MA Casinos Rebound, Finish 2023 With Second-Highest Revenue Total

Written By C.J. Pierre on January 17, 2024
A picture of a basketball with MA casino logos for a story about how MA casino revenue rebounded in December

After a month of lows, Massachusetts casinos ended 2023 on a high note.

In December, Massachusetts’ three brick-and-mortar casinos combined to win $103 million from Bay State bettors. Those numbers represent the second-highest monthly revenue total of 2023.

The strong finish comes after a disappointing November when those properties had the second-lowest monthly revenue total of the year. December’s revenue was $8.5 million more than November’s. In other words, Bay State casinos experienced a month-over-month increase of 9%.

The three locations produced over $29 million in tax revenue for the Commonwealth in December. Massachusetts online casinos would generate much more tax revenue, but those haven’t been legalized yet.

November Massachusetts casino revenue breakdown

CasinoTotal GGRSlot Machine GGRTable Games GGRTaxes Paid
Encore Boston Harbor$65,826,442$36,163,279$29,663,162$16,456,610
MGM Springfield$23,610,279$18,962,972$4,647,307$5,902,569
Plainridge Park$13,598,675$13,598,675N/A$6,663,350

Encore Boston Harbor stays atop the Massachusetts casino food chain

Encore Boston Harbor went wire-wire in 2023 as the state’s highest-grossing casino. The closest MGM Springfield got to the top spot was in July when the gap was over $37.7 million.

In December, Encore Boston Harbor generated over $65.8 million in gross gaming revenue. That’s a 7.1% increase from November and nearly double what MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park brought in during December combined.

Taxed at 25%, Encore Boston Harbor paid $16.4 million in taxes to Massachusetts in December. Unlike most casinos, table games are almost as popular as slots at Encore. In November, the venue won $29.6 million from bettors on table games and $36.1 million on slots.

MGM Springfield’s December revenue came out to $23.6 million. That’s up $2.1 million from November. The venue won $4.6 million from bettors on table games and $18.9 million on slots in December. Also taxed at 25%, MGM Springfield generated $5.9 million in taxes for the Commonwealth.

Plainridge Park brought in $11.6 million in gross gaming revenue in December. Plainridge Park is the state’s only Category 2 slots-only facility. With no table games, the venue is expected to be lower on the MA casino revenue tracker compared to the competition. Taxed at 49%, Plainridge Park’s slots winnings generated $6.6 million in taxes for Massachusetts.

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C.J. Pierre is a Lead Writer at PlayMA. He has been covering news and sports for over a decade for both online and TV broadcasts. He was born and raised in Minneapolis and an alum of Minnesota State University: Moorhead. He recently dove into tribal casino news. He also covered the launch of sports betting in Arizona. C.J. has experience as a reporter and videographer and has covered high school, college and professional sports throughout his career. Most notably following Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Vikings and North Dakota State University football.

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