Recent New England Casino News

MGM Springfield Opens to 150,000 people

Over 3 days

There was so much hoopla over the opening of MGM Springfield, you would have though it was the second coming of Caesars Palace in Vegas.  To be honest, so many hopes and dreams of Springfield’s residents do rely on its success.  Instead of re-inventing our coverage, I will just list our posts for your perusal.

Everything You Need To Know About MGM Springfield & “Industrial Chic,”  

MGM SPRINGFIELD – Entertainment, MassMutual Center & Symphony Hall;  

MGM Springfield Kept Community History in Casino Consideration; 

MGM Springfield Trip Report 

But there was more happening on the New England Landscape besides MGM Springfield…….


TIVERTON CASINO HOTEL & CASINO OPENS

Tiverton, Rhode Island

Twin River Moves Newport Grand to Tiverton

We also covered the opening of the casino that is supposed to take Newport Grand’s place and put more competitive pressure on Massachusetts & Connecticut for the Twin River Management Group.  Here’s our coverage:   Tiverton Casino Hotel – Our Last Summer Trip Report


Mohegan selected to oversee Canada gaming, entertainment venues

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE), which oversees the company and its subsidiary casinos in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, announced Monday it has been selected by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) to assume daily operations of its Fallsview Casino Resort, Casino Niagara, and 5,000-seat Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre, which is currently being built.  OLG will assist in managing the casinos, known as the Niagara Gaming Bundle, including approvals for operational changes.  Fallsview Casino spans over 2.5 million square feet, with 200,000 square feet of gaming space and more than 3,000 slot machines and 100 gaming tables. Casino Niagara, meantime, has a 95,000-square-foot gaming floor with 1,500 slot machines and more than 40 table games.  All this taking place while managing Resort in AC, building a $5 billion resort at Incheon International Airport in South Korea, the opening of ilani on 152 acres near La Center, Washington with the Cowlitz Tribe, opening Paragon resort Casino in the heart of Louisiana, and preparing the huge plot of land across the Thames River from its flagship property in Preston, CT.  Mohegan Sun News – Plans for Norwich Hospital Site and Mohegan Expo Center It’s obvious Mohegan Sun is not sitting still while Massachusetts continues to add casinos. Oh, and did we mention Mohegan Sun announced Momentum partnerships with MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately owned cruise line, and with Samuel Adams, the Boston brewery; the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League; Blue Back Square, a shopping and live entertainment destination in West Hartford; and Hartford Stage, a theater?


Maine’s top court – could a tribe run a casino on tribal land without state permission

Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians Tribal Offices

The House last month approved Rep. Henry Bear’s order asking the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to consider whether a U.S. Supreme Court decision would allow the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians to conduct gambling on tribal trust land. Efforts to allow tribal casinos in Maine have long failed. A third casino in Maine is still being sought, if not by business men and politicians, now by Maine’s tribes. The Maliseets do run Bingo events weekly.


It’s Not All Great News at MGM Springfield when it comes to underage gambling

Inside MGM casino

Casino.Org’s Katie Barlowe reported that “MGM casino executives admit that they’ve had issues with minors finding their way onto the gaming floor, which is not exactly the most comforting news to area residents.” Mathis described the casino as “a very mixed-use, downtown, porous design” which has “created an unexpected challenge: difficulty in ensuring that underage patrons don’t have access to the gaming floor. MGM Springfield officials told regulators that there was a mix of intentional non-gaming areas in the venue, and inadvertent violations by visitors who don’t understand the exact age limits or where children are allowed to be was causing the problems.”  It seems that simple 4-ft barriers along the edge of the casino would help, similar to the Fox Casino at Foxwoods (ironically built by MGM in their joint venture with Foxwoods years ago).  Trouble is, there is no space to spare.

Mathis outlined some of the steps that MGM Springfield was taking to correct the underage access problem. Unattended minors are now banned from the venue, with anyone under 16 considered to be a minor for those purposes. In addition, there is now a midnight curfew for the resort. After midnight, only those 21 or older or those who are hotel guests are allowed in the complex.

Binbin

When you gamble, embrace the Math, not the Myth.

Massachusetts Casinos “By The Numbers”

“Casinos By The Numbers” featuring

Massachusetts.

In 2011 the Mass. legislature approved the Expanded Gaming Act allowing construction of 3 Resort casinos & one “slot’s only casino.”  The slot parlor opened at Plainridge Park Casino in June 2015, opened by Penn National with the already established harness racing park and simulcast venue.

Plainridge Park Casino

Plainridge Park Casino in Massachusetts on Opening Day

Two casino resorts, MGM Springfield, which opened in August 2018, and Encore Boston Harbor, under development to open in 2019. One more casino license may be issued for the southeastern part of the state, but the process has been delayed due to uncertainty about potential competition from the planned Mashpee Wampanoag casino.

Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway
MGM Springfield Resort Casino
Hotel
Location Plainville, MA Springfield, MA
# of Hotels None 1
Hotel Rooms None 236 room, 16 suites
Hotel Amenities None 1 pool, 1 Spa, Gym
Gambling
Legal Gambling Age 21 21
Casino Size 170,000 sq. feet 125,000 sq/ft
Smoke-Free Gaming Non-Smoking Casino Non-Smoking Casino
Total # of Slots & VP 1250 including  Video Roulette, Video Craps & Video Blackjack 2550
Comped Alcoholic Drinks No Comped Drinks until 4:00AM
Table Games None 120 Tables – includes Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Mini Baccarat, Midi Baccarat, Pai Gow, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em, Criss Cross, Chase the Flush, War and Big 6.
Poker Room No 23 Tables
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 MLIFE – 5 Levels. Connected to over 20 MGM Properties Properties Across U.S./ Tier Status is annual
VIP Lounges None None
Dining
Food Options 1 Fine Dining, 1 Casual Dining, 3 Food  Court, 1 Racebook 2 Fine Dining; 7 Casual (includes South End Market) ; 1 chain
Buffet No No
Bars Two Three
Entertainment
Venues 1 Live Music Venue, 1 small entertainment venue 2 Large Venues; 3 Live/DJ/Club/ Lounge Venues
Convention/ Meeting Space 7,500 square feet of flexible space 42,500 sq/ft Conference/ Meeting Space
Other Entertainment Options None Tap Arcade;  Bowling; Top Golf; Art Collection; The Plaza, Movie Theater
Retail 1 Store 4 Stores
Owner Penn National Gaming MGM Resorts International
PARKING Free  Free
Hours of 24/7 24/7
Operation

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.