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Amid Restrictions, MGM Springfield Takes In $10.7 Million From Gambling In July

The MGM Springfield casino collected $10.7 million in revenue over the final three weeks of July, as it reopened from a nearly four-month shutdown due to COVID-19. 

The new revenue figure, announced by the state,  represents about half the total from the previous July, when the casino was fully operational.

To encourage social distancing, MGM Springfield had about a third of its slot machines available for use at its reopening last month.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission last week denied a request from the state's casinos to allow roulette, craps and poker to take place. Right now, blackjack is the only table game permitted, with a limit of three players at a table.

In a statement, MGM Springfield said it's pleased with its gambling revenue, given the restrictions. 

"We look forward to a day in what we hope will be the near future when public health and regulatory restrictions will be relaxed or lifted, allowing us to expand our offerings," the statement continued. "With additional amenities we can invite back to work many more of our valued team members who are so critical to delivering these diverse offerings to our loyal customers.”

Only a fraction of the casino's employees have been invited back from furlough, with the others due to lose health insurance at the end of this month.

The return of casino gambling also provided an influx of tax revenue for the state. The state received $13.2 million in July from activity at the state's two full casinos and one slots parlor.

It was the first month that Massachusetts received gambling-related funds since March, when the state ordered casinos closed due to COVID-19.

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