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

3 Viewpoints For Enjoyable Gambling

Another losing gambling session?

I once read a self-help book called “Why Your Life Sucks” by Alan H Cohen. I guess I was in a dark place, or maybe looking for a different perspective on things. In any case, it was really quite good and pointed out many life “wake-up calls” to help us enjoy the life you were meant to live. It’s funny and informative, but most of all, it forces you re-evaluate the choices you have made, and how you can make better choices in the future.

So, I was thinking, “how many people leave the casino grumpy, as if losing is a huge surprise.”

Leaving Las Vegas - usually a quiet plane ride.

Leaving Las Vegas – usually a quiet plane ride.

Whether you visit from the east coast, or the closer west coast, the plane rides to and from Las Vegas are very different.  Excitement builds with every minute right through to your first bet.  But the plane ride home from Vegas is so quiet and sullen compared to that excitement and hope on the ride out there. Go figure….So, does your gambling suck?  Do you know why?  Maybe it’s because you don’t embrace the realities of the gambling industry. It’s time to look at your casino trips differently with the following three suggestions that will enhance your experience:

1) “Fortune isn’t something that happens to you, it is something you create”

So, you really think that recreational gambling is going to get you millions? I don’t think so.  But, there are things you can do that will enhance your visits, like:

  • Know the best strategy for the games you play
  • Take advantage of free play and multiplier reward points / tier points days
  • Don’t overplay you bankroll to gain higher status. Keep to your bankroll.

If you ever get a chance to follow Cousin Vito’s Podcast, Your Guide to Enjoying Gambling, you know Vito always ends with a statement that sums this all up.  It’s from the Roman Statesman Seneca, and goes like this:

So true. Thanks for the quote, Vito!

2) “Don’t get involved in the dark side” of gaming.

Losing at Gambling?

Guess what, the gambling industry is a business and like any other business, it needs to make money to continue. So:

  • don’t expect perks that you don’t earn
  • don’t expect the casino to insure your winning because you’re a good customer
  • expect loses
  • And stop thinking conspiracy and fixed machines. Look up what a random number generator does (RNG) , and how the house advantage is built in without switching machine computer chips or throwing that famous “switch upstairs” that immediately changes machines from loose to tight. Be knowledgeable about the industry instead of continuing myths and superstitions to make yourself the poor victim.

3) “It’s not what happens to you that counts, it’s what you make of what happens”

I’ve heard this so many times.  You have a choice in how you assess an experience, and then a reaction to it.  You can choose either to enjoy and learn in a positive manner or bitch and complain, making yourself miserable (as well as those around you you!) SO:

Shooting at the Craps Table - have fun whatever your game is.

Shooting at the Craps Table – have fun whatever your game is.

  • Enjoy the wins.
  • Enjoy casino employees who know the meaning of good service and are friendly.
  • Enjoy the excitement of breaking even – yes even. By breaking even, you’ve beaten the house advantage. Sure, it’s not what we are all looking for, but if you play for a few hours and break even, be happy for the free entertainment, the rewards points you’ve accumulated, and the free beverages you’ve consumed.

Now, back to the casino, but this time with an open mind, an awareness of the business and new flexible expectations. Acceptance could be the key to a happier gambling experience.  Knowledge and reality is the foundation.

That’s all for now.

Binbin