New England Casino News

When I think about November in New England, a few things come to mind – an Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, the fresh-chilled air, leaves all over the place, homemade apple cider donuts.  Matter of fact, in the entire region, the harvest is celebrated, and restaurant menus are loaded with comfort foods. November is also a time for lodging bargains in New England. Give yourselves the early holiday gift of a romantic getaway or staying at a quaint B&B.  Make your casino trip not just about the casinos, but take in all that is New England this time of year.  NETimeGambling.com suggests two websites to get in touch with New England in November:

NewEnglandNetwork.com, famous for Yankee Magazine.  It’s Yankee November 2018  is already published.

From the website TripSavvy.com, check out the Kim Knox Beckius post called November in New England  which includes a list of the “Top 8 November 2018 Events in New England.


NETG SAYS WYNN WILL KEEP LICENSE

Encore Boston Harbor in the biggest and most costly building project in Massachusetts to date.  It seems to that completion is going at a feverish pace at the Everett, MA property.  But, controversy continues to swirl. It recently tweeted that “reservations are coming later this year” for the $2.4 billion gaming resort now under construction in Everett — despite the fact that the approval process is far from complete. The “cart before horse?”  We’ll see as Massachusetts gambling regulators are still finalizing the results of their investigation into the suitability of Wynn Resorts Ltd. that will own and operate Encore Boston Harbor, to hold a gaming license in Massachusetts.  So why the concern? Well…..

Point 1 – A federal jury acquitted three men accused of trying to hide a convicted felon’s ownership stake in land Wynn Resorts wants is developing into Encore Boston HarborProsecutors alleged that the three men tried to conceal the main defendant Charles Lightbody’s stake in waterfront land by forging property and bank records to make it look like Lightbody — a reputed mob associate and felon — was no longer a co-owner. The state’s casino law bars felons from profiting from gambling operations. Strike one……

Mohegan Sun Proposal for Revere

Point 2 – Meanwhile, Mohegan Sun has been arguing in a 3-year-old lawsuit that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission illegally favored Wynn Resorts when it awarded Wynn the Boston-area casino license after a vetting process that began in 2013.  Jon Keller, an influential political commentator in Massachusetts said, “it was pretty clear to me and others that [they] were in love with the glitz and glamour of Steve Wynn.” In September 2014, the commission chose Wynn Resorts’ Everett proposal over Mohegan Sun’s plan to build a resort casino in Revere adjacent to the Suffolk Downs racetrack. Mohegan Sun’s legal claim stems from its status to intervene in a suit brought by the City of Revere, a labor union representing Suffolk Downs workers and several private citizens. The suit was dismissed in court, but the judge suggested that Mohegan Sun pursue the MGC. The MGC considered Mohegan Sun’s proposal to be going on the offensive, only to keep hold of their “empire” in southeastern New England.

Ouch! – Mohegan Sun – a swing and a miss.

Point 3 – Steve Wynn – the architect of the Vegas Strip – was charged with sexual harassment. This Massachusetts Gaming Commission investigation is nearing conclusion but the commission must be weighing what they do if the findings are bad for Wynn … and according to Forbes writer Walter Pavlo “they will be bad.” Stee-rike two!

Point 4 – MGC chairman Stephen Crosby resigned.  Crosby has retired amid more allegations of bias in the MGC’s choosing of Wynn’s license proposal. and now the remaining members of the Gaming Commission find themselves trying to decide whether Wynn Resorts, in the wake of the serious allegations of sexual misconduct against Steve Wynn, remains suitable to hold on to its casino license. Stephen Crosby has been the MGC rock of strength since the beginning.  Will the lack of Crosby’s leadership help Encore continue as is, or will the remaining four board members still be able to be decisive?  Will we see STRIKE THREE?

To be honest, I can’t even imagine a change in Encore Boston Harbor. Too many jobs, to much need for glitz in the Boston area and let’s face it, it will do an immense business. I’ve said it before and I repeat – Encore Boston Harbor will be the jewel of the New England casino landscape.


Sports Betting Will Appear in Rhode Island Next

Rhode Island is going to allow sports books at both casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton, however, people must place their bets in person. This is different from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which allow online sportsbooks. Tom Mooney, Providence Journal Staff Writer, reported that “Legal sports gambling is still several weeks away in Rhode Island. State officials are now looking at the middle of next month before sports wagering begins at Twin River casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton.” Sports betting was originally to start by Oct. 1, but negotiations among multiple partners “took longer than expected,” Paul Grimaldi, spokesman for the Department of Revenue, said.


Aristocrat announced at  G2E that it was the 10th year anniversary for Buffalo slots franchise. Buhh – fahh – looooo!

 


TWIN RIVER Casino HOTEL OPEN

Twin River Hotel Lobby

King Room

According to TR staff, “The hotel’s 136 guest rooms and suites are decorated with blue and teal hues, offering a tranquil seaside ambiance.” Offerings include deluxe king, deluxe queen, convertible king and handicap accessible queen and king packages. All of the rooms feature a 49-inch Samsung TV, wireless internet and other amenities. Hotel amenities include an indoor pool area with a stone fireplace, fitness center, business conference room and rentable outdoor patio area. In the future, the hotel leadership team also hopes to welcome a full-service spa to the first floor. For a photo tour of the hotel, CLICK HERE.


Gaming execs say third CT casino still viable

According to Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot tribe and interim CEO of Foxwoods don’t start the funeral music yet.

At the recent G2E in Las Vegas, Butler said at the recent Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas “The adverse ruling by a federal judge in the tribe’s suit against the federal Department of the Interior simply closes one avenue to getting the casino’s doors open.” See Mashantucket Pequot tribe challenges court ruling on E. Windsor casino for more details.) Butler said he expects quick action after the new governor, legislature and attorney general take office on the third casino and on sports betting. “Both are key elements in maintaining the competitive position of Connecticut’s gaming industry, protecting the industry is a win-win for the state and the tribes.”


Foxwoods Resort Casino, CT

Foxwoods Resort Casino named best outside of Las Vegas

The United States is home to more than 1,500 casinos–more than any other country on the planet. From coast to coast, gamblers have a huge range of options for where to place their bets, and not just in Las Vegas. Foxwoods Resort Casino was chosen as the #1 Best Casino in USA TODAY’s poll followed by Mohegan Sun as second best. The top 10 winners in the Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas category were as follows:

  1. Foxwoods Resort Casino – Mashantucket, Conn.
  2. Mohegan Sun – Uncasville, Conn.
  3. Grand Sierra Resort – Reno
  4. Pechanga Resort & Casino – Temecula, Calif.
  5. L’Auberge Casino Resort – Lake Charles, La.
  6. Harrah’s Resort Southern California – Valley Center, Calif.
  7. Cactus Petes – Jackpot, Nev.
  8. Coushatta Casino Resort – Kinder, La.
  9. Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa – Rancho Mirage, Calif.
  10. Peppermill Resort Hotel – Reno