Massachusetts casino revenue

Door to the MGM Springfield casino

Gambling revenue fell in April at the only resort casino in Massachusetts.  But officials at MGM Springfield say they remain pleased with its overall performance. 

The Plainridge casino building and parking lot

The first Massachusetts casino, Plainridge Park, had customers lined up out the door for the grand opening in July.  But revenue from the casino’s 1,250 slot machines has fallen month after month since the spectacular opening. 

Massachusetts officials this week cut by nearly 40 percent the tax revenue they expect to collect from the casino. 

Clyde Barrow, a University of Texas professor, who has studied the Northeast casino market, sees no cause for alarm.  He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.