MGM Springfield Trip Report – Tier Credit Multiplier, Dr. Suess & The Fort

A recent visit to MGM Springfield inspired this post – MGM Springfield Trip Report – Tier Credit Multiplier, Dr. Suess & The Fort. The staff at NETimeGambling.com is always looking forward to those status multiplier days. This past Tuesday we visited MGM Springfield to take advantage of their Tier Credit Multiplier on Tuesdays. Here are the multipliers available:

  • Platinum & NOIR – Earn 5X Tier Credit Multiplier
  • Gold – Earn 4X Tier Credit Multiplier
  • Pearl – Earn 3X Tier Credit Multiplier
  • Sapphire – Earn 2X Tier Credit Multiplier

It’s all day long.  If you take part in this promotion, swipe your card and activate the promo first.  Swiping your players card at any MLife kiosk must be done before you start playing.

Tier Credit Multiplier

The play was a slow burn. Bonuses hit here and there, but we were never really up.  Bert & I played slots mostly to get the biggest bang for the buck for status points. Some of our better results were found on the following machines:

  • Lord of the Rings – Rule Them All by IGT – (suggestion, play at least $1.50 to get all lines and all possible bonuses)
  • Lucky Honeycomb Twin Fever by Konami
  • Buffalo Grand by Aristocrat
  • Jumping Jalepenos (also Konami)

Inside MGM casino

This visit was not a success financially, but for four hours we raised our status points substantially, which was our goal for the day.

But, MGM still needs to improve dining. As a matter of fact, we like TAP, and Cal Mare, but I need more than the same thing over and over.  In addition, South Market service is a hit or miss, no matter how many people are in line. Furthermore, the possibilities are overpriced, especially at the Hearth Grill. South Market is advertised as 24 hours, but look at the website and the none of the restaurant hours are listed as 24 hrs. on the website.

Casino News and amenities 

The casino seems slightly more spacious. It feeling like a few slots were taken out to accommodate the electronic roulette and craps.

Unfortunately, no report on table games this time due to only slot play. In addition, no pics or coverage on either the new “Island Bar” or the VIP Lounge where Starbucks used to be.  Both are closed off.

Drink service is much improved.  We had very little wait between roving drink staff.  I noticed a new and interesting thing happening at Center Bar.  Bartenders are interested trying their mixology talents on you.  For this reason, try asking for something different and you may be surprised at the interesting drink you received.  I saw some “experiments” that looked quite good and were received well by other patrons.  Socializing is still a good reason to hang out at the bar.  However, the video poker (still same terrible pay tables) certainly isn’t. Speaking of which……

Double Bonus Video Poker

BTW, 9/6 Double Bonus is the only playable video poker, quarter denomination, at center bar. Playing this game requires you understand that:

  1. 10/6 is Full Pay, so with perfect strategy, you’re still playing at 98% to start with.
  2. Double Bonus perfect play is the most difficult strategy to learn for perfect play of all the Jacks Or Better Bonus games. Most players concentrate on JOB, Bonus Poker, Double Double Bonus,  and Deuces variations, which have horrible pay tables at the quarter denomination at MGMS.
  3. Playing less than perfect play, or trying other game strategy (such as JOB or DDB) will further decrease you EV (expected value).  At this point, playing a $1 or higher slot machine may be better for points accrued, status level, and your ADT (Average Daily Theoretical).

Time to Visit Dr. Suess

We thought we would make a day of it.  Spontaneity sometimes reaps disappointing results. We arrived at the Dr. Seuss Museum at 4:45PM. It closed at 5:00, weekdays. Rule #1, “google” when your destination is open.  However, we were able to enjoy the garden outside and return another time. Here are pics of the garden:

From right to left – The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss, and Binbin

The Dr. Seuss Museum Entrance

Time to Eat

Inside, behind the hostess station at “The Fort”

Since we have eaten at TAP, Cal Mare and Red Rose Pizza many times, I thought I would bring my wife to a locals dining staple. Thanks to Chris DiMauro, from Art In The Game, for bringing me one time. The Student Prince and Fort Restaurant is its name.  In Springfield, it’s just referred to as “The Fort.”  This establishment’s history in referred to in the post below.

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The inside is “historic eye candy” meets “German Pub.”  Steins adorn shelves everywhere you look. The benches, beer, and food just screams “Your gonna like this place!”  We shared the best fried pork belly we ever tasted, more meat than usual with a pork belly.  Then we took turns with the “Wurstplate.” It consisted of delicious bratwurst, knockwurst and boar/cranberry sausages. The sides of sweet & sour red cabbage, and the sauerkraut brought me back my visit to Germany, only the Fort’s might have been better!  Topped off with a Spaten Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier and it was the perfect German dining we’ve experienced in a very long time.

Make this a dining destination in Springfield. They have complimentary parking if you’re driving. (but tip these guys anyway).

Do not walk from MGMS at night. It’s not that close and not that safe at night. I suggest you take a from MGM.

Conclusion

It’s all good.  A Great day of gambling & status harvesting at MGM Springfield, fun at the Dr. Seuss Museum (to be continued) and a fabulous ding experience. I’d say it was a Win-Win day!

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Binbin & Bert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vue24 at Foxwoods Dining Review – A Disappointment

When we brought our family to Vue24 at Foxwoods for a Mother’s Day Brunch, our expectations we very high for an outstanding dining experience might have been too lofty .This “Vue24 at Foxwoods Dining Review – a Disappointment will show the inconsistencies throughout the day. The price was $40 per person.

Arrival

The elevator takes you up to the 24th floor.  There is a small lobby where you can wait, and coffee was brought to us while we waited. An odd assortment of chairs and sitting cushions on wheel were a curious choice for a high end experience. Our party of 7 was seated and the journey began.IMG_3078

We were seated in the corner, where the “vue” wasn’t so extraordinary.  About 50% of the room has sight of the surrounding countryside. Our table, next to an outside door, was so cold we had to pull the drapes to keep the cold air from blowing in (thus, no “vue” at all to stay warm).  It was also very cold in the restaurant – not just your usual chill, but a “I’ll eat with my coat on” kind of cold. After asking for the temperature to be raised, it was, but took over a half hour to feel the difference – I still ate with my winter coat on.

Service

After greeted by our waitress, coffees and an oranger juice was ordered – a $1.75 orange juice we later found out with the bill – coffees were $4 each. Cocktails were expensive: usual alcoholic drinks started around $12, with their special Mother’s Day Bloody Mary coming in at $20. (All you could drink Blood Marys were $150). At no point were we alerted that juice and coffee were not included. That special $1.75 (procured from the bar) glass of orange juice took over 20 minutes to appear, as well as the coffees. We hadn’t even ordered yet.  As you will see further in the review, the organization of staff preparation and serving was hit or miss throughout the afternoon.

Entrees

Most of the entrees were extremely tasty culinary delights. They were served on small plates and were AYCE (All-you-could-eat), even if you didn’t finish your entree of the moment. IMG_3017

We found the highlights of the menu to include the Hash (in a skillet with eggs on top of 2 thin potato slices), the bacon steak (slightly sweetened smokey, thick and outstandingly delicious), chicken and waffles (great portion size) and the steak frites (very tender steak tips).

However, this is where the inconsistencies come in.  One of the poached eggs on the hash, while supposed to be soft, wasn’t cooked and overly runny. When we received our first round of plates, two were missing, and one was wrong, so two us watched the others in our party dine. We could have gone up to the salad table, which was very good, but we had all already been up there waiting for our entrees 20 minutes after the orange juice arrived.

Let’s talk about the lobster omelet.  You’d expect pieces of lobster in an omelet. Instead, it was an omelet (eggs, nothing in it) and a piece of lobster stuck on top – less than an ounce on most plates. Nothing special here – more like a lazy attempt. One of the omelets wasn’t even cooked, with inside very runny – health hazard?  Luckily my daughter survived.

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Salad Table

This was all you can eat.  It had wonderful offerings – duck with cabbage salad, salmon pate, large and meaty shrimp with the perfect texture. The usual salad, cheeses, etc filled out the table.

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Desert Table

This was a mixed revue by our party. The labeling of the sugary treats seemed a little off – a chocolate cookie that was either gluten-free or sugar-free ended up not finished by all three teens at the table.IMG_3081

I enjoyed the Chocolate ganache filled cake and seemed to be the only one. The cake pops were one bite and done. The lemon-poppy seed pound cake was hard enough to pound nails, as well as some of the other pastries. The desert highlight was the peanut-butter forest cake parfait. If lactose intolerant, you need supply your own Lactaid.  But presentation and taste of the peanut butter creme with large bits of chocolate cake inside proved to be an exquisite desert.IMG_3082

Conclusion

We wanted to try it as a family for Mother’s day, so we did. At $40 per person, poor service and wait times, the menu snafus, I would say it was a disappointment.  Very little lived up to the hype. Would we do it again – no. As a dining value, this did not meet expectations. For special days like Mother’s Day, the food should be great, the service exceptional, and the price should be equal to the expectations. Sorry Foxwoods, Vue24 brunch is not all it’s said to be.

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Sol Toro at Mohegan Sun Renovated – a Dining Review

The new Sol Toro entrance

One month ago, a favorite restaurant at Mohegan Sun – “Sol Toro” – had a facelift.  Renovations were quick. When all three of us at NETG visited, not only were we surprised at at what we saw, we liked what we saw and loved what we tasted.

The Renovations

The formerly dark and somewhat gloomy interior has been renovated. Gone are the front grills in the entry, and the dark wood that consumed the interior of the restaurant. New paint, new lighter scaled furniture, and better lighting have transformed this space into a most welcoming space. Brightly colored chairs and light wood table tops make the space shade inviting. Design changes include an expanded bar and lounge area for socializing while sipping margaritas or trying one of their 285 tequilas.

Tons of Tequila at SolToro, Mohegan Sun

Menu Changes

According toHotelmanagement.net, SolToro’s menu of Mexican classics with a modern twist will also get an upgrade. New dishes from” culinary director Chip Miller will include Queso Three Ways (chili con carne, roasted corn & bean, chipotle bacon); Mexican Shrimp Cocktail with tomato broth and roasted poblanos; and carne asada of marinated prime NY strip, served with cheese enchiladas, charred onions and zesty chimichurri sauce.”  A staple of their previous menu, table side guacamole, is still available mild, medium, and spicy, and is not to be missed.

Our Experience

Delicious tacos at Solo Toro Tequila Grill

We passed on drinks, expecting libations at the New England Black Wolves Pro Lacrosse game.  Three of us ordered the tacos.  My BAJA FISH Tacos were the best fish tacos I ever had.  Slightly seasoned with lime scented cabbage, the ancho tartare added heat to the mahi.  The tacos shells stayed nice and firm and were absolutely delicious.  Others in our party had the ADOBO PORK Tacos, which included cilantro jicama slaw, grilled pineapple, and a jalapeño ranch sauce, which were also outstanding.  Miguel had the CHICKEN BURRITO with cheese, rice and beans a step above the usual Mexican sides.  We all agreed we would return and try some of their more exotic entrees like their ROASTED DUCK and STEAK tacos, as well as their tableside Guac.

Recommended

The new lighter look of the bar area.

Solo Toro, part of the Michael Jordan’s group of restaurants at Mohegan Sun, continues to be a good dining experience, and now with the new bright ambience, it’s now a great dining experience.

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