
A lot has been going on in Massachusetts’ gambling industry lately. Some feel it’s only a matter of time before new gaming options become available here.
Let’s look at some of the latest developments with the gambling industry in this state.
MGM Springfield’s Poker Room is Finally Reopening to the Public
Three casino-resorts are currently operating in Massachusetts. The first to ever open its doors here is MGM Springfield, owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. This property became an instant hit with gambling fans in the state and began bringing in a huge amount of revenue.
The opening of other casinos in the state, including the Encore Boston Harbor, took away from some of MGM Springfield’s shine. It still remains a popular casino for many in the Springfield area. For more than a year, this casino’s poker room has been closed due to regulations surrounding Covid-19.
Many will be pleased to hear that MGM Springfield’s poker room will be opening to the public today. Officials in the state gave the green light for this to happen earlier in the week. Chris Kelley, MGM Springfield president and COO, spoke about this news to the media this week.
“MGM Springfield is thrilled to reopen our Poker Room. We are looking forward to welcoming back our loyal players and dozens of employees who have waited for this day for more than a year and a half,” Kelley said.
13 tables allowing up to nine players each are now available. Casino executives expect to see a huge number of poker fans making the journey here. We’ll be sure to report on how the opening of this poker room affects MGM Springfield’s revenue figures moving forward.
MA’s Senate is Still Looking to Approve a Sports Betting Bill
The Northeastern US has seen rapid gambling expansion in recent years. Many credit the removal of PASPA for this new expansion. Several states in the area immediately legalized sports betting and have since worked to open new casinos.
Massachusetts is now one of the only states yet to legalize and regulate sports betting. That does not mean lawmakers here are showing no interest in allowing this form of gambling. Several prominent state officials have been pushing hard to get sports betting bills moved through the legislative process.
Over the summer, the House approved a sports gambling bill. It was then sent to the Senate, where it has completely stalled. Members of the Senate have voiced several concerns with the bills being presented, yet they claim that approving one of them remains a key focus.
It is looking less likely that any sports betting bills receive outright approval in 2021. Fortunately, enough progress has been made that legalizing sports betting in 2022 seems very likely. A number of other states including California also seem prepared to allow sports gambling next year.
Casino expansion is taking place in the Northeastern US right now. Which states are set to welcome new gambling venues next year?
More Northeast States Look to Expand Their Casino Industries
The Northeastern United States is home to some of the largest casino hubs in the country. Most will think of Atlantic City. That’s not a surprise, as this small New Jersey city is home to some of the biggest and most successful casinos in the country.
States like New York and Pennsylvania have been working to expand their gambling industries lately, as well. New York, in particular, seems focused on allowing more casinos to open their doors in the near future. That includes opening a new casino in New York City.
Pennsylvania is already home to a huge number of popular casinos. More are expected to open their doors here in the coming months. Online casino gambling is legal here, too, and helps to bring the state a huge amount of tax revenue each month.
Massachusetts has the potential to become one of the most successful gaming hubs in the country soon. The legalization of sports betting will help this state to accomplish that goal. Expect to see it happen in 2022.
Are you excited to hear that MGM Springfield’s poker room is reopening? When do you expect Massachusetts to legalize sports betting? Let us know in the comments section below.