More ominous signs at Mass. gambling facilities

Encore revenues slide; Plainridge numbers near all-time low

GAMING FACILITIES in Massachusetts continued to struggle in October, as gross gaming revenue continued to slide at Encore Boston Harbor and the Plainridge Park slots parlor saw its revenue fall to its lowest level since December 2015.

At Everett-based Encore, gross gaming revenue was $45.8 million in October, down $3.1 million from September levels. The October revenue figure, consisting of $22.3 million from slots and $23.5 million from table games, was the lowest month since Encore launched in June. The state’s tax take of $11.4 million was also the lowest level so far.

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Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

Slots revenue at Encore, which has been disappointing, made some gains, rising to its highest level yet on a monthly basis. But table game revenue, which started incredibly strong, continued to slide downward.

Gross slots revenue at Plainridge Park in Plainville was $11.2 million in October, down about $300,000 from the previous month. The total was the second-lowest level since the facility opened in 2015. The October number was only $20,599 higher than December 2015, the lowest month on record.

Revenue at MGM Resorts in Springfield edged up slightly in October, rising roughly $900,000 to $21.2 million.