Slots slip, table game revenues keep rising at Encore

Overall, Everett casino sees 8 percent gain

SLOT MACHINE REVENUES at Encore Boston Harbor remained lackluster in August, while revenue from table games continued to surge.

Numbers released by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Monday indicated gross slot revenues at Encore were $20.2 million in August, down 4.4 percent compared to July. Assuming 3,100 slot machines at the casino, the daily revenue per machine dropped from $220 in July to $210 in August. That’s well below the revenue per machine at Foxwoods in Connecticut, which averaged $371 in August.

Even as slots revenue declined, the Encore casino in Everett continued to show surprising strength with its table games. Table game gross revenue in August was $32.3 million, up $4.8 million, or 17.6 percent, from July.

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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.

Overall, slots and table game revenue at Encore rose 8 percent to $52.5 million in August, of which $13.1 million went to the state in the form of taxes.

The other two gaming facilities in Massachusetts – MGM Resorts in Springfield and Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville – brought in a combined $33 million in August, of which $11.2 million went to the state.

The split between table game and slot machine revenue at Encore was 61-36 percent. At MGM, it was just the opposite, with 75 percent of the revenue coming from slot machines and 25 percent from table games.