Thanksgiving Weekend Specials in New England’s Casinos

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Yes, it’s  time to give thanks. Breaking bread with those you love – or taking them to the casino for some of the great promotions and events in New England!! Here are some dining, shopping and entertainment considerations for Thanksgiving Weekend.

SPECIAL EVENT at the PEQUOT MUSEUM, FOXWOODS

This Saturday, November 17th, 3-5pm.

Pequot MuseumA Native Thanksgiving – They will be preparing and featuring traditional Native fare with a modern twist. The buffet features locally sourced, delicious items including: Roasted Cedar-planked Salmon with onion jam, Roasted Local Turkey with traditional stuffing, and Roasted Venison with local wild mushrooms, along with an assortment of breads, soups, salads, sides, and desserts!!  Tickets:  $55.00 (Museum Members)  $75.00 per person (Non-Members)  $35  (Children under 12)


Dining & Shopping

Twin River Casino, Lincoln RI

Wicked Good Bar & Grill Thanksgiving Celebration – Thanksgiving Day, starting at Noon, $16.95.  Now accepting reservations. *Full menu is also available

Trattoria Romana – Thanksgiving Celebration Roast Turkey Dinner – $19.95, & Homemade Dessert for $5.95  *Full menu is also available

Oxford Casino, Oxford Maine

Thanksgiving Day Buffet, Thursday, November 22, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm  $24.95 per person.  Join them for their scrumptious buffet including turkey, ham, pork loin, all the traditional sides you could ever want AND delicious desserts.

Hollywood Casino, Bangor Maine

Thanksgiving Buffet – November 22 11AM-7PM, at the Epic Buffet. Adults: $26.99 Children: $14.99

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Foxwoods Resort Casino, Masnantucket CT

Thanksgiving Specials at numerous restaurants.  Too many to mention here, so click on THANKSGIVING SPECIALS to get all the specials.

Gambling Special – Black Friday Weekend Poker – Nov 23-25

Black Friday Shopping at Tanger Outlets – 30-70% off can be found at many stores.

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Thanksgiving Specials at numerous restaurants.  Too many to mention here.  Also Kids Quest and Cyber Quest, so click on THANKSGIVING SPECIALS to get all the specials and check out  The Holiday Season At Mohegan Sun for entertainment and shopping specials.

Both THE CHANDLER STEAKHOUSE , TAPS Sports Bar and the  CAL MARE  have special Thanksgiving Menus.

Fluties Sports Pub offers a Turkey Special every Thursday  for $15.


ENTERTAINMENT & Gambling

11/22 – Thanksgiving Day Mystery Slot Play at Hollywood Bangor –  8AM – 11:59PM

11/23 – Black Friday Hot Seat at Plainridge Park – One winner every 15 minutes for $100 Free Slotplay. 6PM – 10PM

11/23 – Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks! Tour, at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

Nov 23 – 12/31 – Legends in Concert Holiday Show at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, varied times and dates.

11/24 – LoVeSeXy Prince Tribute at Plainridge Park Casino Thanksgiving Weekend

11/24 – 3x Tier Credits – BEGINNING AT 6AM

11/24 – Early Bird at Hollywood Bangor your chance to win Free SlotPlay based on your tier. from 1PM – 4PM we’ll call one winner every 10 minutes.

11/24 – Strictly Sinatra presents The Rat Pack Christmas Show, 8:00pm at Twin River Event Center

11/24 – John Legend: A Legendary Christmas, at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

11/25 – TRIPLE STATUS POINTS DAY – at MOHEGAN SUN

11/25 – TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – THE GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS EVE, 3 & 8PM, Mohegan Sun Arena

 

 

Past, Present Winners & Losers in Casino Competition CT Tribes Once Started

 

The Pequot and Mohegan Tribes were once one tribe, but war with colonists, differences with other tribes, and different tribal and colonial alliances caused a split that continues to this day. The Mohegans were allies of John Mason against the Pequots in the Great Pequot War in 1637.  Will the Mohegans & Pequots re-unite in the Great Casino War of 2020?  Read on…..

Over 250 years after the Pequot War (which almost eradicated the entire Pequot Nation), a bingo hall rose on what was left of the Mashantucket Pequot reservation in 1985 beginning the history of gaming in New England and competition once again between the Mohegans and Pequots.

Previous to 1992, both tribes fought for federal & state recognition as well as keeping land claims. Then governor Weicker agreed to give the Pequots a monopoly on slot machines in return for 25 percent of the slot machine revenue with the state guaranteed $160 Million,. A year later, in 1993, the Pequots  agreed to share the gaming business with the Mohegans, a tribe with whom they have lived for centuries, but the Indian monopoly is extended to all casino games.

After the Tribes Are Recognized

Here is a quick little history lesson since then:

Foxwoods started it all with a Bingo hall.

Foxwoods started it all with a Bingo hall.

  • 1992 – first New England Casino as Foxwoods opens its doors in Mashantucket, CT
  • 1992 – Rhode Island approves VLT gaming machines (class II) at Lincoln Greyhound Park & Newport Jai Alai
  • 1996 – the Mohegan Tribe opens the second NE casino in Uncasville, CT
  • 2005 – Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway opens in Bangor, Maine
  • 2007 – Lincoln Greyhound Park turns into Twin River Casino with class III gaming; Newport soon follows
  • 2008 – MGM joins Foxwoods with additional hotel / casino
  • 2011 – MA legislature approves construction of 3 casinos
  • 2012 – Oxford Casino opens in Oxford, Maine, making two casinos in Maine
  • 2015 – MA opens first of three (4?) casinos in Plainville, Mass at Plainridge Park – slots only.

 

I should mention that casino gambling found a home in the 1800’s in Newport, Rhode Island, not to mention the numerous greyhound, horse tracks and  parimutuel parlors throughout New England. Jai Alai frontons in Milford & Hartford CT, and Newport, RI were also popular for a while in the 1970 – 90s until Foxwoods opened. Rhode Island’s Lincoln Greyhound Park became Twin River Casino later.greyhound

Future Casino Landscape in 2015

In 2015, the country was filled with new casinos and New England followed the trend. The two CT tribal casinos in New England began a gaming explosion that appeared to include:

  • Connecticut – 3 casinos – a joint casino venture (MMCT) with Foxwoods/Mohegan Sun
  • Rhode Island – 2 Twin River Casinos
  • Massachusetts – 4 casinos, plus an additional Tribal Casino in the Southeast
  • New Hampshire – 2 Casinos, wherever?
  • Maine – 2 casinos
  • Total = 13 casinos in a combined area slightly larger than the state of Washington, which has 28 Indian casinos in operation.

The Many Casinos That Never made it

For those in the country that don’t equate New England with gambling still, it may be a surprise that New England has had more casino proposals not make it to construction than the Las Vegas Strip. For those of you living here, remember these possibilities?

Mohegan Palmer Casino

Mohegan Sun’s rendition of Mohegan Palmer Casino

  • Penn National Casino in Springfield, MA (2013)
  • Caesars Casino proposal in Boston, MA (2013) partnering with Suffolk Downs
  • Mohegan Sun Casino proposal in Palmer MA (2013)
  • Hard Rock International Casino proposal in West Springfield MA (2013)
  • Mashpee Wampanoag “First Light” Casino in Tauton MA (2013) [not daed yet]
  • Nunes/Foxwoods Casino proposal in Milford MA (2013)
  • Rush Gaming Slots-only proposal in Worcester MA (2013)
  • Racino proposal in Scarborough ME (2013)
  • Cordish Gaming Slots-only proposal in Foxboro MA (2013)
  • Penn National opts out of Casino in Springfield, MA, to set sites on slots-only in Plainville (2013)
  • New Hampshire proposes three separate casinos (2012, 2013, 2015), but none to show for it.
  • The Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians casino proposals ME
  • Mohegan Sun Casino proposal for Revere MA (after MGM chosen for Springfield (2014)
  • Maine Casino Proposal @Scarborough Downs (2014)
  • Foxwoods Casino Proposal in New Bedford MA (2014)
  • Rush Gaming Casino in Brockton MA (2014 – 2018)
  • York Casino Proposal ME (2015, 2017)

    Foxwoods New Bedford (top), Rush Gaming’s Brockton Proposal, which is hanging on by a thread.

Where am I going with this?  To tell you the truth, I don’t know…..does anybody know?  Let’s be honest, the news of an economic gambling war between New England States could go in many directions.  Twin River buying Dover Downs in Delaware and moving Newport Grand (closed) to Tiverton with table games and a nifty hotel is an example of New England casinos jockeying for additional advantages.

That’s all for now.  All I know is, for now, and the foreseeable future, we will have  9 casinos when Encore Boston Harbor is finished in 2019. Actually, it will be 10, since the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe on Martha’s Vineyard, MA has been approved for a small class II casino.

My head hurts………

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New England Casino Promotions & Events in Late October

GAMBLING PROMOTIONS

Foxwoods Resort Casino

FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO, Mashantucket CT

World Poker Finals – October 5-22.

Octoberfest-Bingo, Sat. October 20th

Fall Tree Hot Seat – Saturday, October 27 • 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM . play your favorite slots or table games with your Foxwoods Rewards Card. Every hour, five winners be selected. Winners will be invited to the Celebration Zone on the Great Cedar Concourse to select a leaf from the tree. Your leaf could be worth up to $5,000 cash!

Free Festival Buffet – When you earn one Foxwoods Rewards point in September and October, now until October 31st.

ONGOING PROMOTIONS –  SPECIAL MILITARY OFFERS & DISCOUNTS, High Hand Poker Frenzy, Young & Fun Days, 55+ Offers


Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway – Bangor Maine

HOLLYWOOD Casino, Hotel & Raceway, BANGOR ME

Early Bird – Play with your Marquee Rewards card select Saturdays from 1PM – 4PM we’ll call one winner every 10 minutes.

Jackpot Party – Marquee rewards members who hit a taxable jackpot of $1,200 or more at Hollywood Casino Bangor between July 28, 2018 and 9:59PM October 27, 2018 receive a ballot to participate in our Jackpot Party promotion.

ONGOING PROMOS:  QUEEN OF HEARTS PROGRESSIVEBIRTHDAY BASH, Midweek Moolah,  50 PLUS REWARDS KIOSK – Every Sunday 1PM – 4PM,


 

MGM Springfield

MGM SPRINGFIELD, Springfield MA

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT – 55 years of age and older can swipe at the promotional kiosk each Wednesday in September to receive a 15% discount that can be redeemed at the South End Market only from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

WINNING WINSDAYSEvery Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. All guests actively playing at a slot machine will be entered to win. Someone will win every 30 minutes


Wombi Rock at Mohegan Sun

MOHEGAN SUN Resort Casino, Uncasville CT

Status Point Mayhem – Thursday, October 18th

$200,000 MONOPOLY CRUISE FOR CASH – Sunday, October 28th 2018, 6:00am

ONGOING PROMOTIONS – TURN 21 AT MOHEGAN SUN,  FOREVER YOUNG WEDNESDAYS 


Oxford Casino, Maine

Oxford Casino, Maine

OXFORD CASINO & Hotel, Oxford ME

ONGOING PROMOTIONS2018 Birthday Bash, SATURDAYSuper 6SUNDAY16X Multiplier  TUESDAY – 15X Multiplier,  WEDNESDAY15X Multiplier & Seniors Day,  THURSDAY – Missile Madness, Every Thursday.  3:00pm – 8:00pm &– Free Lunch Buffet (100 pts earned)FRIDAY –  Mega High 5 , Prime Rib BuffetWeekend Breakfast Buffets


Plainridge Park Entrance, Plainville, MA

Plainridge Park Casino, Plainville, MA

Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway

50+ REWARDS – Mondays – Mystery SlotPlay bonus.

P OF DIAMONDS –Fridays, 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.


CASINO EVENTS

October 20th – Live Championship Boxing at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 6:00PM

October 25th – 27th – The Price Is Rightat Foxwoods


ENTERTAINMENT

 

October 19th – Impractical Jokers Starring The Tenderloins at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 7:00PM & 9:55PM

October 20th – Impractical Jokers Starring The Tenderloins at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 6:00PM & 9:00PM

October 26th – JIM JEFFERIES at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM

October 27th – Marc Anthony at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM

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.  Summer Concert Series at the Darling Waterfront Pavillion is walking distance from Bangor Hollywood Casino
  • 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.

Visiting New England’s Casinos?

New England

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:  ConnecticutFoxwoods Resort/Casino & Mohegan Sun Resort/Casino; Rhode Island – Tiverton Casino Hotel & Twin River Hotel/Casino; Massachusetts – Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway, MGM Springfield  & Encore Boston Harbor  (opening Fall 2019); Maine –  Oxford Casino & Hollywood Bangor Hotel, Casino & Raceway.