Last week, Encore Boston Harbor and MGM Springfield asked regulators to reconsider their original mandate that once it reopens, Massachusetts casinos will not be allowed to deploy craps, roulette and poker. Of the three Bay State casinos, the two properties are the only ones to offer the games, while Plainridge Park Casino consists entirely of slot machines.
The regulator met with representatives of the two properties via a teleconferencing platform, but in the end the regulator rejected requests to start spreading the games again.
According to the local ABC affiliate, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said that the current conditions surrounding the state’s COVID-19 pandemic do not warrant an expansion of the game. With regard to poker visit BudayaPoker, the panel is concerned that measures to ensure social distancing cannot be met.
The regulator does not provide a timeline for when these games could be reproduced.
Like casinos across the country, all three casinos were forced to close in mid-March in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The state is one of the most cautious and the last to reopen its gaming market, allowing casinos to reopen in mid-July.
Plainridge Park opens for business July 8, Encore Boston Harbor reopens July 12 and MGM Springfield begins accepting bets on July 13. All three casinos reopened at reduced capacity and with social distancing measures in place.
During the first few weeks of play, the three properties reported gross gaming revenues of $ 45 million, according to figures released by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Monday.
The state government collected $ 6.74 million in taxes in July, but before the pandemic, the state collected about $ 20 million per month in taxes from casinos.