Maine Casinos Lead New England in Revenue Decline

Maine has two casinos. In Bangor, Hollywood Casino opened in 2005, and Oxford Casino opened in 2012. Unfortunately, reopening after the pandemic was not a positive experience for the Maine casino industry. As a result, Maine Casinos Lead New England in Revenue Decline.

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Maine Casinos 4th Worst In Country

In 2020, Maine casinos saw a 55% decline in revenues in the first three quarters. So, not only did Hollywood Bangor and Oxford Casinos lead New England’s revenue decline, but they 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.

Maine Casinos Lead New England in Revenue Decline
Maine Casino Map

Safe Betting Sites Reports Revenues Slashed in Half

At that time, Oxford Casino and Hollywood Casino Bangor managed to bring in $49.76m in revenues. However, in the last nine months, casino revenues dropped 54.91% 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 Caused the Decline?

Implementing COVID-19 health and safety protocols 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 put more pressure on getting their customers back. In addition, competition from other casinos in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and especially Connecticut made more cause for concern. Connecticut’s tribal casinos had a month’s 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

Hollywood Bangor

Maine Casinos Lead New England in Revenue Decline
Inside Hollywood Casino, Bangor Maine.

In compliance with Governor Mills’ Executive Order, both casinos had to make changes to the hours of operation. Hollywood will still open at 9 am but closed daily at 9 pm. No one was allowed to enter after 8:30 pm. The Hotel opened and is accepted reservations. Table Games were available daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Click here for Hollywood Table Game Protocols.

Hops House 99 was the only food option 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

Maine Casinos Lead New England in Revenue Decline
Officials attend the grand opening of the Oxford Casino Hotel (Oxford Casino photo)

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 open and located in Zone 3. Changes consisted of a maximum of 3 players allowed per table. Bet limits were higher than normal. A limited menu will be available at the Food & Beverage Service Area. The following amenities weren’t 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.

Summary

In the fall of 2020, COVID-19 hit the casino industry in Maine hard. However, 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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