Less than twenty years ago, New England had only two full casinos, both in CT, and two in RI soon after that added class II gaming to it’s Jai Alai Fronton in Newport and to Lincoln Greyhound Park (later becoming Twin River Casino.)
See the link from a previous post New England Gambling History – A Brief Look Back & Looking Forward
The first page starts with a look at the RI / MA border. Twin River Casino has been raising the stakes in the area by first adding table games to keep the Ocean State’s gambling at home, instead of traveling to Connecticut’s two huge casinos. So far, it seems to have paid off. But now, a bigger threat to Rhode Island’s third largest source of revenue just north of it’s former greyhound track. A complete comparison of Twin River and Plainridge Park is below, including size, venues, gambling, dining & entertainment – don’t miss it.
NE Time Gambling will be covering the soft opening of Plainridge Park Casino, the first Massachusetts casino of four planned in the Bay State. The public opening is scheduled for Wednesday, June 24th.
Rhode Island’s biggest threats are years away in Region C. New Bedford & Brockton are vying for the last license, and if New Bedford gets the nod, it and Everett’s Wynn casino will be problematic for Twin River. However, with some problems with the Everett site, the wait for the license in Region C, and the ever questionable Wampanog casino proposal, all eyes are on Plainville for now.
Below is a casino comparison of Twin River & Plainridge Park. Coverage of the soft opening at Plainridge Park will appear in Tuesday’s post. And don’t forget, tomorrow is the weekly Sunday coverage of next week’s best promotions in each of New England’s Casinos.
|TWIN RIVER CASINO||PLAINRIDGE PARK CASINO|
|ADDITIONAL GAMING||Simulcast Racebook||Harness Racing & Simulcast Racebook|
|HOTEL||No – Approved by Legislature to Build||NO|
|FOOD VENUES||Six Restaurants 3 Food Courts w/ 12 options||Three Restaurants Food Court w/ 3 Options Racebook – 3 options|
|CASINO SIZE||300,000 sq. feet||170,000 sq. feet|
|# OF SLOTS||4500 including Video Poker, Video Blackjack, Video Roulette||1250 including Video Poker & Video Blackjack|
|TABLE GAMES||80 – includes Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Three Card Poker, Craps, Spanish 21, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker and Big Six ‘Money’ Wheel||NONE|
|ENTERTAINMENT VENUES||29,000 sq.ft. EventCenter5 Live Music Venues||1 Live Music Venue|
|SMOKE-FREE||A FEW NON-SMOKING AREAS on CASINO FLOOR||COMPLETE NON-SMOKING CASINO FLOOR|
|FUNCTION VENUES||29,000 sq.ft. Event CenterOne smaller Venue||NONE|
|REWARDS CLUB||TWIN RIVER CASINO REWARDS Three Levels – No affiliation to other casinos.||MARQUEE REWARDS Four Levels Connected to PENN NATIONAL Casinos Across County, except M RESORT & TROPICANA in Las Vegas, Nevada.|
|OWNER||Twin River Worldwide Holdings||Penn National Gaming|
That’s all for now. More on the opening Tuesday.