Casino Revenue Drop At Encore, Increases At MGH Springfield and Plainridge Park

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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