Maine has two commercial casino properties that would annually visit before the pandemic closed everything. On our last Maine Casino tour, we visited both Hollywood Bangor and Oxford properties. We are certain that our comparison proves one thing – Oxford Is Maine’s Casino Destination.
Oxford Casino and Hotel opened in 2012 and was purchased by Churchill Downs LTD soon after. As only a small casino, Oxford was located out in the woods of central Maine. It still pushed forward until Hilton built a Hampton Inn across the street and Churchill Downs started expansion. A hotel was built attached to the casino, and dining options were increased with the Ox Pub. The casino was also expanded.
Oxford Is Maine’s Casino Destination
Poland is a town famous for Poland Springs bottled water. Upon arriving in Oxford, it brought back memories of old roads, construction, and a town best known by the town next door. However, Oxford grew with its casino and now is a town on the move.
We stayed at the Hampton Inn across the street this year instead of the hotel-casino like last year. Hampton Inn is supplied with a dedicated shuttle from Oxford Casino to cross the dangerous road that separates them. Either two hotels are a great stay, with the Oxford Hotel usually with a little higher price.
We arrived midweek, and it seems every day at Oxford has at least one promotion going. This day had Score Four and a promotion for a free buffet after earning 400 players points. Both Bert and I, playing 60 cents on slots for two hours, easily made the free buffet. Sweet! The buffet in the Oxford Grille was quite good, with tender turkey, scrumptious sausage, peppers, onions, and excellent pasta with summer squash and zucchini. If not free, players can use 10 players points from their Oxford Rewards account.
The slots are packed in, similar to how MGM Springfield began. You will find many of the newest slots with older favorites spread around them. The casino floor was buzzing with lots of players. Table games were close to maxed out with few chairs available. Two roulette, one Craps, four Blackjack, and other table games were offered. Rules were good, but minimums started at $10. The only $5 table was 3 Card Poker. The only tables not full of players were mini-bac and 4 Card Poker.
Dining – Maine’s Casino Destination
Three dining options are available on the property. But the Ox Pub is the best choice for a good meal and outstanding drinks. The taps are predominately Maine craft brewers. But NETG would like to see one more eatery to be available for the larger clientele.
- Video poker continues to be better. However, pay tables and a variety of games are below the expected standard. Even Hollywood Bangor has one Ultimate X machine.
- I could not find any Video of Keno. Maybe some of the Game King machines in another room included it, but if so, that would make about 8.
- Oxford Hotel Lobby is a good place to get away from it all. Comfy chairs, quieter and decent Wi-Fi.
- If you are a Hilton Rewards member, stay at the Hampton Inn, and get credit. They also have a great breakfast.
- Both Maine casinos are smoke-free, indeed self-service beverage stations, and do not comp drinks.
It’s always fun to go up to Maine for a casino trip. We also found two little food suggestions. Try Figgy’s in Portland. Great skillet-fried chicken by a Food Channel Chopped Champion. And oddly enough, one Irving Gas stop in Newport, ME, includes a great little restaurant with great breakfast all day. Get the fried bologna as a side!
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Robin T. Aubin (AKA Binbin at NETimeGambling) has been a guest on Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast, The Bettor Life Podcast, The Art in the Game Podcast Springfield, Massachusetts. as well as ZorkCast with Michael Trager. In 2013, he created NETimeGambling.com. The mission was to provide a resource for recreational gamblers visiting New England’s expanding casino market events. Trip reports, gambling tips, casino promotions, entertainment, and much more are provided for those visiting our nine casinos.
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