10 New England Casinos by 2022

10 New England Casinos by 2022?  Maybe. I love to speculate about the future of gaming in New England. Whether it’s 10 or more by 2022, it’s time to bring out my inner Zoltar and look ahead.

While there may be changes along the way, the final New England Casino Portfolio could look something like this:

Maine – 2 Comercial Casinos/1 Tribal (possible)

Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway in Bangor, ME. Owner – Penn National
Oxford Casino, Oxford ME. Owner – Churchill Downs LLC.Hampton Inn at

The Oxford Casino expansion included casino space, food options, and its own hotel. Along with the Hampton Inn across the street, the two hotels have increased visitation and revenue. However, the same can’t be said for Hollywood Bangor,  which seems to be going in the opposite direction. The legislature denied a third Maine casino three times.

New Oxford Hotel

Meanwhile, the Maine legislature has introduced two initiatives.

Sports betting could be a factor, with two brick-and-mortar casinos already running. Because state laws against it would have to be repealed, it is still a string possibility. Maine lawmakers are considering a proposal to allow the state’s tribes to operate another casino, and is drawing a lot of opposition. The proposal would allow the participating tribes, the Passamaquoddy, the Penobscot Nation, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, and the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians to jointly operate a casino.  The casino would have slot machines at an undetermined location at least 50 miles from either the Bangor or Oxford County casinos, who are lobbying against it.

Related Posts:  Maine Casino Trip Report Part 1 – Oxford Hotel & CasinoMaine Casino Trip Report Part 2 – Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway

Massachusetts – 3 Casinos / 2 tribal (possible)

Plainridge Casino (Slots only) & Raceway, Plainville, MA. Owner – Penn National
Encore Boston Harbor, Everett, MA. Owner – Wynn Resorts .  MGM Springfield, Springfield, MA. Owner – MGM Resorts International

After the series of inquiries into inappropriate behavior of Steve Wynn and other staff,  Encore Boston Harbor developer Wynn Resorts announced that it had paid a $35 million fine. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission imposed the fine on in the wake of sexual misconduct accusations against its former CEO and founder, Steve Wynn. It will now open on June 23.

Related Posts: Encore Boston Harbor – What Can We Expect?  /  A First Look at Encore Boston Harbor – the Monday Link

Encore Boston Harbor


First Light Resort,  the 4th possible Massachusetts Casino, is slated for Taunton, MA. Owner – Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal NationTribal Council. The First Light casino, hotel and entertainment complex will be built on a 151-acre industrial park that is part of the  tribe’s designated federal reservation. It has been stalled due to a lawsuit brought on by a group of Taunton residents.

First Light

First Light Resort Casino, Wampanoag Tribe, Taunton may never see completion.

Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives looked to fast-track a bill aimed at ending a legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag reservation, according to sources close to the process. Should the bill succeed in Congress and be signed into law, its passage couldn’t be more timely for the tribe, which is contending with a final installment of loan dollars from its financial backer, Genting Malaysia

Related Posts:  Taunton Vs. Mashpee Wampanoag Casino – More “Pride or Prejudice?”

Slipping under the national radar is the The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)  teaming up with the Chickasaw nation. The federal appeals court and the U.S. Supreme Court have given approval for the tribe to move forward with plans to develop a casino on their land. They will operate a Class II gaming facility, with classII slot machines, bingo based games to be played inside their Bingo Hall. Work on the Aquinnah Cliffs Casino began in February after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a legal challenge from the state and town. Construction halted amidst that latest dispute.

Rhode Island – 2 Casinos

Twin River Casino (with expanded Hotel), Lincoln, RI. Owner – Twin River Management Group
Tiverton Resort, Tiverton, RI.  Owner – Twin River Management Group.

Proposed Tiverton Casino

Nothing new in Rhode Island since both casinos have the only legal sports betting in New England. And both Casinos have hotels. Twin River Management group bough the  now defunct Newport Grand and moved that operation to the new Tiverton facility two years ago.

Related Posts:  New England Sports Betting Arrives – Rhode Island Twin River First in NE / Tiverton Casino Gets Another Look From NETG Staff

Connecticut – 2 Tribal Casinos / 1 Tribal (Probable) 1 in Bridgeport (possible tribal or Commercial)

Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashatucket, CT. Owner – The Mashentucket Pequot Tribal Nation
Mohegan Sun Resort Casino, Uncasville, CT. Owner – The Mohegan Tribe of CT

No further expansion is seen at the Mega-Resorts of Mohegan Sun & Foxwoods, although the Sun has added the largest Resort Expo Center on the east coast. The third casino in CT is a joint venture between the two tribes. Unfortunately, it was held up by the Bureau of Indian Affairs concerning a casino on non-tribal lands.Since the federal department signed off on the Mashantucket Pequot amendment, the third casino can be built. It had previously signed off on the Mohegan Tribal Nation agreement, which preserved the tribe’s revenue sharing and exclusivity agreement with the state of Connecticut. The decision paves the way for construction to begin on the Tribal Winds Casino in East Windsor.

Related Post:  East Windsor is Chosen By MMCT for CT Casino

Will New England Casinos include Bridgeport?

MGM is pushing for a 4th CT Casino in Bridgeport. It’s still in the preliminary stage with MGM and their lobbyists aiming to change the tribal pact. The agreement gives the tribes exclusive rights in exchange for 25% of slot revenue to Connecticut.  MGM International wants an open bid policy for any southwestern CT casino near the New York City area. But, within the current CT legislature session, the tribes have been talking with Bridgeport officials. So, now, a deal seems close that would deliver a casino resort worth at least $350 million. MGM Resorts International’s larger plan for Bridgeport harbor could be in jeopardy because of this new deal

Related Posts:  MGM Bridgeport Casino – All The Angles

Zoltar is tired and I’ve run out of nickels. The possible total casino in New England  is now 13, if all get built. Time to sit back and let the future unfold.


Massachusetts Casino Industry – NETG’s “Binthsayer” Predicts The Future of New England’s Casinos

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The “Binthsayer”

As I was having breakfast this morning, I was wondering what to post about today.  Nothing came to mind….until I checked my news alerts.

The Sky Is Falling On Massachusetts’s Casino Industry!!!

Numerous articles posted and rehashed concerning the destiny of the Massachusetts Gaming Industry – oh the horror, oh the humanity!

Melodrama & hyperbole aside, allow the “Binthsayer” to predict, dispel, and cut to the reality the Massachusetts Gaming Menagerie.

Here we go.

  1. Massachusetts will not have a full slate of casinos until 2018 – True.  MGCNo extra tricks that Mr. Crosby has up his sleeve won’t change the traffic construction in Springfield and won’t clean up the mess in Everett (both outside and within the Wynn property) to start before then.
  2. Plainridge Park Casino is positive sign. – True, but by 2017, the new flavor in New England will wear off, and it will be a nice little “box of slots” competing with raised competition in CT, RI and ME.
  3. Steve Wynn’s Everett casino project, after facing hurdles of legal suits, Massachusetts gaming “quirks” and toxic waste will pull out of Massachusetts. – False – VERY FALSE!
    Wynn, Everett Mass

    Wynn, Everett Mass

    Look, as much as I despise his arrogance, he is an astute business man and a visionary.  He knows the future success that the Boston market will bring.  Like it or not, Steve Wynn is here to stay.

  4. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) might not back any of the proposals in Region C if they decide the market will become oversaturated. – False.  The MGC is drooling over the initial success of Plainridge Park and certainly will want more. They now feel Massachusetts is going to be Casino Mecca in New England.  Region C will see a casino in either New Bedford or Brockton.
  5. The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe will eventually establish a casino in Taunton.Mashpees The future is murky here. This is the only answer I seek that eludes my crystal casino ball. New BIA recognition changes could nix the Taunton casino all-together.
  6. Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe, will establish a Class II casino in Martha’s Vineyard. – False.  It will open a bingo hall, but that’s as far as it goes.
  7. MGM will change and down-scale its Springfield project due to increased CT competition on the border – NOPE.  imagesYou mean to tell me one of the largest and most successful of Casino Companies in the World is intimidated by another casino in Connecticut?  Pshah…..if they make changes to their original design, it will be due to other factors such as historical buildings, the new traffic construction, or simply changes to support current trends.
  8. Will there be a new casino in Connecticut – Yes.  But if so, it might open the door to more competition for that site, raising havoc with the tribal slot compact with the state. It might open the door to privatized casino companies vying for that casino, since it would be the first off tribal land.
  9. Will there be new casinos in Maine? – Nope
  10. Will there ever be a casino in New Hampshire? – (chuckle) When pigs fly!  pigs_fly_tujs



There you are.  Now everyone can relax. the Binthsayer has predicted to New England Casino future.  Sit back and enjoy the entertaining next two years of the a new soap opera happening before our eyes.  Let’s call it “The Old, and the Arrogant”……. or maybe “As the MGC Turns” or “Casino Revenue is a Many Splendored Thing””…….i got it,

“Steve Wynn’s Place!”

Steve Wynn

Steve Wynn


The Binthsayer is now tired with so much investigation into the future.  Must rest.

That’s all for………..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz



Plainridge Park Opening Gets Closer – Mashpees Upset

IMG_0412Penn National Gaming announced last week that pending final regulatory approval by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Plainridge Park Casino will open its doors to the public on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 bringing top-flight dining, gaming, and entertainment options to the Commonwealth.

The MGC recently approved their gaming floor plan.

MashpeesThe Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is claiming the type of machines and number of positions at the commercial slots parlor violate state law.  While the  slots parlor has 1,250 machines, the Gaming Commission decided last year to allow the facility to have up to 1,500 gamblers playing at the same time, as some machines offer multiplayer games. Differing from traditional slots, some of the machines offer video simulations of poker and other table games. The Mashpee, who have faced a series of delays and setbacks in their pursuit of a tribal casino in Taunton, claim the additional positions at Plainridge could divert $30 million in revenue from a future tribal facility. It is yet to be seen if their facility will ever be done.

Plainridge Park Casino will feature nine dining and entertainment venues as well as gaming, including, among others:

  • Flutie’s Sports Pub, Boston College-legend Doug Flutie’s first restaurant in the Commonwealth, featuring memorabilia from his college, CFL and NFL careers;
  • Revolution 1776 Lounge, home to live local entertainment throughout the year;
  • Slack’s Oyster House and Grill, a casual upscale restaurant offering a state-of-the-art 25-seat oyster bar, along with the region’s freshest seafood and finest steaks; and
  • b. good, a rapidly growing Boston-based restaurant company and winner of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Small Business of the Year Award, offering locally sourced all-natural burgers, seasonal salads, and much more.

An interesting side note – recently the Sun Chronicle reported that the state Gaming Commission has launched a study of the impact of legalized gambling on crime, starting with a focus on the Plainville area.  The commission said the research will focus on four areas:

  1. Assess changes in public safety issues, specifically in Massachusetts communities that host a gaming facility, and surrounding communities, to include crime, calls for service, traffic and officer activity.
  2. Analyze new public safety matters that may arise after a facility opens.
  3. Establish a uniform way of identifying gambling-related incidents in record management systems of area police departments.
  4. Develop a way to easily get access to gambling-related incidents from record management systems and to train police on the systems.

This may be the beginning of studies in cities of all four casinos.  This should be viewed as a proactive way to keep tabs on the influence of casinos on crime, addictive related crimes, etc.


That’s all for now