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

 

Easter Dining Specials – New England Casinos

This weekend many will be celebrating Easter. Casinos aren’t necessarily the first place to visit for such an important holiday, but New England’s seven casinos offer terrific promotions for this weekend. Check them out below, and as always, contact the casino or restaurant for information and reservations.

MAINE

Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway, Bangor

Easter Brunch: $26.99 , Kids Under 12: $14.99 All your Easter favorites will be on the Brunch Buffet from 9am-3pm on Sunday, April 1st!

Oxford Casino, Oxford

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

RHODE ISLAND

Twin River Casino, Lincoln, April 5th

Wicked Good Bar & Grill – Easter Specials at 12:00 Noon: Prime Rib Dinner, $20; Pineapple Brown Sugar Glazed Ham Dinner $15; Classic Carrot Cake $7

MASSACHUSETTS

Plainridge Park Casino

Slack’s Oyster House & Grill – Special Easter Brunch Menu with the regular menu.

CONNECTICUT

Mohegan Sun Casino Resort, Uncasville

Easter Dining Specials

BALLO Italian Restaurant
Grilled lamb chops with English pea risotto, morels and pea shoots ($55)
Regular menu available

Jasper White’s Summer Shack
Featured dish: Jasper’s famous Pan Roasted Lobster

The Lansdowne Irish Pub & Music House
Easter Dinner Special: Glazed smoked ham served with mashed potatoes and roasted root vegetables ($16)

Michael Jordan’s 23.sportcafe
16 oz. prime rib with mashed potatoes and asparagus ($29)

Michael Jordan’s Steak House
Petite Filet with Chimichurri butter, lobster out of the shell with tomato beurre blanc and saffron rice pilaf ($55)

Sushi Koya
Featured dish: Sushi Koya Dinosaur Egg
Spicy tuna wrapped  with fresh avocado and topped with tempura crunch and spicy mayo two eggs for $10

Tom’s Urban
Featured item: Urban Mimosa with Infinite Monkey Theorem Sparkling Wine & OJ

Foxwoods Casino Resort, Mashentucket

Easter Dining Specials

ALTA STRADA – Lamb Shank Osso bucco • $42

with Swiss Chard, Cipollini Onions, Truffled Polenta finished with a red wine reduction
Brunch Buffet • 10am – 3pm

CEDARS STEAKHOUSE & OYSTER BAR – Grilled Pesto Colossal Shrimp • $18

Beefsteak Tomato, Fresh Garden Greens, Crispy Shaved Onions
 
Filet Mignon Au Poivre • $65
Black Peppercorn Encrusted with Wild Mushroom Brandy Sauce, Cajun Sea Scallop Skewer, Parmesan & Fresh Chive Risotto, Grilled Asparagus
 
Bake Stuffed Sole • $55
Sole Stuffed with our own Lump Crab Seafood Stuffing. Lemon Beurre Blance, Garlic Mash Potato, Sauté Green Beans

DAVID BURKE PRIME – Enjoy Easter brunch or dinner at Foxwoods’ Prime steakhouse.

FESTIVAL BUFFET

Carving Station – Grilled Rosemary Leg of Lamb, Beef Prime Rib
International Lines – Roast Cornish Hen, Ham with Butter Rum Sauce, Rock Crab Clusters, Fried Chicken, Roasted Asparagus, Steak Tips
Seafood Station – Sautéed Fresh Mussels, Salmon with Mustard Crust, Shrimp Cocktail, Fried Shrimp, Beer Battered Cod
Italian Station – Bacon, Potato, Chicken, Ricotta Pizza, Shrimp Scampi Risotto, Red Wine Braised Short Ribs, Chicken Parm Baked Penne, Meatballs &Sausage Marinara, Rotini Forestiere, Boursin Alfredo & Marinara Sauce
BBQ Station – Carolina Style BBQ Chicken, Grilled Steaks, St. Louis BBQ Ribs, Macaroni & Cheese, Cornbread Stuffing

JUNIOR’S

Grilled Rack of Lamb • $35.95

Served with Roasted Rosemary Potatoes, Vegetable and Mint Jelly

 
Roast King Cut Prime Rib • $29.95
Served with Idaho Baked Potato Green Beans Almondine and Horseradish Cream Sauce
 
Stuffed Atlantic Cod • $29.95
Stuffed with a Lobster, Shrimp and Scallop Stuffing topped with a Lobster Sherry Sauce and Served with Florentine Rice and Vegetables
 
Lobster Macaroni & Cheese • $25.95
Tender Morsels of Lobster Tossed with our Homemade Mac n Cheese and Topped with a Butter Parmesan Cheddar Cracker Mix

SUGAR FACTORY – Easter Day Brunch • $55 VIEW MENU

VERANDA CAFE – Grilled Rosemary Scented Lamb Chops • $24.99

Red Wine Demi, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato, Asparagus

VUE 24

Brunch Cobb Salad
Gem lettuce, Eggs, Avocado, VT Grafton Smoked Cheddar, Shrimp, Bacon, Green Goddess Dressing
 
Smoked Pork Loin
Apricot Brown Sugar Glaze, Brussels Sprouts, Potato Puree, Grain Mustard Pan Gravy

Binbin

 

Great New England Casino Promotions, Entertainment & Events Still Remain in February

New England Casino Promotions, Entertainment & Events What’s Left in February

There are still great things happening in February at New England’s Casinos. For specific casino details, visit the websites of all seven casinos:  ConnecticutFoxwoods 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.

Gambling Promos & Events

MOHEGAN SUN – Uncasville, CT

FAT TIRE FRIDAY at New Belgium Brewing Taproom, Friday, February 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,

POINT MULTIPLIERS – 3X Status multiplier on February 18th, and Double Status, Double Momentum points on February 9th.

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.

Coming in MarchSlam Dunk Giveaway – March 12th – March 15th


 

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

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

Coming in March – ST. PATRICK’S DAY BINGOULTIMATE EASTER HOT SEAT,  &  TUESDAY SLOT TOURNAMENTS

NEWPORT GRAND – Newport, RI

5X Rewards Points every Tuesday in February.

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

Twin River Casino

TWIN RIVER CASINO – Lincoln, RI

Win a Norwegian Cruise for Two.  EARN: February 1 – 22
WIN: Thursdays in February (1, 8, 15 & 22); two drawings every hour from 5pm – 9pm!

Hollywood Casino, Bangor Maine

HOLLYWOOD BANGOR – Bangor, ME

Jackpot 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 at Night

OXFORD CASINO – Oxford, ME

BUFFET MADNESS

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

PLAINRIDGE PARK CASINO & RACEWAY – Plainville, MA

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

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 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 -5th – Mohegan 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

Entertainment

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

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 10 – 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

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.

Two Years Ago

Two years ago, I posted the following article about the changes between 2013 & February, 2016.  it’s interesting to see what had happened in that time period, what was expected to happen between then and now, and actually where we stand two years later. So, here is the actual article, with updates as we go. Remember this was originally written in 2016. Enjoy…..


(February 8th 2016) Let’s go back in time first…..

Two years ago in New England.

Two years ago in New England.

Two years ago, (2014) it was all about Wynn Everett never happening, Mohegan Sun’s rejection in Palmer or Revere, and MGM Springfield causing concern over traffic, historic buildings, yadda, yadda, yadda…

Last year, (2015) MGM Springfield & Wynn Everett are given casino licenses, but will open two years later. Connecticut looks at the possibility for a third casino, law suits between MGM & CT, and Wynn & Boston’s Mayor Walsh erupt, Rhode Island’s Twin River buys Newport Grand and talks of moving it to Tiverton, while Massachusetts opens its first Casino in Plainville, Mass. only to find disappointment because of declining revenue after its opening. (As we now realize, Plainridge Park has had a series of months with growing revenue. Wynn & Walsh made nice, nice, Twin River Management is progressing through those plans in 2018.)

imagesIt’s 2016.  Wynn & MGM have begun breaking ground, fewer lawsuits remain, and Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville continues to perform to less than expected (and highly bloated) results.  CT is trying to find a location for its third casino, and everything seems to be moving forward to the wonderfully saturated and competitive casino market we know as New England.

But what would the casino industry be like without some turmoil?  So, here’s the next chapter of  “As The New England Casino Industry Turns.”  Recently:

IN MASSACHUSETTS

  • The Bureau of Indian Affairs officially designated Mashpee Wampanoag lands as a reservation on Friday. In September, the U.S. Department of Interior agreed to take 321 acres of tribe-owned land into trust on its behalf.
    Rendition Wampanoag Casino in Taunton

    Wampanoag Casino in Taunton

    But not so fast, a group of Taunton property owners filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday challenging the designation of neighboring land as a Native American reservation, a legal move meant to block a $500 million casino planned for the location,  describing the tribe’s plans for a massive casino and hotel complex as “grossly out-of-character” for a quiet residential area. Sound familiar?  (i.e., Palmer MA, Tiverton RI) (First Light continues to be stuck in “Legislative Limbo.”)

  • Then there’s Brockton – you remember that city, don’t you?  They’re the ones patiently waiting to find out what Massachusetts and the Mass.Gaming Commission are going to do with the Mashpee proposal in Taunton.  th (11)The Brockton casino proposal is the only remaining commercial license applicant pursuing a license provided to the southeastern region by the state’s gaming law. If both eventually appear years in the future, it’s said they will be able to “co-exist,” meaning not prosper, not financially aid the state of Massachusetts, and play second fiddle to MGM & Wynn forever.  The new lawsuit mentioned above by Taunton could keep the decision in limbo for years.  Rush Street Gaming, developer of Brockton’s Casino proposal, won’t stick around that long. (The MGC decided not to award any SE gaming license, with Brockton being the last casino standing, but not getting the award.)

IN CONNECTICUT

thA third casino site for a jointly run Foxwoods/Mohegan Sun Casino to compete with MGM Springfield Resort being built across the line in MA, will be decided on later than expected.  Now remember, MGM Resorts filed a lawsuit against the state of Connecticut in 2015 alleging that the state had not followed fair policy by giving casino establishments an equal right to bid for a third casino in Connecticut, suggesting partiality to CT’s two “casino” tribes.  Recently, The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, ignored by CT and feds, established a business entity with the aim of being allowed to establish a commercial casino within the borders of CT and they remain dedicated to the idea of operating the third CT gambling faculty. Richard Blumenthal, the state’s congressional delegation, have opposed new rules by the BIA that would have made winning federal recognition easier for tribes like the Schaghticokes.  In one week, the tribe from Kent, CT was approved and denied, with Connecticut saying their made a “boo-boo.”   Maybe MGM Springfield has a point with their lawsuit. (The whole thing was eventually dismissed, leading this blogger to wonder if there is still a political predjudice towards tribal peoples. Ironic that it would be alive and well in New England, you know – Pilgrims, first contact, etc…)

IN RHODE ISLAND

The Battlefield for Casino Supremacy in Rhode Island & Southeast Mass

The Battlefield for Casino Supremacy in Rhode Island & Southeast Mass

Twin River Casino, owner of Newport Grand Casino, would ask voters statewide and in Tiverton to decide the fate of the new casino with referendums on the November 2016 ballot. The question would need to pass both statewide and in Tiverton for the casino to be approved.  In a Tiverton town meeting, townspeople sounded genuinely split on the issue as they talked about the practicalities and the morality of hosting a gambling venue. (Tiverton and Twin River Casino’s new Hotel is all happening – just r-e-a-l-l-y sloooowwwwwwwly)

IN MAINE

York County, Maine om the Mass & NH borders where the third Casino in Maine is proposed

York County, Maine on the Mass & NH borders where the third Casino in Maine is proposed

Hey, is Maine still looking to add a third casino – closer to the Massachusetts border?  According to a detailed report in the Bangor Daily News, petition circulators were hired in the state of Maine to gather signatures to try and bring another casino to the state.

Soon after the signature campaign started that circulators began to allege issues that they were hired by the company Harness Racing Jobs Fairnessto gather signatures, promised as much as $10 per signature! The unorthodox campaign to give a Las Vegas gambling developer the sole right to build a York County casino submitted its signatures Monday to put the proposal to Maine voters in November.  NETG prediction – referendum? sure…..casino?  Nah. (And we were right – twice and no Maine casino in York county.)

So, unless you were gone for the month of January and February (2016), that’s the news to peak your interest. Same issues, just different players.

Binbin

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

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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.

New England Casino’s Weekend Promos & Events

Next week, check out our newest post on News and Events at New England’s Casino at TravelZork is your resource for Airlines, Hotels, Casinos, Vegas, Miles & Points! View out NETG previous articles at:

  Visit New England’s Casino websites below:

Connecticut – Foxwoods Resort/Casino & Mohegan Sun Resort/Casino;

Rhode Island – Newport Grand & Twin River Hotel/Casino;

Massachusetts – Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway,  MGM Springfield & Wynn Boston Harbor;

Maine – Oxford Hotel/Casino & Hollywood Bangor Hotel, Casino & Raceway.


MOHEGAN SUN – Uncasville, CT

The Sun Wine and Food Fest continues through Sunday.

Saturday, Jan. 27th:

An Evening with Brandy Clark – 8:00pm at Wolf Den

Gina Brillon – 8:00pm & 10:30 at Comix Comedy Club

Dancing with the Stars: Live! – 8:00pm at Mohegan Sun Arena

Sunday, Jan.28th:

Ghost of Paul Revere – 7:00pm at Wolf Den

SPINNATO’S MAGIC MATINEE – 5:00PM at Comix

 

 


FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO – Mashantucket, CT

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Saturday, Jan. 27th:

Ultimate Fan Cave Giveaway, Grand Prize Drawing: Saturday, January 27th at 6pm

Dog Days of Winter Ultimate Racebook

Vue24 3-Course Pre-Theater Menu

Jim Gaffigan, The Fixer Upper at the Grand Theater.  Shows are 6 & 9;00 PM

Bob Marley at the Fox Theater, 8:00 PM

Saturday, Jan. 27th:

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NEWPORT GRAND – Newport, RI

Newport Grand Casino, Newport RI

Saturday, Jan 27, 9:00pm – Shot of Poison in the Event Center – Free Admission


TWIN RIVER CASINO – Lincoln, RI

Twin River Casino, Lincoln RI

Lighthouse Lounge – Sat, Jan 27, 2018 9:00pm – World Premier Band


HOLLYWOOD BANGOR – Bangor, ME

Hollywood Casino, Bangor Maine

Big Screen Bonanza – ENTER JANUARY 9-28. You could be watching the big game on a new big screen TV! Enter for your chance to win a $3,000 home theater. We’ll be giving away hundreds of other prizes, including virtual credits on www.HollywoodCasino.com.

50 PLUS REWARDS KIOSK – Every Sunday 1PM – 4PM,

MATCH & WIN, Saturdays 3-9PM,

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ENTERTAINMENT:


 

OXFORD CASINO – Oxford, ME

Weekend Breakfast Buffets, Every Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am-Noon. $12.95 per person,

Fat Stacks of CASH, next drawing, Sunday Jan.28th, Beginning at 2:00pm

Weekend Breakfast Buffets – Every Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am-Noon $12.95 per person

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PLAINRIDGE PARK CASINO & RACEWAY – Plainville, MA

Plainridge Park Entrance, Plainville, MA

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New England Casino Awards – Final Analysis of 2017

There were some surprises in this year’s poll, and many repeat winners from 2016.  Here’s our analysis of the results.

BEST HOTEL – this is really a no-brainer.  With the most rooms, most variations in room layout and renovations recently of the Grand Pequot Tower, it has to be  Foxwoods.  Next year might prove to be different, with Twin River’s hotel opening, Oxford Casino Hotel open for a year, and the opening of MGM Springfield.

BEST BARS – no change from last year. The many bars like Scorpion Bar and Centrale are scattered around the huge property.  The only reason for our selection of Mohegan Sun is their casino bars all have craft draft beer, and great video poker.  Foxwood’s pay tables for its VP bartops offers some pretty ugly pay tables, especially on nickel games such as Ultimate X & Super Times Pay.

Shrine – One of the Best Night Clubs on the East Coast

BEST NIGHTLIFE – while Mohegan won the popular poll for this category, I can’t imagine beating out Shrine at Foxwoods, one of the best NightClubs on the East Coast.

BEST DINING OPTIONS & BEST DINING VALUE  – When it comes to options, we felt Mohegan Sun offers the gamut on one property, especially in the area of lower cost eateries.  But, I also feel when considering just high end restaurants, Foxwoods would edge out the competition. However, even the fun establishments such as Sugar are in the hefty price range at Foxwoods.

FAVORITE RESTAURANTS – It was nice to see the winners in this category.  David Burke at Foxwoods has been a long-time favorite steakhouse for years.  And Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse at Twin River is way over due for NETG recognition. A few others in the Steakhouse realm to be considered would include Slack’s at Plainridge Park Casino & Jordan’s at Mohegan Sun.

Mohegan Sun Seasons Buffet

BEST BUFFET – Mohegan’s Sunrise Buffet is just the best, ’nuff said.

ENTERTAINMENT, BEST SMALL VENUE – Last year, the Wolf Den was hands down the #1 favorite.  But some changes have taken place since 2016. The Wolf Den doesn’t offer the schedule it once did.  Yes, the Sun offers outstanding free entertainment on the weekends, but free entertainment has increased at other properties.  Foxwoods raised the ante in the Atrium. Plainridge Park Casino not only offers good entertainment at their Revolution Lounge, but also at the Loft – including Comedy. Newport continues it’s free tribute bands on the weekend, and Twin River’s Lighthouse Lounge continues to offer great free entertainment. To secure the top again, the Wold Den must have a full schedule.

Barrett-Jackson In the Mohegan Sun Arena.

ENTERTAINMENT, BEST LARGE VENUE – Even with the addition of MGM Springfield and Wynn Boston Harbor in 2019, the Mohegan Sun Arena will still be the best venue in New England.

BEST CASINO SLOTS – Slot machines become a very personal thing for those who only gamble on slots. Some like older classic reels or even classic video slots.  Some enjoy the latest machine introduced to the casino floor.  Mohegan Sun’s slot inventory is in a constant state of flux.  While Foxwoods has recently added more slots and the latest slots, in 2017 they were still catching up with Stadium Gaming and renovations, especially in the Cedars Casino. Of course, Plainridge has many new slots since it opened in 2015, but the classic Aristocrat, IGT, and Williams games found in casinos like Newport Grand, Twin River, Hollywood Casino and the CT casinos are not to be found. The best mix is still Connecticut’s casinos.

Jacks or Better best paytable (called 9/6 because of the full house and flush pay out). 

BEST VIDEO POKER – Mohegan Sun is the only New England Casino to offer full pay VP – Jacks or Better – at the quarter level up. As long as they offer it, the Sun will continue to be the best VP in New England.  We know from experience at their other properties that Wynn & MGM will never offer Full Pay VP, rarely even at $1 levels.  So, this award may be good through 2020.

BEST TABLE GAMES – Table game players of all levels appreciate good rules & low starting limits, especially on traditional games.  In New England, Foxwoods and MoSun have this covered. Maine casinos, while having similar rules, lack the amount and mix of traditional table & “carnival” games.  Again, from experience, we expect Wynn & MGM to offer higher limits (MGM National Harbor low limit for BJ is usually $25) and less favorable rules (Wynn on the Las Vegas Strip has on 2X odds on craps tables).  Here, Twin River offers table games with slightly higher limits, with most games starting at $10.

Mohegan Sun Racebook

BEST RACEBOOK – The Sun took over first place in this category. While both CT casinos do have good racebooks, this may change in the future. Online better and sports betting in now on the legislative table in most New England states.

BEST PLAYERS CLUB – Even with changes, Foxwoods continues to lag behind Mohegan Sun.  Penn National has made strides with its two New England Casinos (Plainridge Park, MA & Hollywood Bangor, ME) but this, too, might change with the introduction of MLife at MGM Springfield. With properties on both east & west coast, the portfolio alone will be enough to take the top spot.

POKER ROOM – Even without the World Poker Tour affiliation, Foxwoods continues to be the best in New England, and one of the best in the country.

WHAT WILL 2018 BRING?

Armory Marketplace, part of MGM Springfield

MGM Springfield will definitely throw a wrench into the neat control that Foxwoods & MoSun has over the smaller casinos.  Twin River continues to be the New England Enigma concerning where they will be in this mix. 2018 will be an exciting year in New England’s Casino Industry.

Binbin

New England Casino Awards 2017

It’s time for the NETimeGambling Casino Awards for 2017 – our annual look at the best in New England. Thanks for your help in voting. And now, the Winners:

Best Hotel

Poll Winner – Foxwoods

NETGChoice – Foxwoods


Best Bars

Poll Winner – Foxwoods

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun


Best Nightlife

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Foxwoods


Best Dining Options

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun


Favorite Restaurant

Poll Winner – David  Burke’s Prime, Foxwoods

NETGChoice – Bobby Flay’s BarAmericain, Mohegan Sun

Honorable  Mention – Hash House A-Go-Go, Mohegan Sun & Steve & Fred’s Steakhouse, Twin River


Best Dining Value

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun


Best Buffet

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun

Honorable Mention – Oxford Casino


Best Entertainment (Small Venues)

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun, Wolf Den

NETGChoice – Foxwoods, Atrium Lounge & Hard Rock Cafe

Honorable Mention – Plainridge Park, Revolution Lounge & The Loft


Best Entertainment (Large Venue)

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun Arena

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun Arena


Best Casino Slots

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun

Honorable Mention – Twin River


Favorite Slot Machine

Poll Winner – Buffalo Grand

NETGChoice – Buffalo Anything!


Best Video Poker

Poll Winner -Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun


Best Casino Table Games

Poll Winner -Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun (tied)

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun & Foxwoods


BEST Poker Room

Poll Winner – Foxwoods

 NETGChoice – Foxwoods


Favorite Table Game

Poll Winner – Craps

NETGChoice – Mini-Baccarat


Best Racebook

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun

Honorable Mention – Plainridge Park


Best Casino Players Club

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun


   Casino You Feel the Luckiest In

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Pick ’em! Wherever you win, you feel the place is lucky!


Finally, two questions repeated from last year:

1. How Many times Do You Visit a New England Casino?

Once a month received more votes, but NETG knows better!  NETG has a feeling there is a little denial going on here. Definitely more than once per month for most gamblers.

2. Which casino (opened or not) are you MOST interested in visiting in the future?

Both MGM Springfield & Wynn Boston Harbor has equal interest.

Well, that’s a look at the Best of 2017. Keep following NETimeGambling.com for your complete New England Casino Resource.

Binbin, Miguel, & Bert

6 Tips For a Healthy Casino Visit

It’s Flu Season again. Germs are everywhere in the casino – on the felt, on the dice, on all the machine surfaces….I mean everywhere. But not only that, accidents happen, and people can get hurt.

So here are some tips, not only to keep you from getting sick from your visit to the casino, but also from physically getting hurt at the casino.

  1. If you have breathing problems, look for non-smoking areas. Casinos are providing more and more smoke-free areas. Some, like Plainridge Park in Plainville, MA are completely smoke-free, as will be MGM Springfield and Wynn Boston Harbor. Twin River Casino, in Lincoln RI, has their entire 2nd floor smoke-free and CT’s Tribal Casinos offer many non-smoking areas.
  2. WASH YOUR HANDS!!! as much as possible. Take hand sanitizer for those long plays, or hand sprays that will help clean your hands after playing at the tables and machines. Think of the following happening – coughing, sneezing, tapping and wiping machine glass… and then, you come along. Guess who’s going to commune with previous players DNA? So, WASH YOUR HANDS.
  3. Be aware of others while walking around the casino. A casino is no exception to sudden injuries considering that with all the distractions, guests don’t look where they are going. When walking, stop watching your cell phone. You might as well be in a maze blindfolded.
  4. Be aware of maintenance staff around you trying to keep the casino clean and running. Vacuum cords, unleveled carpet, audio visual equipment, and carts of food, glass-ware and garbage that could run you over.
  5. Beware of non-rug surfaces – the combination of free drinks, wait staff, and unaware humans causes spills. Many accidents happen concerning high polished marble, mopping without warning, melting ice, slippery stairs, and escalators.
  6. Many kids and adults are hurt every year when their parents don’t supervise their kids or leave them unattended. Please don’t put your kids in harm’s way – safety first. Meanwhile, watch out for those little rascals – they know not what they’re doing.

And did I say WASH YOUR HANDS?!

Stay healthy out there!

Binbin

2018 NEW ENGLAND CASINO AWARDS – We Need Your Participation!

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The time has come to for all you crazy (or serious) New England Gamblers to vote for this year’s. But you don’t need to live in New England to vote – New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey – let your voice be heard!

This is the third year for NETimeGambling’s annual Awards. Nominations for this year’s New England Casino Awards, or the “NETy’s,” ending this Sunday, January 21st, 2018

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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

NETimeGambling Looks Back & Forward from 2014

“All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.” ~Ellen Glasgow

Two years ago in New England.

Four years ago in New England.

A Look Back to 2014

I was looking back at old NETimeGambling posts from 2014 & 2015. So many changes have take place in New England’s Casino Industry.  It’s hard to remember some of the proposals that failed compared to those that have materialized. A few years ago, New England was simply an area with a few casinos. Let me remind you what was happening back then:

“Connecticut Casinos are on the verge of losses beyond recovery. (Instead, by 2017, both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun have made many additions and changes, and have diversified their interests into other revenue generating areas, making their relevancy in New England stronger and ready for the New England’s casino expansion.)

”Massachusetts is still in a mess concerning it’s third full casino license in the Southeastern area.” (Eventually, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission passed the New Bedford waterfront and chose Rush Gaming’s proposal in Brockton – but when the Wampanoag tribal casino looked to generate more for the state, the southeast region license was denied to Brockton.  At this time, “First Light Resort of the Wampanoag tribe is stuck in a lawsuit with the townspeople of Taunton.)

Remember when there were two other bidders besides Penn National Gaming for the Slots-only casino? Raynham Park, a former dog-racing track; and Cordish Bros., which had proposed building a slots parlor in Leominster were the other two.

Mohegan Sun was denied not one proposal, but two – in Palmer to MGM Springfield, and Revere’s Suffolk Downs to Steve Wynn’s casino in Everett.

By the way, Mohegan Sun was Suffolk Down’s second suitor. Caesars Entertainment had to withdraw from a connection with Suffolk Downs in 2013 due to alleged ties to Russian organized crime.

A Look Forward From 2015

Southeastern New England’s expansion possibilities in 2015

In 2015, I suggested that the peak number of prospective casinos in New England (prospective, but not probable) totaled at 20! Yes I know, as Tevye from “Fiddeler on the Roof said, “crazy, no!”

Here’s what I posted in 2015. These were my insane expansion numbers of casinos in New England: (for laughs and giggles)

CONNECTICUT – 2 tribal resorts, and 3 tribal “satellite” casinos = Total of 5
RHODE ISLAND – 2 casinos, both under the name of Twin River Casino, Hotel & Resort = Total of 2
MASSACHUSETTS – 3 casino resorts, 1 slots-only parlor, 1 tribal (Wampanoags) = total of 5
NEW HAMPSHIRE – 2 casinos = (don’t count on it, although I expect it brought to legislature at least two more times in the next ten years) = Total of  2
VERMONT – yes, even Vermont has been questioning keeping its revenue in the state, since threatened by MA & NY = Total of  1
MAINE – 3 casinos, all expanded to small resorts and 2 tribal (Maliseets & Passamaquaddys) = Total of 5

Some say the Northeast is already saturated. Can you imagine if all this did come true?

Main Street, Red Rose Pizza in the far left corner. In between is Howard Street to the Cinema, Bowling, and Event area

I can’t wait to see what really happens before my eyes. And it all starts next year with MGM Springfield. Remember, “all change is not growth.”  But change is on the horizon.

Make it so!

That’s all for now.

Binbin