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Revenues Down From Opening, But MGM Springfield Says Casino Is On Track

The new casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, saw a dip in revenues last month. But an MGM official says it's on track financially.

MGM Springfield said it brought in almost $27 million in September. It will pay the state nearly $7 million of that.

On a daily basis, average revenues were down 32 percent from the opening week in August.

That's not a surprise. MGM opened another casino in Maryland in 2016 and also saw a drop in revenues in its first months.

In a statement, MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis said visitor volume was solid, and the casino's financial performance is on track with expectations.

The other gambling location in the state, Plainridge Park, brought in about half as much as MGM in September, but will pay the state more.

That's because as a slots parlor, it's taxed at roughly double the rate of the Springfield casino.

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Before joining New England Public Media, Alden was a producer for the CBS NEWS program 60 Minutes. In that role, he covered topics ranging from art, music and medicine to business, education, and politics. Working with correspondent Morley Safer, he reported from locations across the United States as well as from India, Costa Rica, Italy, and Iraq.
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