ComiCONN and TerrifiCon – CosPlay Invades CT Casinos

As comic book movies have become of increasing importance to Hollywood — the big box office of “X-Men” in 2000 is generally considered the turning point — there’s been more and more movie and television involvement  with comic book superheroes, and the events that follow.  Connecticut casinos will be providing events for your inner Superhero, starting this weekend at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Marvel Comics, or DC Comics? Which Superheroes do you prefer?  In case you don’t follow DC and/or Marvel comics, cartoons and movies (like me) you probably don’t know where to start. Here’s a quick review of which superheroes belong where:

DC: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Shazam, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman and Green Arrow.

Marvel: Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, Wolverine and Ant-Man, such teams as the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the Inhumans, with antagonists such as Doctor Doom, Red Skull, Green Goblin, Ultron, Doctor Octopus, Thanos, Magneto and Loki.

Altered Reality Entertainment presents ComiCONN at Foxwoods Resort Casino, June 30th & July 1, 2018.

Whatever floats your superhero boat, Foxwoods begins the fun with  ComiCONN 2018 in the Premier Ballroom, June 30th & July 1st.  Tickets range from $10 – $99 with the festivities starting at 10:00AM. (For your safety, there are some items that guests are prohibited from bringing inside of the Fox and Grand Theaters. Please click here for the full list.)

The event will include all the same aspects that fans have come to expect from a comic con — celebrity appearances from the big and small screen, industry-leading comic book artists, and the best vendors in the market with toys and collectibles, as well as the ever-popular cosplay competitions and events.

ComiCONN “A Show for the Fans by the Fans!” was created by Erik Yacko in 2009. ComiCONN’s name came from adding an extra “N” to the end of the word “comicon.”  ComiCONN began in  2010 as a one-day event.  In 2014, it expanded to a three-day event in Bridgeport. In 2016, Connecticut ComiCONN joined forces with Altered Reality Entertainment.

Want to meet 4 stars from “The Walking Dead?”  How about the beautiful Tara Reid? For a Complete List of Guests, Artists, and VendorsCLICK HERE

For more information concerning ticket passes, the After Party on Saturday Night,  CosPlay Rules or anything else, CLICK HERE.

TerrifiCon – August 17-19th at Mohegan Sun Resort Casino

Actors from today’s hottest shows and movies descend onto Mohegan Sun on August 18th – 20th for the Northeast’s hottest comic con. Fans of superheroes don’t have to travel to San Diego for comic con action; they can get their fill right here in Connecticut when TerrifiCon returns this August inside Mohegan Sun’s Convention Center. Stars from Guardians of the Galaxy, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Flash, Arrow and Gotham are headed for Mohegan Sun as Connecticut’s terrific comic con returns for three days of fan fun. There will be stars of today’s hottest shows and movies alongside the top comic book artists and writers from Marvel and DC Comics in attendance as fans get their geek on.

Tickets are $30.00 and $27.00 and are available to purchase now by logging on to Ticketmaster.com

Kids ages 10 and younger will be admitted for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Military personnel, active or retired and first responders can get special Friday tickets for only $20.00 on-site at Mohegan Sun. Visit TERRIFICON’s website for more details: terrificon.com.  Or CLICK HERE for more about celebrities and cosplay information.

That’s all for now – I need a new costume.  Is Fred Flintstone a Superhero?

Binbin

April Promotions & Events at New England Casinos

Celebration of Peonies at Hildene, the Lincoln family ancestral home in Manchester, VT

April in New England is a great time.  The passing of winter to spring and the gradual warm up are welcome signs – especially after four nor’easters in March. Many exciting things coming up in April, no foolin’……….

Visiting New England’s Casinos? Curious about casino expansion in our region? Then there’s only one place to go – visit us at NETimeGambling! For specific casino details, visit the websites of all seven casinos:  Connecticut – Foxwoods Resort/Casino & Mohegan Sun Resort/Casino; Rhode IslandNewport Grand & Twin River Hotel/Casino; MassachusettsPlainridge Park Casino & Raceway, MGM Springfield & Wynn Boston Harbor; Maine –  Oxford Casino & Hollywood Bangor Hotel, Casino & Raceway.


A FIRST TIME NEW ENGLAND GAMBLING EVENT – GAMBLEPALOOZA

On April 20th & 21st, both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun will be the place for gamblers to meet. I will be there all weekend to meet and greet our friends, as well as the great celebrities such as Mark Devol & Dr. Mike from the spectacular podcast “You Can Bet on That,”  Eric Rosenthal from TravelZork, and the host with the most, Cousin Vito, from CousinVitosCasinoPodcastGamblepalooza, a gathering for recreational gamblers by recreational gamblers, will make Connecticut casinos their home for two days of gambling with casino oriented events and meet ups. Tentative Events Line-up:

  • -Meet and Greet Cocktail Hour featuring You Can Bet on That, Cousin Vito’s Casino, Travelzork’s Eric Rosenthal, and more. (Friday)
  • -$100 a share High Limiy Slot Pull (TBD)
  • -Several Group Gambling outings TBD including Craps, Pai Gow, Slots and more. (Both)
  • -Group dining event (possibly a breakfast)

For up-to-date information on more events and hotel information, click HERE


Entertainment

Soundstage Lounge, Hollywood, Bangor

Soundstage Lounge, Hollywood, Bangor

HEADLINERS

April 3rd – Tigerlily at the Shrine, Foxwoods, 9:00PM

April 6th – SUN WHISKEY UNION at Convention Center And Uncas Ballroom, Mohegan Sun, 8:00pm

April 6th – Daughtry at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

April 6th – John Mulaney at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

April 6 & 7 – “Bowie Lives” – The Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

April 7th – Lorde at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00PM

April 7th – Cristopher Cross at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00pm (free)

April 7th – Bob Marley at the Loft, Plainridge Park Casino, 7:00 & 9:00 PM

April 8th – Gilberto Santa Rosa at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 7:00PM

April 8th – The Original Wedding Expo, at the Twin River Events Center, 11:00AM

April 13th – George Thorogood and The Destroyers: Rock Party Tour, at the Twin River Events Center, 8:00PM

April 14th – Piff the Magic Dragon at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00

April 14th – Frankie Valli at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

April 15th – Psychic Medium Matt Fraser at the Grand Pequot Ballroom, 2:00PM

April 20th – George Lopez: The Wall Tour at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

April 20th – Paul Anka at the Twin River Events Center, 8:00PM

April 21st – Wanda Sykes at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

April 21st – Dane Cook at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM

April 27th – Bad Bunny at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM

April 28th – Brett Eldredge at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

April 28th – Anthony Jeselnik: Funny Games at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00

April 28th – Get The Led Out at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

May 5th – Tom Jones at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

May 5th – Bon Jovi at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

May 5th – Uncle Kracker at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00pm (free)


Other casino entertainment venues include:

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.

Hollywood Bangor now offers two venues for live weekend music – 99 Hops House & the Sound Stage.  Click Here for schedule.

Newport Grand offers Free shows by Tribute bands  almost every weekend.  Click HERE for schedule.

Twin River Lighthouse Loungeright in the middle of the downstairs casino.  Shipyard Pub – Upstairs in Non-smoking.

Plainridge Park Casino – the Revolution Lounge offers entertainment on the weekends

Foxwoods – Atrium Lounge – Live bands on the weekend, specialty cocktails and great time.


Gambling Promos & Events

FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO 

Fox Tower at Foxwoods.

MEGA-STACK Poker Challenge, April 27 – May 7th.

Monday Madness High Hand Giveaway April 16th, 10AM – 10PM

Wicked Good Times – Residency has its privileges. Massachusetts visitors can enjoy these exclusive offers and events.

Wonder Woman Slot Promotion – Saturday, April 28 • 4pm – 6pm • Great Cedar Casino – receive $15 Bonus Slot Play to be used at the Wonder Woman slot machines. Play 3 spins at the max bet of $5 and the winnings go right in your pocket. Wear your favorite Superhero Costume and receive an additional $10 Bonus Slot Play – No masks allowed

ONGOING PROMOTIONS – SPECIAL MILITARY OFFERS & DISCOUNTS, High Hand Poker Frenzy


MOHEGAN SUN

Bright Lights Giveaway – Thursday, March 29th – Sunday, June 24th. Swipe your Momentum card once a day at any promotional kiosk and you could be bursting with excitement with Momentum Dollars or up to $1,000 in FREE SLOT PLAY. 

Friday, April 6th – Play your favorite slots, table games or wager in Race Book from 6:00am to Midnight to receive DOUBLE MOMENTUM DOLLARS & DOUBLE STATUS POINTS

Every Wednesday In April, Double Momentum Dollars  – Play your favorite slots, table games or wager in Race Book from 6:00am – Midnight to receive DOUBLE MOMENTUM DOLLARS. (Select slot machines excluded. Excludes Momentum Dollars earned in the Poker Room. Visit any Player’s Club booth for official rules.)

Earth Day Giveaway – Sunday, April 22nd, 9:00am, Summer Coat Check – The first 2,000 Momentum members will receive a FREE organic cotton canvas carry-all tote

$25,000 Surprize Patrol – Tuesday, April 17th, 10:00am – 8:00pm


NEWPORT GRAND

As the sun sets on Newport Grand Slots

   5X Rewards Points every Tuesday in March.

$13,000 Friday the 13th Cash Sweepstakes – Friday, April 13, 2018 from 2pm-8pm; 2 WINNERS EVERY 1/2 HOUR COULD WIN $500 CASH!

$10,000 Tax Relief Cash Sweepstakes – Monday, April 16, 2018 from 2pm-8pm; 8 WINNERS EVERY 1/2 HOUR COULD WIN $100 CASH!

$400,000 Same Day-Future Play Free Play Sweepstakes Tuesdays through Thursdays in April from 12pm-8pm;                 10 WINNERS EVERY 1/2 HOUR Winners receive $100 SAME DAY SLOT PLAY and $100 FUTURE PLAY FREE SLOT PLAY!


TWIN RIVER CASINO

Twin River Casino

Twin River Casino

$100,000 Cash Sweepstakes. EARN: April 1, 2018 – April 28, WIN: Saturday, April 28 from 11am – 11pm; 4 drawings every half-hour!


 HOLLYWOOD BANGOR

Hotel at Hollywood, Bangor

Hotel at Hollywood, Bangor

Marquee Muddin’ – Play with your Marquee Rewards card to earn entries your chance to win one of two Polaris ATV’s. Earn 25x entries on Thursdays, 50x entries on Fridays, and 100x entries on the days of the giveaway. Saturday, April 14 & 28, 9PM one ATV given away each date. Win your share of $1,000 Free SlotPlay. Card In play drawings every 10 minutes from 5PM – 8PM

HOLLYWOOD CASINO IS PLEASED TO OFFER MAINE’S ONLY LIVE POKER ROOM offering Limit and No-Limit Texas Hold’em, Omaha, and 7-Card Stud are currently available based on player demand and availability. Click HERE for the Poker Calendar of Events.

ONGOING PROMOS: “Wicked Numbahs” – Every  Friday in February; BIRTHDAY BASH – Fridays 8AM – MIDNIGHT ;   MATCH & WIN, Saturdays 3 – 9PM,  50 PLUS REWARDS KIOSK – Every Sunday 1PM – 4PM, and win up to $250 in Free SlotPlay on the Ladies Night Ball Drop Board, Every Monday Play One Hour, Eat Free at Hops House 99


OXFORD CASINO

Oxford Casino, Maine

150K Cars or Cash Giveaway – Win one of THREE brand new Cadillacs. The next two drawings will take place on Sunday, March 11 and Sunday, April 15, 2018. Starting at 2:00pm, one finalist will be selected every 10 minutes to take their spot in that day’s

Easter Brunch, Sunday, April 1, 2018, 9:00am – 4:00pm – $21.95 per person – Delicious breakfast, brunch and dinner items including leg of lamb, ham and turkey carving stations and Easter favorites. Reservations recommended. Call (207) 539-6705

Patriots’ Day Buffet, Monday, April 16, 2018 – 10:30am – 3:30pm, $12.95 per person

Prime Rib Buffet, Every Friday from 5:00PM to 10:00PM $21.95 per person

Weekend Breakfast Buffets, Every Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am-Noon. $12.95 per person,

ONGOING PROMOTIONS2017 Birthday Bash, SATURDAYSuper 6SUNDAY16X Multiplier  TUESDAY – 15X Multiplier WEDNESDAY15X Multiplier & Seniors Day ,THURSDAY – Missile MadnessEvery Thursday.  3:00pm – 8:00pm &– Free Lunch Buffet (100 pts earned),FRIDAYHigh 5 


PLAINRIDGE PARK CASINO & RACEWAY

Plainridge Park Casino

Plainridge Park Casino in Massachusetts on Opening Day

$200,000 CHOOSE YOUR RIDE GIVEAWAY – Earn entries now through April 28, Grand prize drawings April 14-7PM, April 21-7PM, April 28-7PM. Win $25,000 towards a new car or $17,500 cash

Roll the Dice – Sundays, from 4-10PM, win your share of $40,000 of free slot play.  March 4, 11, 18th.

Play to Earn Skee-Ball – Mondays, 6:00AM – 11:59PM – Earn 500 pts and receive Skee Ball Bonus of $10 – $50 Free Slot Play.

Big Draw Play to Earn – Wednesdays, 3-7PM, Earn 500 pts and get one free draw in the Promo Zone. Match all 6 numbers and earn $100,000 in Free Slot Play

ONGOING PROMOTIONS:  P OF CLUBS Fridays from 6PM-10PM. Win $100 up to $5,000 Free SlotPlay. 5 winners every hour from 6pm-10pm. If a winner picks the P of Diamonds they receive progressive prize,  Play Up To $500 Sign Up Bonus


Sporting Events

April 6th – CES MMA presents World Championship MMA at the Twin River Events Center, 8:00pm

April 8th – Mohegan Sun Arena – New England Black Wolves vs. Calgary Roughnecks, 2:00PM

April 14th –  WBFF 20th Annual Fitness Atlantic Show: USA Championships at Convention Center And Uncas Ballroom, Mohegan Sun, 10:00am 

April 21th – Lion Fight 42 at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 6:00 

April 29th – Mohegan Sun Arena – New England Black Wolves vs. Georgia Swarm, 5:00PM


NETimeGambling | Casinos in New England“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.  “Heck, I even 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. “It allows us to witness the best and worst of human nature and human interaction.”

The goal was to provide a service and resource for anyone visiting New England’s expanding casino market.

Connecticut Casino Expansion Intensifies

 

MGM  Bridgeport rendering top. Proposed MMCT joint venture casino between CT’s Mohegan & Pequot tribes for East Windsor, CT. below.

To add a casino or not add a casino? – That is NOT the question. To add two casinos? – Now that’s the question!

To get the prequel for this post, click on the the post “Wynn, MGM, Bridgeport & MMCT – Questions Abound.”  

The battle at the border between MGM Springfield and the MMCT joint casino venture by the Mohegan & Pequot tribes is going on three years now. But events in March took the conflict to a new height. Highlights?  Sure, there are plenty:

  • CT Attorney General George Jepsen advised legislators on Thursday to consider and test the market for opening Connecticut to commercial casinos, believing that commercial casinos would not jeopardize the $160 million in slots revenue that the state expects to collect in 2018 from the exclusivity deal signed with tribal owners Mohegan Tribe and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, owners of Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino.

    Attorney General Jepson

  • According to MGM, Connecticut left tons of money on the table by accepting the first casino proposal that came their way. MGM has argued for the past year that the casino proposal process should be open to commercial interests. MGM would also pick a different location – Bridgeport, which is further from the MGM Springfield than East Windsor.
  • MGM wants to build a casino and hotel on the Bridgeport waterfront – the only place MGM is interested in. A bill to support this was in jeopardy after committee leadership refused to hold a vote on it, but it was passed with one major change – Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun will still be allowed to develop their own casino in East Windsor, CT, minutes from the Massachusetts border and from MGM Springfield. Due to the change in the billMGM isn’t so so sure it’s interested if the MMCT casino in East Windsor is allowed to be built.

    Connecticut State Capitol

  • Then, Connecticut lawmakers approved a revised bill that could pave the way for the construction of the state’s fourth casino. The piece of legislation nearly died in the General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee, but last-ditch efforts from lawmakers supporting the idea helped it survive with a 21-3 vote in favor. If approved in the Legislature, the bill would allow for the opening of a new bidding process for operators interested in building a casino in Connecticut. In case the proposed commercial casino bill reaches the desk of Governor Dannel Malloy and he signs it into law, the state of Connecticut would then subsequently allow the local Indian tribes, casino developers, and other qualified entities to submit their respective proposals for establishing the fourth legally authorized gaming venue in the state.

You can’t make this stuff up!  At any given time, either side sound like adolescents not getting their way, only this is different – there’s a lot of money at stake!

Remember to go to TravelZork to see our monthly post, as well as all of their great coverage of  travel, Vegas & casino resources on the web.

Easter Dining Specials – New England Casinos

This weekend many will be celebrating Easter. Casinos aren’t necessarily the first place to visit for such an important holiday, but New England’s seven casinos offer terrific promotions for this weekend. Check them out below, and as always, contact the casino or restaurant for information and reservations.

MAINE

Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway, Bangor

Easter Brunch: $26.99 , Kids Under 12: $14.99 All your Easter favorites will be on the Brunch Buffet from 9am-3pm on Sunday, April 1st!

Oxford Casino, Oxford

Sunday, April 1, 2018, 9:00am – 4:00pm, $21.95 per person. Delicious breakfast, brunch and dinner items including leg of lamb, ham and turkey carving stations and Easter favorites. Reservations recommended. Call (207) 539-6705

RHODE ISLAND

Twin River Casino, Lincoln, April 5th

Wicked Good Bar & Grill – Easter Specials at 12:00 Noon: Prime Rib Dinner, $20; Pineapple Brown Sugar Glazed Ham Dinner $15; Classic Carrot Cake $7

MASSACHUSETTS

Plainridge Park Casino

Slack’s Oyster House & Grill – Special Easter Brunch Menu with the regular menu.

CONNECTICUT

Mohegan Sun Casino Resort, Uncasville

Easter Dining Specials

BALLO Italian Restaurant
Grilled lamb chops with English pea risotto, morels and pea shoots ($55)
Regular menu available

Jasper White’s Summer Shack
Featured dish: Jasper’s famous Pan Roasted Lobster

The Lansdowne Irish Pub & Music House
Easter Dinner Special: Glazed smoked ham served with mashed potatoes and roasted root vegetables ($16)

Michael Jordan’s 23.sportcafe
16 oz. prime rib with mashed potatoes and asparagus ($29)

Michael Jordan’s Steak House
Petite Filet with Chimichurri butter, lobster out of the shell with tomato beurre blanc and saffron rice pilaf ($55)

Sushi Koya
Featured dish: Sushi Koya Dinosaur Egg
Spicy tuna wrapped  with fresh avocado and topped with tempura crunch and spicy mayo two eggs for $10

Tom’s Urban
Featured item: Urban Mimosa with Infinite Monkey Theorem Sparkling Wine & OJ

Foxwoods Casino Resort, Mashentucket

Easter Dining Specials

ALTA STRADA – Lamb Shank Osso bucco • $42

with Swiss Chard, Cipollini Onions, Truffled Polenta finished with a red wine reduction
Brunch Buffet • 10am – 3pm

CEDARS STEAKHOUSE & OYSTER BAR – Grilled Pesto Colossal Shrimp • $18

Beefsteak Tomato, Fresh Garden Greens, Crispy Shaved Onions
 
Filet Mignon Au Poivre • $65
Black Peppercorn Encrusted with Wild Mushroom Brandy Sauce, Cajun Sea Scallop Skewer, Parmesan & Fresh Chive Risotto, Grilled Asparagus
 
Bake Stuffed Sole • $55
Sole Stuffed with our own Lump Crab Seafood Stuffing. Lemon Beurre Blance, Garlic Mash Potato, Sauté Green Beans

DAVID BURKE PRIME – Enjoy Easter brunch or dinner at Foxwoods’ Prime steakhouse.

FESTIVAL BUFFET

Carving Station – Grilled Rosemary Leg of Lamb, Beef Prime Rib
International Lines – Roast Cornish Hen, Ham with Butter Rum Sauce, Rock Crab Clusters, Fried Chicken, Roasted Asparagus, Steak Tips
Seafood Station – Sautéed Fresh Mussels, Salmon with Mustard Crust, Shrimp Cocktail, Fried Shrimp, Beer Battered Cod
Italian Station – Bacon, Potato, Chicken, Ricotta Pizza, Shrimp Scampi Risotto, Red Wine Braised Short Ribs, Chicken Parm Baked Penne, Meatballs &Sausage Marinara, Rotini Forestiere, Boursin Alfredo & Marinara Sauce
BBQ Station – Carolina Style BBQ Chicken, Grilled Steaks, St. Louis BBQ Ribs, Macaroni & Cheese, Cornbread Stuffing

JUNIOR’S

Grilled Rack of Lamb • $35.95

Served with Roasted Rosemary Potatoes, Vegetable and Mint Jelly

 
Roast King Cut Prime Rib • $29.95
Served with Idaho Baked Potato Green Beans Almondine and Horseradish Cream Sauce
 
Stuffed Atlantic Cod • $29.95
Stuffed with a Lobster, Shrimp and Scallop Stuffing topped with a Lobster Sherry Sauce and Served with Florentine Rice and Vegetables
 
Lobster Macaroni & Cheese • $25.95
Tender Morsels of Lobster Tossed with our Homemade Mac n Cheese and Topped with a Butter Parmesan Cheddar Cracker Mix

SUGAR FACTORY – Easter Day Brunch • $55 VIEW MENU

VERANDA CAFE – Grilled Rosemary Scented Lamb Chops • $24.99

Red Wine Demi, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato, Asparagus

VUE 24

Brunch Cobb Salad
Gem lettuce, Eggs, Avocado, VT Grafton Smoked Cheddar, Shrimp, Bacon, Green Goddess Dressing
 
Smoked Pork Loin
Apricot Brown Sugar Glaze, Brussels Sprouts, Potato Puree, Grain Mustard Pan Gravy

Binbin

 

March Promotions & Events at New England Casinos

So many exciting and important things happening in March – St. Patrick’s Day & Irish American Month, Easter, March Madness, Music in Our Schools Month, the Ides of March (casino visit or not?), Passover and of course “PI Day.”  March comes with it’s wacky “holidays” as well, such as the 2nd Week is National Bubble Week. How about

  • 3/2 Old Stuff Day
  • 3/3 If Pets Had Thumbs Day
  • 3/13 Ear Muff Day
  • 3/15 Everything You Think is Wrong Day
  • 3/20 Extraterrestrial Abductions Day
  • 3/26 Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

Visiting New England’s Casinos? Curious about casino expansion in our region? Then there’s only one place to go – visit us at NETimeGambling! For specific casino details, visit the websites of all seven casinos:  Connecticut – Foxwoods Resort/Casino & Mohegan Sun Resort/Casino; Rhode IslandNewport Grand & Twin River Hotel/Casino; MassachusettsPlainridge Park Casino & Raceway, MGM Springfield & Wynn Boston Harbor; Maine –  Oxford Casino & Hollywood Bangor Hotel, Casino & Raceway.


 

 

Event Spotlight

On April 20th & 21st, both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun will be the place for gamblers to meet. Gamblepalooza, a gathering for recreational gamblers by recreational gamblers, will make Connecticut casinos their home for two days of gambling with casino oriented events and meet ups. Tentative Events Line-up:

  • -Meet and Greet Cocktail Hour featuring You Can Bet on That, Cousin Vito’s Casino, Travelzork’s Eric Rosenthal, and more. (Friday)
  • -$100 a share High Limiy Slot Pull (TBD)
  • -Several Group Gambling outings TBD including Craps, Pai Gow, Slots and more. (Both)
  • -Group dining event (possibly a breakfast)

For up-to-date information on more events and hotel information, click HERE


Entertainment

Grand Theater at Foxwoods.

HEADLINERS

March 2nd – Weird Al Yankowic at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

March 2nd – Foreigner at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

March 2nd – Kid Rock at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

March 3rd & 4th – Human Nature at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00 & 7:00PM

March 8th – Alice Cooper at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM

March 9th – Chaka Khan at the Twin River Events Center, 8:00pm

March 9 & 10 – The Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

March 10 & 11 – Cirque Dreams Revealed, at Mohegan Sun Arena – check for times

March 10th – Stevie Winwood at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

March 17th – Jeffrey Osborne at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

March 22nd – Judas Priest at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00PM

March 24th – Rod Stewart at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

March 24th – R&B Remix featuring Brandy, Ashanti, Avant and Lil Mo at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

March 31st – Michael Carbonaro at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 7:00PM & 10:30PM

Other casino entertainment venues include:

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.

Hollywood Bangor now offers two venues for live weekend music – 99 Hops House & the Sound Stage.  Click Here for schedule.

Newport Grand offers Free shows by Tribute bands  almost every weekend.  Click HERE for schedule.

Twin River Lighthouse Loungeright in the middle of the downstairs casino.  Shipyard Pub – Upstairs in Non-smoking.

Plainridge Park Casino – the Revolution Lounge offers entertainment on the weekends

Foxwoods – Atrium Lounge – Live bands on the weekend, specialty cocktails and great time.


Gambling Promos & Events

HOLLYWOOD BANGOR

Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway – Bangor Maine

HOLLYWOOD CASINO IS PLEASED TO OFFER MAINE’S ONLY LIVE POKER ROOM offering Limit and No-Limit Texas Hold’em, Omaha, and 7-Card Stud are currently available based on player demand and availability. Click HERE for the Poker Calendar of Events.

ONGOING PROMOS: “Wicked Numbahs” – Every  Friday in February; BIRTHDAY BASH – Fridays 8AM – MIDNIGHT ;   MATCH & WIN, Saturdays 3 – 9PM,  50 PLUS REWARDS KIOSK – Every Sunday 1PM – 4PM, and win up to $250 in Free SlotPlay on the Ladies Night Ball Drop Board


FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO 

Foxwoods open ceiling in the Grand Pequot casino. It also included to areas with windows until boarded up for Tanger Outlets addition.

Foxwoods Poker Classic – March 9 – 26, 2018.

Deal of a Lifetime Blackjack Tournament – 7 WINNERS  – $135,000 in Guaranteed Prizes. Earn Entries:  March 1-29. Activate Entries:  March 30 – 6am-7pm. Drawing:  March 30 at 8pm. Deal of a Lifetime Game at 9pm in the Grand Pequot Casino

ST. PATRICK’S DAY BINGO. – Saturday, March 17th.

Foxwoods® Resort Casino’s Shamrocked Pub Crawl returns this St. Patrick’s Day. Cost is $10. Guests 21+ can enjoy a pub crawl which features beverage specials at participating locations and all Pub Crawl guests will have a chance to win great prizes that include Foxwoods show tickets.  Shamrocked kicks off at 6:00 p.m. at the The Celebration Zone on the Retail Concourse of the Great Cedar hotel and culminates at 12:00 a.m. at Centrale Fox Tower where the grand prizes will be given away.

ULTIMATE EASTER HOT SEAT,Saturday, March 31st, from 2-8PM

TUESDAY SLOT TOURNAMENTS are back. Every Tuesday in March | 2pm – 8pm


MOHEGAN SUN

STATUS POINT MAYHEM, Friday, March 2nd 2018, 6:00am to Midnight.  Status Multipliers throughout the day from 2X to 5X, each to be hit at least twice in the day.

Slam Dunk Giveaway – March 12th – March 15th

POINT MULTIPLIERS3X Status multiplier on March 29th, and Double Status, Double Momentum points on March 18th.


NEWPORT GRAND

As the sun sets on Newport Grand Slots

 

5X Rewards Points every Tuesday in March.

Win a Norwegian Cruise for two – WIN: Saturday, March 10 from 3PM – 6PM, 1 winner every hour. Rewards members must swipe their Rewards Card at a promotional kiosk beginning at 10AM on March 10, 2018 to qualify and receive a free entry.

$20,000 O’Lucky Bucks SweepstakesWin $250 Cash. WIN: Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 2PM-9:30PM, 5 winners every ½ hour

Macy’s $500 Gift Card Extravaganza SweepstakesWIN: Friday, March 9, 2018 from 12PM-7PM and Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 1PM-7PM


OXFORD CASINO

Oxford Casino at Night

Oxford Casino, Oxford, ME

150K Cars or Cash Giveaway – Win one of THREE brand new Cadillacs. The next two drawings will take place on Sunday, March 11 and Sunday, April 15, 2018. Starting at 2:00pm, one finalist will be selected every 10 minutes to take their spot in that day’s

St. Patrick’s Day Buffet – Saturday, March 17, 2018, 4:00pm – 9:00pm, $24.95 per person. Enjoy a lucky Irish lunch buffet featuring corned beef and many more Irish favorites. Limited space available. Reservations required. Call 207-539-6705.

Easter Brunch, Sunday, April 1, 2018, 9:00am – 4:00pm – $21.95 per person – Delicious breakfast, brunch and dinner items including leg of lamb, ham and turkey carving stations and Easter favorites. Reservations recommended. Call (207) 539-6705

Prime Rib Buffet, Every Friday from 5:00PM to 10:00PM$21.95 per person

Weekend Breakfast Buffets, Every Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am-Noon. $12.95 per person,

ONGOING PROMOTIONS2017 Birthday Bash, SATURDAYSuper 6SUNDAY16X Multiplier  TUESDAY – 15X Multiplier WEDNESDAY15X Multiplier & Seniors Day ,THURSDAY – Missile MadnessEvery Thursday.  3:00pm – 8:00pm &– Free Lunch Buffet (100 pts earned),FRIDAYHigh 5 


PLAINRIDGE PARK CASINO & RACEWAY

Marquee Millionaire – Earn Entries March 3rd to win a chance to play in the Millionaire Marquee Slot Tournament at M Resort in Las Vegas

Roll the Dice – Sundays, from 4-10PM, win your share of $40,000 of free slot play.  March 4, 11, 18th.

Play to Earn Skee-Ball – Mondays, 6:00AM – 11:59PM – Earn 500 pts and receive Skee Ball Bonus of $10 – $50 Free Slot Play.

Big Draw Play to Earn – Wednesdays, 3-7PM, Earn 500 pts and get one free draw in the Promo Zone. Match all 6 numbers and earn $100,000 in Free Slot Play

ONGOING PROMOTIONS:  P OF CLUBS Fridays from 6PM-10PM. Win $100 up to $5,000 Free SlotPlay. 5 winners every hour from 6pm-10pm. If a winner picks the P of Diamonds they receive progressive prize,  Play Up To $500 Sign Up Bonus


Sporting Events

CT Sun at Mohegan Sun Arena

CT Sun at Mohegan Sun Arena

March 3rd -5thMohegan Sun Arena – AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 

March 16th – Mohegan Sun Arena – NEW ENGLAND BLACK WOLVES VS. TORONTO ROCK, 7:30PM

March 23rd – Mohegan Sun Arena – NEW ENGLAND BLACK WOLVES VS. BUFFALO BANDITS, 7:30PM

 

CT’s Third Casino, An Underwhelming Reality?

Proposed MMCT joint venture casino between CT’s Mohegan & Pequot tribes

Last week, MMCT, the joint venture between Connecticut’s Mohegan and Pequot tribes, showed a slight blueprint of what the satellite casino planned for East Windsor, a blueprint that was underwhelming. The news was that it would include 2,000 slot machines, up to 150 tables, and a five-story, 1,800-parking space garage.

Steve Ruddock, a veteran of the gambling industry and longtime contributor to numerous publications including DFS Report, USPoker.com, and PlayMa.com.  As a resident of Massachusetts and a scholar of the gambling industry, Steve has a special perspective on the  gambling expansion in Connecticut.

Drawings were submitted to the town and are little more than a rough sketch a first glimpse at the thinking behind the $300 million development.  Steve’s analysis was quite good and can be read at “IT APPEARS EAST WINDSOR CASINO’S BIGGEST SELLING POINT IS A PARKING GARAGE”

Blueprint for MMCT East Windsor Casino.

Steve and I exchanged opinions and I believe I’m now leaning his way. He called it a “slot box.”  I hesitated when I read his opinion and asked him what constitutes a “slot box.”  Steve’s definition was “A casino without a lot of amenities. Somewhere you go to gamble and do little else.”  I must admit, after seeing his explanation, I do agree.  This third casino is not going to come close in comparison to MGM Springfield.  As presented, it IS a “slots box.”

It made me wonder what other slot boxes this size and this amount of table games and slots were in Las Vegas or elsewhere.

Of course there is Plainridge Park Casino and Raceway in Plainville, Massachusetts.  But that was the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s plan all along.

Elsewhere in New England there is Oxford and Twin River casinos in Maine and Rhode Island respectively, but both have completed, or in the process of completing a hotel.

NYC has its Empire City and Resorts World, both large slot joints, with no hotel. But these two casinos with few amenities are highly successful. East Windsor is a far cry from New York City concerning the number of available gamblers, so the comparison of how successful a slot parlor could be to keep revenue and jobs in Connecticut is questionable.

Resorts World, Queens, NY.

In Vegas, with that definition would you consider Casino Royale on the Strip, Dotty’s chain of slot joints, (much smaller, no hotel), and some of Downtown Vegas Casinos, like El Cortez and the Plaza, even though they have hotels.

It’s too bad that a hotel isn’t in the mix for East Windsor, never mind a good restaurant like Stack’s (Plainridge Park) or the many high end eateries at both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.  Or, how about some meeting space to add to the hotel to add to convention crowds from Hartford. In other words, there needs to be more incentive besides program loyalty to keep Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun patrons from crossing over the Massachusetts border.

Bottom line is, why not build a world class casino, smaller scale, like those in SouthEastern CT? Something that would be able to compete with MGM Springfield. Something that costs more than $900,000!

I’m not in favor of open bidding in Bridgeport, or anywhere else in CT. The future ramifications would open up a can of worms that would not fix CT’s financial woes. But I do think that East Windsor and the people of CT deserve better from MMCT.

Thanks to Steve Ruddock for inspiring this post.

Binbin

 

 

 

Great New England Casino Promotions, Entertainment & Events Still Remain in February

New England Casino Promotions, Entertainment & Events What’s Left in February

There are still great things happening in February at New England’s Casinos. For specific casino details, visit the websites of all seven casinos:  ConnecticutFoxwoods Resort/Casino & Mohegan Sun Resort/Casino; Rhode IslandNewport Grand & Twin River Hotel/Casino; MassachusettsPlainridge Park Casino & Raceway, MGM Springfield & Wynn Boston Harbor; Maine –  Oxford Casino & Hollywood Bangor Hotel, Casino & Raceway.

Gambling Promos & Events

MOHEGAN SUN – Uncasville, CT

FAT TIRE FRIDAY at New Belgium Brewing Taproom, Friday, February 23rd 2018 at 4:00pm. A member of the New Belgium team will be available from 7:00pm – 9:00pm with giveaways and samplings

FOREVER YOUNG MONDAYS, until Monday, February 26th 2018. 60+ special dining and retail offers, entertainment and a new free gift every Monday,

POINT MULTIPLIERS – 3X Status multiplier on February 18th, and Double Status, Double Momentum points on February 9th.

STATUS POINT MAYHEM, Friday, March 2nd 2018, 6:00am to Midnight.  Status Multipliers throughout the day from 2X to 5X, each to be hit at least twice in the day.

Coming in MarchSlam Dunk Giveaway – March 12th – March 15th


 

FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO – Mashantucket, CT

Win a Trip to Las Vegas – Simply play your favorite slots or table games with your Foxwoods Rewards card. EARN ENTRIES | JANUARY 28 – FEBRUARY 23. For every two (2) Rewards Points earned between January 28 – February 23, you will receive one entry into the drawing. GRAND PRIZE DRAWING | FEBRUARY 24, 8PM

Chinese New Year Parade – Sunday, Feb. 18th at 11:00AM – To Celebrate the Lunar New Year, A Lion Dance Performance will commence throughout property signifying good luck and fortune. The Parade will begin in the Grand Pequot Hotel Lobby, proceed through the Newport Casino, Cedars Square, and the Grand Finale will occur at the Rainmaker Square. “Money Gods” will distribute Lucky Red Envelopes to onlookers along the procession.

High Stakes President’s Day Weekend Mini-Mega Bingo – for more details, click HERE.

Presidents Day Poker Special – February 17-19

Coming in March – ST. PATRICK’S DAY BINGOULTIMATE EASTER HOT SEAT,  &  TUESDAY SLOT TOURNAMENTS

NEWPORT GRAND – Newport, RI

5X Rewards Points every Tuesday in February.

$10,000 Presidents’ Day Sweepstakes – WIN: Monday, February 19 from 12PM – 6PM, 8 winners every ½ hour

Twin River Casino

TWIN RIVER CASINO – Lincoln, RI

Win a Norwegian Cruise for Two.  EARN: February 1 – 22
WIN: Thursdays in February (1, 8, 15 & 22); two drawings every hour from 5pm – 9pm!

Hollywood Casino, Bangor Maine

HOLLYWOOD BANGOR – Bangor, ME

Jackpot Extravaganza – WIN YOUR SHARE OF $7,500 IN FREE SLOTPLAY. You can earn one ballot for every taxable Jackpot hit of $1,200 or more from now through February 23. Deposit your ballots into the Slot Machine Ballot Drum starting at 3PM on February 23rd. 26 winners will be drawn to win a share of $7,500 in Free SlotPlay. Earn double ballots every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

HopsHouse 99 Trivia Night – All Marquee Rewards members can show off their trivia knowledge to compete for a $100 cash prize for the winning team and also a $50 Hops House 99 Dining Comp for second place and a $25 Hops House 99 Dining Comp for third!

ONGOING PROMOS: “Wicked Numbahs” – Every  Friday in February; BIRTHDAY BASH – Fridays 8AM – MIDNIGHT ;   MATCH & WIN, Saturdays 3 – 9PM,  50 PLUS REWARDS KIOSK – Every Sunday 1PM – 4PM, and win up to $250 in Free SlotPlay on the Ladies Night Ball Drop Board

Oxford Casino at Night

OXFORD CASINO – Oxford, ME

BUFFET MADNESS

Presidents Day Buffet, Monday, February 19, 2018, 10:30am – 3:00pm, $12.95 per person,

Prime Rib Buffet, Every Friday from 5:00PM to 10:00PM$21.95 per person

Weekend Breakfast Buffets, Every Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am-Noon. $12.95 per person,

ONGOING PROMOTIONS:Fat Stacks of CASH,   2017 Birthday Bash, SATURDAYSuper 6SUNDAY16X Multiplier  TUESDAY – $5 Spaghetti Lunch15X Multiplier WEDNESDAY15X Multiplier & Seniors Day ,THURSDAY – Missile MadnessEvery Thursday.  3:00pm – 8:00pm &– Free Lunch Buffet (100 pts earned),FRIDAYHigh 5 

Plainridge Park Casino

PLAINRIDGE PARK CASINO & RACEWAY – Plainville, MA

$75,000 LOVE OF MONEY GIVEAWAY – Earn entries starting January 27th through February 24th for the $75,000 Love of Money Giveaway.

ONGOING PROMOTIONS:  PIRATES GOLD, Mondays from 6AM-11:59PM. Earn 500 points and receive a Pirate’s Gold Bonus of $10 to $50 Free SlotPlay, MYSTERYBOX Wednesdays from 3PM-7PM. Earn 500 points on your Marquee Rewards card and claim a gift from 3pm-7pm, P OF DIAMONDS Fridays from 6PM-10PM. Win $100 up to $5,000 Free SlotPlay. 5 winners every hour from 6pm-10pm. If a winner picks the P of Diamonds they receive progressive prize,  Play Up To $500 Sign Up Bonus

Sporting Events

February 18th – Mohegan Sun Arena – NEW ENGLAND BLACK WOLVES VS. COLORADO MAMMOTH, special “HUNTER’S BIRTHDAY” Birthday Celebration, 2:00pm

February 23rd – Twin River Event Center – CES Boxing – 7:00pm

March 3rd -5th – Mohegan Sun Arena – AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

March 16th – Mohegan Sun Arena – NEW ENGLAND BLACK WOLVES VS. TORONTO ROCK, 7:30PM

March 23rd – Mohegan Sun Arena – NEW ENGLAND BLACK WOLVES VS. BUFFALO BANDITS, 7:30PM

Entertainment

February 17th – Cole Swindell, at Mohegan Sun Arena; 7:30pm

February 17th – The Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 17th – Taylor Dayne, at Mohegan Sun Wolf Den (free) 8:00PM

February 18th – SPINNATO’S MAGIC MATINEE, 5:00pm at Comix Comedy Club, Mohegan Sun

February 18th – John “Dr. Dirty” Valby, 8:00pm at Comix Comedy Club, Mohegan Sun

February 23rd – Lisa Lampanelli at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 23rd – LITTLE BIG TOWN WITH SPECIAL GUESTS KACEY MUSGRAVES & MIDLAND, at Mohegan Sun Arena; 7:30pm

February 23rd – Uriah Heep at Mohegan Sun Wolf Den (free) 8:00PM

February 23rd – MIKE GIRARD’S BIG SWINGING THING, 8:00-11:00, by The Loft at Plainridge Park Casino

February 24th – The Dan Band at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 24th – Dropkick Murphys’ Pre-Show Party with Pro Boxing, 3:00pm at Convention Center And Uncas Ballroom, Mohegan Sun

February 24th – Dropkick Murphys – at Mohegan Sun Arena; 7:30pm

February 24th – SPINNATO’S MAGIC MATINEE, 5:00pm at Comix Comedy Club, Mohegan Sun

March 2nd – Weird Al Yankowic at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

March 2nd – Foreigner at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

March 2nd – Kid Rock at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

March 3rd & 4th – Human Nature at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00 & 7:00PM

March 8th – Alice Cooper at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM

March 9th – Chaka Khan at the Twin River Events Center, 8:00pm

March 9 & 10 – The Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

March 10 & 11 – Cirque Dreams Revealed, at Mohegan Sun Arena – check for times

March 10 – Stevie Winwood at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

March 17th – Jeffrey Osborne at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

March 22nd – Judas Priest at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00PM

March 24th – Rod Stewart at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

Other casino entertainment venues include:

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.

Hollywood Bangor now offers two venues for live weekend music – 99 Hops House & the Sound Stage.  Click Here for schedule.

Newport Grand offers Free shows by Tribute bands  almost every weekend.  Click HERE for schedule.

Twin River Lighthouse Loungeright in the middle of the downstairs casino.  Shipyard Pub – Upstairs in Non-smoking.

Plainridge Park Casino – the Revolution Lounge offers entertainment on the weekends

Foxwoods – Atrium Lounge – Live bands on the weekend, specialty cocktails and great time.

Two Years Ago

Two years ago, I posted the following article about the changes between 2013 & February, 2016.  it’s interesting to see what had happened in that time period, what was expected to happen between then and now, and actually where we stand two years later. So, here is the actual article, with updates as we go. Remember this was originally written in 2016. Enjoy…..


(February 8th 2016) Let’s go back in time first…..

Two years ago in New England.

Two years ago in New England.

Two years ago, (2014) it was all about Wynn Everett never happening, Mohegan Sun’s rejection in Palmer or Revere, and MGM Springfield causing concern over traffic, historic buildings, yadda, yadda, yadda…

Last year, (2015) MGM Springfield & Wynn Everett are given casino licenses, but will open two years later. Connecticut looks at the possibility for a third casino, law suits between MGM & CT, and Wynn & Boston’s Mayor Walsh erupt, Rhode Island’s Twin River buys Newport Grand and talks of moving it to Tiverton, while Massachusetts opens its first Casino in Plainville, Mass. only to find disappointment because of declining revenue after its opening. (As we now realize, Plainridge Park has had a series of months with growing revenue. Wynn & Walsh made nice, nice, Twin River Management is progressing through those plans in 2018.)

imagesIt’s 2016.  Wynn & MGM have begun breaking ground, fewer lawsuits remain, and Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville continues to perform to less than expected (and highly bloated) results.  CT is trying to find a location for its third casino, and everything seems to be moving forward to the wonderfully saturated and competitive casino market we know as New England.

But what would the casino industry be like without some turmoil?  So, here’s the next chapter of  “As The New England Casino Industry Turns.”  Recently:

IN MASSACHUSETTS

  • The Bureau of Indian Affairs officially designated Mashpee Wampanoag lands as a reservation on Friday. In September, the U.S. Department of Interior agreed to take 321 acres of tribe-owned land into trust on its behalf.
    Rendition Wampanoag Casino in Taunton

    Wampanoag Casino in Taunton

    But not so fast, a group of Taunton property owners filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday challenging the designation of neighboring land as a Native American reservation, a legal move meant to block a $500 million casino planned for the location,  describing the tribe’s plans for a massive casino and hotel complex as “grossly out-of-character” for a quiet residential area. Sound familiar?  (i.e., Palmer MA, Tiverton RI) (First Light continues to be stuck in “Legislative Limbo.”)

  • Then there’s Brockton – you remember that city, don’t you?  They’re the ones patiently waiting to find out what Massachusetts and the Mass.Gaming Commission are going to do with the Mashpee proposal in Taunton.  th (11)The Brockton casino proposal is the only remaining commercial license applicant pursuing a license provided to the southeastern region by the state’s gaming law. If both eventually appear years in the future, it’s said they will be able to “co-exist,” meaning not prosper, not financially aid the state of Massachusetts, and play second fiddle to MGM & Wynn forever.  The new lawsuit mentioned above by Taunton could keep the decision in limbo for years.  Rush Street Gaming, developer of Brockton’s Casino proposal, won’t stick around that long. (The MGC decided not to award any SE gaming license, with Brockton being the last casino standing, but not getting the award.)

IN CONNECTICUT

thA third casino site for a jointly run Foxwoods/Mohegan Sun Casino to compete with MGM Springfield Resort being built across the line in MA, will be decided on later than expected.  Now remember, MGM Resorts filed a lawsuit against the state of Connecticut in 2015 alleging that the state had not followed fair policy by giving casino establishments an equal right to bid for a third casino in Connecticut, suggesting partiality to CT’s two “casino” tribes.  Recently, The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, ignored by CT and feds, established a business entity with the aim of being allowed to establish a commercial casino within the borders of CT and they remain dedicated to the idea of operating the third CT gambling faculty. Richard Blumenthal, the state’s congressional delegation, have opposed new rules by the BIA that would have made winning federal recognition easier for tribes like the Schaghticokes.  In one week, the tribe from Kent, CT was approved and denied, with Connecticut saying their made a “boo-boo.”   Maybe MGM Springfield has a point with their lawsuit. (The whole thing was eventually dismissed, leading this blogger to wonder if there is still a political predjudice towards tribal peoples. Ironic that it would be alive and well in New England, you know – Pilgrims, first contact, etc…)

IN RHODE ISLAND

The Battlefield for Casino Supremacy in Rhode Island & Southeast Mass

The Battlefield for Casino Supremacy in Rhode Island & Southeast Mass

Twin River Casino, owner of Newport Grand Casino, would ask voters statewide and in Tiverton to decide the fate of the new casino with referendums on the November 2016 ballot. The question would need to pass both statewide and in Tiverton for the casino to be approved.  In a Tiverton town meeting, townspeople sounded genuinely split on the issue as they talked about the practicalities and the morality of hosting a gambling venue. (Tiverton and Twin River Casino’s new Hotel is all happening – just r-e-a-l-l-y sloooowwwwwwwly)

IN MAINE

York County, Maine om the Mass & NH borders where the third Casino in Maine is proposed

York County, Maine on the Mass & NH borders where the third Casino in Maine is proposed

Hey, is Maine still looking to add a third casino – closer to the Massachusetts border?  According to a detailed report in the Bangor Daily News, petition circulators were hired in the state of Maine to gather signatures to try and bring another casino to the state.

Soon after the signature campaign started that circulators began to allege issues that they were hired by the company Harness Racing Jobs Fairnessto gather signatures, promised as much as $10 per signature! The unorthodox campaign to give a Las Vegas gambling developer the sole right to build a York County casino submitted its signatures Monday to put the proposal to Maine voters in November.  NETG prediction – referendum? sure…..casino?  Nah. (And we were right – twice and no Maine casino in York county.)

So, unless you were gone for the month of January and February (2016), that’s the news to peak your interest. Same issues, just different players.

Binbin

Valentines Day Specials at Connecticut Casinos

February is for Lovers.  Here is Part 1 of all the opportunities for you and that special someone – today in Connecticut’s Casinos.

Valentine’s Day At Mohegan Sun

DINING

The Lansdowne Irish Pub & Music House will feature dishes including Butternut Squash Ravioli – House-made butternut squash with sage brown butter, toasted pine nuts, basil pesto and shaved parmesan cheese, Baked Stuffed Shrimp – Baked shrimp with a crab & Ritz stuffing served with rice pilaf, garlic broccoli and a lemon beurre blanc., Prime Rib – Slow-roasted 12 oz. cut of Prime Rib served with roasted fingerling potatoes, asparagus and hollandaise sauce, Daily Dessert – House-made hazelnut chocolate mousse.

Todd English’s Tuscany will grill up two 4 oz. Petit filet of beef, truffled silk potato, asparagus, King Crab and hollandaise for $65.00 per person. For pasta, the restaurant will offer lobster fra diavolo with pan seared 8 oz. Maine lobster tail, spicy roasted tomato sauce and linguine for $36.00 per person.

Taughannick Falls, part of Todd English’s Tuscany

Pasta Vita on February 14th will offer heart shaped raviolis for purchase.

Hash House A Go Go will serve their regular menu and feature dishes such as Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Pancake with Whipped Cream, NY Strip Steak with Grilled Shrimp Skewer, Grilled Swordfish & Salted Caramel Cheesecake

Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain will feature two five oz. spice rubbed filet mignons, lobster with roasted lemon butter, smashed potatoes, chocolate cream pit and two glasses of Wycliff champagne on Valentine’s Day for $140.00.

From February 14th through February 18th, enjoy a Valentine’s Dinner for Two at Jasper White’sSummer Shack for $50.00 per couple.

From February 14th through February 18th, take advantage of Sushi Boat for Two and dessert to share for $60.00 at Sushi Koya

SHOPPING

Everything Under the Sun, Riverview Essentials & Brewster’s Trading Post will offer 10% off Munson’s chocolates on Valentine’s Day. While supplies last.

Splendeur – A Luxury Boutique will give away a free Katzmann infinity scarf with any purchase on February 14th. While supplies last.

From February 10th through February 13th, spend $85.00 at Victoria’s Secret to receive a gift tote. While supplies last.

When the day is over, visit COMIX Comedy Club for a special comedy show for Valentine’s Day with Laurie Kilmartin. Double availability Date Night Package for this show, 25% off front row & VIP tickets. Promo code: DATENIGHT.


Valentine’s Day At Foxwoods

Foxwoods, Holiday Season

DINING

ALTA STRADA – this Valentine’s Day, enjoy a special four course Prix-Fixe menu at Foxwoods’ fine Italian restaurant.

CEDARS STEAKHOUSE & OYSTER BAR – Experience Foxwoods’ signature steakhouse with the savory Beefsteak Tomato & Onion plate, followed by entrée choices of Surf n’ Turf or Baked Stuffed Halibut. The Surf & Turf features a center-cut Delmonico, Cajun Shrimp and Sea Scallop Skewer, while the Broiled Halibut is stuffed with Cedars’ own lump crab seafood stuffing and served with chive mashed potatoes.

DAVID BURKE PRIME – Steamed Black Bass $50, Surf & Turf $90 or Duck Three Ways $70 – seared breast, confit leg, crispy dumpling, with winter squash, grand marnier sauce.

SUGAR FACTORY – For a dining experience as sweet as your special someone, Sugar Factory is serving up just what you need! Sugar Factory is serving the ultimate Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu at $79.

VUE 24 – Allow pianist Jack Madry to set the mood during your Valentine’s Dinner as he provides the soothing sounds of jazz on the 24th Floor of the Grand Pequot Tower.  Enjoy VUE 24’s special menu additions all week long.  Begin with a Salt Roasted Baby Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Citrus Vinaigrette. For your main entrée, enjoy a Beef Duo of Prime Filet Mignon and Burgundy Braised Short Rib, served with a Sautéed Mushroom Medley, Potato Puree and Red Wine Demi.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT!

HIGH ROLLERS LUXURY LANES & SPORTS LOUNGE – Lovers’ Lane Package | February 14 – Take a trip down Lover’s Lane and impress your date with your bowling skills. Includes one bottle of Belaire, a cheese and fruit board, two red velvet cake pops and two hours of bowling with shoes.  To make a reservation, please email admin@bneg.com

RED LANTERN’S Sushi Making Class on February 14- $149 per couple. Looking for a unique date idea? Roll on over to Red Lantern with your Valentine for a special sushi making class. Learn the finer parts of sushi rolling and preparation with this hands on class. Includes sake pairings.

AN EVENING OF LOVE on FEBRUARY 9 – With R & B stars Brian McKnight, K-Ci & JoJo, Christopher Williams, and Al B. Sure. Show starts at 8:00.  Click HERE more information and Ticket Information.

Mohegan Sun Arena’s Successful Year In 2017

Mohegan Sun Arena

The Mohegan Sun Arena is a 10,000 seat multi-purpose arena in Uncasville, Connecticut located inside Mohegan Sun. The arena facility features 30,000 square feet of configurable exhibition space and opened in October 2001.

The arena originally served as home of the Mohegan Wolves arena football team until 2004. In 2003, the arena became the home of the Connecticut Sun, when the franchise was purchased from Orlando.

The following is a review of the 2017 year in Mohegan Sun Arena from Marketing Manager Cody Chapman.

Mohegan Sun Arena recorded yet another successful year of A-list national tours and national awards in 2017. Two major awards were “Prime Site” and “Casino of the Year,” bringing the total to 15 national awards for the Arena over nine years. Named in Connecticut Magazine as “Best of Connecticut 2017” for large entertainment venue, Mohegan Sun Arena continues to be one of the busiest venues in the world, and surpassed 11 million guests this year as well.

“I am blessed to have so many talented people who help put our entertainment brand on the world stage – they are the reason we have a world-class venue sitting right in our backyard,” said Tom Cantone, Sr. VP of Sports and Entertainment.

Along with recognitions, 2017 brought in multiple Grammy winners, Billboard chart toppers and Top Hot 100 artists with a record of 39 sellouts, as well as two major sport franchises, CT Sun and Black Wolves Lacrosse who both made the playoffs, filling in some of 165 dates drawing some 800,000 fans.

Among the celebrated artists and bands in 2017, one of the hottest tours includes Lady Gaga’s, “Joanne World Tour” which hit Mohegan Sun Arena with two sold-out shows. The Arena also hosted other highly touted tours that sold-out within minutes including Ed Sheeran, Bon Jovi, Neil Diamond, Depeche Mode, Journey, Pentatonix, Backstreet Boys and Ariana Grande.

Major National Awards and Tours:

  • #1 Ranked Casino Venue in the World (BillboardPollstarVenues Today)
  • #1 Social Media Venue in the World for Size (Venues Today)
  • Prime Site Award (Facilities & Event Management Magazine)
  • Casino of the Year (IEBA – International Entertainment Buyers Association)
  • Named Most Instagrammed Location in CT (Buzzfeed)
  • 3rd in the U.S. for Size (Billboard)
  • 3rd in the World for Size (Billboard)
  • 39th in the World for All Size Venues (Pollstar)
  • 17th in the U.S. for All Size Venues (Pollstar)
  • Ed Sheeran – Grammy nomination for “Song of the Year;” Presented a check for $10,000 to the CT Children’s Hospital in his name
  • Lady Gaga – 2017 American Music Awards “Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist;” Wore the CT Sun game jersey on stage during her show
  • Katy Perry – Met the family of a local cancer victim who listened to her music during treatment. The full story is available to read here: Poughkeepsie Journal
  • Bon Jovi – Rehearsed and started his “This House Is Not for Sale Tour” at Mohegan Sun Arena
  • Ariana Grande – Grammy nominations: “Best Pop Vocal Album” and “Best Pop Solo Performance;” BBC Radio 1’s Teen Awards “Best International Solo Artist”
  • The Weeknd – Power Artists (Billboard Power 100)
  • Florida Georgia Line – “Top Country Song” (Billboard)
  • Imagine Dragons – 2017 American Music Awards “Favorite Duo/Group Pop/Rock”
  • Halsey – “Top Hot 100 Song,” “Top Collaboration,” “Top Dance/Electric Song” (Billboard); Grammy nomination for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance”
  • Vets Rock – With Joe Walsh and Eddie Money, raised a total of $250,000 for our Veterans and USO

*Rankings reflect mid-year reporting with year-end results due out January 2018.

Other notable national tours in 2017 included: Eric Church, Sebastian Maniscalco, Tim & Faith, Jason Aldean, Neil Diamond, The Who, New Kids on the Block, Pentatonix, Chris Rock and Kevin Hart.

Mohegan Sun Arena keeps pace in the New Year with big name acts set for 2018 as: Walk The Moon on January 20th, Dancing With The Stars on January 26th & 27th, Cole Swindell on February 17th, Little Big Town on February 23rd, Kid Rock on March 2nd, Alice Cooper on March 8th, Rod Stewart on March 24th, Celtic Woman on March 30th, Lorde on April 7th, Brett Eldredge on April 28th, Tim & Faith on June 15th and many more.

The New England Blackwolves, of the National Lacrosse League, are continuing their winning season through April.  Then the WNBA will start up and the Connecticut Sun will call the arena home.  Always excitement at Mohegan Sun Arena. 

 

Super Bowl LII at Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun

IT’S TIME FOR THE BIG GAME

Time to celebrate Super Bowl 52, and the Connecticut Casinos are ready to party. Here is what you can look for at each Connecticut Casino.

FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO

Big Game Hot Seat Sweepstakes, Sunday, February 4 • 12pm- 6pm. Win $1000 every 30 minutes, plus Big Game Prizes like:  Autographed Memorabilia, Jerseys, Footballs and more. Guests will be entered while actively playing any slot machine or table game with their Foxwoods Rewards Card.  One guest will be selected in the “hot seat” every 30 minutes and win $1000 Cash and great prizes. Keep an eye out for the Prize Patrol. How To Enter – Check in at any Foxwoods Rewards location. After checking in, play your favorite slots or table games with your Foxwoods Rewards Card. Be on the lookout for our Big Game Prize Patrol.

Plus, watch The Big Game like never before throughout the property on all TV screens and at these locations:

Big-Game-Foxwoods-Pepsi

Finally, Pepsi will be in the Celebration Zone on the Great Cedar Concourse from 1PM – 5PM. You can hang out before the game, try samples of Pepsi Zero Sugar and get your hands on Pepsi Merch. Show off your skills in the Xbox Lounge and Corn Hole games and register for a chance to win an Xbox One S! The Fun Doesn’t End Zone.


MOHEGAN SUN RESORT CASINO

SUPER BOWL 52

Comix at Mohegan Sun – Showtime at Sun Feb 4, 2018 | 5:00PM

DOORS OPEN @ 3:00 – $10 FOOD/DRINK MIN – 16+ AGE. Get your tix now for the big game. Festivities start at 5pm; guests can enjoy the biggest game of the year on our gigantic 180-inch HD projection screen. Get out your game day gear and grab a cold one to go with tasty treats, as you sit back and enjoy the action at Comix. These tickets are for admission to our club venue with guaranteed seating and a great view of the game. For Super Bowl, We Are 16 & Over – Anyone Under 21 Requires Parent Or Legal Guardian.  20% OFF BEER/DRINKS AND $6 COMIX WINGS

New England Casino Awards – 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.

WHAT WILL 2018 BRING?

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.

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