New England Casino Gambling History – Updated

The New England Casino Gambling History has been much like  a horse race. To begin with, it was a slow trot for New England to socially approve of  gambling. Soon, it changed to a full sprint. In fact, there is no finish line in sight. With the word “saturation” thrown around annually, casino expansion continues. The future looks to include sports betting, casinos in Bridgeport, CT., East Windsor, CT., and southeastern Massachusetts.

With the future uncertain, let’s look back to see how we got here. In any event, let’s look back at New England Gambling History.

My interest in gambling began with playing card games such as cribbage and Michigan Rummy. With visits to Hartford Jai-Alai and Plainfield Greyhound Racetrack during my twenties, my interest grew. In fact, visits to the Sands in Atlantic City, Foxwoods Bingo Hall and future CT casinos made me even more curious.

"Roll the Bones" by Dr. David Schwartz

“Roll the Bones” by Dr. David Schwartz

One of my favorite books is “Roll the Bones” by Dr. David Schwartz. In his book, Dr. Dave explains that “….the human predilection for a wager shaped human history from the Ice Age to the Information Age. People spend nearly one trillion dollars worldwide on gambling a year–wouldn’t you like to learn a little about how we got there?”  The fact is, I did!.

To read our NETG review of his book, click here.

The New England Influence

New England played a big part in the assertion of gambling in America. According to the California State Library, English settlers differed from their Puritanical neighbors in New England in many ways. Settlers influenced the early colonies to continue traditional styles of living in a new world.  Gambling was considered a “harmless diversion, a popular and accepted activity.” Lotteries were used to bail out the Early Colonies. Financial backers of the colonies began to see gambling as the solution to diminishing finances needed for the war effort. All 13 original colonies established lotteries, usually more than one, to raise revenue. Lotteries continue to be a main source of revenue for all six New England states.

Once Upon a time….

The Pequot War of 1637 set the stage for the separation of Pequot & Mohegan Tribes. Over 350 years after, both tribes started the New England Casino expansion we see today.

The Pequot War of 1637 set the stage for the separation of Pequot and Mohegan tribes.

The Pequot and Mohegan Tribes were once one tribe. Due to the Pequot War, both tribes ended up with differences with other tribes. On the whole, different tribal and colonial alliances caused a split that continues to this day.  Over 250 years later, a bingo hall in 1985 began the history of gaming in New England.

I should mention that gambling found a homes in New England with greyhound & horse tracks, parimutuel parlors, and Jai alai frontons in Milford & Hartford CT, and Newport, RI. However, in the past ten years, the horse-racing industry has seen a major decrease in raceway operations. In addition,Jai-Alai has moved out of those states, and parimutuel parlors continue to diminish in visitors. Conversely, with the future of sports betting, parimutuel parlors may rise in popularity again.

In essence, here is  NETG’s look back at the journey of legalized gambling in New England below.

New England Casino Gambling History Timeline

Foxwoods Started it all with Bingo. This picture is the expanded Bingo Hall before Casino Expansion

Foxwoods Started it all with Bingo.


1992

The first New England Casino opens with Foxwoods opening its doors in Mashantucket, CT

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The Rainmaker at Foxwoods

Rhode Island approves VLT gaming machines (classII) at Lincoln Greyhound Park & Newport Jai Alai Originally built for greyhound racing, Twin River Casino is now a full casino.


1996

The Mohegan Tribe opens the second NE casino in Uncasville, CT

A Dollar Coin from Mohegan Sun Opening

A Dollar Coin from Mohegan Sun Opening


2005

Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway opens in Bangor, Maine

Hollywood Casino, Bangor Maine

Hollywood Casino, Bangor Maine


2007

Lincoln Greyhound Park turns into Twin River Casino with class III gaming. Similarly, Newport Grand soon follows, redesigning without Jai-Alai

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2008

MGM joins Foxwoods with additional hotel / casino

MGM Tower at Foxwoods - Right side.

MGM Tower at Foxwoods – Right side.


The Expansion begins

2011

MA legislature approves Expanded Gaming Act allows construction of 3 Resort casinos & one “slot’s only casino”


2012

Oxford Casino opens in Oxford, Maine

Oxford Casino, Maine

Oxford Casino, Maine


2013

MGM pulls out of it’s Foxwoods partnership

MGM Ends Agreement with Foxwoods

MGM Ends Agreement with Foxwoods


2015

Plainridge Park Casino Opens at Plainridge Raceway as the first Massachusetts casino (slots-only)

Plainridge Park Casino

Plainridge Park Casino in Massachusetts


2018

     A Big Year for New England Casinos and Hotels 

Oxford Casino, Oxford ME, adds Hotel, expanded casino and Ox Pu

Oxford Hotel & Casino

MGM Springfield Resort Casino opens

MGM Springfield

Newport Grand Slots Casino closes

Newport Grand Slots, Newport, RI

Tiverton Casino & Hotel opens

Tiverton Casino/ Hotel.

Twin River Casino adds Hotel

Twin River Hotel Lobby

Mohegan Sun opens Earth Expo Center

Mohegan Expo Center

Rhode Island approves and opens the first Sports Betting in New England

Opening day of Phase I Sports Book at Twin River Casino


2019

Encore Boston Harbor to open in the fall

Encore Boston Harbor rendition, courtesy of Encore Boston Harbor pressroom


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Promotions at New England’s Casinos – August 5-11

It’s August!  Where did the beginning of summer go?  Whatever the case may be, it’s time to look at Promotions at New England’s Casinos – August 5-11.

Top Gambling Promotions This Week at New England’s Casinos

Encore Boston Harbor

  • August Play & Earn – Red Card members can earn $25 in FREECREDIT every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this August.
  • McLaren Labor Day of Luxury Giveaway – Your chance to win a 2019 McLaren 570S or $100,000 in cash. Plus, there are an additional 150 FREECREDIT prizes.
  • New Member and Tier Card BonusGuests who sign up for a Red Card in August receive $50 FREECREDIT. Additionally, guests who bring a tiered player’s card from another casino can receive up to $500 FREECREDIT.
  • Winner’s Celebration – Guests who hit a jackpot of $1,200 or more while playing slots with their Red Card earn entries into the Winner’s Celebration, & a chance to win a share of the $50,000 drawing on August 31.

Foxwoods Resort Casino

  • FOXY & FUNEvery Thursday in August – Treats for our guests 55 and up, with amazing deals and offers.
  • Quick Bucks Slot Promotion – AUGUST 7 • 4PM – 6PM • GRAND PEQUOT CASINO 
  • 3x Tier Credits – August 9 – Tier up faster with TRIPLE TIER CREDITS. Earn TRIPLE TIER CREDITS on slots, table games, keno, poker and race book.
  • Summer of Dreams -Summer Through Aug 31. WITH EXCITING EVENTS, PROMOTIONS, ENTERTAINMENT AND MORE

HOLLYWOOD Casino, Hotel & Raceway

  • Early Bird –  August 3rd, Play for your chance to win Free SlotPlay® based on your tier! From 1PM – 4PM we’ll call one winner every 10 minutes!
  • MYCHOICE MYSUMMER GIVEAWAY – Play and earn towards great prizes during the mychoice® mysummer Giveaway. The more you visit, the greater your chances to win. You might even drive away in a new Mercedes!

MGM SPRINGFIELD

  • Onderful Mercedes-Benz Anniversary Giveaway – Saturdays, August 3, 10, 17 & 31. Beginning at 6:00 AM on July 28, M life rewards members will earn one electronic drawing entry for every one slot point or tier credit earned from table play.
  • Tier Credit Multiplier Tuesday in August  Swipe at kiosk to activate Tier Credit Multiplier for entire day.  Sapphire=2X, Pearl=3X, Gold=4X & Platinum / Noir=5X
  • Spin & Win – Wednesdays in August 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Summer Celebration Swipe & WinThursdays in August, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Related Post – MGM Springfield Trip Report – Tier Credit Multiplier, Dr. Suess & The Fort

MOHEGAN SUN Resort Casino

  • Status Mayhem – August 8th, play your favorite slots from 6:00am – Midnight and earn from 2X to 5X status points.
  • Mondays: MORE MONEY MONDAYS Weekly until Monday, August 26th 2019. Each Monday, four Momentum members will be randomly selected to win $2,500 CASH! 
  • Tuesdays:  PLINK-IT PAYS TUESDAYSTuesday, Weekly until Tuesday, August 27th 2019. At the top of each hour from Noon to 7:00pm, one Momentum member will be selected for Plink-It for the chance to win up to $1,000,000 CASH! 
  •  Free T=Shirts on FREE AND FUN FRIDAYSWeekly until Friday, August 30th 2019

OXFORD CASINO & Hotel

  • GREAT 250K Giveaway – Qualifying Drawings will be held the last Sunday of every month. Next Drawing – August 25. The Grand Prize Drawing will be held on December 29, 2019 and drawings begin at 1:00pm. Each Grand Prize contestant guaranteed to win a cash prize between $2,500 and $30,000 prior to $100,000 in total CASH prizes given away.
  • Earn Free Dinner Buffet – Tuesdays, Earn 200 tier points between 12 – 1PM, Thursdays, 400 points 5:00am and 7:00pm, Saturday 600 points 5:00am and 9:00pm to get a FREE Thursday Dinner buffet

Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway

  • NORWEGIAN CRUISE GIVEAWAYEarn entries from August 1 – August 17 by swiping your mychoice® card daily. On August 17 from 6PM – 10PM, 5 winners will be selected every hour for their chance at a Norwegian Cruise for two or Free SlotPlay prizes!
  • SUPER PROGRESSIVE CASH JACKPOT – 6PM – 9PM – Earn entries daily by swiping your mychoice® card at any promotional kiosk. On August 31st, from 6PM – 8:30PM, 5 winners will be selected every 30 minutes for their chance at $250 in Free SlotPlay or a seat in the Grand Prize Drawing! At 9PM, 6 finalists and 4 wild card winners will have their chance at $50,000 CASH!
  • MYCHOICE® GOLD – Wednesdays in July. 6AM – 8PM. Earn 100 tier points each Wednesday in July, swipe your mychoice card at any promotional kiosk, choose your mychoice gold coin and reveal your Free SlotPlay amount
  • SUNDAY SLOTPLAY DRAWINGS – Sundays in August

Tiverton Casino & Hotel

  • $50,000 TGIF Free Play Sweepstakes – earn Monday, July 29, 2019 – Friday, August 30, 2019, WIN FRIDAYS IN August, from 4PM – 8PM.  10 WINNERS EVERY HOUR COULD WIN $250 IN FREE SLOT PLAY
  • $100,000 Sizzling Slot Tournament SaturdaysSaturdays in August from 2pm-10pm.  Tiverton Casino Players Club members may play and enter each tournament by earning ten (10) slot points between 2pm-10pm. Guest may play up to 10x per tournament day by earning a total of 100 slot points.
  • Entertainment RewardsEARN 200 SLOT REWARDS POINTS IN ONE DAY AND QUALIFY FOR ENTERTAINMENT & SPECIAL EVENT TICKETS AT THE TWIN RIVER EVENT CENTER

Twin River Casino Hotel

$500,000 Progressive Sweeps – EARN: Thursday, August 1 – Saturday, August 31
WIN: Fridays & Saturdays in August with 10 winners every hour from 5pm – 9pm could win $50 – $500 in Free Slot Play

This Week in New England Casinos

Back Again! This Week in New England Casinos!

Every Monday, NETG will take a look atThis Week in New England Casinos.” News, promotions, concerts and tips for your week at the casinos.  Want to see a show?  Want to know which promotion might spark a casino visit? Well, every week we’ll start it off for you. The possibilities might just be endless! So, as you sit down, read the paper and plan your week. Consider NETimeGambling as your go-to casino resource. 

NEWS

In Massachusetts

A. Richard Schuster presented Encore Boston Harbor with a class-action suit for cheating last week. However, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission disagreed. Consequently, a preliminary investigation found that Encore Boston Harbor’s casino operations were compliant with state gambling laws. According to CasinoNewsDaily,  “Schuster said that while playing blackjack at the recently opened casino, he expected to be paid out at 3-2 odds. But, he was eventually paid out at 6-5 odds. Usually, traditional blackjack pays players out at 3-2. However, under Massachusetts’ gaming laws local casinos are allowed to pay players at 6-5 odds as long as they fulfill certain other regulatory requirements.”

In Connecticut

John J. James has been named the new President and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino. James currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for Morongo Casino Resort & Spa located in Cabazon, California.  He will be taking the helm at Foxwoods beginning August 12. James succeeds Felix D. Rappaport, whose untimely death in June of 2018 left Foxwoods without a CEO.  As a result, Chairman Rodney Butler took over as the resort’s interim CEO shortly thereafter. James has over 25 years of highly successful Native American gaming resort operations experience.  Thus, James is uniquely positioned to lead Foxwoods into its next evolution.

Related Post – Visionary Felix Rappaport Was a Star Wherever He Went

Promotions This Week in New England Casinos

FoxwoodsFoxwoods 301 Giveaway –  Earn Entries • June 1 – 29; Weekly Drawings • Thursdays, 7:00 PM. Grand Prize Drawing • June 30, 7:00 PM, $1,000,000 Slot Tournament PLAY YOUR WAY TO LAS VEGAS. Daily Winners • July 1 – August 20 • 12pm – 6pm. Grand Finale • September 1 • 4pm – 6pm. Spin Zone in Great Cedar Casino,  Adam Levine Slot Promotion, JULY 17 • 4PM – 6PM • GREAT CEDAR CASINO 

Hollywood Bangor –  Early Bird, August 3. Earn Free SlotPlay based on your tier.  Special Hotel DEALS & DISCOUNTS

MGM SpringfieldMGM Millions – May 27 to July 27Tier Credit Multiplier Tuesday in July, Spin & Win – Wednesdays in July, Summer Celebration Swipe & WinThursdays in July, Over Under – Fridays in July

Mohegan SunTriple Status PointsJuly 25th  MORE MONEY MONDAYS,   PLINK-IT PAYS TUESDAYS,   WEDNESDAY HIGH HANDS,   Double Momentum Dollars  Wednesdays in July,  BRING-A-FRIEND FREE SLOT PLAYStarts Wednesday, BUY ONE, GET ONE BUS VOUCHERS – Wednesdays, STATUS POINT BOOSTER Wednesdays, DEAL-ICIOUS THURSDAYS,   Free T=Shirts on FREE AND FUN FRIDAYS,  Saturdays – HOT SUMMER FUN SEAT CUSHION GIVEAWAY

Related Post – Mohegan Sun Summer Entertainment Continues to Push the Competition

Oxford Hotel & CasinoEarn Free Dinner Buffet – Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturday, SATURDAY – Super 6,  TUESDAY – 15X Multiplier,  WEDNESDAY – 15X Multiplier & Seniors Day,  THURSDAY – Score 4, FRIDAY –  Mega High 5 

Plainridge Park Casino – MYCHOICE® GOLD – Wednesdays, SUNDAY SLOTPLAY DRAWINGS – JULY 28; P of Diamonds Fridays

Tiverton Casino & Hotel, Tiverton, RI – $80,000 Sizzling Slot Tournament Saturdays 

EVENTS & Concerts

July 24 – CT Sun  vs NY Liberty, Mohegan Sun Arena 11:30PM

July 23The Sunshine Tour: Pablo Cruise, Orleans & Firefall at Twin River Event Center, 8:00pm

July 25Motor City Live at Twin River Event Center, 7:00pm

July 26Godsmack at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM; Everclear at Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM (free)

July 26 & 27Reba McEntire at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

July 27Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM (free)

July 28Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Classic All Star Comedy Explosion – at Twin River Event Center, 8:00pm; Ben Folds and the Violent Femmes at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM; Aaron Lewis: State I’m In Tour at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 7:00PM

July 30 – CT Sun  vs Chicago Sky, Mohegan Sun Arena 7:00PM

 

Have a great week!

Binbin