Thanksgiving Weekend Specials in New England’s Casinos


Yes, it’s  time to give thanks. Breaking bread with those you love – or taking them to the casino for some of the great promotions and events in New England!! Here are some dining, shopping and entertainment considerations for Thanksgiving Weekend.


This Saturday, November 17th, 3-5pm.

Pequot MuseumA Native Thanksgiving – They will be preparing and featuring traditional Native fare with a modern twist. The buffet features locally sourced, delicious items including: Roasted Cedar-planked Salmon with onion jam, Roasted Local Turkey with traditional stuffing, and Roasted Venison with local wild mushrooms, along with an assortment of breads, soups, salads, sides, and desserts!!  Tickets:  $55.00 (Museum Members)  $75.00 per person (Non-Members)  $35  (Children under 12)

Dining & Shopping

Twin River Casino, Lincoln RI

Wicked Good Bar & Grill Thanksgiving Celebration – Thanksgiving Day, starting at Noon, $16.95.  Now accepting reservations. *Full menu is also available

Trattoria Romana – Thanksgiving Celebration Roast Turkey Dinner – $19.95, & Homemade Dessert for $5.95  *Full menu is also available

Oxford Casino, Oxford Maine

Thanksgiving Day Buffet, Thursday, November 22, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm  $24.95 per person.  Join them for their scrumptious buffet including turkey, ham, pork loin, all the traditional sides you could ever want AND delicious desserts.

Hollywood Casino, Bangor Maine

Thanksgiving Buffet – November 22 11AM-7PM, at the Epic Buffet. Adults: $26.99 Children: $14.99


Foxwoods Resort Casino, Masnantucket CT

Thanksgiving Specials at numerous restaurants.  Too many to mention here, so click on THANKSGIVING SPECIALS to get all the specials.

Gambling Special – Black Friday Weekend Poker – Nov 23-25

Black Friday Shopping at Tanger Outlets – 30-70% off can be found at many stores.

Mohegan Sun Logo

Thanksgiving Specials at numerous restaurants.  Too many to mention here.  Also Kids Quest and Cyber Quest, so click on THANKSGIVING SPECIALS to get all the specials and check out  The Holiday Season At Mohegan Sun for entertainment and shopping specials.

Both THE CHANDLER STEAKHOUSE , TAPS Sports Bar and the  CAL MARE  have special Thanksgiving Menus.

Fluties Sports Pub offers a Turkey Special every Thursday  for $15.


11/22 – Thanksgiving Day Mystery Slot Play at Hollywood Bangor –  8AM – 11:59PM

11/23 – Black Friday Hot Seat at Plainridge Park – One winner every 15 minutes for $100 Free Slotplay. 6PM – 10PM

11/23 – Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks! Tour, at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

Nov 23 – 12/31 – Legends in Concert Holiday Show at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, varied times and dates.

11/24 – LoVeSeXy Prince Tribute at Plainridge Park Casino Thanksgiving Weekend

11/24 – 3x Tier Credits – BEGINNING AT 6AM

11/24 – Early Bird at Hollywood Bangor your chance to win Free SlotPlay based on your tier. from 1PM – 4PM we’ll call one winner every 10 minutes.

11/24 – Strictly Sinatra presents The Rat Pack Christmas Show, 8:00pm at Twin River Event Center

11/24 – John Legend: A Legendary Christmas, at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM





MGM Springfield – Random Thoughts & Good Tips

MGM Springfield

I have stayed over at MGM Springfield the last three Tuesdays, in three different rooms on three different floors. You might have heard how I spent one Wednesday morning if you have heard the Art In The Game podcast by Christopher DiMauro. Here is the link for that podcast – more about the podcast at a later date.


Today’s post all about MGM Springfield – the good and the disappointing.  Included here are many thoughts and tips i have found over the past three weeks.

MGM Changes for the Good

First, here are changes that MGM has made by listening to their most important people – their guests.

1. Hired more cocktail waitresses to serve you better while you are gaming. (It does seem there is a higher degree of beverage service, kudos)

2. Improved traffic flow through the garage during peak hours of operation – so you can get in and out faster.

3. Doubling the number of video poker machines on the casino floor. (Now, if only the paytables would be improved)

4. Added Top Dollar Slot machines into High Limit, per your request.(Nice addition.  This is a fun game – probably $5 denomination. Great game for community slot play with a group of players pooling their bucks)

5. Added more $10 Blackjack and Roulette tables to the gaming floor so everyone can get in on the action. (Again, Kudos)

6. Added Let it Ride Poker plus more War games to the gaming floor, because you asked for them. (Do people really still play Let It Ride?  Next they will be introducing more Caribbean Stud, too.)

7. Reduced scooter rental pricing to better accommodate our guests. (Just what is needed – more scooters in a tight slot area)

8. Lowered short-term valet prices for a more convenient experience. (Smart move, but it’s still expensive)

9. Expanded the hours of operation of our casual dining venues to better serve you.

10. More logo-inventory and cigars are now available at Essentials. (But only logo-inventory items can be bought with Express Comps)

Good Tips

The main kiosks by Tap and the Valet/Self Park doors are very busy most of the day.  Try the other kiosks around the casino.  If you’re checking in, use the kiosk outside the hotel lobby.

The hotel coffee nook has a great selection of tea as well as Starbucks coffee brewed while you wait the way you like it.  Only problem – it’s only on the 2nd floor, but can be used by all hotel guests.

The ceilings on the 3-6 floors are lower than the 2nd floor. If you want the feeling of more space, ask for 2nd floor.  Room sizes are still the same though.

Due to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission emphasis on responsible gaming, not only are the ATM’s off the casino floor, but Cash Advance it not available at ATMs or at the Cashier cage.  You can only get an advance through a debit card or check. Annoying to some, but commendable.

FYI – Resort Fees are $22.69 included even on comped rooms.

In the little store “Essentials,” which is the everything you might need store, including logo apparel, you can’t use your points to pay for anything except for MGM logo items.

Video Poker

Beware of the Triple Play Video Poker machines.  The Royal flush only pays 1500 with 5 credits played on each line instead of the standard 4000.

The new VP machines near the poker room all include a game not seen much – Triple triple Bonus poker.  It’s a 7/5 paytable with only 2 credits for 3 of a kind (typically seen in Triple Double Bonus also) which makes it a very volatile machine, but with bonuses including 4Aces w/kicker, four 2,3,4’s with an Ace kicker both equaling 4000 credits like the Royal, it might be interesting to try.

Playing Video Poker in the Commonwealth Bar has a nice touch.  But unless you are a millennial,  you’ll have to flag the female bartenders down, as I watched the guy to my left and to my right walk up after I was playing get their orders taken before me.  I guess some players become invisible – beware!

The chairs at the long bar are attached to the bar.  If you enjoy standing at times while playing the bartops, go to the Commonwealth.

Random Thoughts

Would it really be so bad to offer a bank of  Video Poker with the new machines that with 8/5 JOB?

I wonder how well the hotel rooms are really put together.  The handle for my 5th floor toilet was hanging out of the side.  Didn’t work in the morning!  This place is only three months old right?

The two self-service areas for beverages always seems to be out of something, no ice, or not working. This needs to better, especially during busy times.

The shower soaps have been downgraded in size by about 50%.  Is this another MGM “nickel & diming” moment, or just hotel service error?

The king beds all seem to have this weird pillow with half a face – kinda creepy, in an artsy sort of way.






New England Casinos – How Well Do You Know Them?

How much do you really know about New England’s casinos?  Here’s a little quiz to find out.  Hey, you might learn something!  BTW, if you want to cheat, check out our main page menu with


The answers are below the quiz, so


Here we go!

1.Who has the most slots in New England?   a.Mohegan Sun Resort   b.Twin River Casino   c. Foxwoods    d.MGM Springfield

2.Who has the least amount of slots?  a.Tiverton Casino     b.Oxford Casino    c.Plainridge Park Casino d.Hollywood Bangor

3. Which casino(s) do not have a buffet?    a.Tiverton Casino     b.Oxford Casino    c.Plainridge Park Casino  d.MGM Springfield   e. all four

4.Which State has the most poker rooms?   a. Connecticut     b. New Hampshire  c. Massachusetts   d. Rhode Island

5.Which company(s) owns the most casinos in New England?    a.MGM   b.Penn National   c.Twin River Management Group    d. Mohegan Sun

6.Which casino is the only one without a hotel attached?   a.Twin River Casino   b. Plainridge Park Casino   c.Oxford Casino    d. Tiverton Casino

7.What former New England Patriots quarterback has a restaurant in a New England Casino?   a.Steve Grogan at MGM Springfield   b.Tom Brady at Mohegan Sun   c.Fred Smerlas at Twin River   d. Doug Flutie at Plainridge Park

8. Where can you still find the coveted craps “Fire Bet” in New England?  a.Mohegan Sun   b.Foxwoods   c.MGM Springfield   d.Twin River Casino

9.Which casino(s) in New England offer LIVE horse racing?   a.Oxford Casino   b.Plainridge Park Casino   c.Tiverton Casino   d.Hollywood Bangor Casino

10.By 2019, how many completed casinos will we have in New England?   a.8   b.9   c.10   d.12


  1. a.Mohegan Sun Resort – but only by a few
  2. d.Hollywood Bangor – least amount, followed by Oxford Casino – both in Maine
  3. e. all four – yup, half of New England’s Casinos do not have a buffet
  4. b. New Hampshire – 13 legal poker rooms under the title of “charity gaming” in N.H.
  5. Actually, this is a trick question – both b.Penn National  &  c.Twin River Management Group are correct. Penn runs Plainridge & Hollywood Bangor, TRMG runs Twin River & Tiverton. Both also have connected rewards cards.
  6. b. Plainridge Park Casino
  7. d. Doug Flutie at Plainridge Park (While Fred Smerlas does have a restaurant with Steve DeOssie, another ex-Patriot, they both were lineman.
  8. a.Mohegan Sun – I’ve visited all 8 casinos, but could be wrong.  Let me know.
  9. b.Plainridge Park Casino  & d.Hollywood Bangor Casino – both offer Harness Racing in season
  10. b.9 – When Encore Boston Harbor opens its doors.

How’d you do?  New England Casinos have so much to offer – big & small. Try out a new casino, you might find you’ve been missing out…..