Anyone who has been around to see numerous casinos open, whether east coast west coast or anything in between, knows that build a casino on time is usually not going to happen. Massachusetts continues to put on its “Steve Wynn” arrogance face with every announcement.
Alert the papers everyone – a “slot parlor is about to open in the Casino Mecca called “Massachusetts!”
Get this – according to Rick Foster of the Sun Chronicle, “the main entrance is not yet paved, gaming machines are still being installed, and some flooring and ceiling tiles are still absent, along with most of the restaurant furnishings.”
Here’s a few more things that have to happen before opening:
1) Rewards club has to be connected and operational, not only at Plainridge, but Marquee Rewards need s to me connected to places like M Resort & Tropicana in Las Vegas.
2) I’m surprised this casino is not being set up with server based games for the future. Brand new casinos are setting up for that turn over in gaming control. It seems a hurry-up opening may be too important to consider the future of the gaming industry.
3) Penn National Gaming is betting the 100,000 square-foot casino will be a powerful draw both for gambling & horse racing – that is about 1/3 the size of Twin River just over the line, where smoking is allowed, ATM’s are available,$600 isn’t a hand pay and the dealers don’t look like they just came out of X-Box. And the casino gambling floor is only 43,000 feet? That’s a little more than Oxford Casino in Maine.
4) According to Mr. Foster, “…most of the casino’s entertainment and dining venues still need a lot of work, however.” Doug Flutie’s Sports Pub, a bar-restaurant combination owned by the former former New England Patriots quarterback, has yet to receive its furnishings or Flutie memorabilia such as his Heisman Trophy, which are scheduled to be displayed in sealed glass enclosures. Same for Slack’s Oyster Bar and Grill, an upscale dining establishment, and a food court which will include three separate outlets serving pizza, burgers and coffee and pastry.
5) Entertainment? C’mon Everything is cut down to size. The Revolution 1776 Lounge, a semicircular bar with a stage to hold entertainment, sits amid the sea of slots and seating for 77 yet to be installed. There’s also a 300-seat function facility to be finished – smaller than the size of Mohegan Sun’s Cabaret Theater, their smallest venue.
Plainridge, take your time and do it right. The first impression could just be the last for some people, since ten minutes away is something gamblers have already invested in, with real people dealing the cards!
That’s all for now.