Newport Grand – the forgotten New England Casino. Newport Grand in Newport, Rhode Island, and Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, Massachusetts offer slots and electronic games, but Plainridge seems to get the headlines – it’s new, clean, non-smoking and wasn’t put in an old Jai Alai fronton.
But while Newport Grand could be shuttered in favor of a full-fledged casino in Tiverton, depending on the outcome of an Election Day referendum in November, it continues to push forward. Bought by Twin River Management Group in July last year, Twin River’s argument that Rhode Island voters should approve the ballot referendum in November for a casino/hotel that Twin River is proposing in Tiverton to help offset revenue that is or would be lost to new and existing gambling facilities in Massachusetts – especially if the Wampanoag’s “First Light” casino project in Taunton, MA is allowed to continue again.
It was thirty years ago that the 3,000 seat Newport Grand Jai Alai fronton was packed with fans who came to wager on legendary athletes, mostly Spanish Basques, wore brightly colored uniforms and employed claw-like cestas in order to catch and fire rock-hard pelotas at speeds reaching 150 mph. This was an era when there were no slots, Connecticut casinos or Internet wagering, and horse racing was still relevant in New England.
Now is the time of the New England “brick-and-mortar” casinos – large and small, slots-only to resorts and those in between.
Tell us what you think of Newport Grand. Consider this:
- Is it’s best times behind it?
- Should it be closed to open operations in Tiverton?
- If the Tiverton Casino is overturned, what does the future hold for Newport Grand Casino?
Newport Casino still tries to be considered a candidate in the New England casino scene. And for it’s size, stranded from the main casino battles, it strives to continue to offer what it’s patrons expect: good food, decent gambling and increasingly aggressive promotions. Newport Grand has two good promotions slated for Wednesdays this September. Check them out if in the area.
Flat Screen Frenzy & $1,000 in Points Sweepstakes
Wednesdays in September (7, 14, 21, 28) from 3pm – 8pm
Rewards Members must swipe their rewards card at a promotional kiosk beginning at 10:00 a.m. daily (September 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2016) to qualify and receive a free entry for the associated drawing date. For every ten (10) points earned during the day of the drawing, Reward Members receive one (1) entry.
On September 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2016 one (1) Rewards Member’s name is announced every hour from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to win a Flat Screen TV and one (1) Rewards Member’s name is announced at 8:00 p.m. to win $1,000 in points.
10X Points Wednesdays
Wednesdays in September (7, 14, 21, 28) from 10am – 12:59am
Earn 10X Rewards Points every Wednesday in July!
10X Rewards Points Offer is valid on September 7, 14, 21, 28 from 10am until end of gaming day (September 7, 14, 21, 28 2016 12:59 am)
That’s all for now.