Massachusetts Gaming Commission To Reconsider Roulette and Craps

MGM SpringfieldRoulette and Craps games may be coming back soon in the Bay State.

This development emerged after the  Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced that it will consider a request by by casinos to allow the restart of roulette and craps games which have not been permitted since the casinos were allowed to reopen early last month.

Reconsidering The Request

State regulators have been working with Encore and MGM on how the games can be played while maintaining social distancing between players and casino staff. The Commission is expected to  tackle the matter during a meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. via teleconference. 

In a statement last Tuesday, MGM said:

“We appreciate the Gaming Commission’s consideration of our request as we progress through a phased reopening with the health and safety of our employees and guests at the forefront of any decisions.”

MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor have asked the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to allow roulette and craps games at their establishments. The two are the only casinos in the state that offer table games. Despite the absence of roulette, craps, and poker, the casinos in Massachusetts have been able to handle the reopening well.

Massachusetts casinos were ordered closed by the state since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. They have since been allowed to re-open but subject to the strict guidelines set by the Gaming Commission. The guidelines have not permitted casinos to offer roulette, craps, and poker games.

Re-Opening Guidelines

The re-opening guidelines have resulted in the gambling establishments reopening with an estimated one-third of their pre-COVID 19 capacities. The Commission’s guidelines include plexiglass dividers, spacing requirements, wearing of masks when not outdoors, eating, or drinking, and other health safety precautions.

The guidelines also called on the casinos to disable some of their slot machines and remove chairs in order to keep their guests separated. The distance required was four feet apart if there is a plexiglass and six feet apart if none. The table games that were allowed were restricted to three players per table.

Food service has also been limited to designated areas and they are allowed to operate according to the state rules for restaurants. Casinos were also told to consider non-contact temperature checks and prohibiting entry to any guest who registered 100.4 or higher on two consecutive checks.

MGM Springfield reopened over the weekend of July 10-13 after four months of closure. Encore and Plainridge Park reopened several days earlier. Plainridge is a slots parlor that does not offer table games. In Springfield, that meant 919 gaming positions from 810 slot machines and 90 seats at table games. MGM later expanded its offerings to 855 slot machines while still maintaining social distancing.

Here’s An Update On the MGM Springfield

The casino industry in Massachusetts is about to begin operating again. That’s great news for gambling fans here, many of whom claim they’re excited to visit the reopened casinos. We’ve just been given an update on the MGM Springfield and many are surprised to hear what the casino’s owners are saying.MGM Springfield

It’s been a tough road getting Massachusetts’ casino industry up and running again. Many of the major gambling venues here have been losing an incredible amount of revenue over the past couple of months. Today, we’re going to look at what’s being planned for this venue.

Let’s get into it!

Governor Charlie Baker Gives Green Light for Casinos to Reopen On July 12th

Casinos were some of the first businesses ordered to shut down back in March. Over the past month, however, many of the gambling venues around the world have begun opening back up. That includes casinos in Nevada and New Jersey.

Massachusetts has been cautious to reopen as fast as many other states. Governor Charlie Baker refused to tell the media when the state’s gambling industry would resume operations. That finally changed last week.

Murphy held a press conference to speak about the state’s move into Phase 3 of reopening. He announced that casinos here would officially be allowed to accept guests again on July 6th. It was great news for the casino owners here, all of whom have been working hard to come up with a comprehensive, safe reopening plan.

At the moment, just three major land-based casinos are operating in Massachusetts. These venues have earned no revenue since March. It’s crucial for the properties to begin operating again, as many seem close to approaching bankruptcy.

Since opening back in June of 2019, the Encore Boston Harbor has become the most successful casino in MA. This property recently announced that it will begin accepting guests again on July 12th. A number of intense safety measures are being implemented here.

Another popular hotel-casino here also revealed some interesting news this week.

Casino Owners Offer Interesting Update on MGM Springfield

The MGM Springfield Casino-Resort first opened its doors to the public in August of 2018. It quickly became the most popular gambling venues in the state. It was clear that MGM Resorts invested an incredible amount of money into this property.

The opening of the Encore Boston Harbor immediately began to take away from the revenue that MGM Springfield was earning. MGM quickly began looking at new ways to attract players. Things were made worse when this property was forced to shut down in March.

Abe Berry, Vice President of Hospitality, recently offered an interesting update on MGM Springfield. He told the media that the casino will open soon, yet most of the hotel will remain closed. He feels it’s simply too early to begin allowing guests to stay in the hotel at maximum capacity.

“We don’t have a date yet set for opening but I think as we see conventions come back and hopefully a lot of the virus mitigated that definitely will make a decision about the hotel,” Berry said. “We probably won’t open the whole hotel entirely, it may be a couple of floors initially just based on what we’re seeing for demand… It’s just not viable at this point.”

This may end up proving to be the smart decision. A huge number of safety measures need to be set in place inside hotels to protect guests. For now, simply opening the casino floor may be the best option.

It’s a very interesting time for Massachusetts’ casino industry. MGM Springfield may have an opportunity to become the top casino in the state. Stay tuned for updates!

More East Coast Casino Industries Are Opening Up

Despite the fact that many casinos are now opening up, many of these venues are still struggling immensely. Revenue is very low here and no one knows when things will begin to get back to normal. More gambling markets on the East Coast are now working to resume their casino operations.

Atlantic City casinos began accepting guests again over July 4th weekend. As many already know, this city has one of the largest number of commercial casinos in the entire country. Intense social distancing is required in all of these casinos. Tourism has been gradually increasing here over the past week.

Maryland also recently announced that it was allowing its casinos to open back up. This state has recently become a major gambling destination. Hope is that the newly-reopened casinos here can begin drawing in a large number of players. News recently surfaced that shows how much gaming revenue has dropped here in fiscal 2020.

Even some of the casinos in New York have reopened. For now, only the tribal casinos here are accepting guests. It’s likely that many of the commercial casinos in this state will begin operating by the end of July.

Many were surprised to hear the recent update on the MGM Springfield. The hotel here will be mostly closed, yet the casino floor will soon open to players. It will be interesting to see which gambling venue manages to bring in the most players.

Are you excited to see the Massachusetts gambling industry open back up? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Encore Boston Harbor Will Reopen on July 12th!

Lawmakers in Massachusetts are currently working to reopen the state’s economy. It’s been a tough year for the casinos here, all of which have been closed down since March. According to new reports, the Encore Boston Harbor will officially reopen to the public on July 12th.Encore Boston Harbor Hotel-Casino

Many casinos are now opening across the country. Some fear that these venues may soon be forced to close down again as Covid-19 infection rates continue to increase. As of now, however, Massachusetts seems determined to get this industry back on track.

Let’s look at what’s being planned at the Encore Boston Harbor!

Casinos Around the US Have Begun to Reopen

In March of this year, every state around the country began shutting down in one way or another. Some states took drastic measures and began ordering residents to remain inside their homes. Others had much more lenient regulations and instead focused on keeping the state economy running.

We’re now in July, and states are still trying to balance the economy and public safety. Every state has begun to reopen. It should come as no surprise that some are doing so much quicker than others.

Casinos have started to reopen in many different states around the country. In states like Mississippi, lawmakers have allowed the commercial gambling venues to open back up. Other states, such as California, have seen their tribal casino industry reopen without the specific approval of Governor Newsom.

Unfortunately, rates of Covid-19 have started to increase around the United States at an unprecedented pace. Most states have slowed their reopening process. Some analysts now believe that casinos may eventually be forced to close down once again.

It’s an incredibly difficult situation. States are still looking at ways to reopen businesses without putting the public in danger. Over in Massachusetts, one major casino-resort is preparing to reopen to the public.

Encore Boston Harbor Plans to Start Accepting Guests Again on July 12th

Massachusetts has a very new land-based casino industry. It wasn’t long ago that lawmakers here decided to officially legalize these gambling venues. Today, three casinos are operating in this state.

The biggest and arguably best is the Encore Boston Harbor, owned by Wynn Resorts. This venue was opened in June of 2019. It didn’t take long for the Encore to become the most popular casino in the state.

Governor Charlie Baker recently announced that Massachusetts is entering into Phase 3 of reopening on Monday. Just hours after this announcement, the Encore Boston Harbor announced that it was reopening to the public on July 12th. The casino released a statement claiming they want to make things as safe as possible.

“Every effort has been made to preserve Encore’s luxury experience and provide guests with the peace of mind needed to enjoy a fun and relaxing return,” the statement said. 

When the Encore Boston Harbor opens, only slots and blackjack will be available to players. Plexiglass barriers will be set on these blackjack tables. Other games such as poker and craps will become available sometime later this summer.

Gambling fans here are extremely excited to see this venue open back up. We’ll need to wait and see how many people begin visiting this venue after July 12th.

How is the US Casino Industry Faring Right Now?

2020 has been the toughest year in history for the land-based casino industry. For months, these venues were shut down. Many have reopened, yet the amount of revenue these venues are earning is significantly lower than it was just a few years ago.

Strict social distancing measures are still in place inside these venues. They are also operating at limited capacity. It’s not entirely clear when these casinos will be given permission to function normally again.

As we mentioned earlier, rates of Covid-19 have been steadily increasing for weeks. Some states are being hit much harder than others. There are still fears that casinos around the state will be forced to shut down. That’s already happened in Arizona.

Las Vegas remains the world’s biggest gambling hub. Casinos here have been open for more than a month, yet tourism remains low. Hope is that some of the new, recently-opened venues here will help to attract new visitors.

The Encore Boston Harbor will officially open back up on July 12th. Gambling fans in Massachusetts are already getting excited. We’ll report on the revenue earned here over the next few weeks!

Are you excited to see the US land-based casino industry start to reopen? Let us know in the comments section below!

Commission Officials Comment on Reopening Casinos in MA

Over the past decade, Massachusetts has developed a successful casino industry. Like all other states, however, Massachusetts has forced all of its gambling venues to shut down. Some states are opening up their casino industries, yet reopening casinos in MA is taking a little longer than many expected.Encore Boston Harbor Hotel-Casino

This week, members of the Massachusetts Gambling Commission met to discuss the reopening plans. Many are still concerned about safety. Today, we’re going to talk about the state’s plans to get its industry back up and running.

Let’s get into it!

Massachusetts Casinos Have Been Closed Since March

The East Coast of the United States has slowly grown into a major gambling destination. When most people think about gambling hubs here, Atlantic City comes to mind. Over the past few years, Massachusetts has also grown a successful gambling industry.

The first major gambling venue built here was the MGM Springfield venue. MGM Resorts International invested a huge amount of money into this property and many felt it would be one of the company’s top revenue earners. Unfortunately, this casino hasn’t brought in quite as much money as many anticipated.

Much of that is due to the opening of the Encore Boston Harbor. This property was opened near Boston back in June of 2019. It became an instant success and has begun to earn the majority of gambling revenue in the state.

Back in March, all of the properties in this state were forced to shut down to the public. No one knew how long things would take to get back to normal. It’s been three months and the casinos in this state remain closed to the public.

For weeks, casino owners here have been looking at ways to safely reopen back to the public. State officials have been extremely hesitant to lift restrictions and fear that reopening casinos could lead to a spike in new Covid-19 cases. This week, members of the state’s gambling commission met to discuss plans for the future.

Commission Officials Are Starting to Look at Reopening Casinos in MA

Closing down casinos has been extremely difficult for states around the country. That’s especially true in small communities where the gambling venues are a source of valuable revenue. It’s not a surprise to see a massive number of different states allow their casinos to open back up again.

This week, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission met with casino owners to discuss plans for the future. Chairwoman Cathy Judd-Stein commented on this situation.

“We want to be fair but we obviously need more information if this today presents a real challenge for you with your business model,” she said. 

Lawmakers here are proving to be much more cautious than those in other parts of the country. At the moment, reopening casinos in MA can’t take place until June 29th at the earliest. These venues will look considerably different than they did at the start of this year.

The current plan is for poker, craps, and roulette tables to be shut down. These casinos will need to limit blackjack tables to just 3 people per table. All slots will be separated by 4 to 6 feet.

“We are trying to bring some sense of normalcy,” Commissioner Enrique Zuniga said. “We’re going to have to see how it goes.” 

Waiting to see how things go is all we can do right now. It remains to be seen how much revenue the casinos here will generate once they begin accepting guests again.

Atlantic City Casinos Are Finally Given Support

Massachusetts isn’t the only state on the East Coast that has yet to get its casino industry back on track. Many have been keeping a close eye on Atlantic City, where some of the biggest and best casinos in the country are located. Lawmakers in this state have been very hesitant to open casinos again while cases of Covid-19 remain high in the state.

This has taken an incredible toll on Atlantic City. A huge number of businesses here rely on tourists and without casinos, tourism into this city has been virtually nonexistent. Some express fear that the city couldn’t last much longer under the current scenario.

Recently, the NJ State Senate officially approved a bill to help the casinos in this state. This piece of legislation is also intended to help local businesses here. As of now, the current plan is for the casinos in AC to open by the Fourth of July.

Reopening casinos in MA is expected to happen later this month. Based on the state commission’s meeting, it’s clear that everyone understands how important this really is. We’ll be sure to report on revenue earnings as soon as the reports are released.

It’s a difficult time for casino companies around the country. In places like Las Vegas, this industry seems to be getting on track.

Are you surprised to see how long reopening casinos in MA is taking? Let us know in the comments section below!

All Casinos in Massachusetts Are Remaining Closed

The US land-based casino industry remains completely shut down to the spread of Covid-19. Initially, lawmakers in Massachusetts announced that gambling venues would be closed until March 29th. New reports are coming out that indicate all casinos in Massachusetts are remaining closed for considerably longer.Massachusetts State Symbol

No one really knows when the casino industry will open up again. As of now, the United States has the third-most infections in the world. Today, we’re going to talk about how the situation is unfolding.

Let’s get into it!

Nearly 79,000 Covid-19 Cases Have Been Confirmed In the United States

Within just a few weeks, the number of coronavirus in the United States has skyrocketed. According to new reports, more than 79,000 individuals have been officially confirmed to have Covid-19. Some states are experiencing major outbreaks.

New York is currently the epicenter of the United States epidemic. More than 37,000 cases have officially been confirmed in this state. Just today, an additional 4,292 cases have been reported in this state.

Rates in Louisiana are beginning to jump very quickly. At the moment, more than 2,300 cases have been confirmed here. In the past 24 hours, an additional 510 cases were announced. New Orleans, in particular, is facing a major surge in new cases.

Massachusetts is seeing its rates increase, too. By tomorrow, more than 2,000 individuals here are likely to have the virus. State officials here have closed down many businesses to help avoid major infection surges.

The coronavirus has already taken a major toll on the land-based casino industry. It appears that things are not improving anytime soon, too.

Casinos in Massachusetts Will Remain Closed Until At Least April 7th

As we just mentioned, lawmakers in Massachusetts first announced that the state’s casinos would be closed until March 29th. Most felt this shutdown would last for much longer. Infection rates continue to increase and until that changes, casinos are likely to remain completely closed.

This week, the state’s Gaming Commission announced that all casinos in Massachusetts will now stay closed until at least April 7th. This applies to all three of the casinos here, including the MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor, and Plainridge Park Casino. State commissioners unanimously voted to keep these casinos closed.

Gayle Cameron, one of the commissioners who approved these measures, believes these measures are necessary right now.

“It’s a sound plan, following the governor’s order and then evaluating ahead of time so that if there are other necessary arrangements we have to make, we will be prepared to do that,” he said.  

Officials at MGM Springfield also released a statement on the extended closure to the media this week.

“The health and safety of our employees, their families, and the community is our number one concern. As COVID-19 continues to place unprecedented demand on the region, MGM Springfield will remain engaged with the local community to support frontline workers, organizations and residents most impacted.”

Online Casino Gambling is Growing More Popular

Based on the way things are going, the US land-based casino industry will be closed down for months. Infection rates continue to increase around the country. Even Las Vegas, the gambling hub of the United States, has been forced to close down all of its casinos until further notice.

This is taking a serious toll on this city. New reports indicate that these gambling venues are losing millions of dollars a day. Some claim they can only survive a few more months before going bankrupt.

As a result, online casino gambling is growing more popular all around the country. There are now a huge number of fantastic online casinos in Massachusetts. Many of them offer just as many games as the biggest land-based casinos in the state.

These gambling websites are going to continue to get more popular. Most analysts predict that casinos will remain closed until the virus is under control. That seems unlikely to happen anytime soon.

Casinos in Massachusetts are closed right now. It’s unclear how long these venues will be able to survive while shut down. Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

Cases of the Coronavirus in Casinos Are Appearing

Covid-19, the novel coronavirus that’s become a global pandemic, continues to spread around the United States. It’s likely that several thousand individuals are now infected in the country, yet exact rates are completely unknown. This week, more cases of the coronavirus in casinos are beginning to appear.Encore Boston Harbor Hotel-Casino

The gambling industry is already taking a major hit. Additional cases aren’t helping to make things any better. Today, we’re going to discuss the way this new virus continues to affect the world.

Let’s get into it!

More Covid-19 Cases Confirmed Around the US

In early March, very few cases of the novel coronavirus had been confirmed in the United States. Less than two weeks later, we now have at least 1,200 cases and likely many thousands more that have not been confirmed. Every day, more states announced additional cases.

Today, for example, Kansas and Georgia announced their first deaths from the virus. Alaska revealed its first case. Nevada has cases already, too. It’s become clear to health officials that early testing efforts in the country failed and we’re now dealing with the consequences. 

Several states are being hit hard. Washington is still considered the worst-affected state with more than 450 cases and 31 deaths. California is also seeing a considerably steep rise in infections.

This will not slow down anytime soon. In fact, health experts now feel the US is on a similar trajectory as Italy. If that’s correct, the country will soon begin seeing its hospitals put under extreme strain.

The sky is not falling, though. If the correct measures are taken, the country will be able to better contain the virus and hopefully, a vaccine is developed to protect the public. For now, we’re having to wait as more infections are reported.

More Cases of the Coronavirus in Casinos Pop Up

In 2013, lawmakers in Massachusetts passed a law to allow Class III casinos to begin operating in the state. Within a few years, MGM Resorts International opened the state’s first casino. A few years after that, Wynn Resorts opened the Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, near Boston.

According to new reports, an individual who spent time in the Encore Boston Harbor has tested positive for the coronavirus. This is exactly what major casino-resort companies had feared. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has already released a statement about the situation.

“DPH recommends that Encore continue its enhanced sanitization practices.  Additionally, Encore has reported that, out of an abundance of caution, all identified individuals have agreed to self-quarantine measures. Public health authorities have informed the MGC and Encore that, based on their review of the facts, the individual was asymptomatic (not exhibiting symptoms) on March 5.  Consequently, DPH has advised that the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by persons who came into contact with this individual at Encore is minimal.” 

Despite new cases of the coronavirus in casinos within Massachusetts, the state’s gambling industry continues to operate. How much revenue these gambling establishments are earning right now is unknown.

This is a troubling time and more casinos are likely to report cases over the next few weeks. In time, states may decide that it’s time to ban all casinos from allowing the public in.

Future of the US Casino Industry

As you might expect, casinos around the country are already seeing their numbers drop. As more cases of the coronavirus are announced, less individuals are choosing to visit crowded areas such as casinos. Some fear that the entire casino industry here is in danger of failing.

Just days ago, reports surfaced that an individual with the coronavirus had visited The Mirage casino-resort in Las Vegas. The city’s mayor recently claimed that media reports of the virus were significantly damaging the tourism industry here.

That doesn’t mean it’s impossible to play casino games, though. There are still many online casino sites in the US that are operating. These allow you to play games from anywhere with an internet connection.

It seems likely that the US online casino industry may grow over the next couple of months.

This is a very unusual time for the country. The spread of this virus is almost unprecedented and scientists are still trying to learn about its effects.

Time will tell how the news additional cases of the coronavirus will affect the country’s gambling industry. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Slots at Encore Boston Harbor Briefly Shut Down

Massachusetts is now home to a large and successful casino industry. One of the best is Encore Boston Harbor, owned and operated by Wynn Resorts. This week, the slots at Encore Boston Harbor were briefly shut down due to a computer issue.Encore Boston Harbor Hotel-Casino

It’s always scary when a casino suffers some type of issue with its computer system. Today, we’re going to look at what caused the slots to shut down. We’ll also look at how the Encore is performing against some of the other casinos in Massachusetts.

Let’s get into it!

History of Massachusetts’ Casino Industry

Just a decade ago, almost no legal gambling options were available in Massachusetts. Lawmakers in this state worked hard to actively ban most forms of wagering. In 2012, residents here decided to officially legalize land-based casinos.

Over the next few years, lawmakers here began coming up with specific regulations for this new industry. The state’s gambling commission was tasked with issuing gaming licenses. In 2018, MGM Resorts International opened the first casino here.

This venue, called MGM Springfield, was expected to be hugely successful. Unfortunately, this has not necessarily been the case. In 2019, Wynn Resorts opened Encore Boston Harbor in the city of Everett, near Boston.

Massachusetts’ casino market is still growing. As of now, only three gaming venues are operating in the state. It’s likely that more will begin opening here over the next couple of years.

Encore Boston Harbor is without a doubt the most popular casino in the state right now. Unfortunately, it suffered a computer issue this week that affected players.

Slots at Encore Boston Harbor Fail Due to Computer Issue

There are nearly 3,000 different slot machines inside Encore Boston Harbor. These games help to bring the casino millions of dollars in revenue every single month. An issue popped up this week, causing these machines to temporarily shut down.

According to Boston 25 News, a system outage this week caused the slots at Encore Boston Harbor to fail. This left hundreds of gamblers without money after depositing cash into the slot machines. Obviously, it caused an uproar inside the venue.

Officials within Encore Boston Harbor commented on the news to the media late Friday night.

“We experienced a brief system outage with our slot ticketing system in which we reverted to hand-paid jackpots. The issue has been resolved and we are paying all winners,” the statement said. 

Customers claim that the casinos began operating again at around 9:30 pm.

This is the last thing this casino needed right now. Recently, revenue at this gaming venue began to drop. Is this a sign that MGM Springfield is beginning to take over?

MA Casino Revenue Begins to Fluctuate

Not long after Encore Boston Harbor opened to the public, it became the most popular venue in the state. It captured a huge share of the state’s gambling market and earned significantly more revenue than any other casino.

In January, things took a slight turn. That month, it was the only casino in the state to experience a revenue drop. The Encore earned $6 million less than what it brought in the month before.

Interestingly, MGM Springfield’s revenue surged. Reports indicate that the Springfield casino earned $21 million in January, up $2 million from December. For many, it was surprising to see revenue here begin to increase.

MGM Springfield has been a major disappointment for MGM Resorts over the past couple of years. The casino has generated significantly less money than initially expected. MGM continues to invest money here, though, and it now appears that the company’s hard work is paying off.

The slots at Encore Boston Harbor are back up and running. Officials at Wynn Resorts will want to ensure this does not happen again.

Stay tuned for more Massachusetts casino news over the next few months!

Revenue at Encore Boston Drops, Rebounds in State’s Other 2 Casinos

Encore Boston Harbor Casino at SunsetEncore Boston Harbor, a Wynn Resorts property, are showing more drops in gambling revenue. According to a company official, the $2.6 billion property, which only opened up six months ago, has fallen short of revenue projections.

Wynn originally predicted that their Boston casino would earn $800 from gambling within its first year. According to state data, currently Encore Boston Harbor racks in an estimated $50 of gross revenue in gambling operations monthly.

According to the state’s Gaming Commission report on Tuesday, the Everett casino generated $6 million less in revenue in the span of one month, going from $54 million in December, to $49 million in January.

A spokeswoman for the casino says that officials will address the property’s revenue numbers during the company’s next quarterly earnings call.

Revenue is Up at 2 Other Massachusetts Casinos

Two other Massachusetts casinos are on the revenue rise though, MGM Springfield in Springfield and Plainridge Park in Plainville.

MGM Springfield’s gambling revenue increased by $2 million, going from $19 million in December, to $21 million in January. Plainridge Park’s revenue’s number went up a cool $1 million, going from $10 million in December, to $11 million in January.

Wynn’s Plan to Increase Numbers

Currently, Wynn Resorts has stated that they’re in the process of “rightsizing” their operation at the Boston branch.

The casino’s senior vice president of communications, Eric Kraus, told the state’s Gaming Commission that they’re looking into implementing automated drink dispensers. Other Massachusetts casinos have already began using these “robot bartenders.” Kraus believes the move would not only get gamblers their drinks in a timely fashion, but also eliminate an undetermined amount of back-of-house jobs that cut into operating costs.

The approval has been given to start rolling out these automatic drink-dispensing machines.

In an attempt to entice less affluent gamblers to their property in the numbers, the Encore property has lowered the minimum bets required for their table games. They’ve also offered free parking and introduced more budget-friendly food options, including a taco trucks that’s available on the casino floor.

An aerial gondola is also being considered. It would be used as a system that could conveniently transport and connect subway commuters directly with the casino.

About Encore Boston Harbor

The Encore Boston Harbor is one of three Encore properties, after Encore Las Vegas, which opened on December 2008, and Encore at Wynn Macau, which opened on April 2010. From their website:

The casino at Encore Boston Harbor brings glamour on a grand scale to the Mystic riverfront. Enter the main floor—open and airy, colorful and vibrant, with 40-foot ceilings, Red Rubino glass chandeliers, and a dazzling array of classic and state-of-the-art slot machines for every player, at every level. Move upstairs to our elegant terrace level for table games, poker tables, private gambling salons, high-limit gaming rooms, and a spectacular view of the action below. At every turn, welcoming dealers and hosts are dedicated to making your visit easy and enjoyable. It all adds up to an exciting, memorable five-star experience unlike anywhere else in Boston.

Revenue at MGM Springfield Jumped in January

Massachusetts’ casino industry continues to change. After months of disappointing results, it appears revenue at MGM Springfield is finally increasing. It’s fantastic news for the owners of this venue, who have invested millions of dollars to bring in more players.Revenue Increase Figure

Today, we’re going to discuss the history of the MGM Springfield Casino. We’ll also look at what this recent spike means for the property moving forward.

Let’s get into it!

MGM Springfield Has Been a Major Disappointment

Since 2011, Massachusetts has given three casinos permission to operate in the state. The first gambling venue to open here was MGM Springfield. MGM Resorts International built this property, which many believed would be extremely lucrative.

It was widely believed that Massachusetts would become one of the country’s next major gambling hubs. A huge number of individuals here make trips to Atlantic City in order to gamble inside casinos. With local casinos, this would no longer be necessary.

At first, MGM Springfield proved to be successful. As time went on, however, visitation here dropped. In June of 2019, Encore Boston Harbor opened up near Boston and captured a huge percentage of the state’s casino market.

Many gamblers who previously played inside MGM Springfield quickly made the switch to the Wynn Resorts-owned casino. As a result, revenue at MGM Springfield began to plummet. It seemed like just a matter of time before this casino was sold to the highest bidder.

That hasn’t been the case, though. Despite poor revenue figures, MGM Resorts continues to invest money here. Now, it appears that decision may be paying off.

Revenue at MGM Springfield Finally Increases

The fact that MGM Resorts continued to invest in their Massachusetts property was a little surprising. On the surface, it looked like this was a property that was bleeding money. Perhaps company officials saw something no else did.

Recent reports indicate that gambling revenue at this property officially increased in January. The casino’s gross gambling revenue was $20.6 million, compared to just $18.9 million in December. It’s not a massive increase, yet company officials have to be pleased.

Initial estimates predicted that revenue at MGM Springfield would be close to $34.8 million per month. Unfortunately, the most this property ever brought in during a single month was around $27 million. Overall, the casino brought in close to $252 million last year.

This wasn’t for a lack of trying, though. Back in early January, MGM Resorts decided to appoint a new president of this casino. Hope was that the change in leadership could help to turn things around. As of now, this strategy appears to be working.

MGM Springfield isn’t the only casino that experienced a revenue jump last month. Is this a sign that the state’s casino industry is in for a major change?

Plainridge Park Casino Revenue Jumps, Encore’s Drops

Right now, there are three different casinos operating in Massachusetts. As we mentioned earlier, the Encore Boston Harbor has proven to be the most successful of the three. That wasn’t the case in January, though.

Last month, the Plainridge Park Casino saw its gross gaming revenue increase by an astounding $876,913. This comes after seven straight months of revenue decreases. This venue managed to bring in around $11 million in January.

Encore Boston Harbor, however, saw its revenue drop. In January, this casino brought in $49 million. That’s down considerably from December’s $54 million. Wynn Resorts appears to be targeting more of a casual gambler demographic to help make up for these revenue drops.

The casino has also recently chosen to lower its minimum bet limit on several table games. Free parking is also beginning to be offered here. More strategies will be discussed during the company’s upcoming quarterly conference call.

Revenue at MGM Springfield officially jumped last month. Hopefully, this trend continues for the rest of the year.

Stay tuned for more Massachusetts casino news over the next few months!

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Wynn Resorts

It hasn’t been an easy past few months for Wynn Resorts. Sexual misconduct allegations against the company’s former CEO and a lawsuit for cheating to receive a gambling license has dampened what should have been an extremely successful year for the company. Fortunately, a federal judge has dismissed the recent lawsuit against Wynn Resorts.Wynn Resorts Logo

This has to be a relief for officials within the major US casino company. Hopefully, it allows Wynn Resorts to focus more on international expansion.

Let’s look at why this company was involved in a lawsuit in the first place.

Sterling Suffolk Claims Wynn Resorts Cheated to Obtain Gambling License

Wynn Resorts is one of the most profitable gambling companies in the United States. Earlier this year, the company officially opened the Encore Boston Harbor Casino-Resort, located in Everett, Massachusetts. It proved to be immediately successful.

Unfortunately, Sterling Suffolk began alleging that the company obtained its gambling license illegally. This company, which is a partner of Mohegan Sun, filed a lawsuit against Wynn Resorts, claiming it used “unlawful methods” including kickbacks, political cronyism, and hiding allegations made against Steve Wynn.

Sterling claimed that the company corrupted the Massachusetts Gambling Commission. The company filed a lawsuit for over $1 billion in profits that Sterling would have made had they won the casino license. It was even alleged that the mayor of Everett received a concealed percentage in the casino’s ownership.

Interestingly, this casino was also alleged to be cheating players. Just a few weeks after opening, an individual filed a lawsuit that claims the Encore Boston Harbor withheld full slot payments to players. Eventually, this lawsuit was dropped.

Most felt that the charges had no real merit. A federal judge now seems to agree. This lawsuit is officially being dismissed.

Judge Officially Drops Lawsuit Against Wynn Resorts

It wasn’t easy for Wynn Resorts to construct the Encore Boston Harbor. The company found itself in the middle of an FBI investigation, which found that the land which the casino would be constructed on was partially owned by an individual with ties to organized crime. Eventually, this was all resolved.

This week, US District Judge Patti Saris officially dismissed the claims against the company. She states that parts of the claim can still be continued in state court. She clearly does not support a move to allow Sterling to amend their complaint in her court again.

“The Amended Complaint was filed after Defendants moved to dismiss the initial complaint, meaning SSR already has been given one chance to cure pleading deficiencies identified by Defendants. Further, the essential facts underlying SSR’s RICO claims have been known to the public for years as a result of contemporaneous reporting and the voluminous MGC investigation reports. Therefore, the Court finds that SSR has already had a fair opportunity to plead a viable set of claims but has failed to do so,” the judge’s statement reads. 

This doesn’t mean Wynn Resorts is completely out of the water. The company is still facing two additional lawsuits. These cases are still pending in MA state court. We’ll need to wait and see how everything plays out.

Steve Wynn Continues to Deny Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Steve Wynn was once considered to be one of the most powerful men in the gambling industry. In 2018, his time at the top of his industry ended. The Wall Street Journal published a story that alleges he was involved in several cases of sexual misconduct throughout his career.

Over the past several months, more allegations against Mr. Wynn have come out. In February of 2019, he officially stepped down as CEO of Wynn Resorts. Since this time, he’s avoided the public spotlight.

Steve Wynn continues to deny all of the allegations against him. He is also fighting against the NV Gaming Control Board’s attempts to push him out of the gambling industry. The former casino mogul claims that any additional punishments are unnecessary, as he already left his company.

This situation, along with the lawsuit against Wynn Resorts, has made 2019 less than ideal for the Las Vegas-based casino company. If all goes to plan, officials within the company can begin pushing to obtain a casino license in Japan.

Stay tuned for more US casino news over the next few months!