Massachusetts is home to three popular gambling venues. That includes Plainridge Park, which first opened its doors to the public in 2015. New reports claim Plainridge Park Casino is now requesting permission to open more games in the future.
At the moment, this property is only allowed to offer slot games to its patrons. That could change in the near future. Now is a great time to talk about what the owners of this venue are hoping to accomplish.
Let’s get into it!
Plainridge Park Casino Wants to Expand its Gaming Options
Just a couple of decades ago, nearly all forms of gambling were prohibited in the state of Massachusetts. Things began to change in the mid-2010s. It was around this time that major casinos began opening their doors in this state.
The Plainridge Park Casino was the first true gambling venue to open its doors here. This venue opened in 2015 as a racino and slot parlor. Even today, this venue is only able to offer slot games to its patrons. Table games are still prohibited.
The owners of this venue are now pushing to make a change. A hearing took place this week that discussed bills to expand the gaming options at Plainridge Park. If approved, this property would receive permission to offer 30 table games and 250 more slots. Rep. Jeff Roy of Franklin supports this measure, claiming it will help to compete with Rhode Island’s growing casino industry.
“Last session, we were concerned about the opening of the casino in Tiverton, Rhode Island, which happened two years ago. In this session, we also know that Rhode Island is planning a major expansion at Twin River. And that will put Plainridge and my communities at a further competitive disadvantage,” Roy said. “We’re here to push for a modest expansion of Plainridge so that the commonwealth can best compete with our neighbors to the south, and we can protect the jobs, our local businesses, and the tax revenues that have been generated from Plainridge Park.”
It will take time for anything to be approved. We’ll be sure to offer updates on this situation over the next couple of months.
Gaming Revenue in MA Dropped This August
Massachusetts has quickly developed a large and successful gaming industry. Each of the gambling venues here is popular. For much of 2021, gambling revenue throughout the state has been steadily increasing.
Reports surfaced today claiming that gaming revenue in MA dropped over the month of August. Gross gaming revenue came out to $92 million in August. That represents a slight dip from the $95.7 million brought in during July.
Encore Boston Harbor managed to bring in the most revenue with $57.8 million in August. The majority of this money came from slots. It’s clear this venue remains the most popular casino-resort in the state of Massachusetts.
MGM Springfield came second with $21.8 million. About $17 million of this was brought in from slots. Lastly, Plainridge Park Casino managed to bring in $12.7 million in revenue, representing one of its best months to date since the opening of Encore Boston Harbor.
This revenue dip is not significant and it would not be a shock to see things bounce back in September. Stay tuned for more revenue reports as the year goes on.
When Will Sports Betting Finally Become Available in Massachusetts?
More than half the country now has a regulated sports betting industry set in place. Most of these states are earning a huge amount of money from this industry. That is particularly true now that the 2021/2022 NFL season has begun.
Massachusetts is known for having one of the most passionate sports fan bases in the country. It’s here that major sports teams are located, including the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox. Many residents here have been eager to see regulated sports betting options become available.
It’s still unclear when exactly sports betting will become available here. Not long ago, a major regulatory body met to discuss the pros and cons of this industry. Based on the way things are moving, sports betting will become legal and regulated here in 2022.
Massachusetts could grow to develop one of the largest sports betting industries in the United States. It’s no surprise that many sports betting companies are eager to break into this new market.
Are you excited to hear Plainridge Park Casino could soon begin offering more gaming options? When do you expect sports betting to become legal in Massachusetts? Let us know in the comments section below.