FOR NEW ENGLAND CASINOS NOTHING ENDURES BUT CHANGE. In 2014, there were five casinos. Mohegan Sun had just built its Sky Hotel. Foxwoods had just gained one as MGM parted ways. Twin River Casino in Rhode Island had just purchased Newport Grand and was starting to expand with hotel plans and addition of table games.
“Nothing endures but change.”Heraclitus
- Connecticut casinos were dominant,
- Twin River Casino and Newport Grand were under separate ownership
- Massachusetts was still spinning its wheels after approving the Expanded Gaming Act in 2011.
Nothing Endures But Change in Rhode Island
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If it wanted to stay relevant. Rhode Island had to expand its gaming industry.
WAKE UP RHODY CASINOS! Twin River & Newport Grand – it’s time to expand and examine your options!NETimeGambling, 2014
Back then, the long-expected fall in revenue at the Rhode Island casinos was now put off to 2015 or further. I wrote that “Plymouth Rock has as much of a chance to open a casino as anywhere else in Massachusetts at this point.” And Massachusetts Gaming Commission was trying to set up controls for internet gaming? Hmmm…….interesting……
The madness of it all is how it turned out. Twin River Management has now expanded throughout the country and has New England’s first legal sports betting. And recently, Massachusetts seems to be pushing sports betting though legislature. Unfortunately, Maine and Connecticut are still on the outside looking in.
Nothing Endures But Change in the Gambling Industry
It was an interesting time. It seemed hope and cynicism went hand in hand in New England’s rolling hills. So much has happened since 2014. New England offers nine casinos now in four states.
Things change. Don’t get too comfortable with what you enjoy in the casino industry. Your favorite slot machine won’t always be at your favorite casino. In addition, you favorite casino may not continue as your favorite casino, either.
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I know, it’s not news. So, “what IS the point of this post?”
In the midst of the biggest change the gambling industry has probably seen, we seem to be going nowhere fast. The pandemic has changed what our casino favorites are, hopefully for a short duration. But the point is
Nothing stays the same. Whether it’s due to expansion or pandemics, nothing stays the same. The underlying message is enjoy your experiences and keep the memories.
Nothing Endures But Change – Gambling Memories
For me, walking into Newport Grand, with its VLTs and Jai Alai Fronton was a great memory. It was just as enjoyable to drink from the iPourit wall of beer and wine for the first time at Tiverton Casino, which took Newport’s place.
Here are other things I miss at New England’s casinos that are no more:
- Fidelia’s – a 24/7 coffee shop at Mohegan Sun
- Fado Irish Pub – Twin River Casino.
- The old Poker Room below the main floor at Foxwoods
The Time To Cherish Old Memories is Now
What are your memories at New England casinos? How Las Vegas Trips? Go ahead, what comes to mind, what makes you smile? I can wait……… (Kenny G plays in the background)
The point is, during this pandemic, enjoy the memories of the New England Expansion over the past five years. And embrace the new possibilities that are sure to come. We won’t be in this forever. But until then, enjoy your gambling memories. And when you have the chance, make more, because FOR NEW ENGLAND CASINOS NOTHING ENDURES BUT CHANGE.
That’s all for now