Path to the rest of Foxwoods is paved with out-of-commissioned slots.
Path to the rest of Foxwoods is paved with out-of-commissioned slots.

Foxwoods, like many gaming industry companies, is now looking to get the Millennials to visit their casino.  Worried about dwindling slot revenue, many casino CEO’s are peering into the future, trying to figure out how to bring those 20 to 30 year olds onto the casino floor.

Video Poker area in front of Retail Shops,
Video Poker area in front of Retail Shops, now a memory.

So, I wanted to see how Foxwoods is remaking one of its gambling floors, “The Fox,” which was the MGM casino before MGM pulled out with its partnership with the Mashentucket Pequot tribe.  The mission is to make this stand alone casino a hip, fun scene that includes a major overhaul to the casino floor bar.  Now called “Centrale,”

kind of like the party place
The new Center Bar – “Centrale” with stage and expanded seating.

it was redone in January to include a stage and much larger area for lounging and mingling.  Just off the gambling floor, a swank new tattoo studio-slash-fashion retailer opened in the fall, and not far from where Shrine, voted best nightclub in NE Time Gambling’s  2016 New England Casino Awards.

CEO Felix Rappaport refers to it as a kind of “energized party place” on a casino floor.  Here is what was noticed so far:

  • The floor’s video poker area is pulled up and either ready to be replaced or moved elsewhere.  Gone is the progressive bank of VP.
  • Noticeable additions include more video table games.  Video roulette is up and running, as well as personalized video baccarat machines (similar to those that were taken out of Plainridge Park in Massachusetts, I assume because they didn’t attract anyone.)
  • Much of the gaming area on way to the hotel is torn up and under construction. The casino will be a high-energy hybrid of table games, slots, bars, entertainment and even one of the two entrances to Tanger Outlets.

It will take a few months to complete, but the remnants of the old MGM casino hang until completion.  It’s still in operation – $1 Blackjack, craps, roulette, slots, food court, hotel…..basically all operational.  Don’t shy away just becau.

We’ll keep you posted.

Binbin

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