We have been trying to visit New England’s casinos at opportune times after their reopening. It was MGM Springfield’s turn. Here is An MGM Springfield Trip Report
Early Arrival At MGM Springfield
I left the shoreline about 5:30 am to get to Springfield nice and early. Arriving just before 7:00, I was the second to park on the Platinum level—another good sign. I love the casino in the morning.
I was there for four areas first, on. I would play my Freeplay, gamble using the Tuesday Mystery Multiplier, get my lobster roll at half price, and look around for changes on the floor.
All Quiet on the Western Casino Front
MGM Springfield is the western-most casino in New England, but only 90 minutes from the Connecticut shoreline. Did I mention I love casinos in the morning? Empty parking garage, empty elevator, and empty casino. I mean, there was more staff than patrons on the floor. Then again, what would you expect on a Tuesday at 7:00 am?
First Thing To Do – Swipe at the Players Club Kiosk
I thought the place was spotless. So from the elevator to the kiosk, I went. At MGM Springfield, all promotions are in your account and must be accessed through these kiosks. Without activation, your play will not count towards them.
Note #1 – at MGM Springfield, always visit the players club kiosk first.
With my 2X multiplier (yes, only 2X, which I understand is the norm), I ventured on to play my free play on video poker and made $30 after playing it through.
Note #2 – I suggest playing Jacks or Better, or the best paytable game you know how to play, to play down your free slot play.
Now, let’s play some slots.
MGM Slots – An MGM Springfield Trip Report
There is only one entrance to the casino. Everyone must go through for temperature and other usual protocols. Standard procedure these days.
MGM Springfield has done a good job with space on the casino floor. Without a lot of space to play with, management removing machines made the casino floor more comfortable, and kept most of the favorites. I have never seen so many Fire Link slot machines in my life, one of the top games of choice these days.
Also, MGM Springfield moved stadium gaming to an area close to the hotel lobby. In my opinion, no need to be near table games. Good use of space.
By the way, slots weren’t my friend that day, so the second half of my bankroll was dedicated to my favorite game, video poker.
Video Poker Play – An MGM Springfield Trip Report
While video poker is not why I visit MGM Springfield, management has made improvements in its inventory. Paytables are still mediocre, but the variety of single line and multiline games has improved immensely. I proceeded to play two games, Ultimate X and Powerhouse poker.
Neither games put me on the plus side but kept me in the game for 2 hours. It was still not busy, so I was able to bounce around to different multiline games. The variety of multi-line video poker at MGM Springfield is comparable to other New England casinos.
Finally, Two Promos To Take Advantage Of
It was 11:00, time to eat, and leave. Unfortunately, the Fifty Plus promo – 50% OFF at South End Market For all M life Rewards members aged 50 or over – weren’t available yet. Only the Diner with breakfast was open. So much for my lobster roll.
Tuesdays in October also had a chocolate promotion. Earn credits and get a box of Godiva chocolates. But why does it start at 3:00 for pick up? Silly…unless management wants to keep you in the casino for a while. Not worth it for me, so it was time to leave.
Summary – An MGM Springfield Trip Report
It was a fun, quiet morning. I left with part of my bankroll, and had an enjoyable time playing. In addition, I was approached by two different wait staff quite a few times for drinks around the casSo, see. See, even more reasons for those early morning days.
The Author – Robin T. Aubin (AKA Binbin at NETimeGambling.com).
Bin has been a guest on Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast and The Bettor Life Podcast. He has also been a guest on The Art in the Game Podcast and TravelZork’s ZorkCast with Michael Trager. Robin also writes monthly posts and articles concerning New England casinos for TravelZork.
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