Mohegan Sun Hot Summer Fun Is Back in 2018

Each Weekday, a different promotion highlights Mohegan Sun’s annual ongoing list of fun.

Check out THE Sun July 25th through September 2nd

Rock The Region Mondays

  • Beginning Monday, June 25th guests can catch their favorite acts from around the region and start the week off right with great drink specials in the Wolf Den – including $2.00 domestic drafts and $5.00 Jameson any way. Mohegan Sun restaurants rock the region with 2 for $40.00 Tuscan Tables at Todd English’s Tuscany, and two lunches for $30.00 or 2 dinners for $40.00 at Seasons Buffet.

    Wolf Den – Mohegan Sun

Cash Dash Tuesdays

Inside Mohegan Sun’s Cash Cube, up to $120,000 is given away every Tuesday beginning June 26th through August 28th, from Noon to 2:00pm and 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Every hour, one lucky Momentum member playing their favorite slot machine or table game will have the chance to enter the Cash Cube.

The CASH CUBE

The CASH CUBE

More Momentum Wednesdays

Beginning June 27th, boost the excitement on Wednesdays and play your favorite slots from 6:00am to Midnight to receive Double Momentum Dollars! Earn 50% more Status Points while playing your favorite table games, including stadium gaming and wagers placed in Race Book. Bring a friend who joins Momentum and we’ll give each of you $10.00 in Free Slot Play. Plus, if they give us their email address, we’ll email them another $10.00 in Free Slot Play.

The Momentum keeps rolling! Visit any Player’s Club booth to discover how you can earn cash just by using your Play+ account while playing your favorite games during Hot Summer Fun – including double cash on Wednesdays! Cash back will be deposited into your Play+ account at the end of the promotional period.

This summer, sit back and enjoy the ride on Wednesdays with buy one – get one bus vouchers. Visit Bus Marketing for official rules.  *Note: not valid for Greyhound or Asian Bus Lines*

Hot Seat Thursdays

Hot Seat Thursdays run June 28th through August 30th with a chance to win your share of $10,000! Play your favorite slots, tables and stadium games for your chance to win. From 10:00am to 7:00pm, four winners will be randomly selected to win $2,500 CASH!  Winners will collect $1,000 on the spot at the winning game and return the next day to collect the remaining $1,500.

Make a splash with Thursday Night Pool Parties at the Sun Terrace pool.  Enjoy live entertainment from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. For more information visit mohegansun.com/poolparties.

Free & Fun Fridays – 

Party on the Rooftop

Party on the Rooftop

Each Friday, starting at 9:00am throughout Hot Summer Fun, Mohegan Sun will be giving away free t – shirts to the first 2,000 Momentum members beginning June 29th. T – Shirts will be distributed at the new Play+ Event Center, located next to Hash House A Go Go in Casino of the Earth. A different color shirt will be given each week. Collect all 10 during Hot Summer Fun!

Then start the weekend with Party on the Rooftop. This 21 and over event allows guests to enjoy live tribute bands, fire pits, bars and games on top of the Riverview Parking Garage every Friday from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. Grab a $3.00 Bud Light or a $7.00 specialty cocktail and stop by the gaming tent complete with slots, blackjack tables and roulette!

WORTH-THE-WAIT WEEKENDS

Every weekend, all weekend – catch the hottest DJs, celebrity appearances, stand-up comedy and amazing live music!  Get out there and have some fun at Mohegan Sun.

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Visionary Felix Rappaport Was a Star Wherever He Went

Suddenly, the casino industry had one less visionary. Suddenly, another loss in the world.

Felix Rappaport, the president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino, passed away unexpectedly, according to the casino. Those who don’t follow the casino world living in New England probably didn’t realize what a legend from the Las Vegas we had.

As reported by Brian Hallenbeck of the Day  “Mashantucket Pequot tribal police determined the death was not suspicious, said Lori Potter, a spokeswoman for the tribe, which owns the casino.”

“On behalf of the entire Tribal Council, Foxwoods management team and staff, we extend our deepest sympathies to Felix’s family,” Rodney Butler, the Mashantucket chairman, said in a statement. “With his passing, we have suffered a major loss. Felix’s passion for modernizing and growing Foxwoods, as well as his friendship, mentorship and humor touched everyone who worked with him. We are confident that Felix’s legacy will live on as we continue to push forward on the vision he set.”

Rappaport’s death stunned people throughout the industry. Long recognized as an innovator, Rappaport sought to diversify Foxwoods’ offerings in a bid to lessen its dependence on gaming revenues. He introduced Las Vegas-style entertainment to Foxwoods’ mix, and oversaw the opening of the Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods and, more recently, such attractions as “thrill” rides and a zip line.

“It’s totally shocking,” said Mitchell Etess, a senior adviser to the Mohegan Tribe, which owns Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods’ chief rival. “I’ve been working with him very closely on the East Windsor project and had gotten to know him. He was a really great and unique person — and personality. Obviously, he had been doing a wonderful job at Foxwoods.”

To give you another look at how highly Mr. Rappaport was considered, here is a link from the Las Vegas Sun from 2014.

Behind the scenes, Rappaport was a star on the Strip

Felix, you will be missed. Thank you for all you brought to the New England Casino Landscape. May you rest in peace.

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THE MONDAY LINK – Some Common Video Poker Options

THE MONDAY LINK

There are four “experienced” gambling experts I have followed over the years – Jean Scott, Anthony Curtis, Bob Dancer & John Grochowski. These would be my Mount Rushmore of gambling advice.  Today’s Monday Link is from the latter, the Casino Answer Man himself, John Grochowski.

I love reading what John Grochowski has to say.  Whether it be about video poker strategy, gambling advice of all sorts, or stories he tells of his years of experience, he is both entertaining and extremely resourceful.  You must check out his writings, books and posts.  You can read his posts on a number of sources: Facebook, LinkedIn, Casino Player, CasinoCityTimes.com and many many more.

Today is for both Video Poker players and those wanting to learn more about the games available.  Please enjoy today’s Monday Link:

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT – A look at some common video poker options

By John Grochowski

John Grochowski - the Casino Answer Man

John Grochowski – the Casino Answer Man

 

Enjoy.

Binbin

The Fathers of Casino Gaming

Today’s post on Father’s Day, we look back at the Fathers of Gambling – those who either invented a game or made it prominent in the industry’s casinos.  Some were inventors, some were just the first or the best at it. Here are some important Fathers in the development of casino games :

The Father of the Slot Machine – Charles Fey 

1895 was a year of slots invention when Charles Fey represented his own brainchild called Liberty Bell. It is significant to know that the popularity of the slot machine was so astounding that allowed the inventor to open the factory of slots manufacturing in 1896. The first slots were designed and manufactured by Fey himself. They were soon placed into the local gambling establishments on the basis of the 50 rent percent. Hence, in addition to being the first inventor, Charles Fey was recognizable as the first proprietor of the slots.

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Charles Frey and a picture of the famous “first” slot machine the “Liberty Bell.”

A little know fact is that in 1901, Charles Fey added a Draw feature to his very popular Slot machine. This allowed some of the drums to be held when taking a second spin. This feature greatly increased the popularity of the Slot machines and turned them more into a skill-based gambling machine, and this development set the stage for the future history of video poker.

The Father of Card Counting – Ed Thorpe

It was during his tenure at the MIT that he came up with the thought of using his knowledge of mathematical principles to come up with a model that could help decrease the house advantage. Former mathematics professor Edward Oakley Thorp brought card counting to modern Blackjack in 1962, when he published his book, “Beat the Dealer.” Although it has been succeeded by other methods since it was introduced, Thorp’s Ten Count System is regarded as the first mathematically proven system for card counting made available to the general public.

Ed Thorp’s ground-breaking counting system.

The Father of Modern Craps – John H. Winn

It was American dice maker, John H. Winn, who developed the rules further to allow betting for or against the shooter, thus becoming the father of modern Craps. His influence on the game brought us the game as we know it today, a full table setup in the air-conditioned comfort of a casino.

The Father of Roulette – Blaise Pascal 

So, how did he get that title as the father of Roulette? At 16, Blaise Pascal actually presented a paper about geometry that blew away the best math minds in Paris during that period! He ended up making many math formulas and ideas that are still used today. More importantly to us, he was also the inventor of probability which led to his connection with Roulette. A friend of his, Chevalier de Mere posed a question to him about gambling. Blaise Pascal created a formula to show the probability of two people winning in a casino game, and this has become the essence of probability theory! So, when Blaise Pascal was trying to invent a perpetual motion machine, he invented Roulette instead!

The Godfather of Texas Holdem Poker – Benny Binion.

Benny Binion went to Vegas after the Second World War. Little did anyone know he would change Sin City forever. His motto “If you want to get rich, make little people feel like big people” quickly turned the Horseshoe into one of the best casinos in Las Vegas. But the biggest achievement of his marketing genius was the invention of the World Series of Poker. He, more than anyone else, was responsible for putting the game of Texas Holdem Poker on the world map.

Some recent Fathers (Inventors) of games you may play in a casino:

  1. Sam Torosian (Father of Pai Gow Poker) was the owner of the California Bell Casino in Bell, California, near Los Angeles, in 1985. Sam Torosian had a brilliant idea: he took certain ideas and methods of play from the game of Pai Gow and mixed them with elements of poker to create a brand new casino game: Pai Gow Poker. This new casino game was a perfect blend of old and new, East and West, luck and strategy, and it was an instant hit
  2. The casino variant of Three Card Poker was first “invented” by Derek Webb in 1994 and patented in 1997. He had a vision for a game that combined the excitement of poker and the speed of regular casino games.
  3. The first person wanting to take credit for the invention of Caribbean Stud Poker is noted poker author and poker player David Sklansky. He claims to have invented a game known as Casino Poker, which is fundamentally the same as Caribbean Stud Poker, albeit it with the dealer exposing two cards instead of just the one and also without the progressive jackpot feature which Caribbean Stud Poker players know and love today.  But the beginnings of this island card game is cloudy at best.  Matter of fact, there are many variants on the origin of the game.
  4. Let It Ride – The game was invented by Shuffle Master founder John Breeding, with the goal of fueling demand for the company’s shuffling machine.

I’m sure there are more, but for now we tip our NETG hat to the father’s of gaming.

That’s all for now.

Binbin

 

Casino Tipping – Enhance Your Gambling Experience

Service Tips are nothing new.  I have always believed that great service deserves good tips. Tipping at the end of a meal is the report card of how your server took care of you. Attentiveness, and friendliness are key factors in my book.

I had the same approach at the casino.  Playing video poker at the bar, I would tip at the end of my session, depending on the attention and friendliness I received.

However, attending events like ZorkFest and networking with other gamblers has proved to me that on the casino floor, it’s better to do just the opposite..

THOSE DRINK TIPS

Tipping bigger at the beginning of service and not waiting to the end to issue your “report card” tends to grease the wheels of service. Drink service is the perfect example.  Tipping a little extra at the beginning of service tells the server / bartender that you’re interested in their service, not entitled to it.  Since doing this, I’ve noticed significant results.  Not only is the friendliness factor increased, but now they are aware you have their interest.

Service with a smile.

It’s not a sure thing – remember you’re at the casino where nothing is a sure thing.  But that initial tip can mean the difference between service and non or slow service.  Remember mileage may vary depending upon how busy the casino may be, or the server.

DEALER TIPS

I was always the kind of guy that waited to tip the dealer at the end, much like a restaurant.  Again, there is a better approach.

Table game dealers should be friendly, helpful and sometimes even entertaining. That being said, they can often be matter of fact, if not aloof. There could be lots of reasons.  I always thought “hey, it’s called the ‘service industry’ for a reason, buddy.” But, just imagine how many Bozos and idiots these people put up with on a daily basis.

Tip ahead?…….well, maybe not all dealers.

Here’s are my suggestions for the recreational table game player based on personal experience and networking with other players:

  • Greet the dealer, and  ask how his/her day has been as you lay your money on the table.
  • When the pit boss comes over, address them the same way as you give him/her your players card.
  • Tip the dealer during play – better yet play for the dealer.  Put a smaller bet down with yours. Now the you and the dealer are a team. Watch for a positive reaction. If they appreciate it, occasionally repeat, or more depending on your bankroll’s progress.
  • Dealers at tables such as Pai Gow Poker may really appreciate it. With such a slow game that doesn’t bring a lot of tips their way, dealers may particularly take notice.
  • Back to that pit boss – remember they were dealers once.  When they see you tip, or play for the dealers, pit bosses may bump up your bet-per-play rating.

PROOF AT THE TABLE

Recently I played Pai Gow Poker for a few hours at Foxwoods. Even recreational gamblers can play this game at a higher level denomination due to the number of pushes that occur. I was playing $25 a hand, with a few side bets and often a single $1 bet for the dealer. So, a spread of $25 to $31. As I played, I was friendly. At one point,  I even made a mistake in organizing my high & low hands once, which the pit boss and dealer collaborated to allow reorganizing my hand, which I thanked them with a slightly higher dealer tip.  Remember, there are a lot of pushes in this game, so a dealer’s bet can be repeated more than BJ or roulette.

When I inquired how I was rated after my session, the pit boss said $50 a hand!  Higher than I expected.  Coincidence? I say ney, ney.

So, take the plunge – tip ahead, be friendly and good things may happen.

Binbin

Barrett-Jackson Auction Opens New Earth Expo Center at Mohegan Sun

For the last 47 years, enthusiasts from all over the world have flocked to Barrett-Jackson collector car auctions. Widely regarded as a barometer of the collector car industry, the auctions have evolved over the years into world-class automotive lifestyle events where hundreds of the world’s most sought-after, unique and valuable automobiles cross the block in front of a global audience – in person and on live national and international television.

Barrett-Jackson

Barrett-Jackson produces The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to the millions watching the events via live worldwide television coverage on Discovery Channel and Velocity, over 500,000 people are in attendance at all four auctions, looking to witness auction action at its best, capture the car of their dreams, learn more about collector cars through “Behind the Hobby” symposiums, experience heart-stopping thrill rides in the latest vehicles from America’s top automakers – or shop in the vast Exhibitor Marketplace.

It all starts in the new Earth Expo Center on Wednesday, June 20th, from 8:00am – 5:00pm.  It’s called Family Value Day Preview Day where Gates, Sponsors & Exhibitors and Car Displays Open. Get an up-close look at all the auction vehicles and explore the sponsor and exhibitor displays.

The goldRush Rally

During the final day of the auction, June 23rd, an auto “Super Saturday” will take place. The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions® has teamed up with Shell and Pennzoil to host goldRush Rally at Mohegan Sun. It will be the rally’s first stop during its 10-year anniversary event and the first time in goldRush’s history the rally has stopped at an auction during their epic drives. Full details and up-to-date information on the rally is available at goldRushRally.com.  

Some of the many cars in the goldRush Rally.

For the last decade, goldRush Rally has welcomed distinguished guests, VIP celebrities, and automotive influencers to the #1 luxury rally in the country. Participants drive through high-profile cities and scenic back roads with unforgettable moments witnessed by dedicated fans.  During the stop in Connecticut on June 23rd – on its way to New York – the cars will be staged in the parking lot at Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar for fans to see while rally participants visit the auction inside Mohegan Sun.

The other cities and hotels included in this year’s #1 luxury rally include:

Boston – Revere Hotel Boston Common (4 Stars)
New York – Lotte New York Palace Hotel (4 Stars)
Pittsburgh – Nemacolin Woodlands Resort (5 Stars)
Detroit – Greektown Casino-Hotel (4 Stars)
St Louis – The Ritz-Carlton (4 Stars)
Memphis – Peabody Hotel (4 Stars)
Dallas – Hotel Crescent Court (4 Stars)
Albuquerque – Sandia Resort And Casino (4 Stars)
Scottsdale – Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (5 Stars)
Las Vegas – Encore (5 Stars)

Details for The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions

For tickets to all Barrett-Jackson events Wednesday through Saturday, click HERE for the link to Ticketmaster.

Here’s the rest of the scheduled events.

THURSDAY

8:00am: Gates, Sponsors & Exhibitors Open

9:00am – 11:00am: Behind The Hobby Collector Car Symposiums

9:00am – 5:00pm: Ford Ride ‘N Drives / Chevrolet Hot Laps / Dodge Thrill Rides

9:00am – Auction Close: Automobilia and Collector Car Auction

FRIDAY

8:00am: Gates, Sponsors & Exhibitors Open

9:00am – 11:00am: Behind The Hobby Collector Car Symposiums

9:00am – 5:00pm: Ford Ride ‘N Drives / Chevrolet Hot Laps / Dodge Thrill Rides

9:00am – Auction Close: Automobilia and Collector Car Auction

SATURDAY

8:00am: Gates, Sponsors & Exhibitors Open

9:00am – 11:00am: Behind The Hobby Collector Car Symposiums

9:00am – 5:00pm: Ford Ride ‘N Drives / Chevrolet Hot Laps / Dodge Thrill Rides

9:00am – Auction Close: Automobilia and Collector Car Auction

 

If you are a car enthusiast, buyer, collector, or just curious about the most amazing automobiles ever made, you’ll make time for this event.

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Father’s Day Promotions at New England’s Casinos

Celebrate Father’s Day at 7 casinos in New England.  Whether it’s gambling or simply sharing a meal together, consider:

ConnecticutFoxwoods Resort/Casino & Mohegan Sun Resort/Casino; Rhode IslandNewport Grand & Twin River Hotel/Casino; MassachusettsPlainridge Park Casino & Raceway; Maine –  Oxford Casino & Hollywood Bangor Hotel, Casino & Raceway.

Here are specials to look forward to:

Mohegan Sun, Uncasville CT

Hash House A Go Go has created hearty home – style brunch and dinner specials;, Michael Jordan’s 23.sportcafe special Father;’s Day prime rib; The first 23 dads who order Michael Jordan’s steak of choice at Michael Jordan’s Steak House (the Prime Delmonico) will take home an engraved steak knife to memorialize their meal; The Art of Shaving is offering 20% off all products when receiving any of the five new premium services. For the full list of Father’s day specials CLICK HERE

Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT

Father’s Day at Foxwoods offers dining and entertainment specials. NETG suggests the Cedars New York Sirloin & Lobster, the Golden Dragon’s Korean Surf & Turf, and of course the Festival Buffet. Treat Dad to some good old New England style humor with Bob Marley at 8:00 in the Fox Theater. For the full list of Father’s day specials CLICK HERE

Twin River Casino, Lincoln RI

Dining is king at Twin River on Father’s Day. Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse , Wicked Good Bar & Grill   and Shipyard Pub  all offer food specials.

Newport Grand Casino, Newport RI

The Grand Grill Restaurant offers a new Seasonal Menu.

Plainridge Park Casino, Plainville MA

NETG suggests Slack’s Oyster House for a great meal or Flutie’s Pub for a more casual atmosphere.

Oxford Casino, Oxford ME

Take dad to one of Oxford’s many buffet offerings, their Breakfast Buffet, starting at 8:30 both Saturday & Sunday (16th & 17th) or their

Saturday Prime Rib Buffet

Hollywood Hotel & Casino, Bangor ME

Indulge in the Epic Buffet with your family.  Give Dad delicious options.

 

Most restaurants need reservations, so don’t dawdle.  It is a busy day!  Happy Father’s Day!

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Top 10 questions and answers regarding the US Supreme Court sports betting decision

THE MONDAY LINK

Mondays at NETimeGambling will be linking to an editorial or great resource post.  We will try to lead you to an interesting link in the casino world – New England, the northeast, or anywhere.  Any topic from experts that would might perk your interest.

So the, The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of New Jersey striking down a 25-year old federal law known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) that largely outlawed sports betting outside Nevada, excluding a few states, Nevada, Oregon, Delaware and Montana, the four states that were grandfathered in and can currently offer sports betting.

What has happened since then?

Alexander Hamilton for the (modest) win: Delaware Gov. John Carney didn’t risk any mortgage money, but did place his state’s first legal sports bet on Tuesday. (Image: AP)

Last Tuesday, Delaware, the second smallest state, accepted bets on professional sports – the first to roll out its betting program since last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision the only East Coast state to offer legal athletics wagering.

Some of us still have questions about the decision, the future of sports betting, and when it will accessible.

Today we start with an article on the buzz last week – the Supreme Court Decision concerning The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (A.K.A. PASPA).

Top 10 questions and answers regarding the US Supreme Court sports betting decision

by Gary Trask of CasinoCityTimes

 

Enjoy

Binbin

 

Two Days in Las Vegas – Idle Thoughts

Welcome to Las Vegas SignTwo days in Las Vegas for ZorkFest. Yesterday I shared the highlights.  Today I share my observations – some obvious to those of you who visit Sin City, and some that I just need to share. The following is for your consideration and MY therapeutic relief.

More women under 25 carry their shoes instead of wearing them after 11:00pm.

The parade of “tuggers” (young women who wear a long, tight shirt they call a dress, constantly tugging them down because their too short) begins around 7:00pm and continues until the the sun comes up.  The walk of shame is alive and well in Sin City.

Concerning Treasure Island:

VP at bar tops – pay tables are awful, must average $1 bet and must spend $20 first, why? Isn’t 7/5 DDB bad enough?

However, TI has the best Best VP on Strip – a few Full pay, JOB 9/6, DDB 9/6, NSUD at $1 no variable on speed, fast – even 8/5 DDB at Ultimate X.

Buffet – not worth the price even for breakfast. Not much variety, all self service beverages, (the new trend in strip buffets) usual food offers were mediocre and breakfast pastry not desirable. Anyone who knows me is aware I love sweets – says a lot when I don’t go back for seconds

Room was ok, old but clean. Great water pressure, good amenities.

Resort fees include mediocre coupons, but parking is free.

Pai Gow offered at TI includes with and without commission (without includes $1 Tiger bet, 9 and below Pai Gow in dealer hand).  Only luck I had – broke even.  $10 limits until late at night

Mirage Casino Floor

At the Mirage:

Same comments on the “Cravings” buffet, only more mediocre variety, quality is worse and it’s more expensive.  I’ve eaten there two separate times, both were the same.  Not recommended.

Gambling was terrible.  $15 Pai Gow limits until night. More on Mirage Pai Gow later.

Typical poor MGM VP, and the speed on many machines, especially bar tops, were set at the fastest speed which could not be changed.

Potpourri

News flash – It’s a long walk from Luxor to TI

Mosiers (slow walkers) and Bellagio fountain show = dead stop to walking from Luxor to TI

Paying to park still pisses me off.  Thank you TI for bucking the system.

De-theming of the Strip Casinos makes all of MGM casinos look the same inside.

Jay from NJ had a great idea to stay at Paris and walk to a Ellis Island is awesome. I love Ellis Island.

Not playing side bets on table games is usually good advice, until the guy at Pai Gow table hits for 5 Aces and $2000. Guess who was the only guy not playing the side bet? Yes I had no envy and lost out on a free $250 because I played the smart way – $%^%#%&%#$

Finally, every once in a while you have the worst gambling trip EVER – and this was mine.  What’s wrong with this picture, follow the math.

Four of a kinds occur approximately 1 even 420 hands. I play about 500 hands per hour. and played for over six hours. And yet, whether it was full pay JOB, DDB, Ultimate X ten play I was dealt one quad in over 6 hours of VP full pay at TI and some at Mirage…….

Like I said, worst gambling trip ever.

It happens.  Oh, well…….

Now that I have all that off my chest, it’s back to the blogosphere.

That’s all I got today.

Binbin

ZorkFest 2018 – Didn’t Go? Your Loss!

Another ZorkFest has come & gone. And once again, Michael Tragar and the TravelZork team put together a terrific event.

The many sessions covering smarter travel though better travel rewards, casino rewards programs, credit card & airline miles redemptions were all amazing. Then add legendary gamblers & authors Jean Scott & Anthony Curtis to the lineup of travel & rewards experts, and you have one fabulous weekend.

Equally important is the people you meet at these events.  Some old friends, some new friends, some for the first time. So many wonderful people with similar interests.

Jay Schwartz, one of NETimeGambling’s new friends from AC was interviewed on an impromptu live podcast of Vegas Confessions outside of Atomic Liquors, downtown Las Vegas. Due to what he has learned at ZorkFest, he admitted that he flew out out to Vegas free twice, earned free rooms, and expected free rooms on the weekend in Atlantic City. Kudos Jay, and special thanks to Eric Rosenthol, the Total Rewards Expert and now a host of Vegas Confessions with Shane & Julian, the originators of the Vegas Confessions podcast.

ZorkFest is about the people who attend, and those who attend not only become richer in knowledge and application, but richer in the friendships that grow from attending.

Highlights:

Meeting Jean Scott and Anthony Curtis.  I have been in contact with both through email, but meeting these legends in person was just amazing.  A brief story concerning Anthony Curtis – My wife and I had used the LasVegas Advisor coupon book for years.  I still consider it a valuable addition to my Las Vegas vacations. When M resort opened, we visited in January, but was unable to receive our coupon book.  I called LVA to see what they could do.  Sure enough, Anthony Curtis delivered it to M Resort himself so we would be able to use it.  That’s the kind of people this entire community is made up of, from the legends to the low-rollers and everyone in between.

Anthony Curtis at ZorkFest 2018

Congrats to Cousin Vito on his great opening to the conference.

Podcasters after Dark – what a great addition. All were funny, with their own usual flair. Adam, AKA Travel Fanboy, was hilarious. But my favorite will always be You Can Bet On That. Mark & Dr. Mike would be the same jovial, non-pretentious down-to-earth kind of guys you could ask to dinner at your house and they would be just like their podcast. FYI-if you do invite them to dinner, make sure it’s a quick – they HAVE to get back to the craps tables!  Great having some time with you guys.

Catherine Smalfus (Coach Kitty) – I love her perspective on video poker, and everything AC.

Meeting John Morris at the luncheon provided at Zorkfest, the incredible guy behind WheelchairTravel.org , a website created to show others that traveling with a disability is possible. “I’ve now flown more than 750,000 miles and visited 30 countries and territories — all with just one hand, a passport and my power wheelchair.”  It was truly inspiring meeting you, John.

Playing VP Luxor and talking Massachusetts casinos with Jeanie. Living in the Everett, MA area, she gave me a great look into the community surrounding the Everett, I mean Wynn, I mean Encore Boston Harbor resort scheduled to open in 2019.

Meeting up with birthday boy Tony Snyder, and Mark & Keren of the 360Vegas Podcast.  Vegas360 Vacation VI was starting as ZorkFest was ending – a great idea to meet more gambling nerds with similar interests.  BTW – 360Vegas is one of the most innovative podcasts with image enhanced podacasts, Vintage Vegas Bonus content and their new POV technology for their Patron subscribers.

Spending time with Amanda, Ryan and David Luke watching the Celtics (unfortunately lose) at the Luxor Racebook. David Luke, the technology wiz for TravelZork, is the foundation and co-founder that supports the buzz of the fabulous hive Michael Tragar has created at TravelZork. David, we must do that sometime again.

Finally, Michael Tragar, thank you.  Your vision of ZorkFest is building upon each of the last two events. It is a need of us have – combining both the travel world and the gambling world – that we are all the richer for, and we all look forward to the next one. Under multitasking in the dictionary is your picture. Thanks for the limo ride, Mr. Tragar.

Whenever you start to add names, ultimately you leave someone off.  With only two days in Vegas, it seems like a blur.  Time for me to take more pics on my travels.

Anyway, truly sorry for forgetting to mention some of some of you.

Tomorrow, I will write some idle thoughts about my Las Vegas experience outside of ZorkFest 2018.

That’s all for now.

Binbin

 

 

 

 

 

The Belmont Stakes, Justify and Where to Celebrate

Favorites don’t often win the Belmont, and when they do they pay poorly.

But, Justify is not just the favorite, Justify is a triple Crown candidate after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Justify, at 4-5, was the overwhelming morning-line favorite in the 10-horse field followed by Hofburg (9-2), Bravazo (8-1) and Vino Rosso (8-1). Justify’s odds could be as low as 1-5 by post time.

Justify winning the Kentucky Derby.

But Justify seems different – a genuine favorite for the Triple Crown. How different?

  • He’s massive – weighing 1,380 pounds, more than 250 above the average thoroughbred.
  • Justify won the first leg of the Triple Crown by decisively Good Magic by 2½ lengths with Audible another head behind.The Washington Post calls says “He has an attitude to match, more pushy than regal.”
  • He won the Kentucky Derby in just his fourth lifetime start, and in doing so, beat the dreaded Curse of Apollo as the first horse since 1892 to win the Derby without having raced as a 2-year-old.

The Belmont Stakes is the last leg of the Triple Crown – called the “Test of Champions” because it is the longest of the Triple Crown races at 1 1/2 miles.

There have been 12 Triple Crown winners, with American Pharoah the latest winner in 2015. Thirty horses have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown, but 19 of them failed to win the Belmont. In addition to Sir Barton, the other Triple Crown winners have been Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed (1978). Secretariat was the fastest ever, setting the world record for a mile-and-a-half distance on a dirt track at 2 minutes, 24 seconds.

So, where can you watch and celebrate the Belmont Stakes this weekend?

FOXWOODS – 150th Belmont Stakes – Advance wagering starts June 8th; Race celebration June 9th.

MOHEGAN SUN – Belmont Stakes Party – SATURDAY, JUNE 9TH, Doors open at 11:00am, Uncas Ballroom.  To add to the racing day atmosphere, VIRTUAL RACING – Saturday, June 9th 2018, 5:00pm & 8pm.

That’s all for now.

Binbin

 

 

June Promotions & Events at New England Casinos

June is bustin’ out all over in New England’s Casinos. Promotions, Events and more.

Visiting New England’s Casinos?

New England

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SECTIONS BELOW INCLUDE include  GAMBLING PROMOTIONS & EVENTS, FESTIVALS, & ENTERTAINMENT


Marquee Rewards connects to Penn National casinos across the country

GAMBLING PROMOTIONS & EVENTS 

FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO 

BLOW THE LID OFF SUMMER – Win a Ford Mustang GT. EARN ENTRIES | JUNE 1 – 29. Simply play your favorite Slots, Table Games, Poker, Keno and Race Book with your Foxwoods Rewards card. For every 2 (two) Rewards Points earned, receive 1 (one) entry into the drawing.

Liquid Sundays are Back! – The Northeast’s Biggest Pool Party Is Back. Foxwoods Liquid Sundays is the only outdoor Vegas-style pool party in the Northeast, happening every Sunday throughout the summer. Click on the link for more information – cabana & day bed prices, special dates and more.

Foxwoods ♥ Connecticut – Residency has its privileges. Exclusive offers for CT residents, including

  • WIN ONE OF 20 FREE HOTEL SUITES | JUNE 3, 10, 17, & 24 • 3PM – Make the trip to Foxwoods for your chance to win! Simply opt in at any Foxwoods Rewards location June 1 – 24.
  • EARN TO WIN, JUNE 9 – 12 – Register at any Foxwoods Rewards locations and earn 2 Foxwoods Rewards Points from Saturday, June 9 through Monday, June 11. On June 12, at 7pm, 10 Winners will win exclusive gifts!EARN TO WIN | JUNE 9 – 12
  • HOT SEAT | JUNE 15 • 12PM – 8PM – A winner every hour! Simply play your favorite slots or table games with your Foxwoods Rewards card. Every hour, one lucky Connecticut resident will win $2,000 cash! Reservations required, check in at any Foxwoods Rewards location to qualify.
  • STONY CREEK BREWERY DAY | JUNE 22 – How about a beer? Grab a cold one when one of Connecticut’s biggest breweries takes over Foxwoods. Stay tuned for the opening of Stony Creek’s newest location, right here at Foxwoods.

Extreme Adventures – Step away from the excitement of the casino and experience the Thrill Of It All. Climb to the top of the Fox Tower and Fly like never before, Race through tight turns, or Walk through the beautifully tranquil Connecticut woods.

150th Belmont Stakes – Advance wagering starts June 8th; Race celebration June 9th.

Hot Seat SweepstakesSaturday, June 16 • Noon – 8:00 PM

Beach Ball Hot Seat – Friday, June 29 • 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM

ONGOING PROMOTIONS – SPECIAL MILITARY OFFERS & DISCOUNTS, High Hand Poker Frenzy, Young & Fun Days, 55+ Offers


MOHEGAN SUN

Bright Lights Giveaway – Now until Sunday, June 24th. Swipe your Momentum card once a day at any promotional kiosk and you could be bursting with excitement with Momentum Dollars or up to $1,000 in FREE SLOT PLAY. 

40 YEARS OF FUN RESORTS ATLANTIC CITY GIVEAWAY – Friday, June 1st 2018, 6:00am. Daily until Saturday, June 30th 2018

VIRTUAL RACING – Saturday, June 9th 2018, 5:00pm & 8pm. Simply earn at least one Status Point while playing your favorite slot machines during the hour prior to each Virtual Race to be eligible. Choose the winning horse on the Mohegan Sun Circuit and win your share of $5,000 IN FREE SLOT PLAY!

Belmont Stakes Party – SATURDAY, JUNE 9TH, Doors open at 11:00am, Uncas Ballroom

DOUBLE MOMENTUM DOLLARS & DOUBLE STATUS POINTS – Friday, June 10th – Play your favorite slots, table games or wager in Race Book from 6:00am to Midnight.

Flag Day Pin Giveaway June 14th, 9:00am

STATUS POINT MAYHEM – Friday, June 22nd 2018, 6:00am. Give your Momentum status a huge boost with Status Point multipliers that randomly change throughout the day – earning you anywhere from 2X – 5X Status Points. Each multiplier is guaranteed to occur at least twice. Play your favorite slots from 6:00am – Midnight.

TRIPLE MOMENTUM STATUS POINTS – Friday, June 29th – Play your favorite slots, table games or wager in Race Book from 6:00am to Midnight. Excludes Status Points earned in the Poker Room

HOT SUMMER FUN BEACH MAT GIVEAWAY – Saturday, June 30th 2018 9:00AM

ONGOING PROMOTIONS – Forever Young Mondays, TURN 21 AT MOHEGAN SUN


NEWPORT GRAND   

$160K Free Slot Play Sweepstakes WIN: Fridays & Saturdays in June (8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30) from 1pm-7:20pm; 4 winners every 20 minutes wins $250 in Free Slot Play

$117,500 Free Play Hot Seat Giveaway – $117,500 Free Play Hot Seat Giveaway
WIN: Daily Now to June 30 from 12PM-9PM; 1 winner every hour wins $250 in Free Slot Play


HOLLYWOOD BANGOR

HOLLYWOOD CASINO IS PLEASED TO OFFER MAINE’S ONLY LIVE POKER ROOM offering Limit and No-Limit Texas Hold’em, Omaha, and 7-Card Stud are currently available based on player demand and availability. Click HERE for the Poker Calendar of Events.

QUEEN OF HEARTS PROGRESSIVE – Match the winning card picked Fridays and Saturdays in June (except June 30th) at Hollywood Casino Bangor and you could win Free SlotPlay and a chance to find the queen of hearts.

Midweek Moolah – We’re giving away $50 in Free SlotPlay every 10 minutes between 6PM – 9PM on Wednesdays.

MUSTANG MADNESS – Earn entries to win a 2018 Ford Mustang car by playing your favorite slots now untilJune 30, 2018, at Hollywood Casino in Bangor.

VIP CONCERT EXPERIENCE – Tuesdays & Thursdays, YOU COULD WIN VIP TICKETS, A FREE NIGHT IN OUR HOTEL, $50 IN DINING AND A LIMO RIDE TO AND FROM THE CONCERT!

ONGOING PROMOS:  BIRTHDAY BASH – Fridays 8AM – MIDNIGHT ;  Every Monday Play One Hour, Eat Free at Hops House 99, 50 PLUS REWARDS KIOSK– Every Sunday 1PM – 4PM


OXFORD CASINO

Twin Lobster Buffet – Thursday, June 28, 2018. 3:00pm – 9:00pm, $42.95 per person
Reservations required. Call 207-539-6705 to make your reservation today!

Prime Rib Buffet, Every Friday from 4:00PM to 10:00PM $24.95 per person, and every Saturday from 5:00PM to 9:00PM

Weekend Breakfast Buffets, Every Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am-Noon. $12.95 per person

Blazing Sevens Blackjack Progressive – an exciting new optional blackjack progressive bet that wins based on how many Sevens the player receives in their hand.

ONGOING PROMOTIONS2018 Birthday Bash, SATURDAYSuper 6SUNDAY16X Multiplier  TUESDAY – 15X Multiplier WEDNESDAY15X Multiplier & Seniors Day ; THURSDAY – Missile Madness.FRIDAYHigh 5 


PLAINRIDGE PARK CASINO & RACEWAY

ENTER TO WIN – Every Wednesday, 4PM-8PM. Earn 500 points every Wednesday, and check in at the Revolution Lounge and qualify to win. 5 Winners of $200 Free SlotPlay every 30 minutes from 4:30PM-8PM.

ONGOING PROMOTIONS:  P OF CLUBS Fridays from 6PM-10PM. Win $100 up to $5,000 Free SlotPlay. 5 winners every hour from 6pm-10pm. If a winner picks the P of Diamonds they receive progressive prize,  Play Up To $500 Sign Up Bonus


FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Summer Concert Series at the Darling Waterfront Pavillion is walking distance from Bangor Hollywood Casino.

June 2nd & 3rd – SUN BBQ FEST PRESENTED BY KING’S HAWAIIAN at Mohegan Sun

June 9th & 10th – Wheel of Fortune Contest Auditions – At Foxwoods, Grand Theater. Shows will begin at 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, and 4:00 PM

June 20th – 23rd – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, Earth Expo Center, Mohegan Sun

June 30, July 1 – ComiCONN 2018 at Foxwoods, Premier Ballroom.


SPORTING EVENTS

June 2nd – CES Boxing presents The Future of Boxing at Fox Theater, 6:00PM

June 9th – World Fighting Championships 89 at Fox Theater, 7:00PM

June 9th – WNBA: Connecticut Sun vs. Minnesota Lynx, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 2:00PM

June 13th – WNBA: CT Sun vs Washington Mystics, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00PM

June 15th – CES MMA Boxing at Event Center, Twin River, 7:00PM

June 27th – WNBA: CT Sun vs Indiana Fever, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00PM

June 30th – STAR BOXING PRESENTS “SLUGFEST AT THE SUN” at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30pm

July 11th – WNBA: CT Sun vs New York Liberty, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 11:30AM

July 13th – WNBA: CT Sun vs Phoenix Mercury, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00PM


Darling Waterfront Concert Venue, Bangor Maine.

Click Here for schedule.  Summer Concert Series at the Darling Waterfront Pavillion is walking distance from Bangor Hollywood Casino

ENTERTAINMENT

HEADLINERS

June 1st – Katt Williams at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

June 1st – Slayer at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM

June 1st – Russell Dickerson at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM (free)

June 2nd – Ace Aceto’s Royal Flush Comedy at Newport Grand Event Center, 9:00PM (free)

June 7th – Flo Rida at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM (After Party10:00pm at VISTA Lounge)

June 8th – Vance Joy at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

June 8th – The Wallflowers at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM (free)

June 9th – Bon Jersey (“A Tribute to Bon Jovi “) at Newport Grand Event Center, 9:00PM (free)

June 15th – TIM MCGRAW & FAITH HILL at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

June 15th – Herman’s Hermits at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM (free)

June 15th – A Night of Funk & Soul: with Kool & the Gang, Morris Day & the Time, Cameo at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

June 15th – Deon Cole at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

June 16th – Bob Marley at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

June 16th – The Great Escape- “A Tribute to Journey” at Newport Grand Event Center, 9:00PM (free)

June 16th – Aaron Lewis at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

June 17th – Victor Manuelle at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 7:00PM

June 17th – David Foster & The Mohegan Sun All-Stars at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 7:00PM (free)

June 23rd – Joel McHale at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 7:00PM

June 23rd – Jammin’ “A Tribute to Bob Marley” at Newport Grand Event Center, 9:00PM (free)

June 23rd – Robert Cray Band at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM (free)

June 23rd – JEFF ROSS & DAVE ATTELL: BUMPING MICS, PRESENTED BY COMIX, Sky Convention Center And Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM

June 27 – July 1st – Mindfreak Live! Starring Criss Angel, Fox Theater, Foxwoods. Check here for numerous times and dates.

June 28th – Pitbull at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM

June 29th – Barenaked Ladies at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

June 29th – Tower of Power & Average White Band at Twin River Event Center, 7:00PM

June 29th & 30th – Reba McEntire at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

June 30th – Charo at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM (free)

July 3rd – U2 at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM

June 6th – ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM (free)

July 7th – Jerry Seinfeld at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

July 7th – THE OFF COLOR COMEDY TOUR, PRESENTED BY COMIX at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM

July 7th – Chris D’Elia: Follow the Leader 2018 Tour at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM & 10:45PM

July 7th – Little Anthony & the Imperials at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM (free)

July 7th – Creedence Clearwater Revisited at Twin River Event Center, 7:00PM

July 8th – Steely Dan & the Doobie Bros. at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

July 13th – #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

July 14th – Steve Miller and Peter Frampton at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

July 14th – Chicago Total Access – “A Tribute to Chicago” at Newport Grand Event Center, 9:00PM (free)

July 15th – Britney Spears at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

OTHER CASINO ENTERTAINMENT VENUES include:

The Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun – Located in the center of the action, in Casino of the Earth, offers full beverage service, a state-of-the-art sound system, intimate seating and top performances by headliners. For complete schedule, click HERE.

Hollywood Bangor now offers two venues for live weekend music – 99 Hops House & the Sound Stage.  Click Here for schedule.  Summer Concert Series at the Darling Waterfront Pavillion is walking distance from Bangor Hollywood Casino

Newport Grand offers Free shows by Tribute bands  almost every weekend.  Click HERE for schedule.

Twin River Lighthouse Loungeright in the middle of the downstairs casino.  Shipyard Pub – Upstairs in Non-smoking.

Plainridge Park Casino – the Revolution Lounge offers entertainment on the weekends

Foxwoods – Atrium Lounge – Live bands on the weekend, specialty cocktails and great time.


NETimeGambling | Casinos in New England“NETimeGambling is a non-monetized blog created for my personal interest and passion in the gambling industry  – its history, and its ongoing evolution- mixed with my love for New England.  Come share my passion and visit us.”

Robin T. Aubin (Binbin) has been involved in music all his life, including 40 years of choral conducting, and performing professionally in different musical genres since he was 10 years of age.  He has performed in Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den, Foxwoods’ Atrium Lounge, and Twin River’s Lighthouse Bar & Lounge.” (All venues in New England casinos)

Twenty years ago casino gambling became a side interest. The business, the history, the expansion across the U.S., the myths, the superstitions and innovations of legalized gambling all became a fascination. The goal of  NETimeGambling is to provide a service and resource for any recreational gambler visiting New England’s expanding casino market.