Will Plainridge Park Casino Survive Without Table Games?

Table Games Anyone?

With all the attention on MGM Springfield, the Connecticut casinos and the Wynn – oops – I mean Encore Boston Harbor, the first casino in Massachusetts is getting a little forgotten in the mix.

Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, the state’s first (and for almost three years only) legal gambling establishment, wants to expand and offer table games as well as the slot machines they currently feature.  The last three years have been progressively better until the past months when most of New England’s casinos saw a decrease in revenue from a year ago.

All the negative expectations have been proven wrong to this point, especially the fear it would have a negative impact on Plainville and neighboring communities and it would attract an “undesirable element.” Many claimed it would not provide the expected revenue. Instead, Plainridge has been a great neighbor, large employer and good corporation to work with the MGC and the State of Massachusetts.

Penn National, owner of Hollywood Bangor Casino Hotel in Maine, as well as many casinos and racinos across the country, knew being first with a slots-only establishment would have a major drawback – not having real blackjack, craps, roulette and other table games. To this point they have successful at every turn. It is greatly supported by locals and others in 20 mile radius that prefer a smokeless casino with only electronic versions of tables games.

Here Come the Big Guys

MGM Springfield opened with a bang – but it is over an hour and a half away, so not much of threat to Plainridge. The Rhode Island casinos continue to be a threat to Plainridge Park Casino, now with the addition of sports betting. But the real menace over the hill is in Everett – Encore Boston Harbor.

New casinos in Springfield and soon in Boston will fight any such move for tables games at Plainridge vehemently. They invested in this process understanding the rules. And they didn’t put their millions or billions of dollars up with the idea that competition beyond what they were promised would be allowed.

Any expansion to table games by Plainridge would need state legislative approval. Getting the Massachusetts Legislature to do virtually anything is a monumental task. And this area is not exactly known for its political influence. Town officials in Plainville, North Attleboro and Wrentham have come out in favor.

Entrance To Plainville’s Good Neightbor

Jim Hand of the Sun Chronicle reported “In letters to the state Gaming Commission, Plainville, Wrentham, North Attleboro and Franklin officials said they would support allowing table games and more slot machines at Plainridge, terming the changes “a modest expansion……The expansion at Plainridge would require a legislative change, as it is designated as only a slots parlor and not a full-blown casino under state law.”

State Rep. Shawn Dooley, R-Norfolk, who represents Plainville, said he is on board with the request. “We have an ongoing venture that is working extremely well with virtually no negative impact on the community,” he said. “The community wants it. And the addition of other games will help us compete against Rhode Island which just built another casino on our border.”

Recently, Plainridge Park has seen a dip in revenue, as most of the eight New England casinos. Clyde Barrow, a casino researcher at the University of Texas Rio Grand Valley, said, “A drop in revenue is to be expected, just as Plainridge cut into the take at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.  I anticipated a 1 percent to 5 percent drop in Plainridge revenues as a result of the Tiverton casino, so I would say the lower September revenues are directly attributable to the new competition,” he said.  However, such a small loss suggests that Plainridge remains competitive and doesn’t have much to fear from Tiverton Twin River Casino.”

A Quiet Acquisition

Penn National Gaming, Owner of Plainridge Park Casino and Raceway

Penn National Gaming, Owner of Plainridge Park Casino and Raceway

As reported by Marc Meltzer from PlayUsa, “Penn National Gaming acquired Pinnacle GamingThe massive $2.8 billion deal makes Penn National Gaming one of the largest casino corporations in the country. The new Penn National Gaming may not have the largest casinos in the country. However, the new deal means that they will operate more casinos and racetracks than any other company in the US. After the acquisition, Penn National Gaming will operate more than 40 properties in 15 states.”

Mr. Meltzer also comments about the rewards club change due to the buy out. “While Penn National Gaming will be the owner of the properties, they will actually be using the loyalty club from Pinnacle Entertainment instead of their own Marquee Rewards. In 2019, the Marquee Rewards program will be migrated over to the mychoice players club.”

For more information provided in Marc’s post, go to PlayUSA or click here on PENN NATIONAL GAMING PLAYERS CLUB MOVING TO PINNACLE’S MYCHOICE CARD

The Draw

Plainridge has done well for itself and has built a nice locals clientele. But it’s future may be bleak and for Massachusetts’ expected revenue if it continues as a slot-only property.  I’m sure we will hear more as we turn the page to 2019.

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New Year’s Eve in Rhode Island & Maine

It’s New Year’s time again.  Get your voice ready for “Auld Lang Syne.” make sure your sweetie is ready for kissing at midnight, chill the champagne, and get the correct channel on the tube to watch the ball drop – it’s New Year’s Eve!

By the way, you can find us Twitter and Facebook at out NETimeGambling Page. Every month, NETG posts in New England’s news, promotions and events at TravelZork – one of the best travel sites to bring Vegas information, travel resources, travel and casino rewards and gambling advice to the web. If you don’t visit TravelZork once a month, you are missing out on insightful and timely articles by some of the best experts in the travel and casino fields.

Not only can you find NETimeGamblingcom be found at TravelZork, but I have also had great fun with guest appearances on Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast, TravelZork’s ZorkCast, and the newest addition to the New England casino community Art in the Game by Christopher DiMauro.


HOLLYWOOD Casino, Hotel & Raceway, BANGOR ME

Hollywood Epic Buffet, Bangor Maine

New Year’s Eve Buffet at Epic Buffet –  December  314PM – 9PM
Adults: $29.99


OXFORD CASINO & Hotel, Oxford ME

Oxford Casino at Night

Oxford Casino, Oxford, ME

10K Score 4 New Year’s Eve – $5,000 Grand Prize Drawing after the 4:00pm drawing, open to anyone claiming a prize for matching 3 or 4 numbers during Session 1 & 2. Numbers picked are valid both sessions. SESSION 1 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm / SESSION 2 – 7:00pm – 10:00pm

New Year’s Eve Buffet – MONDAY, DECEMBER 31. 3:00pm – 9:00pm. $39.95 per person.
Limited space available. Reservations required! Call 207-539-6705. Enjoy lobster tails, prime rib, holiday classics and decadent desserts. All buffets exclude alcohol and specialty beverages, tax and gratuity.

19X Point Multiplier – New Year’s Day. 8:00am – Noon. Earn 19X Slot Points on any slot machine

New Year’s Day Brunch Buffet – Tuesday, January 1, 2019. 9:00am – 1:00pm. $24.95 per person.
Limited space available.


Twin River Casino & Hotel

South Entrance – Twin River Casino, Lincoln, RI

NYE Dinner & Dance Party feat. World Premier Band – Monday, December 31, 2018 7:30pm. Mixing music of the 90′s with today’s funk, dance, and originals; World Premier Band’s high energy will get you moving! Doors open at 7:30pm, dinner buffet starts at 8pm. VIP $121 tickets includes an all you can eat elegant buffet, two drink tickets, premium seating by the dance floor, party favors, and a champagne toast. $91 tickets include an all you can eat elegant buffet, one drink ticket, party favors, and a champagne toast. 21+ event.

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New Year’s Eve at MGM Springfield & Plainridge Park Casinos

It’s New Year’s time again.  Get your voice ready for “Auld Lang Syne.” make sure your sweetie is ready for kissing at midnight, chill the champagne, and get the correct channel on the tube to watch the ball drop – it’s New Year’s Eve!

By the way, you can find us Twitter and Facebook at out NETimeGambling Page. Every month, NETG posts in New England’s news, promotions and events at TravelZork – one of the best travel sites to bring Vegas information, travel resources, travel and casino rewards and gambling advice to the web. If you don’t visit TravelZork once a month, you are missing out on insightful and timely articles by some of the best experts in the travel and casino fields.

Not only can you find NETimeGamblingcom be found at TravelZork, but I have also had great fun with guest appearances on Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast, TravelZork’s ZorkCast, and the newest addition to the New England casino community Art in the Game by Christopher DiMauro.


MGM SPRINGFIELD, Springfield MA

New Year’s Eve at MGM Springfield Includes:

Armory MGM Springfield

The Armory – Black tie. Live music. Chic luxury. Relish savory and sweet stations from the Raw Bar, gourmet Mac & Cheese bar to the Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Spectacular with passed hors d’ oeuvres all crafted by The Farm Table at Kringle Candle. Dance to the Redline Band and DJ Trey Byrum all night long. Enjoy the open bar and a champagne toast at midnight. Limited to 300 guests. 21+. GA Tickets are $200.

The Commonwealth – Dress to impress. Celebrate at Commonwealth Bar and Lounge while the DJ keeps you dancing into the early morning. Enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres & an open bar from 8:00pm until Midnight. 21+ Tickets from $150 – $2000

TAP Sports Bar – Live music, dancing and special menus. 21+

Specialty Dining at Cal Mare – Cal Mare will be offering specialty menus for New Year’s Eve only.  Reservations required


Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway

 

Plainridge Park Casino

Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway

NEW YEAR 80’S-STYLE – Dust off your Members Only jacket and grab your Walkman. Music by Prince tribute band LoVeSexy, performing live from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free – No Cover

$2019 FREE SLOTPLAY – Starting at 6 p.m. on December 31, one guest will be chosen to win $2019 Free SlotPlay® every 19 minutes. Winners will be notified directly at the slot machine where they are playing.

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