Plainridge Park Casino – A Mini Trip Report

I hadn’t visited Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway in a while, and there had Irish dining specials, so the NETG crew set out to Plainville to get our “green” on.

Plainridge first opened to the public on June 24, 2015 as the first Massachusetts casino as approved by the Expanded Gaming Act on November 22, 2011, signed by Governor Deval Patrick. It was to be a “slots-only” property. Penn National Gaming won the license and became the only company to own two casinos in New England – Hollywood Bangor in Maine being the second. Recently there has been a push for the addition of table games to improve pending competition with Encore Boston Harbor, Tiverton Casino & Hotel & their neighbor Twin River Casino & Hotel, just ten minutes away.

First Take

We arrived at 1:30, ahead of our 2:00 reservation at Slack’s Oyster house and Grill for their advertised “Corned Beef & Cabbage Special,” (more on that later).  As we walked around the casino on a very busy day due to additional slot play offered and it was St. Patrick’s Day on a Sunday, we noticed a few changes.

  • The High Limit Slot area had been moved to where the it’s essentials store was. A wall now separated the area from the rest of the casino as you walk in the main entrance, giving the entrance a certain claustrophobic feel across from the Marquee Rewards (going to be myChoice Rewards soon). However, the High Limit room is nicely done, and the rest of the casino flows more without it inserted inside the lower denomination slots.
  • The essentials store has now been moved further towards the raceway side of the property.
  • Electronic craps was taken out, and only two electronic roulette multi-seat games remain.

    Electronic Table Games - No dealers, no fun.

    Electronic Roulette Games at Plainridge

  • Dunkin Donuts is now the coffee vendor of choice, and Smashburger has been added.

Second Take – Dining Snafu

Plainridge says it wants you to experience “hometown hospitality.”  But it’s not very hospitable  to changing specials and not admit it.

When we arrived at Slack’s Oyster house and Grill, our waitress (who was wonderfully understanding, BTW) told us the special was Irish Beef Stew and the Corned Beef Special was the day before. She did tell us that it was being served at Fluties 22, their sports bar. With little wait, we sat down to a delicious Irish meal, Irish bread and all, for $10 less!  While it worked out well, NETG has always found Penn National’s websites for both New England casinos underwhelming, inaccurate, and late in terms of changing their monthly promotions.

The Gambling

We all had a little free slot play, and I brought a measly $40 as well.  Off I went to find the best bang for the buck with a small bankroll. As all of you can attest, sometimes the best decision is not made – but the outcome is beyond any of your expectations. 

I decided to play electronic 3 Card Poker.  I don’t usually play this table game with real dealers, so why this with a virtual dealer? At $5 minimum, I certainly wouldn’t suggest it, but I sat down anyway. As the luck of the Irish would have it, the Irish eyes were smiling down on me that day.

After a few lucky hands holding even at the minimum bet of $5, I decided to play the sucker bet.  The Pair Plus bonus was also $5 minimum. After hitting five flushes, four straights, and a straight flush, I walked away 30 minutes later with $500.  Just like that, my opinion of virtual dealers and electronic / stadium games changed!  Seriously, I do realize that this result is not the norm, but it sure made my day……heck ,my month!

We left having had fun, enjoyed a great meal, and some of us (c’est moi!) even made money. We did enjoy the trip and would recommend it. Elvis even entertained on the Revolution Stage.

Did Elvis have the luck of the Irish? The singer’s great-great-great-great-grandfather was Irish (true fact!).

Fact is, you don’t need the luck of the Irish to enjoy a visit to Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway.

Binbin – Embrace the Math, not the Myth!

5 Reasons Plainridge Park Casino Could Be Turning the Corner on Revenue – A Trip Report

Plainridge Park Entrance, Plainville, MA

Plainridge Park Entrance, Plainville, MA

Plainridge Park Casino has been taking it’s lumps since opening. Declining revenue is mainly the reason of course since that’s its purpose in the eyes of Massachusetts legislators and the MGC.

Penn National Gaming, Owner of Plainridge Park Casino and Raceway

Penn National Gaming, Owner of Plainridge Park Casino and Raceway

While revenues at the facility have steadily declined from a July peak of $18.1 million. to $11.3 million in December, Timothy Wilmott, CEO of Penn National Gaming, has complained that media coverage of the slot parlor and harness racing track has been “overly negative” since its July opening.  Wilmot said such a decline is “quite common” in the casino industry following a “robust opening” and compared slot machines at Plainridge Park with the Pennsylvania-based company’s 27 other gambling locations, saying it has the “highest average revenue.”

Recently, the gross gaming revenue at the Plainridge Park Casino in January reported an increase to $12.5 million, according to Massachusetts Gaming Commission.  So NETime Gambling took a trip to Plainville, MA to check the difference between our last visit and now for reasons that might have triggered the increase.  For a look back at our previous trip, click on the title below:

Plainridge Park Casino Trip Report #1

When we arrived at 1:00, it was already packed. Here are NETG’s FIVE reasons for the increase in visitors and the increase in revenue: Continue reading

Plainridge Park Casino is Immediate Success – Can They Sustain It?

Open as of June!

The fact that Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, Massachusetts is a success right now shouldn’t surprise anyone.  It’s new, it’s shiny and happens to be in a state where gamblers have traveled up to two hours for daily visits to Connecticut.  The fact that such a nice, new facility is close by for many should definitely attract Bay Staters by the boatloads.

Penn Gaming has worked hard to make this a successful opening, and it stocks on NASDAQ continue to rise, stimulated by the little casino that can.  The Massachusetts State Lottery made an estimated $983.5 million in profits and outperformed expectations during the just ended fiscal year – is it possible that having a casino in Plainville and waiting for Wynn and MGM (a long wait by the looks of it now) is stimulating the state’s gambling juices to the drooling point? Continue reading