Connecticut Tribal Casinos “By The Numbers”

the state that started Las Vegas Style Gambling In New England –

Connecticut

Who knew thirty years ago the 2nd and 3rd largest casinos (based on casino space) in the western hemisphere would rise out of the woods in southeastern Connecticut.

Foxwoods started it all with a Bingo hall.

Tribal gaming began in 1986 with the opening of a high-stakes bingo parlor on the Mashantucket Pequot reservation, after a court ruled that state bingo regulations did not apply on the tribe’s sovereign land. The operation expanded to include table games in 1992, and slot machines in 1993.The Mohegan Tribe, having gained federal recognition in 1992, opened its casino in 1996.

Before that, horse racing and off-track betting had been legalized in 1971, and Jai alai and dog racing were added the following year. I still remember visiting Hartford Jai Alai and Plainfield Dog Track, which was only 10 minutes away from me at the time – the beginning of my gambling days.

Foxwoods Resort Casino

The numbers of these two casinos are staggering.  But these days of competition from all directions has promoted changes since their best days. Less slots, more table games and more emphasis on non-gambling activities continue to be the norm these days, and CT’s tribal casinos are no exception.

Mohegan Sun Resort Casino

Mohegan Sun Resort Casino, Uncasville, CT

 

Foxwoods Resort Casino Mohegan Sun Resort Casino
Hotel FW HOTEL
MS Hotel
Location
Mashantucket, CT
Uncasville, CT
# of Hotels 4 2
Hotel Rooms 2266 Rooms, Suites & Villas 1600 Rooms & Suites
Hotel Amenities 3 pool areas, 2 Spas, Gyms 2 pool areas, 2 Spas, Gyms
Gambling FW Gambling MS Gambling
Legal Gambling Age 21 21
Casino Size 323,376 sq/ft.            5 Casinos 300,000+ sq/ft.          3 Casinos
Smoke-Free Gaming Designated on Casino Floor Designated on Casino Floor
Total # of Slots & VP 4800 5000
Comped Alcoholic Drink? Comped Drinks until 2:00AM Comped Drinks until 2:00AM
Table Games Over 300 Tables – includes Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribean Stud, Roulette, Three Card Poker, Craps, Crazy 4 Poker, Spanish 21, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, ‘Money’ Wheel, Ultimate Texas Hold’Em, Mississippi Stud, Stadium Gaming Over 300 Tables – includes Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribean Stud, Roulette, Three Card Poker, Craps, Crazy 4 Poker, Spanish 21, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, ‘Money’ Wheel, Ultimate Texas Hold’Em, Mississippi Stud, stadium gaming
Poker Room 147 Tables 42 Tables
Racebook 200 seats, Simulcast Wagering, GH, HR, JA 200+ seats, Simulcast Wagering, GH, HR, JA
Rewards Club FOXWOODS REWARDS 4 Levels – No affiliation to other casinos. / Tier Status is biannual MOMENTUM –           5 Levels. Affiliated with Resorts (AC) & Mohegan Sun Poconos (PA) / Tier Status is biannual
VIP Lounges 2 3 + 1 for Soar Only
Dining FW Dining MS Dining
Food Options 6 Fine Dining; 9 Casual; 18 Quick/Chain options 4 Fine Dining; 12 Casual; 14 Quick/Chain options
Buffet Yes Yes
Bars Nine Ten
Entertainment FW Entertainment MS Entertainment
Venues 5 Large Event Venues; 6 Live/DJ Club/Lounge Venues 2 Large Event Venues; 9 Live/DJ Club/Lounge Venues
Convention/ Meeting Space 150,000 sq/ft Conference/Meeting Space Over 275,000 sq/ft Conference/Meeting Space
Other Entertainment Options 4 Thrill Rides; Luxury Bowling Lanes; PGA designed Golf Course, Top Golf; TreeHouse Arcade; Mashantucket Pequot Museum Research Center PGA designed Golf Course; 2 pool areas; Kids Quest; WNBA Basketball; NLL Lacrosse; Golf Course; Game On Entertainment Center
Retail 21 Retail Stores + Tanger Outlets (over 80 Stores) 34 Retail Stores
Owner Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Mohegan Tribal Authority
PARKING 24/7 Free Parking – 4 Garages 24/7 Free Parking – 3 Garages
Hours of 24/7 24/7
Operation

 

Maine Casinos “By The Numbers”

“Casinos By The Numbers” featuring

 Maine.

Maine Casinos tend to be forgotten by most New Englanders, never mind those in the rest of the country.  The fact that they are not big destination casinos does not diminish the revenue they add.  Oxford has just renovated and added a hotel. Read about it in Maine Casino Trip Report Part 1 – Oxford Hotel & Casino.

Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway, Bangor Maine

Hollywood Casino, Bangor, Maine

A third casino has been proposed for York County in southwestern Maine three times, but was defeated every time. The first casino was in 2005 – Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway opened in Bangor, Maine. The 2nd casino opened in 2012 – Oxford Casino opens in Oxford, Maine.

New Oxford Hotel next to the Casino.

Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway Oxford Casino & Hotel
Hotel HW Hotel OX Hotel
Location Bangor, ME Oxford, ME
# of Hotels 1 1
Hotel Rooms 148 rms / 4 Suites 107 rooms, 5 suites, 1 grand suite
Hotel Amenities Gym No
Gambling HW Gambling OX Gambling
Legal Gambling Age 21 21
Casino Size 30,000 sq. ft 30, 281 sq. ft
Smoke-Free Gaming Non-Smoking Casino Non-Smoking Casino
Total # of Slots & VP 900+ 950+
Comped Alcoholic Drinks No No
Table Games Craps, Blackjack, Spanish 21, Roulette, High Card Flush, Three Card Poker* and Texas Hold’em Bonus® Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Mini Baccarat, Big Six Wheel, Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold em, Criss Cross Poker,Spanish 21, Mississippi Stud
Poker Room 4 Tables No
Racebook Simulcast Wagering, Live Harness racing (seasonal) None
Rewards Club MARQUEE REWARDS Four Levels Connected to over 20 Penn National Properties Across U.S./Tier Status is biannual Oxford Rewards – 3 Tiers. Tier status reviewed quarterly
VIP Lounges None None
Dining HW Dining OX Dining
Food Options 1 Buffet, I casual, 1 Express 2 Casual, 1 Express
Buffet Yes Yes
Bars 2 2
Entertainment HW Entertainment OX Entertainment
Venues One Music / VJ Venue None
Convention/ Meeting Space 2 None
Other Entertainment Options None None
Retail None None
Owner Penn National Gaming Churchill Downs, LTD
PARKING Free Free
Hours of  8am to 24/7
Operation  3am

Massachusetts Casinos “By The Numbers”

“Casinos By The Numbers” featuring

Massachusetts.

In 2011 the Mass. legislature approved the Expanded Gaming Act allowing construction of 3 Resort casinos & one “slot’s only casino.”  The slot parlor opened at Plainridge Park Casino in June 2015, opened by Penn National with the already established harness racing park and simulcast venue.

Plainridge Park Casino

Plainridge Park Casino in Massachusetts on Opening Day

Two casino resorts, MGM Springfield, which opened in August 2018, and Encore Boston Harbor, under development to open in 2019. One more casino license may be issued for the southeastern part of the state, but the process has been delayed due to uncertainty about potential competition from the planned Mashpee Wampanoag casino.

Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway
MGM Springfield Resort Casino
Hotel
Location Plainville, MA Springfield, MA
# of Hotels None 1
Hotel Rooms None 236 room, 16 suites
Hotel Amenities None 1 pool, 1 Spa, Gym
Gambling
Legal Gambling Age 21 21
Casino Size 170,000 sq. feet 125,000 sq/ft
Smoke-Free Gaming Non-Smoking Casino Non-Smoking Casino
Total # of Slots & VP 1250 including  Video Roulette, Video Craps & Video Blackjack 2550
Comped Alcoholic Drinks No Comped Drinks until 4:00AM
Table Games None 120 Tables – includes Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Mini Baccarat, Midi Baccarat, Pai Gow, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em, Criss Cross, Chase the Flush, War and Big 6.
Poker Room No 23 Tables
Racebook Simulcast Wagering, Live Harness racing (seasonal) None
Rewards Club MARQUEE REWARDS Four Levels Connected to over 20 Penn National Properties Across U.S. Tier Status is biannual MLIFE – 5 Levels. Connected to over 20 MGM Properties Properties Across U.S./ Tier Status is annual
VIP Lounges None None
Dining
Food Options 1 Fine Dining, 1 Casual Dining, 3 Food  Court, 1 Racebook 2 Fine Dining; 7 Casual (includes South End Market) ; 1 chain
Buffet No No
Bars Two Three
Entertainment
Venues 1 Live Music Venue, 1 small entertainment venue 2 Large Venues; 3 Live/DJ/Club/ Lounge Venues
Convention/ Meeting Space 7,500 square feet of flexible space 42,500 sq/ft Conference/ Meeting Space
Other Entertainment Options None Tap Arcade;  Bowling; Top Golf; Art Collection; The Plaza, Movie Theater
Retail 1 Store 4 Stores
Owner Penn National Gaming MGM Resorts International
PARKING Free  Free
Hours of 24/7 24/7
Operation