Explicitly saying they are targeting Connecticut gamblers, the lone slots resort open and operating in Massachusetts pulled in some $18 million in its first full month of operation. Plainridge Park resort and casino brought the rather stunning haul in July alone. The new facility in Plainville, Mass. brought in $6.1 million in its first week of opening in June—a sort of “honeymoon” period.
Plainridge’s operators have made no secret of the fact they are targeting gamblers who would otherwise flock to Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods in Connecticut or Twin River Casino in Rhode Island.
The success of Plainridge Park, which does not have table games, may be indicative of what is to come when MGM opens its facility in Springfield, Mass. and if/when the casinos proposed for Greater Boston and Southeast Massachusetts ever get going. Massachusetts and Connecticut gambling operators seem destined for an arms race.
The Great Boston casino license is the subject of a nasty and personal battle between current license holder Steve Wynn and the city of Boston led by Mayor Marty Walsh. The latest here.
The most entertaining battle is between MGM and Connecticut lawmakers. MGM’s slightly looney but obviously sharp Bill Hornbuckle has his company suing the state of Connecticut because its new casino law opens up the possibility for a third casino but only to the existing Indian tribes. The Shad is not a lawyer but my legal peeps say the lawsuit has merit. MGM (in an obviously token gesture) applied to get the right for a new Connecticut casino but was denied. Doesn’t seem fair to give the tribes a monopoly, does it?
In any event, the stakes are definitely high when the competition is for hundreds of millions in gambling money.