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US – Massachusetts’ casinos welcome back craps and blackjack

By - 12 March 2021

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has approved measures to allow casino operators to reopen craps and blackjack tables due to an improvement in the control of the spread of coronavirus.

Casinos, including MGM Springfield, and Encore Boston Harbor, will be able to offer blackjack games with four seats as long as plexiglass dividers are used and players maintain a minimum distance of three feet apart. Craps tables have been closed for a year. They will now be allowed to reopen with a maximum of six players, three on each side of a table, with plexiglass partitions between players and partitions for three dealers. Dice must be sanitised between throws, and spectators will not be allowed to congregate around tables.

“There is a lot of comfort in knowing that our enforcement measures are heightened and we will continue to rely on the compliance efforts of the two licensees here,” Cathy Judd-Stein, commission chairwoman said.

January saw MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor and Plainridge Park Casino, generate GGR of $58m, 16.2 per cent down on january 2020 before the closures. Results limited by a 40 per cent reduced capacity.

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