Maine Casinos “By The Numbers”

“Casinos By The Numbers” featuring

 Maine.

Maine Casinos tend to be forgotten by most New Englanders, never mind those in the rest of the country.  The fact that they are not big destination casinos does not diminish the revenue they add.  Oxford has just renovated and added a hotel. Read about it in Maine Casino Trip Report Part 1 – Oxford Hotel & Casino.

Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway, Bangor Maine

Hollywood Casino, Bangor, Maine

A third casino has been proposed for York County in southwestern Maine three times, but was defeated every time. The first casino was in 2005 – Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway opened in Bangor, Maine. The 2nd casino opened in 2012 – Oxford Casino opens in Oxford, Maine.

New Oxford Hotel next to the Casino.

Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway Oxford Casino & Hotel
Hotel HW Hotel OX Hotel
Location Bangor, ME Oxford, ME
# of Hotels 1 1
Hotel Rooms 148 rms / 4 Suites 107 rooms, 5 suites, 1 grand suite
Hotel Amenities Gym No
Gambling HW Gambling OX Gambling
Legal Gambling Age 21 21
Casino Size 30,000 sq. ft 30, 281 sq. ft
Smoke-Free Gaming Non-Smoking Casino Non-Smoking Casino
Total # of Slots & VP 900+ 950+
Comped Alcoholic Drinks No No
Table Games Craps, Blackjack, Spanish 21, Roulette, High Card Flush, Three Card Poker* and Texas Hold’em Bonus® Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Mini Baccarat, Big Six Wheel, Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold em, Criss Cross Poker,Spanish 21, Mississippi Stud
Poker Room 4 Tables No
Racebook Simulcast Wagering, Live Harness racing (seasonal) None
Rewards Club MARQUEE REWARDS Four Levels Connected to over 20 Penn National Properties Across U.S./Tier Status is biannual Oxford Rewards – 3 Tiers. Tier status reviewed quarterly
VIP Lounges None None
Dining HW Dining OX Dining
Food Options 1 Buffet, I casual, 1 Express 2 Casual, 1 Express
Buffet Yes Yes
Bars 2 2
Entertainment HW Entertainment OX Entertainment
Venues One Music / VJ Venue None
Convention/ Meeting Space 2 None
Other Entertainment Options None None
Retail None None
Owner Penn National Gaming Churchill Downs, LTD
PARKING Free Free
Hours of  8am to 24/7
Operation  3am

New England Casinos – Labor Day Weekend Events and Promotions

 

 

Labor Day events

Here is a look at New England’s Casino Labor Day events.  As we celebrate the hard working Americans in this great country, remember to treat casino staff with more respect and consideration.  They all work hard for your entertainment.

CASINO EVENTS 

August 31 – September 2: Cirque Eloize HOTEL (various times) at Foxwoods

August 31st – Russell Peters at Foxwoods; 8:00 pm

August 31 – Fall Out Boy at Mohegan Sun; 7:00pm

SEPTEMBER 1st – TIVERTON CASINO HOTEL OPENS

September 1st – Big & Rich at Mohegan Sun, Wolf Den; 8:00pm

September 1st – Stevie Wonder, MGM Springfield (MassMutual); 8:00pm

September 1st – Jeff Foxworthy at Mohegan Sun; 8:00pm

Sept 1 & 2 – New England Food Truck Festival at Mohegan Sun

September 1st – Gabriel Iglesias at Foxwoods; 7 & 10 pm

September 3rd – Newport Grand Closes


GAMBLING PROMOTIONS

FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO, Mashentucket CT

ONGOING PROMOTIONS – Deal of a Lifetime Blackjack Tournament July 1 – August 31$1,000,000 SLOT TOURNAMENTSPECIAL MILITARY OFFERS & DISCOUNTS


HOLLYWOOD Casino, Hotel & Raceway, BANGOR ME

$40,000 Ford F-150 Giveaway – Play with your Marquee Rewards® card at Hollywood Bangor starting August 1, 2018, and you’ll earn entries into our Ford F-150 truck giveaway. Marquee Rewards® members receive entries into the grand-prize drawing on September 29 when they use their card at any slot machine every day at Hollywood Casino Bangor between 8 a.m. August 1 and 8:29 p.m. September 29. You’ll receive one drawing entry for every $10 of coin-in.

ONGOING PROMOS:  QUEEN OF HEARTS PROGRESSIVEBIRTHDAY BASH,  50 PLUS REWARDS KIOSK


MOHEGAN SUN Resort Casino, Uncasville CT

HOT SUMMER FUN IS BACK at Mohegan Sun.  Click of the Title or go to the post below for all the Hot Summer Fun Events and Offers here “Mohegan Sun Hot Summer Fun Is Back in 2018.”

Triple Status Points – September 2nd at Mohegan Sun


OXFORD CASINO & Hotel, Oxford ME

ONGOING PROMOTIONS2018 Birthday Bash, SATURDAYSuper 6FRIDAY –  Mega High 5 , Prime Rib BuffetWeekend Breakfast Buffets

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
  • 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 (opening September 1st 2018) & 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.


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.  He has 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. The goal of  NETimeGambling is to provide a service and resource for any recreational gambler visiting New England’s expanding casino market.

Maine Casino Trip Report Part 2 – Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway

Today, part 2, as we drive to the furthest northeast casino withing the US borders.  Today, we REPORT OUR visit to Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway in Bangor, ME.

Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway, Bangor Maine

Hollywood Casino, Bangor, Maine

Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway – Some Background

It was the first licensed slots facility in the state, and became the first casino to be licensed in the state of Maine when it added table games to its facilities in 2012.  However, it was the third New England casino to offer Vegas style slots in 2005, after Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun in CT. Twin River, at the old Lincoln Greyhound Park in RI, did not introduce Vegas style slots, or class III, until 2007.

Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway, Bangor Maine

Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway, Bangor Maine

This facility has everything – it’s just that it’s a little bit of everything.  It is the smallest casino in New England inches behind the other Maine casino in Oxford, Maine.  It does draw from patrons from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Canada & of course Maine. This was our 5th trip to the Bangor casino.  Only two hours away from Oxford Hotel Casino

We first drove to our hotel, the Bangor Inn.  Unfortunately, we were unable to stay at the Hollywood Hotel. Our suggestion is do not stay at Bangor Inn, unless you want to step back to the 1950s in terms of comfort, amenities, even number of electrical outlets (unless you bring a couple of extension cords). Certainly a step back, but with inflated prices due to the concert downtown. (Over $150 dollars for something that represents an old Super 8 motel.)

After that, it was time once again for beer, and Hops 99 was the perfect stop.

DINING

Hops House 99 is a brewpub specializing in Maine craft breweries.  With a good array of Maine beers and others from around the world, it follows its name by offering 99 beers.  22 beers on rotating taps, and the rest in cans & bottles.  On this afternoon, they had some specials to “kick the Keg.” So we had a couple of Jamaican Stouts at $3.99 each.

Our meals were good.  Their menu has enough choice to make anyone happy.  I had a pulled pork sandwich with plenty of pork and Bert had the BALT (Bacon, Avocado, Lettuce and Tomato). Both were delicious.  Service was timely and friendly – a definite visit every time we’re in Bangor. Hops 99 also has a bustling Trivia Contest on Thursday nights and entertainment on the weekend.

The other two dining options are the Epic Buffet (good, but not “epic”) and Take 2 Snack Bar which offers up a variety of you classic favorites including wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads & fries. It is open for breakfast daily at 6am. with a complete breakfast menu. During the week, it is the only breakfast option and is surprisingly expensive.  Noteworthy is the fact that they don’t accept casino dining credit, but will accept Marquee Rewards Points.  I would suggest you go out for breakfast somewhere outside the the property.

Marquee Rewards

Level three of Five in the Marquee Rewards Program of Penn National

A brief word about Hollywood Bangor’s rewards club. It includes levels in the Marquee Rewards Program. Penn National has bought some Las Vegas properties recently like M Resort & the famous Tropicana to go along with its country-wide portfolio of casinos & racinos.  Included in that portfolio is Plainridge Park in Massachusetts which uses the same Marquee rewards.  Points can be used at all Marquee Rewards properties, making a visit to Bangor, ME. more profitable.

Walking the Red Carpet to the Hollywood Casino

Gambling

This isn’t a 24/7 facility.  The property is open daily 8am – 2am.   It houses over 900 Vegas-style slots in 30,000 square feet of gaming space.  Slots include many old & new favorites, but many times only one or two of them.  Denominations include penny slots up to $10 in the High Limit area (which is larger than Oxford.) Hollywood includes a broad variation of slots catering to reel & video slots players, with many older slots mixed with the latest.  The number of $1 machines seem to equal the penny machines.  The number of machines oddly seems skewed toward $1 denominations.

Video Poker seems to be it’s low point. Mostly single line VP with terrible pay tables such as 7/5 JOB, 7/5 DDB. and 6/5  Bonus.  There are only two multi line games that I could find – a”Super Times Pay Spin Poker” and one “Ultimate X.”  Both have different denominations available starting at nickels.

16 gaming tables round out the casino’s main floor.  Hollywood Casino currently offers Craps, Blackjack, Spanish 21, Roulette, High Card Flush, Three Card Poker and Texas Hold’em Bonus®.  Most low limits start at $5. However, on this Sunday Afternoon, the limits were higher – BJ could not be found under $10 and most table games in at the $15 and above.  The one huge craps table had no Fire Bet, All Tall, All Small, etc.  Your basic craps with 3,4,5 odds.

There is a poker room with 4 poker tables with live action Texas Hold ‘Em games, 7-stud, and Omaha.  The same room has a small race book. Bangor Raceway is adjacent to the property and features a 1/2 mile racetrack and grandstand seating for up to 3,500. We didn’t have time to visit the harness racing track – maybe next time.

Hollywood Hotel Lobby, Bangor Maine

HOTEL – The Gem of the Property

The hotel has 152 rooms, including four suites, and with over 5,000 square feet of meeting and pre-function space.  But it’s hospitality that shines here.  A friendly greeting, ease with check-in and in our room withing ten minutes both times we stayed over is what you can expect. The rooms are nothing special, if you compare them to Las Vegas.  But they are very homey, very clean well-designed, comfortable and have great amenities. A comped room here is a “no-brainer.”  But pay to stay and you won’t be sorry. On this particular weekend the comped rooms were blacked out due to the Keith Urban Concert that Sunday night.

Darling Waterfront Pavillion

Our final part of this NETG casino trip was an outdoor concert at the Darling Event Center, which was the closets thing to Woodstock I ever experienced.  This place is huge, and it was packed with many of Keith Urban’s fans.  A beautiful, balmy night was perfect for Kelsea Ballerini’s opening, and Keith Urban’s 2 hour performance.  This venue is fantastic for summer outdoor concerts.  With so many people, the audience was great – just be prepared to stand a lot.  We upgraded to seats, and with the large video screens capturing the excitement on stage, nothing was missed.  This is a 15 minute walk from Hollywood Hotel Casino.  We parked for free in the parking garage (parking around concert area can be expensive), played, ate and drank at Hollywood, and walked to the concert. We highly recommend a summer visit with a concert at Darling Event Center in mind.

The Draw

I like Hollywood Bangor.  In the early part of the week, as in Oxford, or even in CT’s mega resorts, it’s slow and quiet.  The staff all over the property prove hospitality is important from the hotel staff to the dealers. Enjoy Maine in the summer. And enjoy Maine’s casinos while you’re in the vicinity.

Binbin