New Mass., Rhode Island Casinos Are Growing The New England Market

Written By Steve Ruddock on November 2, 2018 - Last Updated on December 20, 2021
After a few recent openings, tallying up New England casino revenue for September 2018.

The New England casino industry tallied over $170 million in slot revenue during the month of September. That’s a 9 percent increase compared to September 2017.

The gains can be traced to the new MGM Springfield casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, and the relocation of the poor-performing Newport Grand to Tiverton.

September was the first full month for MGM Springfield and the new Twin River Tiverton, and both look poised to be serious players in the market. That was expected from MGM, but not so much from Twin River Tiverton.

It’s only been a month, but it’s safe to say that the move from Newport to Tiverton is going to pay off big time.

There is a looming question: how much of Tiverton’s and Springfield’s revenue is due to incremental growth versus cannibalization?

It’s still too early to know, but five of the six existing casinos did experience a year-over-year reduction in slot revenue.

  • Mohegan Sun Casino – CT: -8.9 percent
  • Foxwoods Casino – CT: – 5.0 percent
  • Twin River Lincoln – RI: -4.4 percent
  • Plainridge Park Casino – MA: -4.0 percent
  • Oxford Casino – ME: +7.6 percent
  • Hollywood Casino – ME: -2.6 percent

A closer look at this month’s slot revenue

New England slot revenue September 2018:

  • Mohegan Sun Casino – CT: $47,201,800
  • Foxwoods Casino – CT: $37,986,900
  • Twin River Lincoln – RI: $34,709,500
  • MGM Springfield – MA: $18,149,700
  • Plainridge Park Casino – MA: $14,319,200
  • Twin River Tiverton – RI: $9,837,000
  • Oxford Casino – ME: $6,619,400
  • Hollywood Casino – ME: $3,737,700
  • Total: $172,561,500

Here’s how each facility stacks up:

 # Slot MachinesAverage RTP
MGM Springfield2,55092%
Plainridge Park1,20092%
Mohegan Sun4,80092%
Twin River Lincoln4,20092%
Twin River Tiverton1,00092%
Oxford Casino95090%
Hollywood Casino72590%

A closer look at this month’s table game revenue

Table game revenue September 2018:

  • Twin River Lincoln – RI: $10,476,200
  • Twin River Tiverton – RI: $125,500
  • MGM Springfield – MA: $8,802,300
  • Oxford Casino – ME: $1,638,900
  • Hollywood Casino – ME: $598,500
  • Total: $21,641,300

Here’s how each facility stacks up:

 # Table Games# of Poker Tables
MGM Springfield12023
Plainridge ParkN/AN/A
Mohegan Sun30042
Twin River Lincoln93 +48 Stadium Games23
Twin River Tiverton32+18 Stadium GamesN/A
Hollywood Casino184
Oxford Casino28N/A

State-by-state casino revenue breakdown


MGM Springfield is still riding high from its late-August opening, and based on September’s numbers it looks like it will settle in as a $25 million per month casino.

At the same time, the four percent year over year slot revenue decline makes Plainridge Park the least impacted of the Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts casinos.


Connecticut’s two tribal casinos have long feared the opening of MGM Springfield, and if September is a harbinger of things to come, they were right to be concerned.

A five percent decline at Foxwoods, and a near 9 percent drop at Mohegan could be attributable to variance, but MGM Springfield does choke off a lot of the tribal casinos’ traffic to the north and west.

Rhode Island

Twin River is pressing all the right buttons in the region.

Despite a decrease in slot gaming revenue, Twin River Lincoln’s revenue held relatively steady thanks to a significant increase in table game revenue. the property also opened its long-awaited hotel in October, making the facility a full-fledged resort.

More importantly, the move from Newport Grand to the new Twin River Tiverton location saw revenues nearly triple for the company’s second Rhode Island casino.

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Maine’s two casinos were largely unaffected by the goings on further to the south. Oxford’s revenue was up 7.6 percent (the only same-store increase in the region), while Hollywood’s slot revenue experienced a slight 2.6 percent decline.


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Steve Ruddock is an avid poker player and a veteran member of the gaming media. His primary focus is on the regulated US online casino and poker markets. He writes for numerous online and print publications, including,, and USA Today.

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