Gambling revenue at the state’s three casinos remained mostly flat in September, the second full month since the industry emerged from a shutdown forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to limit the capacity of the casinos and the selection of games they offer.
Encore Boston Harbor in Everett brought in just under $43 million from its slot machines and table games last month, a modest increase from August, when the total was $42.4 million, according to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
As at all of the state’s casinos, Encore’s totals are down from the comparable month last year, when the coronavirus had not yet emerged — though even in the best of times the industry has not yet matched the revenue projections made when the state legalized casino gambling. Encore took in about $49 million in September 2019.
Encore’s slot machines have made up a majority of its revenue since the casino’s mid-July reopening, as some popular games have been restricted to promote social distancing. Before the shutdown, table games had outpaced slots at the facility, a rarity in the industry and an indication that the casino was having some success in drawing customers