HTM’s Laurie Salame is part of a multi-year, multi-disciplinary research project investigating the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA), under a grant from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. As part of the larger research project, Salame is the lead for patron surveys conducted at MA casinos, used to understand who frequents the casinos and their spending patterns. Patron surveys have taken place at Plainridge Park Casino (2016) and MGM Springfield (2019), with the next survey scheduled for Encore Boston Harbor in March 2022.
Both the MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park Casino (PPC) show us that most of the casino patrons are from MA. Notably, MGM Springfield attracted a much higher percentage of patrons from the host and surrounding communities compared to Plainridge Park Casino (41.5% vs. 11.4%). Additionally, MGM Springfield was more successful at attracting patrons from out-of-state (40.6% vs. 22.1%). Other differences in the demographic characteristics, gambling behavior, and expenditures of patrons at the two Massachusetts casinos can be found in the MGM Springfield Patron Survey Report.