Online Social Casinos at New England Casino Websites

Last Monday, we revisited the rise of the social casino through Facebook, apps, and sponsored by gaming’s giants, such as MGM, Caesars, Aristocrat, Scientific Gaming and IGT.  If you missed it, take a moment to look back at “Online Social Casinos”

Out of seven brick-and-mortar casinos in New England, five have social gaming available. Only Newport Grand in Newport, Rhode Island & Oxford Casino in Oxford, Maine don’t offer these type of online gaming. Today we will take a look at all five casinos that do offer them, starting in Connecticut.

Foxwoods Resort Casino – Foxwoods Online

Foxwoods rolled out a new version of it’s social casino over a year ago.  It contains four rooms of slots, names for different Foxwoods casino areas, each needing a higher level of play to unlock new games. It features slots by Spins Gaming, Konami Gaming, GreenTube Interactive Gaming from Europe, and Nektan Gaming.

Foxwoods Online Lobby

Video Poker – no full pay, but decent, including NSUDuesces Wild.

Other Games –  include two Blackjack, two roulette games (one with a single zero), 4 Keno games

Rewards – Points earned through play can be used for two types of rewards – Entertainment (gas card, & Tanger Coupon Book) and Casino rewards, such as Bonus Slot play, free BJ, Roulette or Keno bet, more credits or Foxwoods Rewards points added to your rewards card.

 

Mohegan Sun Online

Mohegan Sun offers three different options for online gaming.

1) The Play4Fun casino is slots only,and for entertainment only – there is no connection to the Momentum Rewards.  You start off with only 3 available  slot machines (Brazilian Beauty, Kronos, & Jungle Wild) plus one reel slot machine. More slots are made available as you rise in level. All slots are can be found in real casinos and are IGT/Scientific games based, many of which you would find at other social casino sites such as Jackpot Party. Tournaments are available for fun only.

2) Fantasy Sports – FanDuel has teamed up with Mohegan Sun to bring MLB fans free contests where you can win prizes at the Sun.  For

example this week’s prizes include a One-night hotel stay at Mohegan Sun, plus — $900 in food & beverage credits.

3) MoheganSunCasino.com – Because the Mohegan Tribal Nation runs casino operations at Resorts in Atlantic City, they can offer a true online casino, featuring over 300 online slots, 17 table games, 18 video poker options.  Unfortunately, you have to be within the border to be able to bet real money.  It is open 24/7 and licensed by the State of New Jersey.

Twin River Casino – Play TwinRiver

Twin River opened its online social casino recently with the past year.

Slots – It features slots by Spins Gaming, Everi Gaming, Gan Gaming, Konami Gaming, Ainswirth, Incredible Technologies, and more. Unlike many other social casinos, TR’s has almost 70 slots that are all available, no matter what level you are on.  It’s quite a varied selection of brick-and-mortar casino slots and software slots – some with progressives!

Video Poker – full pay JOB, and other decent paytables, including NSUDuesces Wild.  VP games are similar to Foxwoods Online, made by Spin Gaming.

Poker – either straight up, or tournaments, a wide variety is available.

Other Games –  include two Blackjack, two roulette games (one with a single zero), 4 Keno games, poker, and even solitaire. In the poker room, you can find blackjack, mini-roulette, Texas hold’em, bingo, backgammon, gin rummy, poker dice, and domino duel.  The poker area is set up into four rooms, much like Foxwoods, with names of restaurants such as Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse.

Promotions include 3X points Tuesdays, a daily login bonus, and Twin River Rewards Club members can be rewarded for their play online with up to $500 in Regional Rewards Gift Cards.

HollywoodCasino.comPlainridge Park Casino,  & Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway

Similar to Mohegan Sun’s Play4Fun casino, all Penn National casinos allowed to have social casinos (some states don’t) is slots only,and for entertainment only – there is no connection to the Marquee Rewards. You start off with only 3 available  slot machines (Brazilian Beauty, Kronos, & Jungle Wild) plus one reel slot machine. More slots are made available as you rise in level. All slots are can be found in real casinos and are IGT/Scientific games based, many of which you would find at other social casino sites such as Jackpot Party. Tournaments are available for fun only.  One difference offered by HollywoodCasino.com is that you can buy credits from your Marquee Rewards account, as long as you connect the two, which takes little time.

In addition to a sign up bonus and free credits every month is Race Champ, a simulated horse race to use credits on.  Choose a horse from the field, bet trifectas with the help of the “trifecta slot,” then watch a real race for your winning horse.  Winners get additional credits.

Currently Newport Grand & Oxford Casino do not have online gaming available.

Which is best?

Here is the order from best top down, according to NETG experiences:

  1. Foxwoods Online – Real rewards make this a winner.
  2. Play TwinRiver – Bonuses and the vast amount of games available to players makes this a close second
  3. HollywoodCasino.com – The additional games to the usual online gaming casino seen at Mohegan Sun’s website and and many other casinos for that matter, makes this the third best option.
  4. Mohegan Sun Online – Online casino is just “meh,”  but if you’re in New Jersey, poker for real money makes this a good play.  The connection to FanDuel doesn’t hurt either, if you are into fantasy sports.

 

Well, that does it.  Try them out and let us know what you think.  We’d love to hear from you.

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Online Social Casinos

download (1)A growing trend is the number of “brick-and-mortar”casinos to offer online casinos from their websites.  These games are for fun and not like true online gaming where you use real money and can possibly make real money like an actual casino. However, for the most part, internet gambling is illegal in the US, except a few states which allow internet poker within state borders.  That and whether Daily Fantasy Sports is gambling is another topic for another date.  (Yes, it’s gambling.)

Two years ago, only three casinos in New England offer a social gaming site as well – Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, and Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway. Wednesday, we will look at the social gaming available now through our seven New England casinos.  Today, we look at social gaming at it is in general.

Social Casinos, either from a casino website or through the many apps available, seem to be thriving.  They are more like playing casino games without real money.  However, the player can buy more credits to continue playing.

Why play at all if it’s not real gambling?  According to Casino.org, people can play for free in their browser or smart phone almost anywhere, and win real prizes.  “Facebook is the most popular social media platform for online games… [and] Out of all of the people who gamble on social media, 61% of them do it on Facebook.”

According to GamblingSites.com, social gaming companies use different strategies to get you to share and come back to play their games:

  • Continuous goals. – You are given different goals to achieve, each one harder and more time consuming than the last. Each action you take will push you towards a goal that can lead to higher gaming capital.
  • Gaming capital. – This comes in many forms, such as badges, trophies, accolades and achievements. These can be earned by playing or by completing tasks, such as sharing the game or your results to your profile.

 

There are casinos with their own mix of games, and there are others that specifically represent a slot company.  A quick review of the favorites include:

Slotomania – Slotomania offers slots, slots, and more slots, all on multi mobile platforms.  None of their slots can be found in brick-and-mortar casinos.

CaesarsCasino – This online casino is connected to the Caesars Entertainment, formally Harrah’s & Bally’s.  It includes blackjack, roulette, video poker & baccarat as well as tons of slots from numerous slots makers. Casino promotions with extra credits are offered.  It is also connected to their rewards program, Total Rewards. You can convert your Online Reward Credits to cash deposited directly into your account. For every 1,000 Reward Credits converted, they will add $10 to your available cash balance.

DoubleDown Casino

Double Down Casino,  – They offer a whole slew of options: free slots, free bingo, free poker, free video poker, and free blackjack, all on Facebook. Not only that, but you can also download their mobile app and do some gambling on your mobile device (smartphone or tablet). Everything is free at DoubleDown Casino.  They offer mostly IGT based slots.  DD has slot, VP and other tournaments daily.

myVegas, – myVEGAS was named “Best of 2016” by iGaming Business and eGaming Review. It features exclusive freebies and bonuses with MGM partners like BELLAGIO, ARIA, MGM GRAND, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, ROYAL CARIBBEAN, VDARA, MIRAGE, NEW YORK NEW YORK, and CIRCUS CIRCUS.  They also include offers from other sources not affiliated with MGM, such as Stations Casinos (Las Vegas), Gray Line Tours, Genting Gaming, Royal Caribbean, and more.  There are also two other myVegas sites, one for just blackjack and the other featuring Konami slots, such as “China Shores.”

Jackpot Party, & HotShotCasinoSlots (Facebook) feature IGT / Scientific Games slots, similar to Double Down Casino, but offer slots only.  Jackpot Party was Williams Interactive’s entry into the world of social casinos before they were consumed by Scientific Gaming. Progressive slots are featured daily.

Aristocrat’s Heart of Vegas features  features slots made by Aristocrat Gaming, originally from Australia.  You will find Buffalo, MoreChili, Wonder 4, and many more of your favorites made by Aristocrat.  Progressive slots are featured daily.

 

Is there a downside to social gaming? – Many, such as Dr. Mark Griffiths, a Professor of Gambling Studies at Nottingham Trent University’s International Gaming Research Unit, think it might lead the person to signing up to a real money casino with unrealistic expectations. Or, maybe manipulate them into buying in-game purchases to try to win more often, since “the behavioral and social conditioning of social slots and gaming is no different to real-money gambling, apart from the fact you’re not “risking” real money.”

Another downside, considered by communities around the country with casinos that also offer “free” social gaming is the consideration of addiction – addictions that don’t have to come down to winning or losing money. But that “addiction can also come in the form of time spent. The time you lose playing these games can have a negative impact on your life, too,” so says Dr. Griffiths.

More research needs to be completed before conclusions are found.  But one thing is for sure – it has become big fun for players, and big money for gaming companies.

Wednesday, we look into the social gaming sites offered by New England’s casinos.  Tomorrow, we pause from the playing and turn to ComiConn at Foxwoods.

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Massachusetts State Panel Discusses Social Casino Games

Any of these seem familiar?

Any of these seem familiar?

Remember Farmville?  Warcraft?  Are Still playing them?

How about Clash of the Titans?  Words with Friends?  And all those Candy Crush, Soda Crush, “anything you can imagine” Crush games?  Playing any of those?

Social Gaming has been popular ever since apps could be put on mobile devices. Those games have been accepted as harmless pastimes, yet many have hinted that they can be as addictive as any electronic game. Now, social casino gaming, or is becoming popular – and most of New England’s casinos offer it on their websites.

For a previous posts about Social Gaming, search using “Social Gaming” in the archives.

images (1)“Freemium” gaming, where players play casino games for free is the most popular social gaming model.  Unlike “online gambling,” you can play Top Spot: Poker, Slots, Bingo, Table Games, and Video Poker for free.  The question is, can players of these games tell the difference between gambling and social gambling.

In a move to better understand the rise of online social casino gaming, the Massachusetts Gambling Commission invited experts to share their views at a meeting in Boston weeks ago. Continue reading

Online Gambling in New England

FanDuel vs. DraftKings

FanDuel and DraftKings represent today’s online gaming options.

Online Gambling has been available in many forms.  Online casinos first started in the early 1990’s with software made for Microgaming. Forms of online gaming included Poker, Full Casinos, complete with table games as well as slots, Sports betting, Bingo, Lotteries & Horse betting.

Online Gamer

Online Gamer

In 2006, the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA) went into effect in the United States. This led to a huge amount of confusion regar ding the legality of not only internet poker, but also online gambling in general within the US. Many poker and other online gambling sites either were forced to shut down or closed their doors, at least to US players.

According to the FBI’s own website, “It’s against the law,” says Leslie Bryant, head of the FBI’s Cyber Crime Fraud unit at FBI Headquarters. That means:

…No placing cyber bets on sporting events or in virtual card games;

…No transferring money electronically for gambling; and

…No wagers in offshore Internet casinos even if you live in the U.S.

What’s allowed, according to the FBI? Some free online games, fantasy leagues, and Indian gaming sites that aren’t strictly defined as Internet gambling.

Which brings us to the new found treasure for state gaming revenue – Daily Fantasy Sports.

Steve Ruddock

Steve Ruddock

Steve Ruddock, well known writer, author and poker player says the best candidates in the northeast to add online gaming are Massachusetts and New York, but there is one other that could position itself to pass an online gaming bill (in 2016, or more likely 2017) if the stars align – Connecticut.

First, let’s talk Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts state lottery has wasted no time getting its online gambling plans into gear by inviting interested organisations to “…submit proposals for the development, implementation, operational support, and maintenance of a Massachusetts Lottery iLottery System … and the development and integration of digital versions of existing and new interactive lottery games, including but not limited to social gaming and daily fantasy sports options.”

mass lottery

mass lottery

Massachusetts Lottery also discussed the possibility of offering its own DFS product, enabling the lottery to access the “next generation” players in an attempt to generate new sources of revenue.  Yes, the millenials are a sought after generation, that younger audience adept at using mobile devices and who are extremely excited by sports-related fantasies.

Massachusetts is the state where DraftKings is headquartered and it was confirmed that attorney general Maura Healey has laid out regulations that will govern the DFS industry from a consumer protection standpoint. But, DFS is gaining momentum in states all over the country. Why not in Massachusetts?

And Connecticut?  Mr. Ruddock explains……

download“First, the state’s two tribal casinos are fighting for their lives as casino expansion has hit warp speed in the surrounding states (Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York). This is on top of the previous round of expansion that already took a big chunk out of Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun’s revenue numbers. According to Foxwoods estimates, the opening of the Massachusetts and New York casinos could result in a 30% drop in Foxwood’s revenue, which has already dropped from a high of $430 million (slot handle) in 2007 to $268 million in 2015.

The current idea to combat this is with satellite casinos, but this seems like a fool’s errand, particularly when a non-cannibalistic, and less costly option is sitting right under their noses in online gambling. iGaming is something both sites (on the social, free-to-play side of things) already have experience with.

Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun

Second, the legislature has pretty much told the two tribes to come to them when they are ready to expand into online gaming, according to Foxwoods Director of Administration for Interactive Gaming Frank Pracukowski. He said the state has told Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, “When you’re ready [for online gaming] you come to us,” at the 2015 C5 Online Gaming Conference in New York City. Bottom line: If Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun don’t disrupt the increasingly crowded regional market, they may find themselves squeezed out, as neither casino is overly accessible from major cities or airports, and will soon be relegated to the “old” casino category.”

Foxwoods Hotels. Missing in picture is Two Trees Inn.

Foxwoods Hotels. Missing in picture is Two Trees Inn.

Could Massachusetts and Connecticut create another battle ground with online gaming in step with their brick-and-mortar casino expansion competition? Don’t be surprised if Rhode Island follows suit….multiple puns intended?

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Online Social Casinos in New England – Foxwoods Best

download (1)A growing trend is the number of “brick-and-mortar”casinos to offer online casinos from their websites.  These games are for fun and not like true online gaming where you use real money and can possibly make real money like an actual casino. However, for the most part, internet gambling is illegal in the US, except a few states which allow internet poker within state borders.  That and whether Daily Fantasy Sports is gambling is another topic for another date.  (Yes, it’s gambling.)

Foxwoods Resort Casino

Foxwoods Resort Casino

Only three casinos in New England offer a social gaming site as well – Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, and Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway.

A previous post about social gaming sites covered the top “fun” casino sites at the time.  It’s a tad dated, but if you’d like, go to myVegas, Jackpot Party,  Double Down Casino,  Caesars Casino & Aristocrat’s .

images (3)FoxPlay is the Foxwoods free online casino. Here are the facts about Foxplay:

  • Free sign-up, with daily bonus that accumulates in consecutive days.
  • It features mostly Multimedia and Ainsworth slots.  Two categories of slots – regular and VIP (which require more credits.).  Slot tournaments are available.
  • Other Games include Video Poker, Bingo, Blackjack, Roulette, EZ Baccarat, Poker with many Tournaments available.
  • BUY CREDITS AND GET REWARDS – You can get Rewards Points every time you make a purchase. You’ll receive 10% back as points for every purchase you make online. For example: purchase our $199 package and you’ll instantly receive 900,000 Virtual Credits to play our exciting online games, plus 19.9 Rewards Points will be added to your Foxwoods Rewards Card.

Mohegan Sun & Hollywood Casino Bangor offer the same online casino, similar to WMS’s based Jackpot Party Casino.  It offers only slots & video poker.  You can buy credits as well as earn more unlocked slots with continued play.  Unfortunately, there is no ability to tie in bought credits to you Mohegan Sun Player Account or your Marquee Rewards Account at Hollywood.  They also both have mobile apps for play, as many of the available gambling apps.

By far, Foxwoods offers a better experience, more to play, and benefits that are connected to your Foxwoods rewards account.  If you were to spend money to buy credits, Foxwoods would be your best value.

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Foxwoods Introduces New Website

logoI always felt that Foxwoods Website was difficult to get around in.  Well, Foxwoods has just changed the look of their website – and I think it is much improved.

On the home page you are greeted with coloful icons to start your journey. It has a much more modern look to it and negotiating around it is easier, especially for the menu items at the top.  Hotel, Restaurants, Shopping & Entertainment have great drop down menus to take you where you want to go. Foxwoods EntranceAdditional menu items such as Activities and Social highlight the non-gambling part of Foxwoods well, and keeps you connected on social media.

A great addition is a connection to one of my favorite video poker websites – VideoPoker.com.

VideoPoker.com was launched in 2004 and is currently the number one Web destination for people to practice and play authentic video poker games. People love the site because it’s the only place they can play real video poker games found in casinos.  No other site can make that claim. Games include all the most popular single-hand games like Jacks or Better and Double Double Bonus Poker, as well as multi-hand favorites like Triple Play Poker, Super Times Pay Poker and Spin Poker.28218497_20150423092335124_leaderboard_promo_homepage VideoPoker.com is a legal, non-wagering Web site. No gambling takes place on VideoPoker.com. People play and practice so they can improve their chances of winning in casinos – or just play for fun! There are free contests where people can win cash and prizes, but because the contests are free to enter, it is not considered online gambling.

The option at the Foxwoods is Ultimate X VP.  If you like it, click on the VideoPoker Logo and check out the site.

online-casinoRemember the option to play FoxPlay – their online casino that you can win prizes in daily, weekly & monthly slot tournaments, much like the social gaming sites like myVegas and Heart of Vegas.  Table games, and keno are also available.

So check it out.  Make it an adventure.

That’s all for now.

Binbin

 

Casinos vs. Personal Technology – Google Glass, Apple Watches & Selfie Sticks

th (4)Technology always comes wrapped in either two colorful packages – good and evil.

Whenever a new piece of technology is introduced, immediately the advantages are celebrated, while there’s always someone manipulating it for evil.  Human nature – not my call.  But as new technology increases to be brought to our doorstep, and so casinos continue to also deal with their possible adverse uses for cheating.

th (5)For example, Google Glasses. Casinos in several states are forbidding gamblers from wearing Google Glass, the tiny eyeglasses-mounted device capable of shooting photos, filming video and surfing the Internet. Bans are in place at casinos in Las Vegas, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Connecticut, among other places.

According to many attorneys who work gambling infractions, it is a felony to use information on a bet that is not accessible to the rest of the gamblers at the time of the bet.  So, Google glasses could be used to broadcast a patron’s hand to a confederate or otherwise be used in a collusive manner – any information, such as hole card counting in blackjack – information that is not available to the rest of the table.  One spokesman for Caesars casino in Las Vegas was quoted as saying “Gaming regulations prohibit the use of computers or recording devices while gambling, so guests can’t wear Google Glass while they’re gambling.”

So, what about Apple Watches?

th (6)In his blog Connecticut Postings, John Burgeson from the CT Post reported on an app already in development for the Apple Watch – for card counting.  John writes, “Webtopia Mobile Applications is no exception with their first Apple Watch App “A Blackjack Watch Counter” due for release any day now. Like the original “A Blackjack Card Counter” the Apple Watch App “A Blackjack Watch Counter” assists blackjack players in keeping count of the high and low cards already played in a deck. This gives them an advantage when playing blackjack. The Apple Watch version differs in that now they can press buttons on their watch instead of their mobile device, making it more difficult to detect.”  It seems its creator, Travis Yates, is worried that Apple won’t allow it to be sold.  In his previous app for iPhones, a “stealth mode” had to be taken out, since it made it impossible to detect that the app was being used.

No doubt, the idea of a wrist computer (thank you Dick Tracy!) will be a tougher problem to deal with for casinos than the more obvious Google glass.

And finally, from the serious to the sublime.  Google glasses, apple watches, and now SELFIE STICKS banned from casinos?

th (7)YES!  In Las Vegas. they have already been banned in large venues such as Lollapalooza & recently at Rock in Rio.  These contraptions are considered to be obnoxious and even dangerous for surrounding folks. Some sticks are solid enough to be used as weapons, lending credence to the argument that the sticks pose a danger in crowded areas. Which may be why some places in Las Vegas are beginning to ban them.  The Vegas venues banning selfie sticks include the Bellagio Gallery of Art and Conservatory – areas where a large amount of people can be seen using them there at any given moment. Consider any casino on a Friday night, before or after a club opens, a show prepares to open or ends.  As if it wasn’t already challenging enough to navigate around these spaces with all the self-indulged and unaware people snapping pics.

Technology – our friend and foe.  What will be next? A pinky ring computer connected to a contact lens camera?  Beam me up!

That’s all for now.

Binbin

New England Casinos Social Media Needs to Attract Millennials

COVERING NEW ENGLAND"S CASINOS, ENTERTAINMENT DINING, GENERAL GAMBLING TOPICS

COVERING NEW ENGLAND”S CASINOS, ENTERTAINMENT DINING, GENERAL GAMBLING TOPICS

At the age of 59, I find myself considered to at the end of the “baby-boomer” era.  Baby boomers are the casino industry’s bread and butter, with memories of the older age of casinos.  Just think what has happened in gambling in our lifetime so far:

  • Cashing out means getting a ticket instantly – no coins, no dirty hands, no hopper fills.
  • Players Cards now not only track your gambling, and can provide the casinos data that is shared world-wide.
  • In the 1970’s, two states had legalized casinos, and three states had State Lotteries – today, there are over 1500 casinos, horse tracks, dog tracks, resorts, and cruise ships in the United States, and 43 states now have casinos, if we include Massachusetts.
  • The $9.99 is pretty much gone – the $29.99 is pretty much here to stay.

Ok, so, I get it – things change.  And, we as baby-boomers may start to lose the attention from casinos we have come to expect, if they know what’s good for them.  You see, there is a whole new school of fish to entice – the Millennials.th

So, who are these “millennials” you ask? They are the largest demographic bubble, a member of the generation born from the early 1980s to late 1990s, especially in the United States and Canada, and a bigger group than the baby boomers. They are coming of age – the age that the casino industry needs to be aware of and shift their attention to.  According to Andrew Cardno, Dr. Ralph Thomas and Alicia Hawkins in their article from Casino Enterprise Management, “This dynamic, socially active group has grown up using mobile devices and social media, and they consider the Internet old technology…..[we know] the money is in the 50-plus player. However, as we look to grow our business and to build for the future, it is the millennials we need to consider…..”

So what does this mean for casinos in New England and the expansion / competition in the next five years? Let’s see what Millennials prefer and try to prepose the changes needed for casinos to get an edge on this new gambling generation.

1) According to Paul Doucey, of CasinoJournal, Millennials tend to be “cool toward many mainstream social conventions and distrustful of people in general… preferring instead to form relationships through digital channels such as the Internet, mobile technology and social media…..This trend may not bode well for traditional land-based casino gaming, considering one of its primary attractions is the immersion into a live social environment.”

When considering the dependence Millennials have on social media, New England’s Casinos need to reinvent themselves.  Checking out the use of social media – Facebook, Twitter, etc., I have to conclude New England Casinos in Maine & Rhode Island need to step it up.  Trying to follow them on Twitter, for example, is like looking for a needle in a haystack – including very little to get Millennials to visit.  An occasional tweet or post that Joe Shmoe just won a jackpot will not do it.  And their websites are awkward and hard to get around, never mind giving little information that is constantly updated. Let’s remember how much we Baby Boomers are now becoming  addicted to social media and smart phones – now consider those in their 20’s.

2) Millennials tend to be hit hard financially and most are not very solvent, with the recession hits and student loans beckoning their every dollar.  And yet they tend to positive about the future, optimistic – and tend to like the casino experience, with ALL it’s amenities.  Mr Doucey also says they “[defer] major life decisions such as marriage until they have their economic feet under them.”  So, casino experiences have to be varied, fun and available for groups of friends putting off the responsibility of a family until they are financially better off.

The Marquee Day Club, Las Vegas

The Marquee Day Club, Cosmo in Las Vegas

So, New England’s Casinos can’t stay as they are.  They need to move to the new generation, while keeping the older base of customers.  MGM and Wynn both have the world-wide experience of dealing with all generations and will be in town “gunning” for every gambler they can steal away from the six casinos presently in RI, CT & ME.  The club experience will be an important one to offer, and slots preference and play is changing.  Making slot machines look and feel like popular video and social games is an obvious opportunity that manufacturers are starting to explore. Mobile gaming and sports wagering also appear to have greater appeal to this generation. At a recent G2E convention, Tom Hoskens, principal and director of strategic development for Cuningham Group Architecture, said “The gaming floor will be designed with social interaction in mind and feature open, multiple-level construction; boutique customer-focused experiences; immersive lounges and day clubs; and a sensory-overload of multimedia applications.”

All ten (and maybe more) casinos in New England will need to consider all of this to usher in the new generation of gamblers.  Those that will stay with the tried and true needs of us Baby Boomers just might not be in business in 2020.

That’s all for now.

Binbin

Social Gaming Part 3 – Double Down Casino

 

Double Down Casino - Social Gaming At It's Best

Double Down Casino – Social Gaming At It’s Best

IGT’s DoubleDown Casino brings authentic, Vegas-style, social casino games including many of IGT’s famous slots found in brick-and-mortar casinos around the country through Facebook and on mobile devices.  Double Down Casino:

  • More than 6million monthly social gamers – where friends can play against friends, and gift additional credits.
  • Is the Top Ranking App on Facebook
  • Is the World’s largest, FREE to play, online casino
  • A full casino experience in one virtual place
    • Over 40 Slots & Tournaments including IGT’s Top RGS games
    • Game King™ Video Poker – the famous IGT standard for video poker in the U.S.
    • Wild Action Poker and weekly Poker Tournaments
    • Player’s Suite Blackjack and Roulette
    • Bingo and Bingo Tournaments
  • New games and content added every week!
  • No locked Content ( other social gaming has games that are unlocked after reaching certain levels of play)

DoubleDown Casino, was named to Facebook’s “Hall of Fame” for social games and ranked the #1 social casino by Apple in 2013.

Double Down Bonus Wheel

Double is typical of social gaming casinos.  You can either play for free, or buy more credits to play.  Daily Spins give you up to $2,000,000 bonus chips 365 days a year, and you can send gift spins to friends and receive them as well.  IGT’s games are well known and this site through Facebook gives you a chance to play your faves.  The mobile site offers less than the computer version, but both are great.

The full computer version offers more games, such as multi-player poker, more VP variations for tournaments, and bingo.

It’s well played for a reason – it’s fun and it’s very life-like.  Definately is something to try.  But be careful – social gaming relies on a certain amount of addiction to make it’s money, according to social gaming’s creators.  Gamble responsibly.

That’s all for now.

Binbin

Social Gaming Part 2 – Jackpot Party Slots

Since this posting, WMS has been sold to Scientific Games.  Jackpot Party & Hot Shot Casino are social gaming casinos run now by Scientific Gaming.

Continuing with a look at Social Gaming, I look at a website that promotes one of the casino industry’s favorites slots manufacturers – WMS, or Williams Gaming .

WMS has been a leader in interactive entertainment since Harry Williams founded WMS’ predecessor company in 1943 and devised the “tilt” mechanism for pinball machines changing the nature of pinball in America forever.  The Company’s game portfolio includes many of the industry’s most popular games, including well-established proprietary titles such as Reel ’em In!®, Life of Luxury®, Zeus™ and Jackpot Party® themes, as well as licensed titles such as MONOPOLY™, THE WIZARD OF OZ™, THE LORD OF THE RINGS™, CLUE™ and THE PRICE IS RIGHT™ themes.

But at Jackpot Casino Slots, WMS concentrates some of their earlier classics, like Zeus II, Jungle Wild, and Brazilian Beauty.  (More recent WMS games have been added to their list.) Continue reading

Internet Gambling – Part 2, What Is Internet Gambling’s Future

Online gambling received a big boost in 2011 with a U.S. Department of Justice legal opinion that said the Wire Act of 1961 did not prevent states from using the Internet to sell lottery tickets. The ruling was interpreted to also allow other forms of gambling, but not on sports.  Enter in the new age of online gambling.

A Las Vegas firm, Ultimate Gaming, was the first in the U.S. to offer online poker, restricting it, at first, to players in Nevada. New Jersey and Delaware followed suit also legalizing online gambling. (Delaware has been experiencing the same decline in revenue at their racinos that the CT casinos have in recent years) Ten other states have considered some form of Internet gambling so far this year, but none has legalized it yet.

In New Jersey, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has said it is preparing to offer online gambling later this year, and Gary Loveman, CEO of Caesars Entertainment, has also said he expects his company’s four Atlantic City casinos to grab a large share of New Jersey’s online market. New Jersey will offer people within the state all the games patrons can play in physical casinos. Delaware will do the same, along with bingo. Nevada only offers poker.

The newest addition is the initiative of Nevada & Delaware to combine it’s online gaming so that people in Nevada can gamble on Delaware sites and vice versa.  If this continues, we may continue a broad expanse of internet gambling in groups of states across the country.

“It’s no longer a question of if Internet gaming is coming; it’s a question of when,” said Frank Fahrenkopf, president of the American Gaming Association, the trade organization for the nation’s commercial brick-and -mortar casinos. “Unless there is a federal bill passed, we are going to have the greatest expansion of legalized gambling in the United States. I don’t think that’s what anyone intended, but it is what we’re seeing.”

“You’re not going to stop the Internet,” said Jan Jones, senior vice president of government relations for Caesars Entertainment. “You can regulate it, you can put in protections, but it’s going to exist.”

In New England,  a proposed Internet betting law in Massachusetts would prohibit online slot machine games, but could open up to other games, mainly poker.

In Connecticut, Foxwoods is testing the concept of online gambling with a platform for smart phones and computers that allows a player to win discounts at the casino. It doesn’t actually let you wager cash online, which is not legal In Connecticut at this point, but players can spend $4.90 to $199 to buy “virtual credits” that help the player advance in the games. Those credits can become reward points for merchandise at Foxwoods retail stores, restaurants, spas, theaters or hotel.  Mohegan Sun offers online Poker, a free online poker site where you can find regular games of Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha Hi-Lo and many more multi-table online poker tournaments.

What it comes down to is two constants: 1)people like to gamble and 2)gambling options continue to evolve. In the 60’s, slot machines were included for the few spouses that accompanied their husbands to play table games  – then they became the main source of revenue.  The early slot machines had coins only and when TITO was introduced (Ticket-In,Ticket-Out)  people complained about the missing the coins hit the tray.  But people continued to play and now prefer TITO instead of dirty hands and long waits for hopper fills – those are now is a thing of the past.

As Avery Cardoza, a well-known and respected publisher of gambling books and articles recently said, “People love to gamble. Even if they think they’re being cheated, they’ll still gamble. It’s not about winning, it’s about playing.”

The internet in the next frontier for gamblers playing. Let’s see what is the next step in gaming evolution.

That’s all for now.

Binbin

Internet Gambling – Part 1, A Brief History

While casino expansion seems to be exploding a rounding the country, there is a another place where gambling is growing at an unexpected rate – online.  The first online casino began operation in 1995 with an offering of eighteen online games, and since then the industry has boomed.  This phenomena has truly revolutionized gambling, allowing gamblers to place wagers on all sorts of games and events from the comfort of their home.  And while it has been unlawful to bet online, Americans have still found ways to participate in online gambling.

Almost every single internet gambling site is physically located offshore. These sites offer all types of gambling games, from traditional card games to lotteries to sports wagering.

However, there have been some events that have changed the way online gambling is funded. Continue reading