Marquee Rewards at Plainridge Park and Hollywood Bangor

You might have been wondering where we have been with only two posts in the last 7 days.  Well, you’ll find out tomorrow.  But today we start a series about the Player’s Rewards Clubs in New England’s Casinos.  Today we look at Penn National which owns two of the seven.

Marquee Rewards connects to Penn National casinos across the country

Casino Players Clubs were born as “Slot Clubs” in Atlantic City in the early 1980’s when the casinos there were trying to find a way to keep players from hopping from one casino to the next. By offering a reward for their loyalty they were able to keep the player coming back.

As we approach casino saturation in the Northeast, NETimegambling is on a quest to find your players club. First we look at The Penn National’s Marquee Rewards.

THE BASICS

Level three of Five in the Marquee Rewards Program of Penn National
The club is free, (as most are) Marquee Comps dollars can be used for dining, shopping, and hotel stays at participating Marquee Rewards locations.
No CashBack but Does Include Free Slot Play Offers
You can receive special offers and invitations to promotions, sweepstakes, events, free SlotPlay or VLTPlay based on your level of play.
Tier points are accumulated and tier status awarded on a fixed six-month basis, January 1 through June 30 and July 1 through December 31.
There are five levels – Marquee, Celebrity, Producer, Exec. Producer and Icon.The higher the level, the more benefits are offered. To see those benefits, click here.

BENEFITS

Marquee Rewards can be earned at 20 casinos in 12 states. A new connection for the future is Penn’s acquisition of M Resort and the Tropicana in Las Vegas. Hopefully, all properties will soon be completely connected, offering New Englanders a connection to comps in Nevada.

Recently, an announcement was made that Penn National will be purchasing Pinnacle Gaming. Pinnacle operates sixteen casino properties, located in Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, and a horse track in Texas. If the purchase were to take place, that would provide more connections through Marquee Rewards.

They are connected to Carnival cruise lines, where free cruises for highest levels and even 30% off for second level Celebrity players are offered.

Preferred Parking, personal host, and VIP lounge access is offered to Exec Producer & Icon Levels.

DISADVANTAGES

Marquee Comps are earned at variable rates depending on game type, game denomination and level of play, so it’s very difficult to get information on coin in for either Plainridge Park or Hollywood, Bangor. Penn Casinos tend to be “won’t tell, so don’t ask.”
Casinos tend to be small racinos, where sports betting wagers don’t count towards any Marquee Rewards.
Table games are usually not included in the players club, while some are. Ask at guest services to see if your table play is included in Marquee Rewards.

Most are smaller casinos and racinos. Most Video Poker paytables are far from full paper. Some, like Plainridge Park, don’t have table games. And most have few dining amenities, hotel options, and entertainment options, except for Nevada.  Most tend to be destination casinos.

The Final Word

Marquee Rewards is rumored to offer a lower than normal % in in points returned for use. A good Rewards club will return above 30% from your play – Penn’s Marquee is rumored to offer a little above 20%.

But no matter what the percentage offered, it is always better to play with your players card in! – It’s like a rebate after buying an appliance. The appliance isn’t free, but a little off the top always helps.

This week we will look at other Rewards Clubs in New England, including a look at the future – MLife at MGM Springfield and Wynn’s Red Card at the future gem of New England, Wynn Boston Harbor.

Stay tuned!

Binbin

Penn Gaming Raising the Social Media Bar in New England Casinos

2 Casinos in New England

2 Casinos in New England – Bangor, Maine & Plainville, Massachusetts

Penn National Gaming, who owns Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway in Plainville, Massachusetts & Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway in Bangor, Maine are ramping up its image with increased and improved promotions.  The promotions are many and interesting.  Hollywood alone shows more media connections by offering patrons daily emails of news and promos.

Hollywood Casino, Maine

Hollywood Casino, Maine

Before the Massachusetts expansion, Hollywood’s Bangor Casino seemed to be riding the tide of being the only hotel/casino in the area, with Twin River Casino in Rhode Island the closest competitor. But with competition from Oxford Casino in Oxford, Maine and Massachusetts, things needed to get serious.  Hollywood’s website and media effort seemed almost like an afterthought – until the last few months.th

Now, Penn Gaming is raising the bar in entertainment, dining, and gambling promotions to get you – yes YOU – in the door.

Penn National Gaming, through its subsidiaries, owns, operates or has ownership interests in gaming and racing facilities with a focus on slot machine entertainment. The Company presently operates twenty-six facilities in seventeen jurisdictions, including Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, and Ontario.

Plainridge Park Casino in Massachusetts

Plainridge Park Casino in Massachusetts

The company traces its roots to Penn National Race Course, which opened in 1972. As recent as April 2015, the company agreed to purchase the Tropicana for $360 million to gets it’s first pretense on the Las Vegas Strip.

Plainridge has shown success beyond the Bay State’s dreams.  It’s location, newness, and continued push through social media continues to impress – not resting on its summer laurels.  And now, Penn it starting the same social media barrage in Maine – a very needed addition to raise Hollywood in Bangor out of its roller coaster revenue ride.

If you check out the two casino websites, you will find expanded promotions schedules, racing schedules, login ability to check your Marquee Rewards, and more. Entertainment schedules are still included, with many different options through out the week, especially in Plainville.

Hollywood Casino Hotel in Bangor, Maine

Hollywood Casino Hotel in Bangor, Maine

So, click on the side bar links and get to know Penn’s two casinos – the only two casinos in New England linked by the same rewards club!  mrrewards-927x282And take a weekend this autumn to drive to Hollywood if you live in southern New England.  The hotel is nice, Bangor is a great little town, the foliage should be awesome (don’t wait too long) and check out the Casino.

That’s all for now.

Binbin

Plainridge Park Casino is Immediate Success – Can They Sustain It?

Open as of June!

The fact that Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, Massachusetts is a success right now shouldn’t surprise anyone.  It’s new, it’s shiny and happens to be in a state where gamblers have traveled up to two hours for daily visits to Connecticut.  The fact that such a nice, new facility is close by for many should definitely attract Bay Staters by the boatloads.

Penn Gaming has worked hard to make this a successful opening, and it stocks on NASDAQ continue to rise, stimulated by the little casino that can.  The Massachusetts State Lottery made an estimated $983.5 million in profits and outperformed expectations during the just ended fiscal year – is it possible that having a casino in Plainville and waiting for Wynn and MGM (a long wait by the looks of it now) is stimulating the state’s gambling juices to the drooling point? Continue reading