Slight Dip In September Massachusetts Casino Revenue Has An Asterisk

Written By C.J. Pierre on October 17, 2023
A picture of a downward sloping graph with an asterisk for a story about how Massachusetts casino revenue in September should have an asterisk because of incomplete information from the cyberattack.

Massachusetts casino revenue saw a slight dip in September. However, there is a bit of an asterisk with more totals still to come.

According to numbers released by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the three Massachusetts casinos generated $90.3 million in gross gaming revenue during September.

The month’s GGR produced more than $25.7 million in tax revenue for the Commonwealth. Massachusetts online casinos would generate much more tax revenue, but those haven’t been legalized yet.

On paper, those numbers show a downward trend when compared to the September 2022 numbers and August’s $97.9 million GGR. However, the huge data breach MGM had to deal with last month has affected some of the numbers coming from MGM Springfield. This means September may look like an upswing once it’s all said and done.

Full MGM Springfield numbers delayed due to data breach

As expected, MGM Resorts’ only Massachusetts property, MGM Springfield, saw a decrease in GGR after the property was experiencing issues from a cybersecurity attack on all MGM Resorts properties across the country.

So far, it is being reported that MGM won $17.4 million in September. Reportedly, the venue won $16.3 million on slot games. However, only $1 million in winnings is being reported from table games. For context, the venue won over $5 million from table games in August.

Thomas Mills, a spokesperson with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, says the MGM Springfield table game figures are through Sept. 6, and the slot figures are based on estimates from the commission’s central monitoring system. He added that September numbers from MGM Springfield will be updated next month when October’s revenue figures are released.

Encore Boston Harbor still leads MA casinos by a wide margin

While MGM Springfield is putting the final pieces of its September revenue numbers in place, Encore Boston Harbor continues to lead the pack as the highest-grossing casino in Massachusetts. The venue generated $59.8 million in revenue between its table games and slot machines. That is a slight dip from the $61.3 million the casino recorded in August.

However, it’s just a tiny blip on the radar for The Bay State casino giant. Since the property opened in 2019, Encore Boston Harbor has been the monthly highest earner. In September, the casino won $26.3 million at its table games and another $33.4 million from slot machines.

Taxed at 25%, Encore Boston Harbor paid $14.9 million in taxes in September after paying $15.3 million in August.

Plainridge Park’s revenue remains steady

Plainridge Park Casino 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.

The property won $13.1 million from slot players in September. That’s practically what they got from players in August as well.

That represents a steady stream of revenue. Over the first nine months of the year, Plainridge Park has won $117.6 million from slot players. That’s an average of about 13 million each month.

September Massachusetts casino revenue breakdown

CasinoTable Games GGRSlot Machine GGRTotal GGRTaxes Paid
Encore Boston Harbor$26,390,983$33,429,867$59,820,850$14,955,212
MGM Springfield*$1,084,292**$16,358,781**$17,443,073**$4,360,768*
Plainridge ParkN/A$13,125,723$13,125,723$6,431,604

(*) Number subject to change once MGC releases full MGM Springfield full September revenue numbers

A full breakdown of all the state’s gaming revenue can be found on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission website.

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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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