This post will correct, re-direct, and object to some of Casino Player’s choices with Casino Player’s Best of Gaming Part 2. For Part 1, click HERE.
It was obvious to us that rating over 350 casinos in the United States is an overwhelming task. In fact, New England was one of 26 casino areas reported on. Unfortunately, some of the awards weren’t an accurate representation. Casino Player awarded New England casinos in 40 categories.
Casino Player’s Best of Gaming Part 2
Best Hotel & Suites Recognition – MGM Springfield
Mohegan Sun’s “Hotel within a hotel” is called Aspire. These rooms include private gaming and a VIP lounge only for Aspire guests.
Encore’s premium rooms (basic) are luxurious. And, they have more space than any other basic hotel room in New England Casinos.
Last but certainly not least, MGM Springfield’s Hotel should get recognized. MGM pays tribute to Springfield’s history all over the property. But, the categories of Best Hotel and especially Best Suites need more consideration.
Finally, the Foxwoods’ Villas are extraordinary. Considered AAA Five Diamond Villas, they come with dedicated butler service and in-room dining.
Best Bingo – Mohegan Sun?
Just incorrect. Casino Player chose Mohegan Sun. But, “Mohegan Sun hasn’t had bingo in almost 15 years! Foxwoods has the only Bingo hall in New England!” The Foxwoods Bingo Hall is considered the biggest and one of the finest Bingo Halls in the country.
Someone didn’t check the facts at NETimeGambling. Remember, the “NE” in NETimeGambling stands for “New England.”
Best Comps, Best Players Club, and Best Promotions
More to Consider Besides Mohegan, Foxwoods, and Twin River
MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor have national and international connections. This is a huge advantage over the other casinos. Furthermore, Hollywood Bangor and Plainridge Park are run by Penn National Gaming. Their portfolio of casinos spans across America. The expanse of these rewards clubs is a prime criterion in comparing New England’s rewards Clubs.
Video Poker – A NETimeGambling Specialty
Best Video Poker went to Twin River. This award makes little sense. At Twin River, you’ll find nothing but poor pay tables. You’ll also find ancient graphics and poor payouts on VLT’s from their Lincoln Park days.
On the other hand, Mohegan Sun has the best paytables, games, and bartops of all nine. Foxwoods a distant second. Consider Encore third. Plainridge and MGM Springfield are in the middle of the pack.
No shows in this should include Twin River and its new sister property Tiverton Hotel and Casino, Oxford, and Hollywood Bangor in Maine.
Casino Player’s Best of Gaming Part 2 – Quick References
Best Poker Room – awarded to Foxwoods. The second would be Mohegan Sun. And third? Well, while MGM Springfield has a beautiful and most comfortable poker room, it joins the long line of poker rooms still closed for the unforeseeable future, coast to coast. So if you want poker in New England, it’s Foxwoods, Mohegan, New Hampshire’s card rooms, or nothing.
Best Live Keno – awarded to Foxwood, which is correct, since they are the casino to run THEIR OWN live Keno – little Keno area and all. MGM Springfield and Encore are listed as #2 & 3. I’m afraid that’s not right. Massachusetts casinos have keno, but they don’t run it. However, the highly successful Massachusetts Lottery does; therefore, all Massachusetts casinos must use state Keno. Besides, casinos in Massachusetts can not offer any video keno games due to the original gaming agreement in 2013. Thus, they have no keno of their own. Only Foxwoods has continued the tradition of Live Keno rooms in New England.
Best Pool – Only Two Listed? – C’mon, man. MGM has a pool, although it’s outside, so it’s seasonal – VERY SEASONAL! Also, Twin River and Tiverton have pools.
And Encore Boston Harbor doesn’t have a pool? I can’t even imagine a jewel of New England casinos not having a pool. NETimeGambling considers this an “enorme’ faux pas!” Maine’s casino hotels do not have pools either.
In our opinion, MGM Springfield should have been third, even though it’s outdoor and seasonal. (A grave mistake for family staycations in Springfield). Lots of room, a large pool, and many little quiet areas with shade.
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