State’s lone casino sees revenue rise

Combined Services
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

PLAINVILLE — Massachusetts’ lone casino is enjoying a rise in gambling revenues.

The state Gambling Commission reported Tuesday that Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville generated $12.7 million in gross revenues from its slot machines last month.

That brought the slot parlor and harness racing track’s total gross revenues from gambling to $164.8 million in 2017, or a roughly 6 percent increase from the facility’s $155 million in gross gambling revenues in 2016.

December’s haul is also slightly higher than the $12.6 million the casino drew from its slot machines in December 2016.

The state, which collects 49 percent of Plainridge’s gambling revenues, has drawn nearly $200 million from the casino since its opening in June 2015.

MGM and Wynn are also building major resort casinos slated to open in the coming years.

In other casino news, about 50 MGM Springfield executives have moved into new corporate offices at 95 State St., the company said Monday, but the address adjacent to what will soon be MGM Springfield’s South End Market will be known as One MGM Way once the state’s first resort casino opens its doors in September.

The 11-story building, built in 1929, is across from the Hampden County Superior Court building and was formerly known as the MassMutual building at 95 State St. After a total overhaul, MGM is beginning to move its executive team to the soon-to-be casino property.

“Moving onsite is a great way to kick-off the year of our opening,” MGM Springfield President and COO Michael Mathis said in a statement. “We have a growing workforce and this office space better suits our ever-expanding needs as this momentous year unfolds.”