On August 24th, the MGM Springfield casino opened in the state of Massachusetts, marking the first time the state could provide a Las Vegas-style casino gaming experience. The casino cost almost $1 billion to create and along with the gaming floor, the casino offers a brand-new poker room featuring 23 tables.
In the original plans, MGM Resorts was planning on having just 20 tables in the poker room. However, they soon decided to add a few more tables to be able to accommodate a larger number of players. In the past, poker players had to travel to neighboring states to take part in gaming, so it is expected that the room will be quite busy with regular cash games as well as tournament options.
When the casino opened last Friday morning, patrons were already outside ready to see what the venue had to offer. The gaming floor remained busy throughout the weekend with poker players giving the new poker room a try.
It was expected that traffic would be an issue. The casino and the city worked together to address any potential issues in advance of the gaming venue opening. Free parking was extended at the venue with the Big E, with free shuttle service for those who parked in the West Springfield parking lots.
At the beginning of August, regulators in Massachusetts approved the MGM Springfield, setting the facility up to officially launch last week. Regulators were happy with the final meeting of the project, ready to see the venue up and running.
The regulatory process for the venue began back in November 2014, so it has been a long and lengthy process to see the casino come to fruition. The goal was to see a new Las Vegas-style casino offered in the state as well as provide an avenue of competition for two casinos located in nearby Connecticut.