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Massachusetts casinos generate $98 million in August 2023

18 Sep 2023

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission reported that the month of August 2023 at Plainridge Park Casino (PPC), MGM Springfield (MGM) and Encore Boston Harbor (EBH) generated approximately $98 million in Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR).

Additionally, approximately $22.71 million in Taxable Sports Wagering Revenue (TSWR) was generated across the eight mobile/online sports wagering licensees and the three in-person licensees for the month of July.

Gross Gaming Revenue
Plainridge Park Casino, a Category 2 slots facility, is taxed on 49% of Gross Gaming Revenue. Of that total taxed amount, 82% is paid to Local Aid and 18% is allotted to the Race Horse Development Fund. MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor, Category 1 resort-casinos, are taxed on 25% of Gross Gaming Revenue; those monies are allocated to several specific state funds as determined by the gaming statute.

To date, the Commonwealth has collected approximately $1.515 billion in total taxes and assessments from the casino operations of Plainridge Park Casino, MGM Springfield, and Encore Boston since the respective openings of each gaming facility.

Sports Wagering Revenue
Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield, and Plainridge Park Casino are licensed as Category 1 Sports Wagering Operators, which allows them to operate a retail sportsbook at their respective property. Category 1 operators are taxed on 15% of TSWR.

Barstool Sportsbook, BetMGM, Betr, Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, Fanatics Betting & Gaming, FanDuel, and WynnBET are licensed as Category 3 Sports Wagering Operators, which allows them to operate a mobile or online sportsbook. Category 3 operators are taxed on 20% of TWSR.

Of the total taxed amount for all operators, 45% is allotted to the General Fund, 17.5% to the Workforce Investment Trust Fund, 27.5% to the Gaming Local Aid Fund, 1% to the Youth Development and Achievement Fund, and 9% to the Public Health Trust Fund.

To date, the Commonwealth has collected approximately $50.35 million in total taxes and assessments from the sports wagering operations of licensed operators since sports wagering began in person on January 31, 2023 and online on 10 March 2023.

When an operator’s adjusted gross sports wagering receipts for a month is a negative number because the winnings paid to wagerers and excise taxes paid pursuant to federal law exceed the operator’s total gross receipts from sports wagering, the Sports Wagering Law allows the operator to carry over the negative amount in tax liability to returns filed for subsequent months.

View comprehensive revenue reports for each gaming license and sports wagering operator at MGC issues monthly revenue reports on the 15 of each month or next business day.
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