The time has come for all you crazy (or serious) New England Casino visitors to vote for this year’s favorites. You don’t need to live in New England to vote – New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey – let your voice be heard!
This is the 4th year for NETimeGambling’s annual Awards celebrating the best in our expanding gaming landscape. This year, we will have one additional casino, four new hotels, and more restaurants than ever before. Time to compare the reward clubs as well – MLife, Choice rewards (formerly Marquee Rewards), Twin River, Oxford, Momentum and Foxwoods Rewards.
Here is a look at New England’s Casino Labor Day events. As we celebrate the hard working Americans in this great country, remember to treat casino staff with more respect and consideration. They all work hard for your entertainment.
August 31 – September 2: Cirque Eloize HOTEL (various times) at Foxwoods
August 31st – Russell Peters at Foxwoods; 8:00 pm
August 31 – Fall Out Boy at Mohegan Sun; 7:00pm
SEPTEMBER 1st – TIVERTON CASINO HOTEL OPENS
September 1st – Big & Rich at Mohegan Sun, Wolf Den; 8:00pm
September 1st – Stevie Wonder, MGM Springfield (MassMutual); 8:00pm
September 1st – Jeff Foxworthy at Mohegan Sun; 8:00pm
Sept 1 & 2 – New England Food Truck Festival at Mohegan Sun
September 1st – Gabriel Iglesias at Foxwoods; 7 & 10 pm
$40,000 Ford F-150 Giveaway – Play with your Marquee Rewards® card at Hollywood Bangor starting August 1, 2018, and you’ll earn entries into our Ford F-150 truck giveaway. Marquee Rewards® members receive entries into the grand-prize drawing on September 29 when they use their card at any slot machine every day at Hollywood Casino Bangor between 8 a.m. August 1 and 8:29 p.m. September 29. You’ll receive one drawing entry for every $10 of coin-in.
The Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun – Located in the center of the action, in Casino of the Earth, offers full beverage service, a state-of-the-art sound system, intimate seating and top performances by headliners. For complete schedule, click HERE.
“NETimeGambling is a non-monetized blog created for my personal interest and passion in the gambling industry – its history, and its ongoing evolution- mixed with my love for New England. Come share my passion and visit us.”
Robin T. Aubin (Binbin) has been involved in music all his life, including 40 years of choral conducting, and performing professionally in different musical genres since he was 10 years of age. He has performed in Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den, Foxwoods’ Atrium Lounge, and Twin River’s Lighthouse Bar & Lounge.” (All venues in New England casinos)
Twenty years ago casino gambling became a side interest. The business, the history, the expansion across the U.S., the myths, the superstitions and innovations of legalized gambling all became a fascination. The goal of NETimeGambling is to provide a service and resource for any recreational gambler visiting New England’s expanding casino market.
So, do your friends and relatives tell you they don’t visit casinos because “they don’t like to gamble?” Sure, the casino industry tries to dazzle, and mislead us, with big promises of the financial possibilities and the vast array of games to make money. But, aren’t we smarter than that? In this age of casino resorts, casinos as vacation destinations, and casinos of all sizes and amenities, there are many more reasons to venture out…..at least just once.
Here are NON-GAMBLING OPTIONS – in no particular order:
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville CT
ENTERTAINMENT – Whether I pay for it or have a concert comped freebie (Free? – we both know better), I love the entertainment casinos offer, whether it be 30 miles away or across the country in Vegas. Whether it be Cirque in Vegas or at Foxwoods. And let’s not forget some of the local talent featured in every size casino. he offerings in New England’s seven casinos are astounding in scope and variety. Let’s not forget Mohegan Sun has one of the top arenas in the country. Whether it be pro basketball, college basketball, pro lacrosse or the best talent on tour, it’s a destination to take advantage of. Speaking of SPORTING EVENTS – Boxing matches, basketball, arena football, CES cage fighting, Pro Lacrosse – these and more I have enjoyed at casino arenas. My two favorite events: #2 – PBR Professional Bull Riding in Las Vegas, and the Connecticut Sun of WNBA Basketball at Mohegan Sun. In New England, Twin River Casino, Foxwoods, and even Plainridge are now offering great entertainment and sports.
CT Sun at Mohegan Sun Arena
STAYING IN A BEAUTIFUL HOTEL – Sometimes, I just like to kick back, away from sounds of ringing slots and screaming winners. I still remember staying at Wynn and Cosmo the first time in Vegas. I just love that “ritzy” feeling of staying at a great hotel. Soon, we will have more choices than the great accommodations in Bangor, or in CT casinos. Wynn and MGM are coming to Massachusetts, complete with their luxurious brands of service, decor, and amenities. For now, Foxwoods offers excellent varieties of rooms and suites for your luxury vacation.
Foxwoods Resort Casino, CT
Red Rock Resort Casino Hotel in Las Vegas
Here’s some people for watching
PEOPLE WATCHING – Remember that movie title – “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” Watching people at a casino, hotel lobby, lounge, or club includes all three and everything in between and beyond. Seriously, have you ever wondered how many people don’t have mirrors in their home after watching people out and about? But, the creme de la creme usually linger around the casino gaming tables , so check them out and give yourself the opportunity to mingle with the wealthy crowd or network to form new relationships, both private and business. You never know who you might see – celebrity watches in Las Vegas turned up Ashton Kutcher at Aria when we stayed there. Pretty cool…..
SOCIALIZING – Catching up with friends and socializing is another very common reason for visiting a casino. We will often meet friends for coffee and just to catch up, never spending a dime on gaming because many times the casino is in between us. Watching a sporting event on massive TV’s chowing on some wings can be a great group time out. With gambling options of social gaming and stadium gaming, there are cheap ways to gamble as a group, if the interest arises.
Inside the Oxford Bar & Grill
EATING & DRINKING – I know singles and couples visit the casino to enjoy a few drinks at the bar or dance at a club. My wife and I enjoy the vast offerings in dining available. Whether it be a terrific buffet, a gourmet burger, fine dining, or something in the food court, there’s always something for everyone. Many casinos now feature famous chefs seen on TV. Don’t forget KARAOKE & TRIVIA, found at Newport Grand, Foxwoods, and Twin River.
ACCOMPANYING A FRIEND OR GIVING A TOUR – “I just wanted to see the inside.” “Someone brought me here.” Being that someone can be fun. So bring a partner, relative, friend or colleague. Many tribal casinos will include historical background, tours and museums. Being a “Tour Guide” for a newbie can be a real ego boost, and it doesn’t have to cost anything except walking around.
THE DECOR – Ever walk in the Bellagio Garden in Las Vegas, or walk on the beach outside of the Biloxi casinos? The AC Boardwalk is a wonderful stroll on a spring afternoon. Take a good look around and you might be surprised what artistic and natural beauty you may see. Some of the world’s greatest architects has built amazing casino buildings & attractions. Sculptures, paintings, lighting – heck, even new casino carpeting – can be a wonderful eyeful of artistic stimulation. (ok, maybe not the carpet, but casino carpets are still pretty interesting to notice.)
RELAXATION – As a means of relaxing and letting one’s hair down, casinos can offer a great way to unwind from the many stresses of life. Going for a walk in an empty casino in the morning can be surreal. The pleasant, elegant and relaxing atmosphere of the casino itself can be a major source of appeal in itself – without the people of course. People tend to ruin serenity wherever you go. Spas, pools, craft brews, and even cigar clubs can get you away from the sound of slots.
SHOPPING – yes, shopping, from small retail stores to malls as large as the largest casinos. One of the most famous would include the Forum Shoppes attached to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. But no doubt, Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods has anything you could want to buy.
Yes, a casino is more than just gambling. It’s all what you make of it. Check out the many things offered through our links above. You might find something you never realized you liked at a casino…….without gambling!