New England Sports Betting Arrives – Rhode Island Twin River First in NE

Better late than never!

As the smallest state in the country, Rhode Island became the eighth state to have sports betting yesterday, and NETG paid a visit to Twin River Casino & Hotel you get a first hand look.

If you would like to read about the Twin River Hotel review by our RI correspondent Miguel, go to

Twin River Casino’s New Hotel – NETG In-depth Review

Like horses at the starting gate, a huge line had formed and excitement built until at 3:00pm EST when Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello, Senate President Dominic Ruggerio and John Taylor, executive chairman of Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc., placed the first bets, marking the opening of the Twin River Casino sports wagering.

Now, if you’re thinking Vegas sports books the likes of Caesars or Westgate, think again. It’s more like Golden Gate downtown.

Tiverton, TRMG’s other RI casino is projected to go live with a sports book sometime next month. The Tiverton Casino sports book / pari-mutuel betting is very small.

The racebook at Tiverton has 10 seats.

So they could started ASAP and get ahead of other New England casinos, TR’s setup is temporary, called “Phase 1″ and is found in the third floor in the simulcast wagering area. Staff told NETG that this “Phase 1” area will be kept even after the main sports book is completed.

Wagering is still on the casino property, with online bets slated for the future. The next phase will be completion of the real sports book area overlooking the grassy remains of the greyhound track.

According to Jeff Moony, Staff Writer at the Providence Journal, “Rhode Island will be poised to go online whenever lawmakers are ready. IGT and William Hill power Rhode Island sports wagering. IGT is behind the computer technology, while William Hill is setting the lines.”

A Few Points

  • The State of Rhode Island takes 51% of the sports betting revenue at the start
  • 32% goes to IGT as vendor operations
  • Only 17% of the revenue generated by sports betting goes to Twin River.
  • A Sports Betting Lounge at TR is expected to open in December with dozens of television screens
  • Bets are now allowed on pro sports and college games, but Rhode Island colleges are not available for wagering.
  • Only pre-game betting is available.  In-game betting will be only be ready when the mobile on-line wagering is in place, and that could be for quite a while.
  • Connecticut has approved sports betting, but won’t start implementation until the next legislative session
  • Massachusetts will consider sports betting next year. Data collection by the legislature and Massachusetts Gaming Commission may cause long delay.

Lines continued to form.Here at 8:00pm.

On your mark, get set, ………BET!

Binbin

Recent New England Casino News

MGM Springfield Opens to 150,000 people

Over 3 days

There was so much hoopla over the opening of MGM Springfield, you would have though it was the second coming of Caesars Palace in Vegas.  To be honest, so many hopes and dreams of Springfield’s residents do rely on its success.  Instead of re-inventing our coverage, I will just list our posts for your perusal.

Everything You Need To Know About MGM Springfield & “Industrial Chic,”  

MGM SPRINGFIELD – Entertainment, MassMutual Center & Symphony Hall;  

MGM Springfield Kept Community History in Casino Consideration; 

MGM Springfield Trip Report 

But there was more happening on the New England Landscape besides MGM Springfield…….


TIVERTON CASINO HOTEL & CASINO OPENS

Tiverton, Rhode Island

Twin River Moves Newport Grand to Tiverton

We also covered the opening of the casino that is supposed to take Newport Grand’s place and put more competitive pressure on Massachusetts & Connecticut for the Twin River Management Group.  Here’s our coverage:   Tiverton Casino Hotel – Our Last Summer Trip Report


Mohegan selected to oversee Canada gaming, entertainment venues

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE), which oversees the company and its subsidiary casinos in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, announced Monday it has been selected by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) to assume daily operations of its Fallsview Casino Resort, Casino Niagara, and 5,000-seat Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre, which is currently being built.  OLG will assist in managing the casinos, known as the Niagara Gaming Bundle, including approvals for operational changes.  Fallsview Casino spans over 2.5 million square feet, with 200,000 square feet of gaming space and more than 3,000 slot machines and 100 gaming tables. Casino Niagara, meantime, has a 95,000-square-foot gaming floor with 1,500 slot machines and more than 40 table games.  All this taking place while managing Resort in AC, building a $5 billion resort at Incheon International Airport in South Korea, the opening of ilani on 152 acres near La Center, Washington with the Cowlitz Tribe, opening Paragon resort Casino in the heart of Louisiana, and preparing the huge plot of land across the Thames River from its flagship property in Preston, CT.  Mohegan Sun News – Plans for Norwich Hospital Site and Mohegan Expo Center It’s obvious Mohegan Sun is not sitting still while Massachusetts continues to add casinos. Oh, and did we mention Mohegan Sun announced Momentum partnerships with MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately owned cruise line, and with Samuel Adams, the Boston brewery; the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League; Blue Back Square, a shopping and live entertainment destination in West Hartford; and Hartford Stage, a theater?


Maine’s top court – could a tribe run a casino on tribal land without state permission

Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians Tribal Offices

The House last month approved Rep. Henry Bear’s order asking the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to consider whether a U.S. Supreme Court decision would allow the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians to conduct gambling on tribal trust land. Efforts to allow tribal casinos in Maine have long failed. A third casino in Maine is still being sought, if not by business men and politicians, now by Maine’s tribes. The Maliseets do run Bingo events weekly.


It’s Not All Great News at MGM Springfield when it comes to underage gambling

Inside MGM casino

Casino.Org’s Katie Barlowe reported that “MGM casino executives admit that they’ve had issues with minors finding their way onto the gaming floor, which is not exactly the most comforting news to area residents.” Mathis described the casino as “a very mixed-use, downtown, porous design” which has “created an unexpected challenge: difficulty in ensuring that underage patrons don’t have access to the gaming floor. MGM Springfield officials told regulators that there was a mix of intentional non-gaming areas in the venue, and inadvertent violations by visitors who don’t understand the exact age limits or where children are allowed to be was causing the problems.”  It seems that simple 4-ft barriers along the edge of the casino would help, similar to the Fox Casino at Foxwoods (ironically built by MGM in their joint venture with Foxwoods years ago).  Trouble is, there is no space to spare.

Mathis outlined some of the steps that MGM Springfield was taking to correct the underage access problem. Unattended minors are now banned from the venue, with anyone under 16 considered to be a minor for those purposes. In addition, there is now a midnight curfew for the resort. After midnight, only those 21 or older or those who are hotel guests are allowed in the complex.

Binbin

When you gamble, embrace the Math, not the Myth.

Rhode Island Casinos “By The Numbers”

 

Rhode Island has two  state-licensed casinos: the Tiverton Casino Hotel, which opened Sep 1, 2018 in Tiverton, and the Twin River Casino in Lincoln. Both are owned and managed by the Twin River Management Group, Inc. The former Newport Grand Slots in Newport, RI was closed Aug 28, 2018 and its slots license was transferred to the Tiverton Casino.

Originally built for greyhound racing, Twin River Casino is now a full casino.

Greyhound racing in Rhode Island began in 1977, when Lincoln Downs, a thoroughbred track, was transformed it into a greyhound track and renamed it Lincoln Greyhound Park. In 1992, Rhode Island approved VLT gaming machines (classII) at Lincoln Greyhound Park (now known as Twin River Casino & Hotel) & Newport Jai Alai (now the closed Newport Grand.)  After a bribery conviction in 2005, was renovated, enlarged the and renamed Twin River. Track owners were required by law to offer 125 days of live greyhound racing a year. Revenues from racing plummeted and in 2009 TR added 4,751 video lottery terminals, bars, restaurants, a comedy club, and an auditorium

Twin River as Lincoln Park before Major Expansion

Twin River as Lincoln Park before Major Expansion

Twin River Casino

Twin River Casino & Hotel

 

Tiverton Casino & Hotel

Twin River Casino & Hotel Tiverton Casino & Hotel
Hotel TR Hotel Tiv Hotel
Location Lincoln, RI Tiverton, RI
# of Hotels 1 1
Hotel Rooms 136 rooms & suites 84 rooms
Hotel Amenities indoor pool, fitness center, spa gym / fitness center
Gambling TR Gambling Tiv Gambling
Legal Gambling Age 18 18
Casino Size 162,000 sq. feet 33,600 sq-ft
Smoke-Free Gaming? ENTIRE 2nd Floor is NONSMOKING Designated on Casino Floor
Total # of Slots & VP 4500 including Video Poker, Video Blackjack, Video Roulette 1000 slots & Video poker
Comped Alcoholic Drinks? No No
Table Games 80 – includes Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Three Card Poker, Craps, Spanish 21, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker and Big Six ‘Money’ Wheel Blackjack, Baccarat, Craps, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Roulette, Spanish 21, Three Card Poker, 18 stadium seats
Poker Room 16 tables no
Racebook Simulcast Wagering, GH, HR, JA Simulcast Wagering, GH, HR, JA
Rewards Club TWIN RIVER CASINO REWARDS 3 Tiers Tiverton CASINO REWARDS 3 Tiers, affiliated with Twin River Casino
VIP Lounges 1 1
Dining TR Dining Tiv Dining
Food Options 1 Fine Dining, 2 Casual Restaurants, 3 Food Courts w/ 12 options 2 Fine dining, 4 Casual
Buffet? No No
Bars 5 1 + iPourIt wall
Entertainment TR Entertainment Tiv Entertainment
Venues 1 large Venue, 2 small venues 1 small venue
Convention/ Meeting Space 29,000 sq.ft. Event Center none
Other Entertainment Options none none
Retail none none
Owner Twin River Worldwide Holdings Twin River Worldwide Holdings
PARKING Free Free
Hours of 24/7 24/7
Operation