Casino Player’s Best of New England Gaming – Part 2

Today, we will correct, re-direct, and object to some of Casino Player’s choices. Enjoy our post today – Casino Player’s Best of New England Gaming – Part 2. For Part 1, click HERE.

Casino Player's Best of New England Gaming - Part 2

Casino Player awarded New England casinos in 40 categories. Unfortunately, these accolades weren’t an accurate representation. But, it’s a tough job to size up the best in casinos throughout the country. In fact, New England was one of 26 casino areas reported on.

Casino Player’s Best of New England Gaming – Part 2

Best Hotel & Suites – MGM Springfield

First of all, 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.

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 rooms in New England Casinos.

Finally, the Foxwoods’ Villas are extraordinary. Considered AAA Five Diamond Villas, they come with dedicated butler service and in-room dining.

Casino Player's Best of New England Gaming - Part 2
Foxwood Villa

Best Bingo – Mohegan Sun?

Just incorrect. As mentioned in Part 1, “Mohegan Sun hasn’t had bingo in almost 15 years! Foxwoods has the only Bingo hall in New England!”  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

Casino Player's Best of New England Gaming - Part 2
MLife Rewards Club of MGM

The 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 the rewards clubs should be included in the criteria.

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 pay outs 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.

Quick References Casino Player’s Best of New England Gaming – Part 2

Best Poker Room – awarded to Foxwoods.  More consideration to MGM Springfield needed.

Casino Player's Best of New England Gaming - Part 2
MGM Springfield Poker Room

Best Live Keno – awarded to Foxwoods. 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. All Massachusetts casinos must use state Keno. Besides, casinos in Massachusetts can not offer any video keno games. 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. Twin River has a pool. And Encore Boston Harbor…..does not?  (I can’t even imagine a jewel of New England casinos not having a pool? NETimeGambling considers this an “enorme’ faux pas!”).

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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  1. I have heard great things about. I was about to visit, then Covid hit. I doubt if Casino Player even knows about the poker room scene in New Hampshire. Thank you for you’re comment.

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