Amazing Comeback by Massachusetts Casinos

Remember some of the greatest New England comebacks? How about the 2004 Red Sox breaking the curse being the first team in baseball history to come back from a 0-3 deficit and win a seven-game series. Then, there’s Super Bowl LI when the New England Patriots came back from a 25 point deficit in only 114 seconds, giving them the title of Super Bowl LI Champions against the Atlanta Falcons. And how about the Amazing Comeback by Massachusetts Casinos in the past few months.

The Odds Against Them

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has tended to deter progress in the expanded gaming industry. The reasoning has always been “to do it right.” But, it’s not always a negative. For example, Massachusetts has the best safeguards in New England for problem gambling in place with GameSense.

GameSense a Powerful Tool for Responsible Gambling

When it comes to the gambling part, Massachusetts casinos have been left behind at times. Examples include:

  • Each casino was at least one year late in the opening
  • Massachusetts opened after the pandemic over a month later than the Connecticut tribal casinos. Even Later than Twin River and Tiverton casinos.
  • The reopening did not include Roulette, Craps, and Poker the first month, and poker rooms continue to be dormant, while Connecticut and New Hampshire are the only two states to offer poker in casinos.


An Astounding Comeback

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has kept the three casinos under a watchful eye, employing stricter Covid protocols than other businesses. But, that may soon change since state officials are about to discuss the rules set in place. In my opinion, lifting regulations will coincide with the rebirth of casino visitation and revenue. The Massachusetts gaming industry is poised for an amazing comeback.

Picture this:

  • MGM Springfield managed to bring in over $21 million last month – a slight drop from March, yet nothing that will worry MGM Resorts officials.
  • The Encore Boston Harbor generated almost half of the April total of over $50 million of the state’s gross gaming revenue, making it the most popular gambling venue in the state.
  • Plainridge Park casino added a total of over $12 million last month – more than any month since June 2019 — nine full months before the pandemic struck.

All of these factors point to a huge summer for Massachusetts casinos. Despite the restrictions in place, for now, it seems that players are back in full force. More people seem to be willing to travel and enjoy entertainment as they did before with more vaccinations. So watch for Massachusetts’s gaming industry to make an amazing comeback, as well as casinos all over New England.

The gaming industry is generating these impressive results with one hand tied behind our back as capacity and amenity restrictions remain across the country,

Bill Miller, American Gaming Association president and CEO

Summary – Amazing Comeback by Massachusetts Casinos

On May 26, a group of state gaming regulators will meet to discuss the current health rules at MA casinos. The goal of this meeting is to decide when to begin lifting the restrictions set in place here

Do you think it’s time for health rules at Massachusetts casinos to be removed? And are you ready for packed casinos this summer? Leave a comment in the comments section to let us know how you feel.