Casinos continue sluggish performance

Plainridge Park records worst full month since opening

NOVEMBER FIGURES SHOW continued weakness in the Massachusetts casino industry, where fears of market saturation in the Northeast appear warranted and revenue projections for the state’s dive into the casino world look as though they were overly optimistic.

Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville recorded its worst full month since opening in 2015, with $10.9 million in gross gaming revenue at the Plainville slots facility.

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Michael has also worked in broadcast journalism. In 1989, he was a co-producer for "The AIDS Quarterly," a national PBS series produced by WGBH-TV in Boston, and in the early 1990s, he worked as a producer for "Our Times," a weekly magazine program on WHDH-TV (Ch. 7) in Boston.

Michael lives in Dorchester with his wife and their two daughters.

About Michael Jonas

Michael Jonas has worked in journalism in Massachusetts since the early 1980s. Before joining the CommonWealth staff in early 2001, he was a contributing writer for the magazine for two years. His cover story in CommonWealth's Fall 1999 issue on Boston youth outreach workers was selected for a PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.

Michael got his start in journalism at the Dorchester Community News, a community newspaper serving Boston's largest neighborhood, where he covered a range of urban issues. Since the late 1980s, he has been a regular contributor to the Boston Globe. For 15 years he wrote a weekly column on local politics for the Boston Sunday Globe's City Weekly section.

Michael has also worked in broadcast journalism. In 1989, he was a co-producer for "The AIDS Quarterly," a national PBS series produced by WGBH-TV in Boston, and in the early 1990s, he worked as a producer for "Our Times," a weekly magazine program on WHDH-TV (Ch. 7) in Boston.

Michael lives in Dorchester with his wife and their two daughters.

MGM Springfield had its second worst full month since it opened in 2018, with $19.9 million in gross revenue in November from slots and table games.

Some of the decline in revenue at the two facilities can no doubt be chalked up to the opening in July of Encore Boston Harbor. The Wynn Resorts casino in Everett had $47.3 million in combined slots and table game revenue in November. That was an increase from $45.8 million in October, but was the second worst full month of operation for Encore since it opened. Based on its first five full months, Encore is on course to generate $583 million in gross gaming revenue over its first year, far short of the more than $800 million Wynn had previously projected.