Maine has two casinos. In Bangor, Hollywood Casino opened in 2005, and Oxford Casino opened in 2012. Unfortunately, reopening has not been a very positive experience for the Maine casino industry. Maine Casinos Lead New England in Revenue Decline.
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Together Maine Casinos 4th In Country
Congratulations, Maine casinos have seen a 55% decline in revenues this year in the first three quarters. So, not only do Hollywood Bangor and Oxford Casinos lead New England’s revenue decline, but they have also achieved the distinction of being 4th worst in the country. This is out of 24 states that permit commercial casino gambling, not including states with only tribal casinos.
Safe Betting Sites Reports Revenues Slashed in Half
In the last nine-months, Oxford Casino and Hollywood Casino Bangor managed to bring in $49.76m in revenues. Total casino revenues dropped 54.91% when compared to the same time period in 2019.
Safe Betting Sites research found Maine as the 4th worst state surveyed. The three states worse than Maine were
- New Mexico suffered the steepest drop in revenue, down over 71%.
- New York took the second spot with a 66.88% decrease and
- Michigan, which saw a revenue decrease of 57.99%.
What’s Causing the Decline?
While implementing COVID-19 health and safety protocols, these protocols have allowed casinos to reopen and continue to offer services. Maine residents make up the vast majority of guests to both properties. The use of “quadrants” or zones on the gaming floor at each casino has put more pressure on getting their customers back. Add to that the competition from other casinos in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and especially Connecticut. Connecticut’s tribal casinos had a month head start reopening in June, ahead of all other New England states. Maine casinos were back in action in early July.
Recent COVID-19 Changes
In compliance with Governor Mills’ Executive Order, both casinos had to recently make changes to the hours of operation. Hollywood will still open at 9 am but will now close daily at 9 pm and will not allow anyone to enter after 8:30 pm. The Hotel is open and is currently accepting reservations. Table Games are now available daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Click here for Hollywood Table Game Protocols.
Hops House 99 is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The last seating will be at 8:30 p.m. Closures include:
- Banquet services will remain suspended.
- There will be no large drawings, tournaments, or special events.
- Take 2 Is closed for the winter.
- Epic Buffet will remain closed.
- Live Racing is over for the season.
Oxford Casino’s new TEMPORARY hours of operations will be:
- CASINO HOURS 6:00AM-8:45PM
- TABLE GAMES 6:00AM-8:45PM
- FOOD & BEVERAGE SERVICE will end at 8:30 PM
Oxford has a limited number of Table Games now open and located in Zone 3. Changes consist of a maximum of 3 players allowed per table, and lower limits will not be available for the foreseeable future. A limited menu will be available at the Food & Beverage Service Area. The following amenities will not be available for the foreseeable future – the Coat check, Buffets in the Oxford Grill, self-service beverage station, Parking lot shuttle service, and the Event Center.
COVID-19 has hit the casino industry in Maine hard. Maine has shown resilience in the past ten years. Let’s hope Hollywood and Oxford hold on to operate their respective properties fully.
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