Rhode Island Casino Specs and History begins with a different start from their northern neighbors. Massachusetts kicked out Rhode Island’s Puritanical founding father, Roger Williams, for spreading “dangerous opinions.” He landed in the Ocean State. He wanted a place where citizens could be free to live their lives according to personal conviction. Thus, Rhode Island was William’s place for personal liberty.
According to GamblingSites.com, Rhode Island “became home to a thriving lottery industry. Towns and villages used the collected profits to fund building projects and trade missions. Lotteries supervised by the Masonic lodge and other community organizations. As a result, they funded much of Rhode Island’s early colonial development throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The late 1800’s saw a state constitution and state laws banned lotteries and gambling in any form.
Twin River as Lincoln Park before Major Expansion
Horse racing (1930), Greyhound racing, and a lottery (1970) eventually made pari-mutuel wagering legal. In 1992, Rhode Island approved VLT gaming machines (classII) at Lincoln Greyhound Park & Newport Jai Alai.
In 2007, Lincoln Greyhound Park became Twin River Casino with class III gaming. Newport Grand soon followed, redesigning without Jai-Alai. Major expansion in 2007 included class III VLT’s, more like standard Vegas style slot-machines.
Facing competition from Foxwoods in CT, table games were approved for Twin River casino in 2012. The city of Newport refused to allow table games at Newport grand. This was the demise of the now closed casino.
Twin River Casino
Tiverton Casino/ Hotel.
Recently, Twin River added a hotel and Newport Grand closed and moved operations to the new Tiverton Casino & Hotel. Twin River Holdings not only owns the two Rhode Island casinos, but has recently invested in adding five more casinos.
Current Legal Types Of Gambling
Casino Games: Las Vegas style games offered at both Twin River & Tiverton. Table games are offered at both casinos.
Live Poker: Twin River has a poker room.
Sports Betting: As of November, 2018, Rhody allows sports betting. In early 2019, lawmakers expanded legal sports betting to include online and mobile betting. Rhode Island soon will have mobile sports betting.
Twin River is still trying to compete with the big boys in CT and MA. With the addition of tables games a few years ago, a poker room, and of late a hotel, stadium gaming and additional dining options, they are making a play. The following is from our RI Correspondant Miguel.
Twin River Casino
NE Time Gabling recently had the opportunity to spend a night at the new Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI. The136-roomhotel opened just over amonth ago and also features anindoor pool, outdoor courtyard area with a fire pit, fitness center and conference/boardroom.
Twin River Hotel Lobby
The lobby is bright and open. When I arrived there was no one else in line so I was able to check right in with no problem. The lobby also features 3 computers forinternetaccess, printing boarding passes,etc… There are a few seating areas as well as a small concession area with snacks and refrigerated items for purchase. The snack area is on thebacksideof the centralized check in desk – so if you weren’t told there was food back there, you’d never know. There is a $10/night resort fee to cover thewifi, pool, fitness area and the usual hotel amenities. After a quick check in, I was off to my room.
Right down the hallway is the indoor pool with 8-10 chaise lounges and an enclosed gas fireplace in thestone wall. There are tall glassdoors which, in nicer weather, can open right out to the courtyard.
Up to the room! The room is spacious and modern with nice pops of color. As with the Twin River Tiverton Hotel, the standard hotel dresser has been replaced with bookcase/shelving unit under a wall mounted flat screentv. Unlike the Tiverton hotel, the Twin River hotel features dark wood tones as opposed to the mostly white toned Tiverton. A chair in the corner and a window seat by the window (go figure!) provide a few options for reading or watchingtv.A nice use of wall space – across from the closet is a3 hookarea for coats.
The bathroom continued the color theme and contemporary features. The king bed was just as comfortable as Tiverton Hotel and also featured two wall mounted reading lights directly above the bed which could be easily reached without fumbling to anight stand for a lamp switch. Even though my room was at the end of the hallway, the hotel was quiet and didn’t hear any door slamming throughout the night.
At the one end of the hallway you can look out on to what used to be the main attraction at Lincoln Greyhound Park – the old dog track including thestill standing race results board. If you look over to the right, you can see in to the stands where race fans cheered on their favorite greyhound. Unfortunately park of theracetrackis now a parking lot, so it may only be a matter of time before they ‘pave Lincoln Park and put up a parking lot’. Out the other end of the hallway, you can look down onto the VIP and North entrance parking lot.
While we were walking around we popped in to check out the other new addition to Twin River – Stadium Gaming which recently opened in the previously mentioned race viewing area – located off the 2ndfloornon-smoking table area,betweenSbarroand Dunkin Donuts. The30-seatstadium area is very spacious, though as the only attraction in that area, you certainly feel disconnected from everything else going on in the casino.
Now the quick hits:
•Wifiwas service was strong and fast and covered throughout the property
•The room has ample outlets forincluding USB charging ports
•Ice machines are only available on the 1stfloor – hopefully that’s only a ‘right now’ plan because that’s certainly not convenient if you want ice and you were on the 3rdfloor like I was
•The room didn’t have any pen or pad as most hotels do – I have a pen and pad collection which certainly speaks to where my travels take me
•Instead of curtains in the room, the windows are dressed with two roller blinds controlled by pull chains. Seems like a recipe for disaster after time but we will see.
•I was surprised there was no literature in the room – nothing that listed dining options within Twin River, spoke to local attractions or anything to encourage Rhode Island tourism
•There isn’t a dedicated parking area for the hotel and I can only imagine if you end up parking in the west or south entrance you end up dragging your bags through the casino since there really isn’t a direct entrance other than the north entrance. (Valet is at the West entrance)
•For future consideration it would be great if Twin River added a way to get to the 2ndfloornon smokingarea from the hotel. While the property is not SO big that you’re walking miles to get around, for anyone overly sensitive to smoke or just for convenience, it would be a welcome addition
Overall, the new Twin River Hotel is a great addition and they are already selling out Thursday, Friday and Saturday. As NE Time Gambling has said previously, it’s definitely not a destination resort/hotel – but we’re pretty sure that isn’t their goal. I would certainly suggest staying a night to experience one of the newest Rhode Island hotels. While I was only 15 minutes from home – I still felt like I was on a mini-vacation and enjoyed every minute of being away.
It’s been over a month since Twin River Management moved it’s Newport Grand slot parlor 20 minutes east to Tiverton, Rhode Island. With a chance to stay in the hotel this time, the NETG trio of Bin, Bert & Miguel descended on the newest casino in New England.
If you’d like to check out our first visit, click below
The three story hotel is to the right of the casino. The rooms are a little small, with a very bright ambiance. No bureaus, but adequate shelving below the wall attached flat TV takes its place, similar to MGM Springfield. There is no coffee maker in room, but the Dunkin Donuts attached between the casino and hotel is open 24 hours. The beds are some of the most comfortable of all New England casino hotels I’ve ever experienced. The quiet, comfortable and restful rooms at Tiverton Casino’s Hotel are highly recommended.
**Noteworthy – If you are staying over, it’s good to know that the third floor rooms have refrigerators.
SUPPER at Trattoria Romana
Inside Trattoria Romana
This fine dining Italian Cuisine was a smart choice for Tiverton. There are other restaurants, each a little different -Trattoria Romana in Lincoln, Johnston & Wakefield, as well as the newest Trattoria Express in Lincoln. The concept & experience at Trattoria Romana were designed to offer a comfortable dining experience with moderate prices. The menu is large and has something for everyone. The chicken dishes were very tender. I had the Vitello Saltimbocca alla Romana – Veal medallions topped with imported Prosciutto di Parma, mozzarella cheese and fresh sage pan-seared in a marsala wine sauce and served over pappardelle pasta. The veal was delicious in a subtle sauce. All the entrees were large portions. See above about which floor has refrigerators to take the rest of your meal home.
**Noteworthy – Torre Restaurant Group and Trattoria Romana gift cards are currently NOT accepted at Tiverton Casino Hotel.
If you want to play Pai Gow Poker, expect to be patient. Dealers are very slow (slowing down the already slow-paced game) and had to keep checking house way for setting their cards. Low Limit on a Sunday night was $25. As with most casinos (but not MGM Springfield) the Fortune bonus can be bet with any denomination, but $5 gets the envy addition.
Vents in floor recycle air throughout the casino
Smoke continues to be more problematic than they thought. The modern air exchange system cant seemingly keep up on busy weekend nights.
The casino feels more spacious than other New England casinos of comparable size, such as Oxford Casino Hotel in Maine, and both MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park Raceway & Casino in Massachusetts.
Craps is nothing special, but does offer $10 limit tables. There is no special bets like the Firebet or the All Tall, All Small.
Cashier is slow and undermanned.
Craft Beer, Red Sox & Patriots. What a night!
They have a special Free SlotPlay match promotion going on, matching CT & MA casinos mailers.
IPourit – card connected to credit card must be returned or $4 charge
Finally, it seems that this casino will be busier than Newport Grand ever was. Table games, stadium gambling, high end dining, the iPourIt Beer Wall, and a hotel are definitely huge upgrades. Tiverton is not pretending to be more than what it is – a locals casino. It will do well in the New England Casino landscape.
Remember when you gamble, embrace the math – not the myth