Maine’s Casinos 2017 Revenue Presents Different Directions

As reported By Nora Flaherty of HarnessLink Gamblers in Maine spent nearly $54.6 million on slots and table games at the state’s two casinos last year.

Those numbers are from the Gambling Control Board’s annual report out this month. The report also finds that while Oxford Casino made about $2 million more in 2017 than in 2016, Hollywood Casino made about $900,000 less than the year before.

I feel there are many reasons for the disparaging revenue statistics, but the main reason is location, location, location!

Bangor is a quaint DownEast city in south-central Maine. So, what are the things that might make it a destination?

Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway, Bangor Maine

Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway, Bangor Maine

  • Some say they have the best shopping in Maine with the Bangor Mall, which is so popular that people from all over North America, including Canada, shop there. It has spawned several motels just to service the customers. However, all those hotels don’t seem to have spilled over into stay-cations including the Hollywood Casino.  Besides, doesn’t the Outlet Madness area of Kittery entice people from all over New England?
  • Downtown is a great place to eat, enjoy some night life, and enjoy free concerts and movies.  The beer selections, with the increase of craft brewers such as Geaghan Brothers Brewing next to the casino, Masons Brewing, Black Canvas Brewing and Maniacal Brewing are all great additions to SeaDog Brewing right in the Bangor area.
  • Darlings Waterfront Pavilion has excellent open-air entertainment in the summer, just a brief walk from the casino.
  • The Penobscot River Walkway is an excellent walking, biking, or running trail that starts in the back of the casino.

But this just isn’t enough it seems. Milton Champion is the executive director of the Gambling Control Board says both casinos made some changes this year.  “Oxford Casino added their hotel, and with that hotel addition they’ve also added some gaming floor,” Champion says. “On Hollywood’s side, they’ve actually taken away.”

Hollywood just isn’t close enough to draw from other cities. The driving distance adds to location problems:

  • Portland, Maine – 1 1/2+ hours
  • Berlin, New Hampshire – 2 hours+
  • Quebec, Canada – 3 hours
  • Montpelier, Vermont – 3 hours+
  • Boston, MA – 3 hours+

But gamblers have made their way to CT casinos driving longer distances?

Yes, but the end product is quite different. Number of better gaming tables, better video poker, better amenities….the list goes on…will entice people. Bangor and the Hollywood casino isn’t that enticing.

Officials attend the grand opening of the Oxford Casino Hotel on Route 26 on Nov. 9. The 107-room, four-story hotel is attached to Oxford Casino, which opened in 2012 and is owned by Churchill Downs Inc. (Oxford Casino photo)

Oxford on the other hand seems like the little engine that could. Additions along the way – better infrastructure, added hotel (with another new Hampton Inn across the street) a new dining option in the OX Pub, and closer proximity to the cities cited above makes their growth in revenue understandable.

According to Nora Flaherty’s report, “Of the money they took in, Oxford and Hollywood casinos sent $18 million back to the state to use for K-12 education; $5.9 million to the University of Maine system, the state’s community college system, and Maine Maritime Academy; $8.9 million went to the general fund; and $4.4 million went to harness racing purses. That’s among many beneficiaries, including the agricultural fair support fund, which got $1.8 million.

Every Summer, NETG drives up to check out both casinos. It’s always a fun and relaxing trip, and we have more to check on besides the casinos.  Something to look forward to.

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.

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

 

New England Casino Promotions, Entertainment & Events For February

A favorite visit for February Events and Activities in New England is New England Network, New England.com. It is an absolute wealth of information and insight including Travel Directories, Free Guides, a calendar of events, and much more. Podcasts, Yankee Magazine, YankeeTV, and New England links will keep you up to date on all that is New England anytime (or should I say NETime) of the year. Visiting New England?  Visit NewEngland.com.

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.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Watch for separate posts at NETimeGambling the first week of February for the many ways you may show that special person how much you care at your New England Casinos.


Gambling Promos & Events

MOHEGAN SUN – Uncasville, CT

OLYMPUB GAMES 2018 – Celebrate the world’s best competition bar-style in The Olympub Games presented by Mohegan Sun. Gather your team of two and compete in the ultimate series of popular drinking games. DJ entertainment and cash bar available. Games include:Giant Beer Pong, Kan Jam, Oversized Jenga, Cornhole, & Ladderball. For application and more details, click HERE.

MOHEGAN SUN’S BEST IN THE WORLD GIVEAWAY – Thursday, February 1st – Thursday, February 8th. WIN YOUR SHARE OF $10,000 IN CASH. Click here for details.

FAT TIRE FRIDAY at New Belgium Brewing Taproom, Friday, February 9th & 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,

MULTIPLIERS3X Status multiplier on February 18th, and Double Status, Double Momentum points on February 9th.

STATUS POINT MAYHEMFriday, March 2nd 2018, 6:00am to Midnight


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

Winter Deep Freeze Poker Challenge, February 5th – 12th – for details, Click HERE

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

26th Anniversary Cake Cutting – Thursday, February 15 • 2:00PM • Grand Pequot Tower Rotunda


NEWPORT GRAND – Newport, RI

Newport Grand Casino, Newport RI

5X Rewards Points every Tuesday in February.

$20,000 Free Play Sweepstakes – WIN: Fridays, February 16 from 2PM – 8PM, 8 winners every ½ hour

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


TWIN RIVER CASINO – Lincoln, RI

Twin River Casino, Lincoln RI

Extreme Flat Screen Frenzy Returns Over 200 50” Samsung Smart TV’s could be given away. Friday, January 5, 2018 4:00pm. EARN Entries January 1 – 26. WIN: Fridays in January (5, 12, 19 & 26), 4pm – 12am


HOLLYWOOD BANGOR – Bangor, ME

Hollywood Casino, Bangor MaineJackpot 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 – Oxford, ME

BUFFET MADNESS

Valentine’s BuffetWednesday, February 14, 2018, 5:00pm – 9:30pm. $32.95 per person, Featuring carved prime rib, lobster tail, peel and eat shrimp, and decadent desserts. Limited space available.Reservations recommended. Call 207-539-6705.

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 & RACEWAY – Plainville, MA

Plainridge Park Entrance, Plainville, MA

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

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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 2nd  – Twin River Event Center – CES MMA – 7:00pm – Starring World Champion Matt Bessette plus Greg Rebello, Dinis Paiva, Kaline Medeiros and more!

February 3rd – Foxwoods, Fox Theater – Lion Fight Promotions – Muay Thai combat; 7:00PM

February 9th – Mohegan Sun Arena – National Lacrosse League, New England Black Wolves vs. Buffalo Bandits at 7:30pm 

February 16th – Mohegan Sun Arena – BELLATOR MMA – A NIGHT OF FIGHTS at 6:30pm

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


Entertainment

Award-winning Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville CT

HEADLINERS

February 9th – An Evening of Love, Featuring Brian McKnight, K-Ci & JoJo, Christopher Williams and Al B. Sure; Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 9th – The Recording Company at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 10th – Dwight Yokum at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 10th – Riverdance – Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 10th – Juston McKinney at The Loft at Plainridge Park Casino

February 11th – Riverdance – Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 7:00PM

February 11th – SPINNATO’S MAGIC MATINEE, 5:00pm & 8:00 at Comix Comedy Club, Mohegan Sun

February 13th – Romeo Santos – Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

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

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.

2018 NEW ENGLAND CASINO AWARDS – We Need Your Participation!

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NETG 10 Wishes For NewEngland Casinos

2018 New England Casino Wish List

It’s 2018, and it’s time to continue our annual tradition at NETimeGambling.com (NETG) – a beginning of the year wish list. So here are Ten Wishes for New England’s casinos in the 2018.

Wish #1 – Continued financial stability and growth for CT’s tribal casinos. Wish #1A – MMCT gets past a prejudiced government to be given a chance to save its gaming interests in the Nutmeg State.

Proposed MMCT joint casino – CT’s Mohegan & Pequot tribes

Wish #2 – Expansions at Oxford Casino in Oxford, Maine help continued growth in a state that has decided it doesn’t want more than 2 Casinos.  Wish #2A – The crossing in front of Oxford Casino, Rte 26, is made safe so no one else loses their life crossing from Hampton Inn to the casino.

Wish #3 – Twin River Casino’s new hotel is finished soon to make it a destination resort.

Plainridge Park Casino

Plainridge Park Casino, Plainville, MA

Wish #4 – Plainridge Park Casino continues to build a loyal base before the rest of the Massachusetts casino expansion gets started in Springfield and Boston.

Wish #5 – Speaking of Springfield, a seemless and successful opening for MGM Springfield for the residents of the city. We hope that MGM’s promises for Springfield come true.

Armory Marketplace, part of MGM Springfield

Wish #6 – Gamblers will become more knowledgeable and picky concerning pay tables, odds, and EV. Wish #6A – Casinos bring back 3/2 blackjack, craps “firebet,” single zero roulette, full pay VP, etc…..

Wish #7 – the Connecticut Sun, of the WNBA, who call Mohegan Sun their home, win their first WNBA championship.  Wish #7A – the new Las Vegas Aces of the WNBA play the Sun in Sin City to give another reason to visit.

Wynn Boston Harbor

Wynn Boston Harbor opening in 2019

Wish #8 – Wynn Boston Harbor is finished earlier than expected and becomes the jewel of New England’s casinos as expected by the end of 2018.

Wish #9 – Newport Grand’s last year in business isn’t a sad one.  Wish #9A – Those employed by Newport Grand find jobs elsewhere to their liking after its closure.

Wish #10 – NETimeGambling continues to grow with all our old and new friends.  Wish #10A – NETG continues being part of the TravelZork Team.  Thanks Michael.

Finally, I wish you all have more jackpots, Royal flushes, and life changing table game bonuses. May 2018 be a great gambling year.

Binbin

New England Casinos – 5 Top Stories of 2017

2017 was the year that we finally started to see the future of casino gaming in the northeast. Pennsylvania is adding more casinos. New York will complete it’s 24th casino with Resorts World Catskills in 2018. Atlantic City is showing signs of recovery with the addition of Hard Rock Casino in the former Trump Taj – and just maybe Revel will be bought, renovated and opened. And, New Jersey continues to lead the fight in the world of online gaming legislature and country-wide sports betting.

In New England, things have certainly ramped up. Only one word comes to my mind when someone mentions casinos in New England – Expansion. Expansion in Massachusetts with two new casinos by 2019, expansion in Rhode Island with a new hotel and casino in Tiverton, new expansion in Connecticut, however, at this time we still don’t know exactly how much.

So, here’s a look back at 2017 in New England – casino style.

1. MGM SPRINGFIELD

The City of Springfield, MA is preparing for a renaissance in jobs, revenue and entertainment with the opening of MGM Springfield. It’s going to be a different brick-and-mortar casino than previous MGM projects. It could be the single most important project in Springfield history, raising the Rose City up from the ashes.

MGM Springfield Casino Entrance

MGM Springfield Casino Entrance, Main Street to the left,

 

MGM Springfield – What City Improvements Can We Really Expect?

MGM Springfield – An “Urban” Casino

MGM Springfield Releases New Details with Local Flavor

MGMSpringfield Resort Success is Crucial For Springfield

 

2. MOHEGAN SUN CONTINUES TO DIVERSIFY AND EXPAND

 

Kathleen McWilliams, a reporter for the Hartford Courant, reported the Mohegan Tribe’s plan for the former Norwich Hospital site in Preston CT, (just across the river from the casino), would be made into a dozen amenities, including an indoor water park, a senior living center and a sports complex. This huge plan also includes include outdoor and indoor entertainment attractions, a large performing venue, time share units, retail, an RV park and marina. The plan includes restaurant space, a convenience store and gas station. A large project such as this is completely opposite from the trend in casino projects in size and dynamics. Not essentially connected to the casino part of the Tribe’s operations, it will be an overwhelming list for the town of Preston, CT.  In addition, on the casino campus, Mohegan Sun is again expending, this time in conference space.

Mohegan Expo Center, with Earth Hotel upper left.

 

Mohegan Sun News – Plans for Norwich Hospital Site and Mohegan Expo Center

3. FOXWOODS 25th ANNIVERSARY

Foxwoods celebrated it’s 25th Anniversary.  For 25 years, starting with a small bingo hall and the help of then Governor Weicker, Foxwoods has continued to be a country-wide phenomena. It is the largest casino property by square feet, it is the second largest casino area, and it includes the only covered, indoor Tanger outlet in the country. Gaming renovations have included two stadium gaming areas, offering $1 blackjack (3/2), and the continuation of one of the best poker rooms in the country. A more comprehensive move towards non-gaming amenities have included the addition of thrill rides, a zip line and race track for 2018, new restaurants, and additional night-club options. The celebration has gone on most of the year, with many giveaways and events. Here is coverage of New England’s first casino in 2017.

Foxwoods 25th Anniversary – Part 1- The Path To The Top

Foxwoods 25th Anniversary – Part 2 – The Celebration

4. MAINE’S THIRD CASINO PROPOSAL FAILS

Once again, Maine had supporters for a third casino in York County.  Once again, it was defeated. Maybe it was the fact that it seemed like a legislative scam, or that the backers could not be trusted. It started in February and continued along a sleazy path until it’s defeat in November.

Maine’s Third Casino – The Ultimate Scam Allowed by No Legislative Policy

Today’s the Day – The Vote for a Third Maine Casino

5. MGM / CT – THE BATTLE GOES ON

Shall we really re-kindle all of the MGM vs. MMCT news?  Well, it did monopolize much of the gaming news in both Massachusetts and Connecticut.  I guess I have to compare it to our country’s political climate – just nasty. Then there is the possibility (little to none) of a Bridgeport Casino by MGM?  or  MMCT?  or anyone else – as long as the CT agreement with the Pequots & Mohegans  is nullified. Whoo-wee, here are the top posts concerning the I-91 Battle of the Border.

The Old Showcase Cinemas, East Hartford, CT

The Old Showcase Cinemas, East Hartford, CT

East Windsor is Chosen By MMCT for CT Casino

MGM, Massachusetts, Provide Answers to Connecticut’s Casino Mess

MGM Has Mastered the Art of the Stunt – David Collins

Casino.org says, “Although Connecticut’s two tribal operators believe it’s part of a very elaborate bluff, an artist’s rendering of the proposed MGM Bridgeport casino, which the gaming operator says will bring 2,000 permanent jobs and a tax revenue stream of $316 million per year, has been created and presented to the state’s power brokers. (Image: MGM Resorts International)

MGM Bridgeport Casino – All The Angles

Other news included:

New Hampshire once again considered a casino, and looked into internet gaming, but nothing has yet to come of it.

Twin River Management Group finally made its plans for Rhode Island.  After Tiverton’s approval of a new TRMG Casino/Hotel in it’s town, and after they had already purchased Newport Grand, TRMG will move it’s Newport operastion to Tiverton.  They will also build a hotel at it’s flagship property in Lincoln, RI.

New England Casinos will be Increasing the number of casino Hotel Rooms By Over 30% by 2019.

Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway, a slots-only casino, continued to make progress in attracting guests and increasing revenue.

MGM Springfield is ahead of schedule for its 2018 opening. 2017 showed major progress in Springfield’s best hope for economic success.

Wynn Boston Harbor broke ground and in progressing towards a 2019 opening with great anticipation throughout the region.

Oxford Casino in Oxford Maine, finished their hotel on the premises and added another dining option – the Ox Pub.

WOW, WHAT A YEAR!

Living in such a small part of the country with such a vibrant casino industry that is gettiing on it’s feet again after the 2007 recession certainly makes my job easy.  Next year? – more expansion, more excitement, and more bickering from the Connecticut shoreline to downeast Maine.  Happy New Year everybody.

NYE 2018 at Maine’s Casinos – Oxford & Hollywood

Part 3 – Oxford & Hollywood Bangor Casinos

It’s time to leave 2017, and look forward to 2018!  So, how are you celebrating New Year’s Eve 2018 this year?

If you hadn’t made your plans yet, it’s definitely time to do so. There is a cornucopia of opportunities for NYE2018 at all seven New England casinos.  Maine’s two casinos are not large, but still can make a party.  So, let’s take a look, shall we?  Earlier we covered Mohegan Sun & Foxwoods in Connecticut, and now we look at the casinos in the Pine Tree State.

Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway – Bangor Maine

HOLLYWOOD CASINO, HOTEL & RACEWAY, BANGOR MAINE

New Year’s Buffet Special – Sunday, Dec. 31st Dinner 4PM – 9:pm, $29.99, kids half price & Monday, January 1st Brunch 9AM – 3PM, $18.99, kids half price.

FREEPLAY for a YEAR – Thursday = 25X entries, Fridays = 50X entries, Grand Prize Drawing Sat., December 30th at 9:00pm

50+ REWARDS – Play with your card starting at 11AM on December 31st to have the chance to win Free SlotPlay. Exclusive for our 50 Plus Rewards Members, card – in play drawings will happen every ten minutes between 1AM – 5PM.

Flash the Floor – We guarantee to Flash the Floor at least three times between 7PM and 1AM on December 31st! Everyone playing with their card in a slot or video poker machine will win Free SlotPlay!

Hops House 99Play For an Hour, Eat For Free – Patrons with one hour of qualifying play may swipe their Marquee Rewards Card at our promotional kiosk to print a $15 dining credit to Hops House 99. Dining credit only valid that day.

Oxford Casino at Night

Oxford Casino, Oxford, ME

OXFORD CASINO, OXFORD MAINE

New Year’s Eve BuffetSunday, December 31, 2017 from 3:00pm – 10:00pm. $39.95 per person – Reservations Required, Call (207) 539-6705. Enjoy lobster tails, prime rib, holiday classics and decadent desserts.

Midnight Red Eye Buffet – Monday, January 1, 2017 from 12:00am – 2:00am. $14.95 per person. Enjoy the best of breakfast including, eggs, bacon, sausage and, of course, biscuits and gravy.

New Year’s Day Brunch Buffet – Monday, January 1, 2018, from 8:00am – 3:00pm. $24.95 per person. Start the new year right with your breakfast favorites from 8:00am to noon and brunch entrees until 3:00pm

New Year’s 17X Points – Sunday, December 31, 2017, from 8:00am – Noon. Earn 17X (2017) Slot Points on any slot machine. Be sure to have your Oxford Rewards Player Card properly inserted while you play. TERMS & CONDITIONS – Excludes Tier Points and Video Poker.

New Year’s 18X Points – Monday, January 1, 2017, 8:00am – Noon. Earn 18X Slot Points on any slot machine! Be sure to have your Oxford Rewards Player Card properly inserted while you play. TERMS & CONDITIONS – Excludes Tier Points and Video Poker. See Guest Services for details.

New Year’s Kiosk Eve Game – Sunday, December 31, 2018, from 6:00PM to 10:00PM. Visit a promotional kiosk to claim your FREE game! You’ll have ten seconds to stop the wheel and win Free Slot Play OR a BONUS SPIN of the PRIZE WHEEL for a chance to win up to $500 Free Slot Play!You get an extra session (game) every time you earn 300 Tier Points between 5:00am and 9:30pm.

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone.  But your NYE2018 coverage doesn’t stop here.  Later today we finish covering

Part 4 NYE 2018 – Massachusetts & Rhode Island Casinos

Here are the posts previously done today:

Part 1 NYE 2018Mohegan Sun can be found here.

PART 2  NYE 2018 – Foxwoods Resort Casino

Coming at you all day – your complete coverage of New England’s Casinos!

Binbin

New England Casinos – Past, Present, and Future

Happy 5th AnniversaryWhen I first started NETimeGambling, I hoped that New England would have become the Biloxi-Gulfport, Mississippi of the northeast, an extended area of casinos offering gamblers the variety and quality to go along with the area’s historical and cultural tourism.

How naive could I be? The casino industry couldn’t responsibly help New England’s Tourism industry – it’s all business to them.

This month marks our fifth year anniversary of NETimeGambling.com. So much of our casino landscape has changed and continues to evolve. Let’s look at the beginning of NETimeGambling and see what we were writing about in 2012.

CHRISTMAS PAST – 2012

The finished 3600 seat Bingo Hall was the keystone that the World's largest casino would be built around

The finished 3600 seat Bingo Hall was the keystone that the World’s largest casino would be built around

CT casinos had continued to drop in revenue due to the recession of 2007, NY racinos and slot parlors.
RI had seen a slight increase with hopes to get its table games up and running to take away from CT’s two Mega-casinos and before MA casinos were to be built.
Massachusetts intended to add three, if not four, casinos within three years to take back the revenue lost RI & CT,
NH wanted to keep their citizens at home as well, so they considered legalizing gambling.
ME had two casinos in 2012, one with a hotel and one considering hotel expansion.
And lest we forget that AC was still reeling from the recession and their own denial and completion from the likes of PA, NY and DEL, and recently New Jersey’s own consideration of statewide gaming. Atlantic City was already down to 9 Casinos, soon to be 7.

CHRISTMAS PRESENT 2017

Connecticut casinos have stabilized a bit, with positive revenue months becoming more frequent. After cutbacks in jobs, machines and management, both Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun have adapted its approach to be more competitive inside New England and beyond. An additional project projected for East Windson, CT will feature a Foxwoods/Mohegan joint casino venture known as CCMT.

mohegansun earthtower

Mohegan Sun seems to be the most motivated, adding another hotel and beginning a huge convention space addition.

Rhode Island’s dependence on gaming revenue continues. With the addition of table games, Twin River Casino in Rhode Island stepped up the battle for casino patrons with Massachusetts. Twin River Management Group purchased the Newport Grand Casino to move it to Tiverton – right on the Mass-RI border. Tiverton Casino was approved which makes the Newport move to Tiverton inevitable. Twin River started building a hotel, but both TR and the Tiverton project are stalled at this time.

Massachusetts continues to add drama to casino expansion in New England. Penn National opened Plainridge Park Casino, a slots-only casino that has continued to build its own loyal customers. Two other Massachusetts Wynn Boston Harbor & MGM Springfield. Both are on schedule to open in 2018 & 2019 respectively.

Wynn Boston Harbor on the river.

The Mashpee Wampanoag’s casino in Taunton, MA, has been stalled by political red tape and still doesn’t look like a finished deal.  It’s “Firts Light” project would be another formidable casino, if it ever gets the approval to continue past breaking ground.

New Hampshire will never approve a Las Vegas style casino for itself, but it seems the Charitable Gambling Law is alive and well in the Granite State. Poker rooms, including other table games, are increasing in popularity.

Maine’s two casinos are holding their own. Hollywood in Bangor received tax rebates from the city of Bangor to help it float financially. Oxford is expanding, adding meeting space and an attached hotel, with the Hampton Inn across the street now open. A third casino in Maine was introduced again for the York County area in a referendum for only one suitor, but, once again crashed and burned.

Outside of New England, Casino Changes Continue

New York State added more casinos, Atlantic City’s Casino is now down to seven, but has shown life in the past year. MGM now in full control of Borgata. Revel is rumored to be sold, and Hard Rock is moving into the Taj. This could be AC’s summer of growth.

Online gaming is on the tongues of legislators of New England States.  Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut has eyes on online revenue.

CHRISTMAS FUTURE……2020

Eleven casinos in four states. Online gambling in MA, RI, NH,  & CT.

Springfield, Massachusetts is experiencing a renaissance, Wynn Boston Harbor entices people from all over the U.S.

Connecticut casinos continue to diversify.  Foxwoods becomes an amusement destination as well as a casino resort. Mohegan Sun opens its huge project across the river of retail, housing, and wellness.

The Norwich hospital site in Preston, to be developed by Sun. In the far top, Mohegan Sun sits.

Convenience casinos continue to thrive in Tiverton, RI; Plainville, MA; Oxford, ME.

And with the growth of the casino industry, casinos find ways to help the homeless, help the addicted, and raise the quality of life in its communities.

Conclusion

Will there ever be a vision of prosperity for casinos, with good gambling rules, free parking, more casino hotels, and patrons that are welcomed with smiling aces, appreciated and rewarded sincerely?

For the sake of New England recreational gamblers and New England Tourism, we once again ask,

“CAN WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?!!”

Binbin

MAINE CASINO PROMOTIONS – DECEMBER 2017

Oxford Casino at Night

Oxford Casino, Oxford, ME

Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway, Bangor Maine

Hollywood Casino, Bangor, Maine

MAINE

 

 

OXFORD CASINO, OXFORD MAINEOxford Casino, Oxford Maine

 

Four Buffets During Holiday Week:

Christmas Buffet – Monday, December 25, 2017, 9:00am – 5:00pm
$24.95 per person.  Reservations Strongly recommended, Call (207) 539-6705

New Year’s Eve Buffet – Sunday, December 31, 2017, 3:00pm – 10:00pm, $39.95 per person Reservations Required,                                   Call (207) 539-6705.     Enjoy lobster tails, prime rib, holiday classics and decadent desserts.

Midnight Red Eye Buffet – Monday, January 1, 2017, 12:00am – 2:00am, $14.95 per person. Enjoy the best of breakfast including, eggs, bacon, sausage and, of course, biscuits and gravy.

New Year’s Day Brunch Buffet – Monday, January 1, 2018, 8:00am – 3:00pm, $24.95 per person. Start the new year right with your breakfast favorites from 8:00am to noon and brunch entrees until 3:00pm.

BUFFET TERMS & CONDITIONS – Buffets (including holiday buffets) exclude alcohol and specialty beverages, tax and gratuity. Oxford Grill only. Dine-in only. Limited supply on hand. Limit one discount per account, per person, per day. Non-transferable. See Oxford Grill for all buffet details.  Click on This Week’s OXFORD GRILL DINING SPECIALS for the latest.

New Year’s 17X Points – Sunday, December 31, 2017, 8:00am – Noon. Earn 17X Slot Points on any slot machine. Excludes Tier Points and Video Poker.

New Year’s 18X Points – Monday, January 1, 2017, 8:00am – Noon. Earn 18X Slot Points on any slot machine. Excludes Tier Points and Video Poker.

New Year’s Kiosk Eve Game – Sunday, December 31, 2017, From 6:00PM to 10:00PM. Visit a promotional kiosk to claim your FREE game. You’ll have ten seconds to stop the wheel and win Free Slot Play OR a BONUS SPIN of the PRIZE WHEEL for a chance to win up to $500 Free Slot Play. You get an extra session (game) every time you earn 300 Tier Points between 5:00am and 9:30pm.

ONGOING PROMOTIONS INCLUDE:

2017 Birthday Bash

SATURDAYSuper 6,

SUNDAY16X Multiplier

EVERY TUESDAY$5 Spaghetti Lunch15X Multiplier

WEDNESDAY – 15X Multiplier & Seniors Day ,

THURSDAY – Missile MadnessEvery Thursday.  3:00pm – 8:00pm

THURSDAY – Free Lunch Buffet (100 pts earned),

FRIDAYHigh 5 


 

Hollywood Casino, Bangor Maine

Hollywood Casino, Bangor Maine

HOLLYWOOD CASINO, HOTEL & RACEWAY, BANGOR MAINE

WIN FREEPLAY FOR A YEAR – Earn entries starting November 1st for your chance to win your share of up to $20,000 in Free SlotPlay! This is your chance to win Free SlotPlay every day for an entire year! Earn 25x entries on Thursdays, 50x entries on Fridays and 100x entries on the day of the giveaway, Saturday, December 30th at 9p.m.

WICKED NUMBAHS – Swipe your Marquee Rewards card at The Sound Stage Lounge beginning at 5:00pm to receive your 5 numbers! Beginning at 6:00pm, 5 numbers will be drawn every hour until 9:00pm. Match all 5 numbers to win the Jackpot! The Jackpot increases by $500 in Free SlotPlay each promotion date it isn’t hit.

FLASH THE FLOOR – When will we Flash the Floor? Who knows – It will happen at least once every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Everyone playing on a slot machine with their Marquee Rewards card when we flash the floor will win Free SlotPlay

Hops House Specials – Play One Hour Eat For Free at Hops House ($15 credit); Baxter Brewing Tap Takeover – December 20th, 5-9PM.  Epic Buffet – Christmas Dinner Special, Monday, December 25th. 11:00AM – 7:00PM. $26.99 / New Year’s

Thursday Night TRIVIA NIGHT at HOPS HOUSE 99. Drink Specials at 7:00, Trivia begins at 7:30.

FREEPLAY for a YEAR – Thursday = 25X entries, Fridays = 50X entries, Grand Prize Drawing Sat., December 30th at 9:00pm

ONGOING PROMOTIONS INCLUDE: (For more info click HERE)

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What NETimeGambling is Thankful For

It’s that time again that we realize the joy that surrounds us the many things we should be thankful for.  At NETimeGambling, my staff and I are thankful for the following:

For 5 years of passionately serving New Englanders, New Yorkers, and gamblers from all over with news and content that people can enjoy.  We are so blessed to have grown every year, and can’t wait for our 6th year.

For the many followers that have noticed us, and enjoyed our content.  Every comment gives us more a reason to do it.

For the new and old friends from the blog & podcast world that have helped us grow, such as:

  • You Can Bet On That podcast – the #1 podcast for the recreational gambler. Mark DeVol and Dr. Mike, you guys rock!
  • Michael Treger & TravelZork – a website of great writers about gambling & tourism
  • 500 Hundy by Midnight – What can I say but thanks to Tim & Michele Dressen Las Vegas podcast for inspiring me from the very beginning
  • Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast – our new friends from down the road –  one of the new and entertaining recreational gambling podcasts
  • John Grochowski – the casino answer man, who is never too busy to answer a question we might have and help NETGJohn Grochowski - the Casino Answer Man
  • Finally, Joe Freda at ReloadSports – Joe, you have followed us for 5 years and even guest posted for us.  Your support has always helped.

For the fact that 6/5 blackjack hasn’t made it to New England Casinos yet!

For the new MGM Springfield & Wynn Boston Harbor – two casino resorts that will add excitement to casino coverage.

And for the 7 casinos now in business for the many gambling, dining & entertainment events to cover. 

Wynn EWynn Boston Harbor Everett, Massverett Resort Everett, Mass

Wynn Boston Harbor Everett, Mass

MGM Springfield

MGM Springfield

There must be more, but I’ll stop there.  It’s been a great year at NETG.

From our family to yours, we wish you the very best Thanksgiving.  And if you’re going to the casino later today, good luck.

Binbin

7 New England Casinos by the Numbers

NewEnglandFINALEver ask the questions:

Which New England Casino has the largest casino?

What tables games are offered at X, Y, & Z casinos?

How many dining facilities are there at “such-and-such” casino?

Does “such-and-such” casino have non-smoking areas? Where are they?

These and more answers to your questions about New England Casinos are now at your finger tips.  One click and a link to your favorite New England Casino(s) will give you the numbers of whatever you’re looking for.
Hotel, Gambling, Dining, Entertainment and Retail Facts of All New England Casinos are provided here to answer questions pertaining to all seven casinos.
Click on each Link below to see the statistics of each casino, or click on the summary of all seven for an instant comparison.

Connecticut Casino Facts (Mohegan Sun & Foxwoods)

Rhode Island Casino Facts (Twin River & Newport Grand)

Massachusetts Casino Stats (Plainridge Park)

Maine Casino Facts (Oxford & Hollywood Bangor)

All NE Casino Facts

As in all pages of information such as this, numbers may vary slightly or even change as time passes.

Your help is needed!  If you find added table games, dining info, or changes of any kind in any of this information, say hello and send us a comment.  Let us know!

Your NETG Staff – Bin, Miguel, & Bert.