Casinos end year with a bang

GAMING REVENUES were up across the board last month as Plainridge Park Casino, MGM Springfield, and Encore Boston Harbor together generated nearly $100 million in revenue of which about $26.5 million is due to the state, the Gaming Commission reported Tuesday. Of the $95.65 million in gaming revenue produced in...
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Encore Takes Step Back on Auditorium Development after Pushback

The rollout of the auditorium development intended for land across the street from the casino and hotel was a typical Encore public relations victory. They fed the story to the Boston Globe. The Boston Globe carried the report first early in December, 2021 with a glowing appraisal of the 1800 seat auditorium and parking garage to augment the casino and hotel operation across the street.
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Morristown, Maryville students earn praise from Broadway stars

Students from theatre programs in Morristown and Maryville earned honors at the 2022 Junior Theater Festival Atlanta. This festival is a celebration of student-driven musical theater programs, Broadway stars joined the festival both in person and virtually to share their expertise with attendees.
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AT 40 With Casey Kasem: 1/22 & 1/23

Classic AT40 is brought to you by MassageLuXe in Raleigh and Apex. Win someone’s heart for Valentine’s Day with a MassageLuxe gift card!. Saturday on AT40, hear the big songs from this week in 1985. Soap star Jack Wagner was heating up TV and radio with his smash “All I Need.” A couple of Eagles have solo hits: Don Henley with “The Boys of Summer” and Glenn Frey with “The Heat is On.” Robert Plant’s and The Honeydrippers’ only two hits are both in this countdown with “Sea of Love” and “Rockin’ at Midnight.” That’s all good and well, but can anybody top the Queen of Controversy, Madonna, who has been at #1 for a whopping five weeks with “Like A Virgin”? Enjoy two chances to hear AT40 on Saturday on KIX: from 6am – 10am and with an encore presentation from 8pm to midnight.

PNC Financial Services Group Inc. Raises Stake in Encore Wire Co. (NASDAQ:WIRE)

PNC Financial Services Group Inc. grew its stake in shares of Encore Wire Co. (NASDAQ:WIRE) by 110.0% during the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 2,535 shares of the electronics maker’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,328 shares during the period. PNC Financial Services Group Inc.’s holdings in Encore Wire were worth $239,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Massachusetts Casinos Nearly Set Monthly Revenue Record to Finish 2021 Strong

Massachusetts casinos ended 2021 in almost record fashion. The three commercial properties combined to win nearly $96 million off of their patrons. Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield, and Plainridge Park generated gross gaming revenue (GGR) of $95.66 million in December, the second-highest all-time revenue month for the state gaming industry. Massachusetts legalized commercial casino gambling in 2011 by way of its Expanded Gaming Act.
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December was a good month for casinos

The Omicron surge apparently did little to deter gamblers from hitting the slots and tables at the Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett last month. New figures reported by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission show that the casino had its second-best month ever, in terms of gambling revenue, since opening in mid-2019. Owner Wynn Resorts reported $62.4 million in gross gaming revenue for the month, second only to the $62.8 million reported for October. However, in October, the sales numbers were lifted in part by the fact there were five weekends, an anomaly that did not recur in December. The revenue last month translates to $15.6 million in state taxes, based on the state’s 25 percent tax rate. Encore’s slots revenue was particularly slow after it opened in 2019 but the casino operators readjusted layouts and payouts to draw more gamblers; the latest monthly numbers indicate that those efforts are paying off. The state’s other full-service casino, MGM Springfield, also reported a strong month, with $22.2 million in gross gambling revenue. That meant December was its fifth best month since opening in mid-2018. Meanwhile, the Plainridge Park Casino, a slot machine parlor, reported $11 million in slots revenue for the month, making it the slowest month since February 2021 for that facility. — JON CHESTO.

Part 1 of The Pandemic Inside: COVID-19 and Prisons (Encore)

In this encore episode, we look at how COVID-19 has torn through prisons and how organizers are trying to push state and local governments to release inmates in order to contain the spread of the pandemic. In part one, we focus on California. We take a look at why a prison, like San Quentin, is such a perfect environment for infectious diseases, especially an airborne one like COVID-19, how we might safely release large amounts of inmates across the prison system, and what we’ve learned from past release programs like realignment.

Eminem Relapse Breaks 1.5 Billion Streams On Spotify

Eminem is killing it in 2022 with one success after another for his previous albums. Slim Shady often makes headlines due to the enormous success of his albums, songs, and music videos. Eminem’s “Relapse” album just surpassed 1.5 billion Spotify streams. Marshall Mathers’ project, which was released...

Old Navy, Shoe Dept. Encore Also Making Moves In Ontario, WMFD Reports

It’s not every week that we can share news of three local retail openings or relocations, but today is an exception. Yesterday, we shared news of the impending opening of Ross Dress for Less in the former Staples location at 852 Lexington-Springmill Road. Today, WMFD reported that two additional retailers will be arriving at two additional Ontario locations.

Casinos ended 2021 with big month

Gaming revenues were up across the board last month as Plainridge Park Casino, MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor together generated nearly $100 million in revenue.

With encore, Baltimore singer becomes Alzheimer’s inspiration at age 91

Gone are the bright lights and the 100-piece orchestra. There’s no Luciano Pavarotti to share this stage. It isn’t Carnegie Hall, but a picnic table at Lake Roland. Norma Griner performs here now. From a little speaker comes a jazzy saxophone. A cellphone begins recording. Her fingers tap-tap-tap the table. The notes quicken; her head bounces. “Feel it,” says Larry Griner, her son and caregiver. ...

Change Your State Challenge Deadline Extended to Friday, Jan. 21

So far, 230 Harrison County residents have registered for the Change Your State Challenge to lose weight and develop healthy habits in 2022. If you aren't in on the action, there is still time. The deadline has been extended to Friday, Jan. 21. Read this story which originally ran Jan....

MGM Springfield reports higher gambling take in December

SPRINGFIELD — MGM Springfield took in $22.2 million in slot machine and table game revenue in December, according to figures released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. All three of the state’s casinos reported increases in the monthly report. MGM’s gross gaming revenue is up about 2.5% from...

7 vehicles vandalized in Encore casino parking lot

EVERETT, Mass. — Several vehicles were vandalized Sunday night in a parking lot at the Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett, police said. Officials said seven vehicles were damaged. Encore security teams are working with police to investigate the incidents. WCVB will have more information when it becomes available.
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Famous Mechanic Recommends Maintained Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Over a Shabby Buick Encore

Jeremy Clarkson once humorously stated that if a Rolls-Royce luxury car were to break down right in front of the factory, its builders wouldn't be able to get it running. In reality, this is only true because most owners won't bother to maintain them. But not every Roller is like this. Some get a service and never ask how much it costs.