Celebrate the Year of the Pig at Foxwoods, MoSun & MGM Springfield

This month our New England Casinos are celebrating the Year of the Pig 2019 : a year of fortune and luck!

Background

The Pig occupies the last (12th) position in the Chinese Zodiac. You are a “Pig Chinese Zodiac native” if you are born in one of these years: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019 . 2019 is a great year to make money, and a good year to invest.

According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Pig was late because he overslept. Another story says that a wolf destroyed his house. He had to rebuild his home before he could set off. When he arrived, he was the last one and could only take twelfth place. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth.

Lucky things for Pigs – It seems that success and wealth is based in the East, and Northeast – Like NEW ENGLAND!

  • Colors: yellow, gray, brown
  • Numbers: 2, 5, 8
  • Mineral: agate
  • Directions of auspiciousness: southeast, east
  • Directions of wealth: northeast
  • Directions of love: north

Unlucky things for Pigs – Maybe craps isn’t the game for those born in a year of the pig – green (felt) and the number 7 sounds like an unlucky combination.

  • Colors: blue, green
  • Numbers: 1, 7, 9

CELEBRATIONS & Promotions

Foxwoods Resort Casino

Chinese New Year Lion Dance – CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE PIGFebruary 10 • 11AM. The opening performance will begin in the Grand Pequot Hotel Lobby. The parade will proceed to the Grand Pequot Casino rotunda and then down the Concourse and the Grand Finale will take place in Rainmaker Square.

Lucky 10 DrawingEarn Entries February 2nd 12:00 AM – February 17th 6:00 PM. Drawing February 17th at 7:00 PM. Guests arriving on any International bus have a chance to enter by simply playing their favorite slot machines, poker, keno, table games, or Race Book to enter.  For every one (1) Foxwoods Rewards Point earned during the promotional time period, guests will receive one entry into the drawing for a chance to win a choice of $100 in BSP, 100 Points or $100 in Free Bet.

Lunar New Year Lucky Red Envelope – February 5 – 10, 2019 • Bus Lobby. All patrons arriving on the International buses beginning February 5th through February 10th, 2019 will be eligible to receive one Lucky Red Envelope containing a $5 Match Play.

Asian Food Festival – February 8 – February 10 • 10AM – 8PM • Celebration Zone on Great Cedar Concourse. Learn about Chinese culture. Chinese new year foods, artworks, and costumes will be on display and available for purchase. Performances will include a sword dance, long pot tea performance, Szechuan acrobat performance, Chinese folk dancing, and martial arts presentation. This is a family friendly event and open to all ages.

MOHEGAN SUN RESORT CASINO

Mohegan Sun is ringing in the Lunar New Year with a variety of events including A-Lin from Taiwan inside Mohegan Sun Arena. The show will take place at 1:00am on Sunday, February 3rd and tickets are VIP $188.00, $148.00, $118.00, $98.00 and $68.00 and are on sale now.

Beginning Tuesday, February 5th, Red Envelopes will be distributed to Momentum members with valid ID for Asian bus line runs. The giveaway starts the first day of the Lunar New Year and lasts through Monday, February 11th. During this period, guests who ride the Asian buses can receive a Red Envelope with cash varying from $5.00 to $100.00 inside. The Money God will also visit The Shops concourse from Noon to 2:00pm on Sunday, February 10th for another Red Envelope giveaway and photo opportunity. Miss NY Chinese Pageant 2018 winners will be present to greet guests. There will also be Chinese arts and crafts demonstrations such as calligraphy and paper-cutting.

Also on Sunday, February 10th, don’t miss the traditional Lion Dance that will tour through the Mohegan Sun property. The Lion Dance has long symbolized the exorcising of evil spirits and summoning luck and fortune. The performance will start at 2:00pm heading from Sunrise Square and making its way through Casino of the Sky and Casino of the Wind.

MGM Springfield Resort Casino

February 9 – The year of the Pig with Traditional Lion Dance on February 9 Starting at 3 p.m. on Armory Square, the Asian American Culture Center’s energetic dance troupe will perform the ceremonial dance featuring five authentic lion costumes. Don’t miss the Money God who will be handing out red envelopes with monetary gifts inside signifying great wealth ahead.

Mohegan Sun is “All About The…….Food” in January

Mohegan Sun Restaurant Week returns January 20 – 24

Enjoy a week of chef demos, specialty menus and dining deals during Restaurant Week at Mohegan Sun. Participating restaurants at Mohegan Sun have prepared exclusive dining offers paired with great deals in celebration of Restaurant Week.  CT Restaurant Week is a website that covers what towns are having restaurant weeks, when the weeks are scheduled, what restaurants are participating and provided a view of the special menus happening across Connecticut. Participating restaurants and links to make reservations (recommended) can be found at Mohegan Restaurant Week

But wait……..there’s more…….

The Sun Wine & Food Fest is back at Mohegan Sun on January 25 – January 27, 2019

With a four-day affair across two spaces, the Uncas Ballroom and the new Earth Expo Center,  this event will be featuring wine, beer, specialty spirits and dishes by local and celebrity chefs with entertainment and live demonstrations. Three days of events are offered including a Bourbon Tasting session and Grand Tasting Preview evening to  kick off the weekend. A portion of proceeds will go to Channel 3 Kids Camp, who provide fun year-round opportunities to children of all abilities, families & communities through educational & recreational programs.

The Grand Tasting showcases more than 1,000 brands will enjoy tastings of specialty sponsor spirits. Foodies can sample signature dishes from the region’s most highly-rated restaurants. The Main Culinary Stage is the backdrop for two days of celebrity chef demonstrations and contests. Other features offered are the Celebrity Chef Dine Around on Saturday night, while  Sunday culminates with a Sunday Brunch with Martha Stewart.

Chefs participating in the Saturday dine-around include Alex Guarnaschelli, Marcus Samuelsson, Aaron Sanchez, Brian Duffy, Govind Armstrong, Maneet Chauhan, Rocco DiSpirito, and Todd English.

According to Dan Myers, editor of The Daily Meal, “As someone who’s attended this festival for the better part of the past six years, I can tell you from personal experience that it’s a lot of fun. Not only is there a ton to eat and drink (and the opportunity to meet some renowned chefs); but it’s all inside Mohegan Sun, with its casinos, shops, restaurants, and hotels.”

The Schedule of Events can be found at the Mohegan Sun website by clicking here.

Don’t miss a great culinary week with drinks galore.

Binbin

 

 

6:5 Blackjack IS a Big Deal at New England Casinos

This past week, I was saddened to hear Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods are taking the plunge into lowering BlackJack pay-tables from 3:2 to 6:5 for a blackjack. With increased competition in table games from Twin Rivers & Tiverton Casinos, MGM Springfield and the upcoming Encore Boston Harbor, I thought keeping all of their blackjack tables with a 3:2 payout would be wise – setting them apart for recreational blackjack players and AP’s (Advantage Players) alike.  I guess that assumption was wrong. I guess they believe that lowering the bar to all the other casinos will save them money and the gaming public is too stupid to think it matters. Maybe their right.

Other important considerations in blackjack such as penetration, the number of decks in the shoe, and dealer rules will be in future posts. If you are new to the intricacies of blackjack rules, try our related posts below:

Blackjack – Which Casino Format is Best For You?

12 Tips For Blackjack Beginners

Introduction

Competition among casinos has always been thought to be good for the consumer.  According to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), “Competition in America is about price, selection, and service. It benefits consumers by keeping prices low and the quality and choice of goods and services high.”

Translated to casino terms, competition should:

  1. keep prices low  – such as dining, hotel expenses, show prices, amenities, parking
  2. keep the quality and choice of goods and services high – good gambling rules, great casino service on casino floor, good hotel service and rooms that are well kept and enjoyable to stay, dining and drink quality high

But what if EVERYBODY raises prices and cuts back on the quality of the casino experience?  Then, there IS NO competition – just a joint greed to rake their patrons over the coals – nickel and diming them much like the airlines have done over the years.

Sure, there are cost of living and inflation changes that come along that are expected. Casinos do compete with little pockets of offers such as rewards clubs tier matching, kiosk swipes and promotions to get you through their casino door. But compared to the negatives – paid parking, resort fees, raising the house edge on gaming rules and payout tables – competition doesn’t seem to be a friend of the gambling consumer.

Black Jack Changes

Which brings me to today’s post – good gaming rules continue to be compromised. It seems casino bean-counters don’t believe the mantra from the gambling masses – “Give us good rules and we will gamble.” So, to my dismay, when I started to hear the erosion of blackjack rules locally, I just couldn’t understand it….. but alas, it’s true.

Foxwoods recently added more tables in their Fox Casino, only to offer $10 black jack exclusively with 6:5 BJ payout, to accompany another terrible payout with it’s $1 6:5 BJ, with $.25 commission per hand. Cedars and Grand Pequot casino offers both. $25 is the cutoff to get 3:2 Blackjack. The Stadium Blackjack is 6:5 also. Rumors of even money coming to electronic blackjack has already showed its ugly face in New England on many video poker machines.

Mohegan Sun raised the minimum limit tables to $10 some time ago – no $5 BJ tables anymore. Much like Foxwoods, they have taken out slots to add more table games and especially blackjack tables with 6:5 payout.

MGM Springfield opened with the same 6:5 Blackjack tables at lower denominations of $10 & $15, with the $25 tables offering 3:2. On the Vegas Strip, MGM is one of many casinos that have put good table games rules on the endangered species list, along with casino “fun books,” free parking and keno.

6:5 Black Jack and House Edge

You get a BlackJack around 1 in 21 hands. So does the dealer. So around 5% of the time, you will be paid $3 less on a $10 bet. So around 15 cents per hand, or 1.5%. Under the proposed changes to 6:5 payouts, the House Edge will be 2.019% vs. the current 0.35% – a pretty big jump in edge from 3:2 to 6:5.

1.5%-2% is still pretty decent odds for a table game, considering the house edge in roulette and carnival games the likes of Caribbean Stud & Let It Ride. For a non-counting average player it’s probably not noticeable. But it certainly screws over Advantage Player’s, especially with other poor rules as mid penetration, no surrender, and dealer hitting on soft 17. Obviously these differences get magnified over the long term, as serious bettors make thousands of wagers over time.

Is this what casinos are counting on to weed out the counters, and keep the recreational gambler and newbie.?  The thing that casinos don’t get is that they will not make more money! The same amount of people will lose the same amount of money, just faster. And AP’s won’t bother with anything below $25 games anyway.

Here’s an very simplistic example. Newbie Norm knows basic strategy and plays for recreation. His usual bankroll is $200 which usually lasts 3 hours.  With the simple change to 6:5 games, his bankroll now only lasts 2.5 hours. Eventually, he finds his money doesn’t last as long and stops visiting all together. How can changing to 6:5 at lower denominations make a difference at the $5, $10, and $15 level?

No Judgement here – play what you want But Vote with Your Wallet

If you want to maximize your odds of having a good turn at the blackjack table, be on the lookout for 3:2 tables.  Spread the word to friends and family, educate them on the difference.  Let them know they have a voice and a vote with every dollar they wager. Let casino staff and dealers know why you play less at that particular casino. Better yet, switch your loyalty to a casino that has preferable rules to you . It’s your choice – no judgement here. Just be an informed consumer before you decide to spend your money wherever you want. You might be surprised how much longer your session will last and how much more fun playing blackjack can be as a recreational gambler.

Binbin