Casino Player Best of Gaming Awards Part 1

Last year, NETimeGambling posted Mohegan Sun’s Best Of USAToday’s award. Just a reminder, there are many awards out there, and sometimes they seem rather conflicted. Later in 2020, the 25th Annual Casino Player Best of Gaming Awards Part 1 came out. Ordinarily, Casino Player does an excellent job. However, these awards were more like a popularity contest than truth. I am not one for popular voting for awards.

So, please keep in mind NETimeGambling is just reporting Casino Player’s results. With thousands of casinos to compare, I’m sure New England casino stats were not efficiently checked or updated. Massachusetts casinos are worthy competitors but seem to be snubbed. And, imagine, Mohegan Sun was selected as the Best Bingo Hall. Guess what? Casino Player Mohegan Sun hasn’t had bingo in almost 15 years! Foxwoods has the only Bingo hall in New England!

Casino Player

Casino Player is America’s most popular gaming magazine, with a monthly readership of more than 100,000+ casino visitors. Each month, Casino Player provides articles on casino life. Casino Player has a variety of top gaming authors supplying gaming strategies and “tips to help make you a winner.” Every issue of Casino Player includes insights into gambling, entertainment, dining, or shopping interests regionally, as well as casinos across the country.

Along with its sister publication, Strictly Slots, Casino Player has been a recreational gambler’s resource for more than thirty years. So let’s look at their 25th Annual Best of Gaming Awards about our New England Casinos.

Casino Player Best of Gaming Awards – New England Casinos.

In New England’s grouping, Casino Player posts 40 categories. We included only those areas where most of our nine casinos compete in our report. For example, Rhode Island is the best in Sports betting since no other state in New England had legalized sports wagering at the time. Another example is golf courses. Since only Connecticut casinos have them, we didn’t include that category.

I am. Here is the medal count (you know, like the Olympics):

Mohegan Sun914528
Twin River331016
Encore BH41510
MGM Springfield2248
Plainridge Park3304
According to the 25th Annual Casino Player Best of Gaming Awards – New England Casinos, 2020.

The Casino Player Best of Gaming Awards

These awards are great discussion starters. So, let’s take a look.

And The Winners Are….

Casino Player Best of Gaming Awards - New England Casinos.

Ok, once again, the Connecticut Casinos dominated, but not like in previous years. Massachusetts casinos and even Twin River Casino made inroads this year. Expect more as MGM Springfield and Encore settle into New England.

Mohegan Sun

“Neon Uncasville” topped the polls in Best Rooms, Best Pool, Best Spa, and Favorite Casino Resort to Vacation At. Gambling bests include Best Craps, Best Slot Tournaments, Best High Limit Room, and Best Comps. Ultimately, Casino Player gave the prize of Best Overall Gaming Resort to Mohegan Sun.


The “Wonder of It All” in Ledyard, Connecticut, did very well. Gaming Awards include Best Casino, Best Players Club, Best VIP Services, and Best Table Game Tournaments. Best Video Slots, Best Live Poker, and Best Roulette rounded out the Foxwoods Superlatives.

Casino Player Best of Gaming Awards - New England Casinos.

Encore Boston Harbor

The jewel of New England did fairly well but not as well as expected. Encore Boston Harbor pulled in Best Hotel Staff, Best Table Games, Best Poker Room, and Best Blackjack.

Twin River Casino

Did you know Twin River casino had the Best Dealers, Best Carnival Games, and Best Video Poker? We will discuss these awards in tomorrow’s post, Part 2 of Casino Player Best of Gaming Awards – New England Casinos. Best Video Poker? I don’t think so. But, the best slots should have been a consideration.

Plainridge Park & MGM Springfield

According to Casino Player, Plainridge Park is the Casino Where You Feel Luckiest In. It’s also the best Non-Smoking Casino / Area.

MGM Springfield won Best Suites and Best Hosts. However, it seems to me that MGM Springfield offers more. Slots are especially competitive with the rest of New England, but more of that in tomorrow’s breakdown.


Again, it’s a tough job to size up the best in the country. But, in our opinion, some properties should have been recognized more. Maybe, Casino Player requires the help of someone that actually visits all nine casinos in New England? Hello, Casino Player?…

Just sayin’………