New England Casino Awards – Final Analysis of 2018

There were some different winners in our awards this year, but not exactly what we thought they would be. With MGM Springfield on the scene, I assumed that it would be well represented.  Instead, Mohegan Sun added to it’s New England prominence. Here is our analysis:

BEST HOTEL – With the most rooms and most variations in room decor and layout, it has to be Foxwoods.  Even with Twin River’s hotel opening, Oxford Casino Hotel open for over a year, Tiverton’s opening including hotel and the opening of MGM Springfield, Foxwoods is still the best choice for hotels. MGM Springfield’s Hotel is one of a kind, and we highly recommend trying a stay there.  The many intricacies of Springfield history can be found through out the casino and continued in the Hotel decor.

MGM Tower at Foxwoods - Right side.

Fox and Grand Pequot Hotels & Casinos

BARS –  When it comes to places for libations, there are two types in casinos.  First, the typical bar, sometimes with entertainment, usually offers great drinks and dining options. The video poker bar is an important gambling choice provided, usually including slots, keno and sometimes electronic blackjack.  Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun tied in this category, and why not with so many bars and VP bars available in their multiple casinos.  But it should be mentioned that MGM Springfield’s Walk-up Bar and Commonwealth Bar have terrific ambiance.  Now, if only they had playable video poker…….

Commonwealth Bar at MGM Springfield

BEST DINING OPTIONS & BEST DINING VALUE  – Our voters pretty much nailed this. 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. Since we visit all New England Casinos, some restaurants need some mention. Tiverton Casino’s Tuscan Chophouse and Italian cuisine at Trattoria Romana are great restaurants with local ties. When it comes to great steak houses, New England’s casinos offer a wide variety of excellent steakhouses.  Consider MGM’s Chandler Steakhouse, Jordan’s Steakhouse at Mohegan Sun, Cedars and David Burke’s Prime at Foxwoods, Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse at Twin River and Slack’s Oyster House & Grill at Plainridge Park for your next beef bonanza.

Again, NETG applauds the voters in selecting David Burke Prime as outstanding high-end restaurant.  It has everything you’d fine in the best eateries in Las Vegas.

David Burke Prime, Foxwoods

BEST BUFFET – Mohegan’s Sunrise Buffet is just the best, ’nuff said.

ENTERTAINMENT, BEST SMALL VENUE – The Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun is hands down the #1 favorite. The Sun offers outstanding free entertainment on the weekends. But free entertainment has increased at other properties.  Foxwoods raised the ante in the Atrium Lounge, Hard Rock Cafe and Centrale.  Plainridge Park Casino not only offers good entertainment at their Revolution Lounge, but also at the Loft – including Comedy. Twin River’s Lighthouse Lounge continues to offer great free entertainment. Speaking of comedy, Roar! at MGM Springfield’s Armory and Mohegan Sun’s Comix leads the way.

ENTERTAINMENT, BEST LARGE VENUE – Even with the addition of MGM Springfield’s MassMutual Center, Mohegan Sun Arena is still the best venue in New England.

Mohegan Sun Arena

BEST SLOTS – I think it’s simple – wherever you win is where your preferred slots are. No one knows the payback percentage, and a slot players play is very short play and really can’t give anyone a good idea on how high the payout is. Most casinos have the same newest slots.  But what I found interesting was the lack of Buffalo slots or Wheel of Fortune machines mentioned! Instead, Wonder Woman?  who’d a thunk it?

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.  Decent VP paytables can be found at Plainridge Park and Foxwoods.

TABLE GAMES – Players of all levels appreciate good rules & low starting limits, especially on traditional games.  In New England, Foxwoods and MoSun had this covered, but recently have raised minimums and introduced 6:5 Blackjack.  Maine casinos, while having similar rules, lack the amount and mix of traditional table & “carnival” games. Twin River & Tiverton offer table games with slightly higher limits, with most games starting at $10, and MGM Springfield has lowered minimums to be more competitive. While Mohegan Sun won this time, it will be anyone’s game in the future as all casinos seem to be offering the same games, same minimums and same rules.

MGM Springfield Poker Room – most comfy in New England?

An interesting change has been seen in two areas – favorite game and poker rooms.  Craps has taken over as the popular table game in the casino. And when it comes to poker rooms, MGM Springfield, with what is now considered the most comfy poker room in New England,  has made a great run at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun to the point that all thee poker rooms, as well as Twin River Casino’s poker room, are in a dead heat right now. Mohegan Sun is down-sizing its poker room and moving it to a different casino area, which could really change the feel of their poker room. You can bet that poker is alive and well in New England.

BEST RACEBOOK/SPORTSBOOK – The Sun won this category last year, with Foxwoods winning this year. Rhode Island’s legal sportsbook must have been too new for most to be counted this year. When Twin River open their real betting area, it could easily win next year, unless CT and MA approves legal sports-betting this year

BEST PLAYERS CLUB – Even with changes, Foxwoods continues to lag behind Mohegan Sun.  MLife at MGM Springfield could be a big players club in the coming years with properties on both east & west coast – especially access to Las Vegas Strip properties.

Thanks to all who participated this year.  It’s always fun.  What changes are in store this year?  We’ll just have to wait……

Binbin

 

 

2019 New England Casino Awards – And The Winners Are…..

The votes have been tallied and the results of our annual survey of NEW ENGLAND’s Casinos is complete! As they cross the finish line, the winners are…..

BEST HOTEL: WINNER – FOXWOODS

Foxwoods Resort Casino, CT

PLACE – Mohegan Sun;  SHOW – MGM Springfield & Twin River Casino & Hotel


BEST BARS: WINners – Mohegan Sun & Foxwoods (tie)

PLACE – Twin River Casino & Hotel;  SHOW- MGM Springfield


favorite Bars –(write-in vote)

Play Bar, Foxwoods, Walk Up Bar, MGM Springfield and Centrale Bar, Foxwoods

 

Mini “Art in the Game” Summit at the Walk Up Bar, MGM Springfield

 


BEST NIGHTLIFE: WINner – MOHEGAN SUN

PLACE – Foxwoods;  SHOW – Twin River Casino & Hotel


BEST DINING OPTIONS: WINNER – MOHEGAN SUN

PLACE – Foxwoods


best dining Value: winner – Mohegan Sun

PLACE – Foxwoods;  SHOW- Twin River Casino


What is your favorite casual dining option under $15?

Bobby Flay’s Burger Palace, Mohegan Sun

(write-in vote) Favorites – Bobby Flays Burger Palace, Mohegan Sun & Wicked Noodles, MGM Springfield


FAVORITE RESTAURANT (write-in vote)

Favorite –  Ballo Mohegan Sun;  Honorable Mention – Hash House A Go Go


BEST fine DINING: WINner – Foxwoods

PLACE – Mohegan Sun;  SHOW – MGM Springfield & Tiverton Casino


Best Fine Dining – (write-in vote)

David Burke Prime, Foxwoods

Favorite – David Burke Prime;  Honorable Mention – Tuscany, Mohegan Sun


BEST BUFFET – WINner – MOHEGAN SUN

PLACE – Foxwoods


BEST ENTERTAINMENT (SMALL VENUES)

WINNER – MOHEGAN SUN, WOLF DEN

Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun

PLACE – Foxwoods Atrium Lounge;  SHOW – Plainridge Park Revolution Lounge & Twin River Casino Lighthouse Bar


BEST ENTERTAINMENT (LARGE VENUE)

WINNER – MOHEGAN SUN ARENA

PLACE – Foxwoods Fox & Grand Theaters


BEST CASINO SLOTS – WINNER – MOHEGAN SUN

PLACE- Foxwoods & MGM Springfield;  SHOW – Twin River Casino & Oxford Casino (ME)

(This was extremely close from top to bottom)


FAVORITE SLOT MACHINE – (write-in vote)

Favorites – Wonder Woman & Gold Bonanza


BEST VIDEO POKER: WINNER -MOHEGAN SUN

PLACE – Foxwoods;  SHOW – Plainridge Park Casino


Favorite VIDEO POKER Game – (write-in vote)

Favorites – Double Double Bonus & Jacks Or Better


BEST CASINO TABLE GAMES: WINNER – MOHEGAN SUN

PLACE – Foxwoods;  SHOW- Twin River Casino & MGM Springfield


Favorite Table Game – (write-in vote)

Favorite – Craps;  Honorable Mention – Pai Gow Poker


BEST POKER ROOM – (write-in vote)

MGM Springfield Poker Room – most comfy in New England?

 Winners (tied) – Mohegan Sun & MGM Springfield; Honorable Mention – Foxwoods & Twin River Casino (Note – 1 vote difference between top two and next two)


BEST RACEBOOK / SPORTSBOOK: WINNER – Foxwoods

PLACE – Twin River;  SHOW- Mohegan Sun


BEST CASINO PLAYERS CLUB:

Winner – Momentum Rewards, Mohegan Sun

PLACE – MLife, MGM;  SHOW – Foxwoods Rewards


CASINO YOU FEEL THE LUCKIEST IN: WINNER – Foxwoods

PLACE – Mohegan Sun;  SHOW – Twin River Casino


HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU VISIT A NEW ENGLAND CASINO?

Once ( or more) per month – 56%

Once (or more ) per week – 25%

Four to five times per year – 19%


Which part of your casino trip is most important to you? 

The Gambling – 63%;  The Rewards Club Comps and Promotions – 25%


Wednesday, we will give our Editor’s Choice analysis on the results.

WELL, THAT’S A LOOK AT THE BEST OF 2018. KEEP FOLLOWING NETIMEGAMBLING.COM AS YOUR COMPLETE NEW ENGLAND CASINO RESOURCE.

BINBIN, MIGUEL, & BERT

Mohegan Sun is “All About The…….Food” in January

Mohegan Sun Restaurant Week returns January 20 – 24

Enjoy a week of chef demos, specialty menus and dining deals during Restaurant Week at Mohegan Sun. Participating restaurants at Mohegan Sun have prepared exclusive dining offers paired with great deals in celebration of Restaurant Week.  CT Restaurant Week is a website that covers what towns are having restaurant weeks, when the weeks are scheduled, what restaurants are participating and provided a view of the special menus happening across Connecticut. Participating restaurants and links to make reservations (recommended) can be found at Mohegan Restaurant Week

But wait……..there’s more…….

The Sun Wine & Food Fest is back at Mohegan Sun on January 25 – January 27, 2019

With a four-day affair across two spaces, the Uncas Ballroom and the new Earth Expo Center,  this event will be featuring wine, beer, specialty spirits and dishes by local and celebrity chefs with entertainment and live demonstrations. Three days of events are offered including a Bourbon Tasting session and Grand Tasting Preview evening to  kick off the weekend. A portion of proceeds will go to Channel 3 Kids Camp, who provide fun year-round opportunities to children of all abilities, families & communities through educational & recreational programs.

The Grand Tasting showcases more than 1,000 brands will enjoy tastings of specialty sponsor spirits. Foodies can sample signature dishes from the region’s most highly-rated restaurants. The Main Culinary Stage is the backdrop for two days of celebrity chef demonstrations and contests. Other features offered are the Celebrity Chef Dine Around on Saturday night, while  Sunday culminates with a Sunday Brunch with Martha Stewart.

Chefs participating in the Saturday dine-around include Alex Guarnaschelli, Marcus Samuelsson, Aaron Sanchez, Brian Duffy, Govind Armstrong, Maneet Chauhan, Rocco DiSpirito, and Todd English.

According to Dan Myers, editor of The Daily Meal, “As someone who’s attended this festival for the better part of the past six years, I can tell you from personal experience that it’s a lot of fun. Not only is there a ton to eat and drink (and the opportunity to meet some renowned chefs); but it’s all inside Mohegan Sun, with its casinos, shops, restaurants, and hotels.”

The Schedule of Events can be found at the Mohegan Sun website by clicking here.

Don’t miss a great culinary week with drinks galore.

Binbin