Charitable Gaming in New Hampshire and Vermont

Charitable Gaming in New England varies by state. Here is a brief report on Charitable Gaming in New Hampshire and Vermont. Charity gambling is a “form of incentivized giving.” The intentions are honorable. Simply said, it’s a chance for a charity group to oversee gambling activities, rather than a municipality or private casino. Many states offer usual casino games with the proceeds used to further its charity’s financial duties.

New Hampshire

Rockingham Poker Room, New Hampshire

Texas Hold ’em at Rockingham Poker Room, New Hampshire

Charitable gaming in New Hampshire includes poker, bingo, Lucky 7, raffles, games of chance and card rooms. The only form of legal electronic bingo gaming is handheld electronic bingo cards. Bingo, originally “beano,” has been legal in New Hampshire since 1949. In addition, New Hampshire approved games of chance in 1977. According to Casino City,   “In 2014, the governor signed a bill into law that created more oversight for the charitable gaming industry, which was estimated to produce $75 million in bets annually. The law requires the Attorney General’s office to conduct background checks on operators and limits fees operators can charge charities. At least 35% of charitable gaming profits must go to charities, under the law. In July 2018, lawmakers increased the maximum bet allowed at charitable casinos from $4 to $10.”

Vermont

The Green Mountain state brings thoughts of maple syrup, dairy cows and Ben & Jerry’s – not gambling.  Charitable Gaming in New Hampshire and Vermont ignores gambling around them. While surrounded by states and Canada that offer commercial and tribal gambling, Vermont has stayed away. The Vermont lottery is the main form of betting inside state lines. Charitable gambling is the only legal poker game in the state. Unfortunately, strict conditions exist for poker. To be considered legal, charities must receive the entire proceeds of the game.

According to RealMoney.com, Vermont allows Charitable gambling under strict conditions. “If the entire proceeds of a game are going to a charity, it is probably legal. Vermont has a special exception or charity bingo games that allow the handing out of small prizes. Raffles are also explicitly allowed. Furthermore, Vermont explicitly allows Vegas Nights and Poker Nights.  The minimum age for all participants is 18, and the host of the event can’t be earning any profit in the role as host.”

So there you have it. We hear about Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island constantly – Maine?, not so much. Gambling is alive and well – even in those New England states considered “non-gaming.”
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Promotions at New England’s Casinos – August 5-11

It’s August!  Where did the beginning of summer go?  Whatever the case may be, it’s time to look at Promotions at New England’s Casinos – August 5-11.

Top Gambling Promotions This Week at New England’s Casinos

Encore Boston Harbor

  • August Play & Earn – Red Card members can earn $25 in FREECREDIT every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this August.
  • McLaren Labor Day of Luxury Giveaway – Your chance to win a 2019 McLaren 570S or $100,000 in cash. Plus, there are an additional 150 FREECREDIT prizes.
  • New Member and Tier Card BonusGuests who sign up for a Red Card in August receive $50 FREECREDIT. Additionally, guests who bring a tiered player’s card from another casino can receive up to $500 FREECREDIT.
  • Winner’s Celebration – Guests who hit a jackpot of $1,200 or more while playing slots with their Red Card earn entries into the Winner’s Celebration, & a chance to win a share of the $50,000 drawing on August 31.

Foxwoods Resort Casino

  • FOXY & FUNEvery Thursday in August – Treats for our guests 55 and up, with amazing deals and offers.
  • Quick Bucks Slot Promotion – AUGUST 7 • 4PM – 6PM • GRAND PEQUOT CASINO 
  • 3x Tier Credits – August 9 – Tier up faster with TRIPLE TIER CREDITS. Earn TRIPLE TIER CREDITS on slots, table games, keno, poker and race book.
  • Summer of Dreams -Summer Through Aug 31. WITH EXCITING EVENTS, PROMOTIONS, ENTERTAINMENT AND MORE

HOLLYWOOD Casino, Hotel & Raceway

  • Early Bird –  August 3rd, Play for your chance to win Free SlotPlay® based on your tier! From 1PM – 4PM we’ll call one winner every 10 minutes!
  • MYCHOICE MYSUMMER GIVEAWAY – Play and earn towards great prizes during the mychoice® mysummer Giveaway. The more you visit, the greater your chances to win. You might even drive away in a new Mercedes!

MGM SPRINGFIELD

  • Onderful Mercedes-Benz Anniversary Giveaway – Saturdays, August 3, 10, 17 & 31. Beginning at 6:00 AM on July 28, M life rewards members will earn one electronic drawing entry for every one slot point or tier credit earned from table play.
  • Tier Credit Multiplier Tuesday in August  Swipe at kiosk to activate Tier Credit Multiplier for entire day.  Sapphire=2X, Pearl=3X, Gold=4X & Platinum / Noir=5X
  • Spin & Win – Wednesdays in August 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Summer Celebration Swipe & WinThursdays in August, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

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

MOHEGAN SUN Resort Casino

  • Status Mayhem – August 8th, play your favorite slots from 6:00am – Midnight and earn from 2X to 5X status points.
  • Mondays: MORE MONEY MONDAYS Weekly until Monday, August 26th 2019. Each Monday, four Momentum members will be randomly selected to win $2,500 CASH! 
  • Tuesdays:  PLINK-IT PAYS TUESDAYSTuesday, Weekly until Tuesday, August 27th 2019. At the top of each hour from Noon to 7:00pm, one Momentum member will be selected for Plink-It for the chance to win up to $1,000,000 CASH! 
  •  Free T=Shirts on FREE AND FUN FRIDAYSWeekly until Friday, August 30th 2019

OXFORD CASINO & Hotel

  • GREAT 250K Giveaway – Qualifying Drawings will be held the last Sunday of every month. Next Drawing – August 25. The Grand Prize Drawing will be held on December 29, 2019 and drawings begin at 1:00pm. Each Grand Prize contestant guaranteed to win a cash prize between $2,500 and $30,000 prior to $100,000 in total CASH prizes given away.
  • Earn Free Dinner Buffet – Tuesdays, Earn 200 tier points between 12 – 1PM, Thursdays, 400 points 5:00am and 7:00pm, Saturday 600 points 5:00am and 9:00pm to get a FREE Thursday Dinner buffet

Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway

  • NORWEGIAN CRUISE GIVEAWAYEarn entries from August 1 – August 17 by swiping your mychoice® card daily. On August 17 from 6PM – 10PM, 5 winners will be selected every hour for their chance at a Norwegian Cruise for two or Free SlotPlay prizes!
  • SUPER PROGRESSIVE CASH JACKPOT – 6PM – 9PM – Earn entries daily by swiping your mychoice® card at any promotional kiosk. On August 31st, from 6PM – 8:30PM, 5 winners will be selected every 30 minutes for their chance at $250 in Free SlotPlay or a seat in the Grand Prize Drawing! At 9PM, 6 finalists and 4 wild card winners will have their chance at $50,000 CASH!
  • MYCHOICE® GOLD – Wednesdays in July. 6AM – 8PM. Earn 100 tier points each Wednesday in July, swipe your mychoice card at any promotional kiosk, choose your mychoice gold coin and reveal your Free SlotPlay amount
  • SUNDAY SLOTPLAY DRAWINGS – Sundays in August

Tiverton Casino & Hotel

  • $50,000 TGIF Free Play Sweepstakes – earn Monday, July 29, 2019 – Friday, August 30, 2019, WIN FRIDAYS IN August, from 4PM – 8PM.  10 WINNERS EVERY HOUR COULD WIN $250 IN FREE SLOT PLAY
  • $100,000 Sizzling Slot Tournament SaturdaysSaturdays in August from 2pm-10pm.  Tiverton Casino Players Club members may play and enter each tournament by earning ten (10) slot points between 2pm-10pm. Guest may play up to 10x per tournament day by earning a total of 100 slot points.
  • Entertainment RewardsEARN 200 SLOT REWARDS POINTS IN ONE DAY AND QUALIFY FOR ENTERTAINMENT & SPECIAL EVENT TICKETS AT THE TWIN RIVER EVENT CENTER

Twin River Casino Hotel

$500,000 Progressive Sweeps – EARN: Thursday, August 1 – Saturday, August 31
WIN: Fridays & Saturdays in August with 10 winners every hour from 5pm – 9pm could win $50 – $500 in Free Slot Play

New Hampshire Done With Casinos and D’Allesandro?

Breaking news – New Hampshire will not have a casino.

Rockingham Park Racetrack was an original site for a New Hampshire Casino

No, this is not a repeat of a previous post, just “Deja vu” all over again.

Senator Lou D’Allesandro’s 20th consecutive proposal for a casino bill was overturned by an 11 to 10 vote by the Senate last week. After struggling for over two long decades to get his co-legislators to think more progressively, after his bill’s defeat, he has decided to step down from his position and give it all up.

When it comes to gambling states, New Hampshire is not Nevada, nor New Jersey, not that the good senator hasn’t tried to make it that way. It doesn’t have a casino – not that interest hasn’t sparked here and there. Some in the Granite state will stand by New Hampshire’s card rooms (check out “New Hampshire Adds a New…….Casino?”) while others continue to want a commercial brick-and-mortar casino, only to have it knocked down time and time again. All except one have been backed by Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, a longtime backer of expanded gambling in New Hampshire.

Seabrookpoker room

Let’s take a look back:

  • 2013 – Senate’s bill included 5,000 slots and 150 table games at a single casino and was defeated in the House. Rockingham Park considered site.
  • 2014 – The Senate’s bill called for 3,500 slots and 160 table games at the category 1 casino and 1,500 slots and 180 table games at the category 2 facility. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 11-9 to kill Bill 1633 – which would establish the regulatory framework and oversight authority for a casino with up to 5,000 video slot machines and 150 table games. The committee also voted to kill three other casino bills, two that would have allowed six casinos in various parts of the state.
  • 2015 – The New Hampshire House once again rejected casino gambling voting down a proposal that would have legalized two venues that supporters said would have provided badly needed revenue.
  • 2016 – Rep. Dan McGuire pushes for ‘largest gambling bill’ in New Hampshire’s history, House Bill 630, which would allow not just one or two casinos, but hundreds of bars and restaurants in the state to host up to six video lottery machines each. Businesses holding a liquor license could host the machines, which will let customers play slots, poker or blackjack in their premises—as long as the machines are off limits to children and separated from family spaces. McGuire expected at least 1,000 out of the 1,800 liquor licensees in New Hampshire will apply to host these video lottery terminals.
  • 2017 – A bill is introduced that offers two licenses – anybody can bid on them, and can be built anywhere in NH. A Category 1 license is $80 million; the Category 2 license is $40 million. The A license is a little bit larger than the B license. Once again, rejected.

It’s time for a different strategy.  New Hampshire doesn’t seem to want the help of casino revenue.  To be honest, the competition would be steep. The southern half of the state, which includes about 2/3 of state’s land, is also where over 2/3 of the state’s population resides.  Surrounded by MGM Springfield, ??? Boston Harbor, and Oxford Casino (now with two hotels) in Maine provides too much to overcome. Hanover, NH, half way up New Hampshire on the Vermont border is only two hours away from Boston’s new casino resort – Springfield even less.  Gamblers have traveled longer to visit Connecticut casinos for years.

Lou D’Allesandro

D’Allesandro reiterated that by failing to legalize the casino bill in the state, New Hampshire has essentially missed out on nearly $1 billion in casino taxes that could have otherwise served to uplift the local community in the last 20 years.  He also was heard taking credit for the expansion in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut after legislators in those states copied his ideas, saying they were “taking his cue and reaping the benefits of his unique ideas and suggestions.”

Hmmm, try convincing the Pequots at Foxwoods of that.

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