Rhode Island’s largest legal gambling venue, Twin River Casino, is so far fending off a challenge to its gambling revenue from a new competitor, the Plainridge slot parlor in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission reported today that in July, the first full month of operation at the former horse-racing track, that the slot machines and electronic table games harvested $18.1 million in gambling revenue.
The Rhode Island Lottery Commission has yet to release the July gambling revenue data from Twin River, says Twin River spokeswoman Patti Doyle. But she said that preliminary numbers indicate that the Lincoln casino’s revenues were off by only about 6 percent in July. That is compared to projections that estimated that the Twin River gambling take could drop by between 11 and 15 percent, Doyle said.
``We’re pleased,’’ said Doyle. Twin River continues to make investments in the venue. A non-smoking table game room is slated to open Wednesday, she said.
``We are continuing to focus on what we can control,’’ said Doyle.
Twin River has Las Vegas-style table games, while Plainridge, which is primarily a slot machine parlor that features electronic games, does not.
``We have real table games,’’ said Doyle.
The Plainville slot emporium provided almost $9 million in state taxes to Massachusetts coffers, according to Massachusetts Gaming Commission statistics. Rhode Island lawmakers and state officials have been concerned about the impact of Plainridge on the state's gambling tax revenues because the new gambling venue is only about a 20 minute drive from the Ocean State's border.