It’s time for the NETimeGambling Casino Awards for 2017 – our annual look at the best in New England. Thanks for your help in voting. Don’t forget to see our NETG Analysis of the results below.

And now, the Winners:

Best Hotel

Poll Winner – Foxwoods

NETGChoice – Foxwoods

Best Bars

Poll Winner – Foxwoods

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun

Best Nightlife

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Foxwoods

Best Dining Options

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun

Favorite Restaurant

Poll Winner – David  Burke’s Prime, Foxwoods

NETGChoice – Bobby Flay’s BarAmericain, Mohegan Sun

Honorable  Mention – Hash House A-Go-Go, Mohegan Sun & Steve & Fred’s Steakhouse, Twin River

Best Dining Value

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun

Best Buffet

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun

Honorable Mention – Oxford Casino

Best Entertainment (Small Venues)

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun, Wolf Den

NETGChoice – Foxwoods, Atrium Lounge & Hard Rock Cafe

Honorable Mention – Plainridge Park, Revolution Lounge & The Loft

Best Entertainment (Large Venue)

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun Arena

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun Arena

Best Casino Slots

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun

Honorable Mention – Twin River

Favorite Slot Machine

Poll Winner – Buffalo Grand

NETGChoice – Buffalo Anything!

Best Video Poker

Poll Winner -Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun

Best Casino Table Games

Poll Winner -Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun (tied)

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun & Foxwoods

BEST Poker Room

Poll Winner – Foxwoods

 NETGChoice – Foxwoods

Favorite Table Game

Poll Winner – Craps

NETGChoice – Mini-Baccarat

Best Racebook

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun

Honorable Mention – Plainridge Park

Best Casino Players Club

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun

   Casino You Feel the Luckiest In

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Pick ’em! Wherever you win, you feel the place is lucky!

Finally, two questions repeated from last year:

1. How Many times Do You Visit a New England Casino? – Once a month received more votes, but NETG knows better!  NETG has a feeling there is a little denial going on here. Definitely more than once per month for most gamblers.

2. Which casino (opened or not) are you MOST interested in visiting in the future?  Both MGM Springfield & Wynn Boston Harbor has equal interest.

 Final Analysis of 2017

There were some surprises in this year’s poll, and many repeat winners from 2016.  Here’s our analysis of the results.

BEST HOTEL – this is really a no-brainer.  With the most rooms, most variations in room layout and renovations recently of the Grand Pequot Tower, it has to be  Foxwoods.  Next year might prove to be different, with Twin River’s hotel opening, Oxford Casino Hotel open for a year, and the opening of MGM Springfield.

BEST BARS – no change from last year. The many bars like Scorpion Bar and Centrale are scattered around the huge property.  The only reason for our selection of Mohegan Sun is their casino bars all have craft draft beer, and great video poker.  Foxwood’s pay tables for its VP bartops offers some pretty ugly pay tables, especially on nickel games such as Ultimate X & Super Times Pay.

Shrine – One of the Best Night Clubs on the East Coast

BEST NIGHTLIFE – while Mohegan won the popular poll for this category, I can’t imagine beating out Shrine at Foxwoods, one of the best NightClubs on the East Coast.

BEST DINING OPTIONS & BEST DINING VALUE  – When it comes to options, we felt Mohegan Sun offers the gamut on one property, especially in the area of lower cost eateries.  But, I also feel when considering just high end restaurants, Foxwoods would edge out the competition. However, even the fun establishments such as Sugar are in the hefty price range at Foxwoods.

FAVORITE RESTAURANTS – It was nice to see the winners in this category.  David Burke at Foxwoods has been a long-time favorite steakhouse for years.  And Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse at Twin River is way over due for NETG recognition. A few others in the Steakhouse realm to be considered would include Slack’s at Plainridge Park Casino & Jordan’s at Mohegan Sun.

Mohegan Sun Seasons Buffet

BEST BUFFET – Mohegan’s Sunrise Buffet is just the best, ’nuff said.

ENTERTAINMENT, BEST SMALL VENUE – Last year, the Wolf Den was hands down the #1 favorite.  But some changes have taken place since 2016. The Wolf Den doesn’t offer the schedule it once did.  Yes, the Sun offers outstanding free entertainment on the weekends, but free entertainment has increased at other properties.  Foxwoods raised the ante in the Atrium. Plainridge Park Casino not only offers good entertainment at their Revolution Lounge, but also at the Loft – including Comedy. Newport continues it’s free tribute bands on the weekend, and Twin River’s Lighthouse Lounge continues to offer great free entertainment. To secure the top again, the Wold Den must have a full schedule.

Barrett-Jackson In the Mohegan Sun Arena.

ENTERTAINMENT, BEST LARGE VENUE – Even with the addition of MGM Springfield and Wynn Boston Harbor in 2019, the Mohegan Sun Arena will still be the best venue in New England.

BEST CASINO SLOTS – Slot machines become a very personal thing for those who only gamble on slots. Some like older classic reels or even classic video slots.  Some enjoy the latest machine introduced to the casino floor.  Mohegan Sun’s slot inventory is in a constant state of flux.  While Foxwoods has recently added more slots and the latest slots, in 2017 they were still catching up with Stadium Gaming and renovations, especially in the Cedars Casino. Of course, Plainridge has many new slots since it opened in 2015, but the classic Aristocrat, IGT, and Williams games found in casinos like Newport Grand, Twin River, Hollywood Casino and the CT casinos are not to be found. The best mix is still Connecticut’s casinos.

Jacks or Better best paytable (called 9/6 because of the full house and flush pay out).

BEST VIDEO POKER – Mohegan Sun is the only New England Casino to offer full pay VP – Jacks or Better – at the quarter level up. As long as they offer it, the Sun will continue to be the best VP in New England.  We know from experience at their other properties that Wynn & MGM will never offer Full Pay VP, rarely even at $1 levels.  So, this award may be good through 2020.

BEST TABLE GAMES – Table game players of all levels appreciate good rules & low starting limits, especially on traditional games.  In New England, Foxwoods and MoSun have this covered. Maine casinos, while having similar rules, lack the amount and mix of traditional table & “carnival” games.  Again, from experience, we expect Wynn & MGM to offer higher limits (MGM National Harbor low limit for BJ is usually $25) and less favorable rules (Wynn on the Las Vegas Strip has on 2X odds on craps tables).  Here, Twin River offers table games with slightly higher limits, with most games starting at $10.

Mohegan Sun Racebook

BEST RACEBOOK – The Sun took over first place in this category. While both CT casinos do have good racebooks, this may change in the future. Online better and sports betting in now on the legislative table in most New England states.

BEST PLAYERS CLUB – Even with changes, Foxwoods continues to lag behind Mohegan Sun.  Penn National has made strides with its two New England Casinos (Plainridge Park, MA & Hollywood Bangor, ME) but this, too, might change with the introduction of MLife at MGM Springfield. With properties on both east & west coast, the portfolio alone will be enough to take the top spot.

POKER ROOM – Even without the World Poker Tour affiliation, Foxwoods continues to be the best in New England, and one of the best in the country.


Armory Marketplace, part of MGM Springfield

MGM Springfield will definitely throw a wrench into the neat control that Foxwoods & MoSun has over the smaller casinos.  Twin River continues to be the New England Enigma concerning where they will be in this mix. 2018 will be an exciting year in New England’s Casino Industry.