New England Casino News Review

BROCKTON CASINO STILL ALIVE?

Brockton Casino Driveway

Brockton Casino, no longer an option.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission received a letter on Wednesday from the Chicago-based Rush Street Gaming asking for another chance to bring a $677 million casino to Brockton. Rush Street and Mass Gaming and Entertainment are now seeking reconsideration for the project more than two years after it was rejected in a 4-1 vote by the state gaming commission in April 2016.  Rush Street and Mass Gaming began the letter by referring to a notice posted online in July 2016 by the state gaming commission, pledging to hold a public discussion “at a time deemed appropriate” about the short- and long-term interests of southeastern Massachusetts. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe originally planned to open a destination casino in Taunton in 2017, but construction was derailed by a federal lawsuit.

Meanwhile, there is increasing support for the Mashpee casino in Taunton. Read the following article for more details:   “Support grows for legislation for Mashpee tribe”

MGM SPRINGFIELD GETS “LAST CALL” EXTENSION

Paul Tuthill, from WAMC Northwest Public Readio reported “The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to approve, with some conditions attached, an alcoholic beverage license for MGM Springfield that will allow drinks to be served on the casino floor until 4 a.m. – two hours later than the time all other bars in the state are required to close……but only if they are actively gaming would they be able to consume (alcohol) after that 2 a.m. time frame.” MGM Springfield Vice President & General Counsel Seth Stratton said the proposal before the gaming commission is to have extended hours for alcohol service only on the casino floor, saying “If you are a gaming customer and would like to have a cocktail as you continue to game up until 4 a.m. we will offer that service, but if you want to hang out at a bar, our bars close at 2 a.m. just like any other bars in the community.” Brian Hallenbeck , The Day staff writer, reported Foxwoods wants later ‘last call’ to keep up with Mass. casino.  Click on the link to learn more about CT’s casino’s reaction.

IT’S GAME ON AT MOHEGAN SUN

Mohegan Sun announced that it plans to open Game On, a 23,000-square-foot interactive arcade, sports bar and restaurant, this winter inside its new convention center. Game On will feature a luxury bowling alley, ping pong tables, billiards, darts and arcade games in addition to multiple high-definition screens and a 65-foot bar. It will be located on a lower level of the new Earth Expo & Convention Center, which is hosted Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast Auction of collector cars in June. The new venue will accommodate parties and private events.

TOPGOLF IS COMING TO NEW ENGLAND

In the fall, look to TopGolf invading New England’s casinos. Looking for your next party idea or a place to better enhance your golfing skills? Top Golf is a fun experience for all ages that offers a comfy lounge to hangout while you enjoy fantastic food and drinks, all while enhancing your golfing skills. MGM Springfield will be the first when it opens in August. Not to be outdone, Foxwoods jumped into the ring, or should I say the course, possibly introducing it before MGM Springfield this summer. Foxwoods’ Topgolf Swing Suite will offer multiple golf simulator bays, throwback arcade games, a DJ booth, lounge seating and a full-service craft bar with an impressive food and drink menu.

RHODE ISLAND IS FIRST TO LEGALIZE SPORTS BETTING IN NEW ENGLAND

Governor Gina Raymond signed the bill into law a bill allowing legal sports wagering in the state. The Rhode Island General Assembly approved the $9.559-billion budget bill which includes legalized sports wagering. The bill established legal sports wagering at Twin River Casino and “reflects an agreement reached with IGT, the operator of the state’s electronic lottery systems which also won the contract for operating sports wagering in the state.” Rhode Island will retain 51% of sports betting revenue, IGT will get 32%, and the Twin River Lincoln facility and Tiverton facility will get 17%.

EAST WINDSOR APPROVES MMCT ZONING PERMIT FOR CASINO

MMCT Venture in East Windsor, CT, Courtesy WFSB

MMCT Venture, the joint company of the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes, has proposed opening a $300 million 188,000 square foot gaming and entertainment facility in spring 2020. It would include around 1,800 slot machines, 50 table games and 10 poker tables. This is just one of many hoops the Mohegan & Mashantuckets had to go through to build a casino that is said to be able to keep jobs and gambling revenue from flying up to MGM Springfield.  For renderings and the story, click on East Windsor Casino Takes Shape In New Renderings

FINALLY, A TRAGEDY AT FOXWOODS

The president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino, Felix Rappaport, passed away unexpectedly due to heart disease, according to the state medical examiner’s office.  For more information and an article highlighting his accomplishments and respect in the industry, click on Visionary Felix Rappaport Was a Star Wherever He Went.

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July Promotions, Events and Entertainment

 

Summer is finally here, and so are

promotions and events galore

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 – Newport Grand (closing fall 2018), Tiverton Casino Hotel (opening Fall 2018) & Twin River Hotel/Casino; Massachusetts – Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway, MGM Springfield (opening Aug, 2018) & Encore Boston Harbor  (opening Fall 2019); Maine –  Oxford Casino & Hollywood Bangor Hotel, Casino & Raceway.


GAMBLING PROMOTIONS & EVENTS 

FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO, MASHENTUCKET CT

$1,000,000 SLOT TOURNAMENT: July 1 – August 23Monday – Friday • 2pm – 8pm, Saturday & Sunday • 10am – 4pm, Great Cedar Casino.  Grand Finale • September 1, 4pm – 6pm

Swipe to Rock in Vegas – July 1 – August 31. Activate Entries: September 2 • 6am – 3pm. Grand Prize Drawing: September 2 • 4pm. Celebration Zone – Swipe your Foxwoods Rewards card once per day for a chance to win the Ultimate Music Experience at the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas. PLUS when you swipe your card at the Celebration Zone on the Great Cedar Concourse, you could win great prizes including Food Credits, Bonus Slot Play, and Rewards Points!

Fourth of July HOT SEAT – Wednesday, July 4 • Noon – 8:00 PM. Every 30 minutes, 1 lucky player in the Hot Seat will win $2,000 cash!

Saturday, July 7th, Foxwoods Famous FIRECRACKER BINGO!

Earn 2X Rewards Points – MONDAY, JULY 16 • BEGINNING AT 6AM. Simply play your favorite Slots and Table Games with your Foxwoods Rewards card to earn double points.

Foxwoods ♥ New York – Residency has its privileges. Exclusive offers for CT residents, including:

  • WIN ONE OF 20 FREE HOTEL SUITES | JULY 8, 15, 22, & 29 • 3PM – Simply opt in at any Foxwoods Rewards location July 1 – 29.
  • EARN TO WIN, JULY 14 – 17 –Register at any Foxwoods Rewards locations and earn 2 Foxwoods Rewards Points from Saturday, July 14 through Tuesday, July 17. On July 17, at 7pm, 10 Winners will win exclusive gifts!
  • HOT SEAT | JULY 28 • 12PM – 8PM – A winner every hour! Simply play your favorite slots or table games. Every hour, one lucky New York resident will win $2,000 cash! Reservations required, check in at any Foxwoods Rewards location to qualify.
  • BLUE POINT BREWERY DAY | JULY 20 – Grab a cold one when Blue Point Brewery Co. takes over Foxwoods. Present an I.D. to receive a 3$ Blue Point Toasted Lager draught at Cedars Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, Centrale at Fox Tower, Live@Atrium and the Sports Bar at Race Book. The Blue Point Brewery Co. team will be at Live@Atrium at 7:30pm and Centrale Fox Tower at 9:00pm

DEAL OF A LIFETIME BLACKJACK TOURNAMENT JULY 1 – AUGUST 31

Summer of Dreams Thursdays – July 12, 19 & 26 | August 2, 8, 16 & 23, 5 pm – 8pm • Celebration Zone. The PEPSI ZERO team will be on hand with product sampling. Enjoy great music, play our corn hole game to get free Pepsi swag while supplies last. PLUS play a special game for a chance to win Foxwoods free stays or a $100 Tanger Outlets Gift Card. Special for July 26 & August 16 – 5 pm – 8 pm • Foxwoods Bingo Patio & the Pepsi Zero Football Challenge!

Monopoly Slot Promotion – July 27 • 4PM – 6PM • Great Cedar Casino. Join us Friday, July 27th from 4PM to 6PM and receive $15 Bonus Slot Play to be used at the Monopoly slot machines in Great Cedar Casino. Play 5 spins at the max bet and the winnings go right in your pocket!

Beach Ball Hot Seat – Friday, June 29 • 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM . Five guests will be selected in the “Hot Seat” every hour. They will be invited to the Celebration Zone on the Great Cedar Concourse. Select a beach ball from the prize board for a chance to win up to $5,000 cash!

ONGOING PROMOTIONS – SPECIAL MILITARY OFFERS & DISCOUNTS, High Hand Poker Frenzy, Young & Fun Days, 55+ Offers


HOLLYWOOD CASINO, HOTEL & RACEWAY, BANGOR ME

HOLLYWOOD CASINO IS PLEASED TO OFFER MAINE’S ONLY LIVE POKER ROOM offering Limit and No-Limit Texas Hold’em, Omaha, and 7-Card Stud are currently available based on player demand and availability. Click HERE for the Poker Calendar of Events.

RACING SCHEDULE – Click HERE for the racing schedule

QUEEN OF HEARTS PROGRESSIVE – Match the winning card picked Fridays and Saturdays in July at Hollywood Casino Bangor and you could win Free SlotPlay and a chance to find the queen of hearts.

JACKPOT PARTY – Saturday, July 28th, Win up to $750 of Free Slot Play or the Grand Prize of $1000 CASH.  Play for entries using your Marquee Rewards Card.  2X entries every Sunday, Tuesday, & Thursday.

Midweek Moolah – We’re giving away $50 in Free SlotPlay every 10 minutes between 6PM – 9PM on Wednesdays.

– Tuesdays & Thursdays, YOU COULD WIN VIP TICKETS, A FREE NIGHT IN OUR HOTEL, $50 IN DINING AND A LIMO RIDE TO AND FROM THE CONCERT!

AT HOPS HOUSE 99 – The following is happening this month:

  • Every Monday in July, from 8AM – 8PM – Every Monday Play One Hour, Eat Free
  • Trivia Night, Thursdays at 7:30
  • Tap Takeover – Thursday, July 19th from 5PM – 9PM. Ballast Point Brewing, known for its craft IPA’s, with at least 3 taps and $4 Beer specials.

ONGOING PROMOS:  BIRTHDAY BASH – Fridays 8AM – MIDNIGHT ;   50 PLUS REWARDS KIOSK – Every Sunday 1PM – 4PM, VIP CONCERT EXPERIENCE


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.”

ROAR INTO SUMMER GIVEAWAY – Friday, June 29th 2018, daily until Friday, August 31st 2018. Grand Prize is a 2018 Campagna T-Rex from T-Rex of New England. Swipe your Momentum card once a day at any promotional kiosk and win Free Slot Play, Momentum Dollars or entries into the grand prize drawing. Guests who swipe their card on Friday, August 31st between 6:00am – 4:00pm and touch the “DOUBLE YOUR ENTRIES” icon will double their total entries in the sweepstakes.

BRING-A-FRIEND FREE SLOT PLAY starting Wednesday, July 4th 2018 weekly until Wednesday, August 29th 2018

CONNECTICUT SUN SUPER FAN GIVEAWAY – starting Monday, July 2nd 2018 daily until Friday, July 13th 2018. Win a Connecticut Sun Super Fan Experience: Travel by air with the team to Chicago, tickets to the CT Sun vs. Chicago Sky game on August 10th, overnight accommodations from August 9th – August 12th and $1,000 Cash! 

DOUBLE MOMENTUM DOLLARS  – Wednesdays, weekly until Wednesday, August 29th 2018

STATUS POINT BOOSTER – Every Wednesday, starting July 4th 2018 until August 29th 2018. Earn 50% more Status Points while playing your favorite table games, including stadium gaming and wagers placed in Race Book.  – Excludes Status Points earned in the Poker Room and at all slot machines

FREE AND FUN FRIDAYS – Friday, July 6th 2018,  9:00am.  Weekly until Friday, August 31st 2018

STATUS POINT MAYHEM – Thursday, July 5th.  2018, 6:00am. Give your Momentum status a huge boost with Status Point multipliers that randomly change throughout the day – earning you anywhere from 2X – 5X Status Points. Each multiplier is guaranteed to occur at least twice. Play your favorite slots from 6:00am – Midnight.

ONGOING PROMOTIONS – TURN 21 AT MOHEGAN SUN


NEWPORT GRAND CASINO, NEWPORT RI

Free Slot Play Hot Seat – Free Slot Play Hot Seat, WIN: Fridays, July 6, 20 & 27 from 12PM-9PM; 1 winner every 20 min. wins $100 in Free Slot Play!

$13,000 Cash Sweepstakes – Friday the 13th, WIN: Friday, July 13 from 2PM-8PM; 10 winners every ½ hour win $100 in cash!

5X Rewards Points every Tuesday in July


OXFORD CASINO & HOTEL, OXFORD ME

ONGOING PROMOTIONS2018 Birthday Bash, SATURDAYSuper 6SUNDAY16X Multiplier  TUESDAY – 15X Multiplier WEDNESDAY15X Multiplier & Seniors Day THURSDAY – Missile MadnessEvery Thursday.  3:00pm – 8:00pm &– Free Lunch Buffet (100 pts earned),FRIDAY –  Mega High 5 , Prime Rib BuffetWeekend Breakfast Buffets


PLAINRIDGE PARK CASINO & RACEWAY, PLAINVILLE MA

ONGOING PROMOTIONS:  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

Monday 50+ Rewards – Swipe your Marquee Rewards card at any of our promotional kiosks from 6AM-11:59 pm for our Mystery SlotPlay bonus.

Wednesdays Lottery Tickets – Earn 500 tier points on the same day as the giveaway and claim a $5 lottery ticket in the Promo Zone. 3-7 PM

Saturdays BIG DRAW PLAY TO EARN – 1PM-8PM, Earn 500 points to redeem one big draw entry ticket in the Promo Zone from 1pm-8pm for Saturday’s drawing. One ticket per account per week. *Match all 6 numbers and win $100,000 in Free SlotPlay.


TWIN RIVER CASINO, LINCOLN RI

$50,000 Free Slot Play Sweepstakes – WIN: July 3 & 4 from 12pm – 10pm; 10 winners every half-hour


FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Summer Concert Series at the Darling Waterfront Pavillion is walking distance from Bangor Hollywood Casino.

Mohegan Sun Tequila Tasting – July 20th at 8:00PM

CIRCUIT ONE EVENTS  – Saturday, July 21st daily until Sunday, July 22nd 2018

Liquid Sundays are Back! – The Northeast’s Biggest Pool Party Is Back. Foxwoods Liquid Sundays is the only outdoor Vegas-style pool party in the Northeast, happening every Sunday throughout the summer.

THURSDAY NIGHT POOL PARTIES – at Sun Terrace Pool, Thursdays at 8:00pm. Weekly until Thursday, August 30th 2018

Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Classic, July 29 – 31  –  Events include:

  • CELEBRITY BOWLING CLASSIC, Sunday, July 29 • 2:00 pm
  • ALL STAR COMEDY EXPLOSION, Sunday, July 29 • 8:00 pm
  • HAND ME THE MIC SINGING COMPETITION – Finals | July 29 
  • CELEBRITY-AMATEUR GOLF OUTING – Tuesday, July 31
  • CHARITY CHAMPIONS DINNER GALA – Tuesday, July 31 • 7:00 pm

For information on all events, CLICK HERE


SPORTING EVENTS

CONNECTICUT SUN BASKETBALL HOME SCHEDULE AT MOHEGAN SUN ARENA

July 11th – WNBA: Connecticut Sun vs. New York Liberty, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 11:30AM

July 13th – WNBA: CT Sun vs Phoenix Mercury, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00PM

July 17th – WNBA: CT Sun vs Atlanta Dream, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00PM

July 20th – WNBA: CT Sun vs Seattle Storm, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:99PM

July 24th – WNBA: CT Sun vs Washinton Mystics, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00PM

August 1st – WNBA: Connecticut Sun vs. New York Liberty, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00AM

August 5th – WNBA: Connecticut Sun vs. Las Vegas Aces, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00AM

OTHER EVENTS

July 21st – Broadway Boxing at Fox Theater, Foxwoods 7:00PM

July 28th – Lion Fight Boxing at Fox Theater, Foxwoods 6:00PM

Live CES MMA Fighting – August 3 at Twin River Event Center, 7:00PM


ENTERTAINMENT

HEADLINERS

July 3rd – U2 at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM

June 6th – ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND at Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM (free)

July 7th – Jerry Seinfeld at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

July 7th – THE OFF COLOR COMEDY TOUR, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM

July 7th – Chris D’Elia: Follow the Leader 2018 Tour, Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM & 10:45PM

July 7th – Little Anthony & the Imperials at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM (free)

July 7th – Creedence Clearwater Revisited at Twin River Event Center, 7:00PM

July 8th – Steely Dan & the Doobie Bros. at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

July 13th – #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

July 14th – Lenny Clarke at the Loft, Plainridge Park Casino, 8:00PM

July 14th – Steve Miller and Peter Frampton at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

July 14th – Chicago Total Access – at Newport Grand Event Center, 9:00PM (free)

July 15th – Britney Spears at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

July 19th – Charlie Puth, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

July 20th – Brian Wilson: Greatest Hits Live at Twin River Event Center, 8:00PM

July 25th – EVANESCENCE AND LINDSEY STIRLING at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00PM

July 28th – VETERANS OF SNL: JON LOVITZ, DARRELL HAMMOND, CHRIS KATTAN & FINESSE MITCHELL at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM

July 29th – Jeffrey Osborne All Star Comedy Explosion – at Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

July 29th – Smashing Pumplins at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00PM

July 31st – Camila Cabello – at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

August 2nd – HALESTORM + IN THIS MOMENT at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

August 3rd – Rise Against at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00PM

August 4th – Eric Moo, at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 1:00PM

August 4th – Jason Mraz at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM

August 4th – Boyz II Men at Twin River Event Center, 8:00PM

August 4th – The Cult, Bush, Stone Temple Pilots, at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 7:00PM

August 4th – Two Kings and A Queen, at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 7:30PM

August 5th – Boy George and Culture Club and Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 7:00PM

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

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.


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.

 

 

ComiCONN and TerrifiCon – CosPlay Invades CT Casinos

As comic book movies have become of increasing importance to Hollywood — the big box office of “X-Men” in 2000 is generally considered the turning point — there’s been more and more movie and television involvement  with comic book superheroes, and the events that follow.  Connecticut casinos will be providing events for your inner Superhero, starting this weekend at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Marvel Comics, or DC Comics? Which Superheroes do you prefer?  In case you don’t follow DC and/or Marvel comics, cartoons and movies (like me) you probably don’t know where to start. Here’s a quick review of which superheroes belong where:

DC: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Shazam, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman and Green Arrow.

Marvel: Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, Wolverine and Ant-Man, such teams as the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the Inhumans, with antagonists such as Doctor Doom, Red Skull, Green Goblin, Ultron, Doctor Octopus, Thanos, Magneto and Loki.

Altered Reality Entertainment presents ComiCONN at Foxwoods Resort Casino, June 30th & July 1, 2018.

Whatever floats your superhero boat, Foxwoods begins the fun with  ComiCONN 2018 in the Premier Ballroom, June 30th & July 1st.  Tickets range from $10 – $99 with the festivities starting at 10:00AM. (For your safety, there are some items that guests are prohibited from bringing inside of the Fox and Grand Theaters. Please click here for the full list.)

The event will include all the same aspects that fans have come to expect from a comic con — celebrity appearances from the big and small screen, industry-leading comic book artists, and the best vendors in the market with toys and collectibles, as well as the ever-popular cosplay competitions and events.

ComiCONN “A Show for the Fans by the Fans!” was created by Erik Yacko in 2009. ComiCONN’s name came from adding an extra “N” to the end of the word “comicon.”  ComiCONN began in  2010 as a one-day event.  In 2014, it expanded to a three-day event in Bridgeport. In 2016, Connecticut ComiCONN joined forces with Altered Reality Entertainment.

Want to meet 4 stars from “The Walking Dead?”  How about the beautiful Tara Reid? For a Complete List of Guests, Artists, and VendorsCLICK HERE

For more information concerning ticket passes, the After Party on Saturday Night,  CosPlay Rules or anything else, CLICK HERE.

TerrifiCon – August 17-19th at Mohegan Sun Resort Casino

Actors from today’s hottest shows and movies descend onto Mohegan Sun on August 18th – 20th for the Northeast’s hottest comic con. Fans of superheroes don’t have to travel to San Diego for comic con action; they can get their fill right here in Connecticut when TerrifiCon returns this August inside Mohegan Sun’s Convention Center. Stars from Guardians of the Galaxy, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Flash, Arrow and Gotham are headed for Mohegan Sun as Connecticut’s terrific comic con returns for three days of fan fun. There will be stars of today’s hottest shows and movies alongside the top comic book artists and writers from Marvel and DC Comics in attendance as fans get their geek on.

Tickets are $30.00 and $27.00 and are available to purchase now by logging on to Ticketmaster.com

Kids ages 10 and younger will be admitted for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Military personnel, active or retired and first responders can get special Friday tickets for only $20.00 on-site at Mohegan Sun. Visit TERRIFICON’s website for more details: terrificon.com.  Or CLICK HERE for more about celebrities and cosplay information.

That’s all for now – I need a new costume.  Is Fred Flintstone a Superhero?

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Mohegan Sun Hot Summer Fun Is Back in 2018

Each Weekday, a different promotion highlights Mohegan Sun’s annual ongoing list of fun.

Check out THE Sun

July 25th through September 2nd

 

Rock The Region Mondays

Beginning Monday, June 25th guests can catch their favorite acts from around the region and start the week off right with great drink specials in the Wolf Den – including $2.00 domestic drafts and $5.00 Jameson any way. Mohegan Sun restaurants rock the region with 2 for $40.00 Tuscan Tables at Todd English’s Tuscany, and two lunches for $30.00 or 2 dinners for $40.00 at Seasons Buffet.

Wolf Den – Mohegan Sun

Cash Dash Tuesdays

Inside Mohegan Sun’s Cash Cube, up to $120,000 is given away every Tuesday beginning June 26th through August 28th, from Noon to 2:00pm and 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Every hour, one lucky Momentum member playing their favorite slot machine or table game will have the chance to enter the Cash Cube.

The CASH CUBE

The CASH CUBE

More Momentum Wednesdays

Beginning June 27th, boost the excitement on Wednesdays and play your favorite slots from 6:00am to Midnight to receive Double Momentum Dollars! Earn 50% more Status Points while playing your favorite table games, including stadium gaming and wagers placed in Race Book. Bring a friend who joins Momentum and we’ll give each of you $10.00 in Free Slot Play. Plus, if they give us their email address, we’ll email them another $10.00 in Free Slot Play.

The Momentum keeps rolling! Visit any Player’s Club booth to discover how you can earn cash just by using your Play+ account while playing your favorite games during Hot Summer Fun – including double cash on Wednesdays! Cash back will be deposited into your Play+ account at the end of the promotional period.

This summer, sit back and enjoy the ride on Wednesdays with buy one – get one bus vouchers. Visit Bus Marketing for official rules.  *Note: not valid for Greyhound or Asian Bus Lines*

Hot Seat Thursdays

Hot Seat Thursdays run June 28th through August 30th with a chance to win your share of $10,000! Play your favorite slots, tables and stadium games for your chance to win. From 10:00am to 7:00pm, four winners will be randomly selected to win $2,500 CASH!  Winners will collect $1,000 on the spot at the winning game and return the next day to collect the remaining $1,500.

Make a splash with Thursday Night Pool Parties at the Sun Terrace pool.  Enjoy live entertainment from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. For more information visit mohegansun.com/poolparties.

Free & Fun Fridays – 

Party on the Rooftop

Party on the Rooftop

Each Friday, starting at 9:00am throughout Hot Summer Fun, Mohegan Sun will be giving away free t – shirts to the first 2,000 Momentum members beginning June 29th. T – Shirts will be distributed at the new Play+ Event Center, located next to Hash House A Go Go in Casino of the Earth. A different color shirt will be given each week. Collect all 10 during Hot Summer Fun!

Then start the weekend with Party on the Rooftop. This 21 and over event allows guests to enjoy live tribute bands, fire pits, bars and games on top of the Riverview Parking Garage every Friday from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. Grab a $3.00 Bud Light or a $7.00 specialty cocktail and stop by the gaming tent complete with slots, blackjack tables and roulette!

WORTH-THE-WAIT WEEKENDS

Every weekend, all weekend – catch the hottest DJs, celebrity appearances, stand-up comedy and amazing live music!  Get out there and have some fun at Mohegan Sun.

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Barrett-Jackson Auction Opens New Earth Expo Center at Mohegan Sun

For the last 47 years, enthusiasts from all over the world have flocked to Barrett-Jackson collector car auctions. Widely regarded as a barometer of the collector car industry, the auctions have evolved over the years into world-class automotive lifestyle events where hundreds of the world’s most sought-after, unique and valuable automobiles cross the block in front of a global audience – in person and on live national and international television.

Barrett-Jackson

Barrett-Jackson produces The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to the millions watching the events via live worldwide television coverage on Discovery Channel and Velocity, over 500,000 people are in attendance at all four auctions, looking to witness auction action at its best, capture the car of their dreams, learn more about collector cars through “Behind the Hobby” symposiums, experience heart-stopping thrill rides in the latest vehicles from America’s top automakers – or shop in the vast Exhibitor Marketplace.

It all starts in the new Earth Expo Center on Wednesday, June 20th, from 8:00am – 5:00pm.  It’s called Family Value Day Preview Day where Gates, Sponsors & Exhibitors and Car Displays Open. Get an up-close look at all the auction vehicles and explore the sponsor and exhibitor displays.

The goldRush Rally

During the final day of the auction, June 23rd, an auto “Super Saturday” will take place. The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions® has teamed up with Shell and Pennzoil to host goldRush Rally at Mohegan Sun. It will be the rally’s first stop during its 10-year anniversary event and the first time in goldRush’s history the rally has stopped at an auction during their epic drives. Full details and up-to-date information on the rally is available at goldRushRally.com.  

Some of the many cars in the goldRush Rally.

For the last decade, goldRush Rally has welcomed distinguished guests, VIP celebrities, and automotive influencers to the #1 luxury rally in the country. Participants drive through high-profile cities and scenic back roads with unforgettable moments witnessed by dedicated fans.  During the stop in Connecticut on June 23rd – on its way to New York – the cars will be staged in the parking lot at Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar for fans to see while rally participants visit the auction inside Mohegan Sun.

The other cities and hotels included in this year’s #1 luxury rally include:

Boston – Revere Hotel Boston Common (4 Stars)
New York – Lotte New York Palace Hotel (4 Stars)
Pittsburgh – Nemacolin Woodlands Resort (5 Stars)
Detroit – Greektown Casino-Hotel (4 Stars)
St Louis – The Ritz-Carlton (4 Stars)
Memphis – Peabody Hotel (4 Stars)
Dallas – Hotel Crescent Court (4 Stars)
Albuquerque – Sandia Resort And Casino (4 Stars)
Scottsdale – Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (5 Stars)
Las Vegas – Encore (5 Stars)

Details for The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions

For tickets to all Barrett-Jackson events Wednesday through Saturday, click HERE for the link to Ticketmaster.

Here’s the rest of the scheduled events.

THURSDAY

8:00am: Gates, Sponsors & Exhibitors Open

9:00am – 11:00am: Behind The Hobby Collector Car Symposiums

9:00am – 5:00pm: Ford Ride ‘N Drives / Chevrolet Hot Laps / Dodge Thrill Rides

9:00am – Auction Close: Automobilia and Collector Car Auction

FRIDAY

8:00am: Gates, Sponsors & Exhibitors Open

9:00am – 11:00am: Behind The Hobby Collector Car Symposiums

9:00am – 5:00pm: Ford Ride ‘N Drives / Chevrolet Hot Laps / Dodge Thrill Rides

9:00am – Auction Close: Automobilia and Collector Car Auction

SATURDAY

8:00am: Gates, Sponsors & Exhibitors Open

9:00am – 11:00am: Behind The Hobby Collector Car Symposiums

9:00am – 5:00pm: Ford Ride ‘N Drives / Chevrolet Hot Laps / Dodge Thrill Rides

9:00am – Auction Close: Automobilia and Collector Car Auction

 

If you are a car enthusiast, buyer, collector, or just curious about the most amazing automobiles ever made, you’ll make time for this event.

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The Belmont Stakes, Justify and Where to Celebrate

Favorites don’t often win the Belmont, and when they do they pay poorly.

But, Justify is not just the favorite, Justify is a triple Crown candidate after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Justify, at 4-5, was the overwhelming morning-line favorite in the 10-horse field followed by Hofburg (9-2), Bravazo (8-1) and Vino Rosso (8-1). Justify’s odds could be as low as 1-5 by post time.

Justify winning the Kentucky Derby.

But Justify seems different – a genuine favorite for the Triple Crown. How different?

  • He’s massive – weighing 1,380 pounds, more than 250 above the average thoroughbred.
  • Justify won the first leg of the Triple Crown by decisively Good Magic by 2½ lengths with Audible another head behind.The Washington Post calls says “He has an attitude to match, more pushy than regal.”
  • He won the Kentucky Derby in just his fourth lifetime start, and in doing so, beat the dreaded Curse of Apollo as the first horse since 1892 to win the Derby without having raced as a 2-year-old.

The Belmont Stakes is the last leg of the Triple Crown – called the “Test of Champions” because it is the longest of the Triple Crown races at 1 1/2 miles.

There have been 12 Triple Crown winners, with American Pharoah the latest winner in 2015. Thirty horses have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown, but 19 of them failed to win the Belmont. In addition to Sir Barton, the other Triple Crown winners have been Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed (1978). Secretariat was the fastest ever, setting the world record for a mile-and-a-half distance on a dirt track at 2 minutes, 24 seconds.

So, where can you watch and celebrate the Belmont Stakes this weekend?

FOXWOODS – 150th Belmont Stakes – Advance wagering starts June 8th; Race celebration June 9th.

MOHEGAN SUN – Belmont Stakes Party – SATURDAY, JUNE 9TH, Doors open at 11:00am, Uncas Ballroom.  To add to the racing day atmosphere, VIRTUAL RACING – Saturday, June 9th 2018, 5:00pm & 8pm.

That’s all for now.

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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo & Kentucky Derby on the same day? You betcha!  Yesterday we covered Kentucky Derby Celebrations.  Today, we check out Cinco de Mayo at Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods, Hollywood Bangor and Twin River Casino’s Tequila & Rum Festival.

Mohegan Sun

Sol Toro

For the entire week of May 1st – 5th, Sol Toro Mexican Cantina is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with specials daily.  While Monday – Wednesday is done, there’s still Thursday thru Saturday!

  • Thirsty Thursday – Buy one beer, get one free. 
  • Fuego Friday – Can you take the heat? Defeat the infamous Cinco Chiles Burrito (As seen on Modern Marvels.)
  • Cinco de Drinko Saturday – Celebrate like a boss with our $75 High Roller Margarita. Don Julio Real, Grand Marnier Centenaire, Agave, and Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice.
  • Don’t forget a Rock n’ Roll Dueling Piano show on Friday, May 6th at 9:00pm. 

Geno’s Pub

Party on May 5th at Geno’s Pub with a featured Blue Point Beer Dinner from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, just $50.00 per person


Foxwoods – Raising the Cinco de Mayo Bar!

Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl

Located across the vast property that is Foxwoods on May 5th with ticket prices only $10, the Annual Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl is back. It all kicks off at 6PM at the The Celebration Zone on the Retail Concourse of the Great Cedar hotel and culminates at Centrale Fox Tower.

Guests 21+ can enjoy beverage specials and have a chance to win great prizes that include Foxwoods show tickets.

 

PRIZE RAFFLE • 10PM • CENTRALE FOX TOWER

FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS

Cedars Steakhouse & Oyster Bar Lounge
Crispy Pork Belly Tacos • $18 no wrist band | $8 with wrist band
Fiesta Nachos • $18 no wrist band | $8 with wrist band
Grilled Margarita Glazed Chicken Wings • $15 no wrist band | $8 with wrist band

Celebration Zone, Great Cedar Concourse
Tequila or No Mas Sunrise • $12 no wrist band | $8 with wrist band

Centrale Biergarten
Corona Extra • $7 no wrist band | $5 with wrist band

Centrale Fox Tower
Paloma • $13 no wrist band | $8 with wrist band

Concourse Carts
Jell-O Shots • $4 no wrist band | $3 with wrist band

David Burke Prime
“Cinco de Marko”, Grilled Outskirt Steak, Dry Aged Steak Quesadilla

Festival Buffet
Taco/Nacho Bar, Chicken Fajitas, Mexican Style Black Beans, Chili-Cumin BBQ Pork Ribs, Yellow Squash & Chipotle Pepper, Mexican Rice, Beef Empanadas

Halo Bar
Grapefruit Tequila Slammer • $12 no wrist band | $8 with wrist band

Hard Rock Cafe
Milagro Tequila Margarita • $5 with wrist band

Junior’s
Bloody Maria, Mexican Fruit Sangria, Jalapeno Coronita Margarita, Espresso Mocha Martini
Quesadilla • $7, Nachos • $8, Taquitos • $8

Live@Atrium Bar & Lounge
Cabo Cocktail • $12 no wrist band | $8 with wrist band

PLAY Bar, Great Cedar Casino
Patron Margarita • $12 no wrist band | $8 with wrist band

Sports Bar at The Ultimate Race Book
Corona Extra • $7 no wrist band | $5 with wrist band

Veranda Café
Taco Pizza • $14 no wrist band | $8 with wrist band
Shrimp Quesadilla • $16 no wrist band | $8 with wrist band

The Bar at VUE 24
Roasted Pork Belly • $18 no wrist band | $8 with wrist band

10% Off All Food At Participating Locations with Wrist Band:


Hollywood Bangor

$25,000 Cinco De Mayo Giveaway

$10,000 Grand Prize.  2-7PM on May 5th. Use your Marquee Rewards Card to be eligible for free slot play and the Grand Prize


Twin River Casino

Tequila & Rum Festival

Hosted by Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI, the 4th Annual Tequila & Rum Festival, is a great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Sample tequilas and rums from around the world. Enjoy live entertainment, food pairings and seminars. This 21+ event will be at the Event Center at Twin River Casino from 2 – 5pm. Tickets are $45. Click here to purchase tickets and for information.

Wynn & MGM Rumors Abound in Massachusetts

Matt Maddox (left & Steve Wynn (right) courtesy of CNBC

Wynn Resorts new CEO Matt Maddox reported on CNBC Wednesday that “Boston’s not up for sale. What Boston represents for us is a good growth opportunity……I like that market. I found that land. I pursued that deal. I entered the agreement with the host community five years ago. I liked that market then, I like that market now.”

Rumors have been spreading daily over the two new casinos in Massachusetts.  It all started when Steve Wynn, then CEO of Wynn Resorts, Wynn, was accused of demanding sexual favors from female employees over the last three decades. Since these allegations became public, and his resignation as Wynn Resorts chairman and CEO on Feb. 6, a firestorm of speculation has whirled around Everett, MA.,  spreading to Springfield, MA and even Connecticut’s tribal casinos.

MGM BOSTON HARBOR?

MassLive reported that “gaming officials are exploring the sale of Wynn Boston Harbor, with MGM Resorts International as a top candidate to purchase the project.”  MGM Resorts International has been urged on by John DeCree of Union Gaming stating “purchasing Wynn Boston Harbor could result in a double-digit increase in return on investment for MGM than their casino project in Springfield.”  But state gaming regulations only allow a casino operator to hold more than one gaming license in Massachusetts.  Selling their MGM Springfield project would then be necessary to purchase the Wynn property in Everett.

MORE RUMORS

Meanwhile, back in Springfield, MGM this week has reported a new opening date – earlier than the previously announced late September.  MGM Springfield is now prepared to open (mark your calendars!) August 24th, 2018.  This report is not a rumor, but will the casino in Springfield be owned by MGM by that time?

With a series of “what-ifs” and “thens,” check out this possible 5+ step scenario:

  • 1. MGM purchases Wynn Boston Harbor, becoming MGM Boston Harbor
  • 2. MGM sells Springfield casino.
  • 3A. Mohegan Sun buys Springfield, becoming Mohegan Sun Springfield (the Mohegan tribe lost out to Wynn for the Boston license with their proposal in Revere. or
  • 3B. MMCT Joint venture between the Pequot & Mohegan tribes in CT change it’s prospective 3rd CT casino in South Windsor to Springfield, MA.
  • 3C. The prospective 3rd CT casino in South Windsor continues as a joint venture between the Pequot & Mohegan tribes in CT
  • 4. The prospective 3rd CT casino in South Windsor is not built, leaving Foxwoods out of the mix, until….
  • 5. Connecticut opens bidding for Bridgeport Casino, as Foxwoods & MGM become prime suitors to battle it out for the NYC market.

It seems like fun to make these rumored projections, much like a mock draft on Draft Day.  But it isn’t fun and games for the city of Springfield. MA. Casino opponents in Springfield always warned that “something like this could happen with MGM’s track record.”

MGM Springfield

Remember when this beautiful tower was going to enhance the Springfield skyline?

AND WHAT ABOUT SPRINGFIELD?

According to MassLive, “Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said Friday he has been assured by the top executives of MGM Resorts International and MGM Springfield that it remains committed to building a first-class resort casino in the city, despite unconfirmed reports that the company is in discussions to purchase the under-construction Wynn Resorts casino in Everett.” Residents have made it known that they need MGM for its economic and jobs promises. Some note that MGM has already changed its plans when they changed the 30-story hotel tower and decreased the casino floor.

Other residents have noted that businesses have been reluctant to break ground in Springfield to accompany the opening of MGM Springfield.

MGM has stated, “We do not comment on rumors or speculations around transactions. We remain fully committed to the opening and success of MGM Springfield.”  But it is the Boston market that will pay the most dividends.  Springfield has always been, to some, a questionably lucrative project.

CONCLUSION

Many events would have to happen in order for Wynn Boston Harbor to become MGM Boston Harbor. The summer will prove to be interesting, as state legislatures business is coming to a halt soon in both states, putting a hold on possibilities.  Besides the Wynn Boston Harbor mess and the MMCT situation in CT, sports-betting is also on the table in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

For Springfield’s sake, I hope the next throw of the dice isn’t “snake-eyes!”

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Dr. Clyde Barrow & the Proposed Bridgeport Casino

Attorney General Jepson

Attorney General George Jepsen has advised Connecticut legislators to test the market for opening Connecticut to commercial casinos. He seems to think it wouldn’t jeopardize $260 million in slots revenue the state expects to collect this year under the exclusive deal with the tribal owners of Foxwoods Resort Casino and the Mohegan Sun.

But this is a questionable tactic in my mind, and so does Clyde Barrow.

Who is Clyde Barrow?

Dr. Clyde Barrow is considered a gaming industry specialist. In a comprehensive study, he stated that a new Connecticut casino (referring to the joint venture between the Mohegans & Pequots) would recapture 46 percent of the 9,300 jobs and $337 million in revenue that would otherwise be lost to out-of-state competition, especially that from Massachusetts.

Casino Consultant, Clyde Barrow

Casino Consultant, Clyde Barrow

Dr. Barrow goes on to say recently, “Precedent has already been set. According to Barrow, “in October of 2010, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council “stopped sharing revenue from the casino along New York’s northern border with the state, claiming the exclusivity provisions of its gambling compact has been violated…..In other words: if the State of Connecticut grants a commercial gaming license to any operator other than the State’s two Indian tribes under an open competitive bid process, then the tribe’s current combined revenue sharing payments of $267 million annually could cease immediately (Connecticut Division of Special Revenue 2017).”

Connecticut’s Tribal Tax Revenue

Foxwoods Resort Casino has operated a Class III casino under a compact with the State of Connecticut since February 15, 1992 and Mohegan Sun Casino has operated a Class III casino under a compact with the State of Connecticut since October 12, 1996. Connecticut’s two tribes have a combined Gross Gaming Revenue that is the 4th largest in the United States.  The top three are California (where 62 of the 109 California tribes own 69 casinos), Florida (2 tribes operate and own 8 casinos) and Washington state (32 tribal casinos owned by 23 tribes). Remember, only two tribes with only two casinos in the third smallest US state.

But all that revenue from slots at both tribal casinos would be lost with a competitive process for the 4th casino in Bridgeport.

An artist’s rendering of the proposed MGM Bridgeport casino.(Image: MGM Resorts International)

As reported by Brian Hallenbeck, the Day staff writer, Dr. Barrow said “Assuming the third Connecticut casino gets built — and few consider that a slam dunk — a fourth, competitively bid casino would have to generate nearly $1.1 billion in annual gross gaming revenues to offset what the state would lose when the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes stop sharing their casinos’ slot-machine revenues, a new report concludes. And the probability of a Bridgeport casino pulling in that kind of cash “is almost zero [because] not a single commercial casino in the United States currently generates that level of gross gaming revenue,,”

 

Let’s look at a few other considerations:

  1. The traffic from New York of prospective gamblers will cause studies and improvements in the dangerous, time consuming highway that is I-95. Improved infrastructure should be paid for by any perspective Bridgeport Casino project, or that will cut into Connecticut’s tax revenue, diminishing the already smaller revenue expected without the tribal tax revenue.

    I-95 traffic congestion on SW CT.

  2. Potential developments in New York, where a constitutional moratorium on New York City casinos expires in December 2022, also threaten the success of a Bridgeport casino, Barrow contends. “There is nothing to prevent the State of New York from locating a new casino even closer to the Connecticut border, where it could intercept casino traffic from New York City and capture traffic from Fairfield County. The anticipated traffic from New York City will never materialize for a Bridgeport casino because New York can easily and quickly pre-empt a new competitive threat from Connecticut by building an even more lavish casino that is more convenient to New York City customers.”
  3. If newly built New York Casinos and NYC close Empire and Resorts World Casinos are already cutting into the tribal revenue, what kind of a terrible impact would a border war with New York AND Massachusetts bring without the CT tribal revenue when the exclusive pact with the tribes is broken.

I believe Dr. Barrow’s analysis.  But maybe MGM International also believes he’s right.  I guess that’s how stalling tactics, and MGM is real good at not showing its hand. Meanwhile, MGM Springfield continues – full speed ahead, while Connecticut is still waiting for in first gear.

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Kids Week Events at CT Casinos – Part 1 Mohegan Sun

Kids Quest & Cyber Quest at Mohegan Sun

Wondering what to do next week when the kiddos are home for school vacation? Well, Connecticut’s two tribal casinos are supplying free entertainment and events in case you need some great ideas.

Add to that food options like Johnny Rockets, Chick-fil-a, and Pepe’s Pizza at the Sun and Sugar Factory, Fuddruckers, and California Pizza Kitchen at Foxwoods, and you can spend the day.  Ben & Jerry’s? – they’re at both!

Here are the possibilities at

MOHEGAN SUN

APRIL 9TH & APRIL 10TH

All Day Activities | 11:00am to 7:00pm

  • Cyber Quest Activities: – Arcade Racers, Sensory Play Area with Slime, and Arts & Crafts
  • Manicures and basic hairstyles – by Paul Mitchell The School North Haven
  • NASKART Information and prizes with an appearance by mascot, Eli Trick
  • Discounted Arena concessions will be available on both days:
    Hot dogs $2
    Ice cream $2
    Popcorn $1
    Pretzels $1
    Nachos $1
    Fountain soda/juices/water $1

APRIL 9TH

New England Black Wolves – Pro Lacrosse at Mohegan Sun

11:15am – 11:45am – New England Black Wolves Demo – with appearances by Black Wolves Players, members of The Howlers dance team, and the Black Wolves mascot, Hunter
Noon – Movie: Secret Life of Pets
1:30pm – 4:00pm – Face painting and balloon twisting by Faces By Lonnie
2:00pm – Cupcake Decorating with Mohegan Sun’s Executive Pastry Chef, Lynn Mansel
4:00pm – Movie: Wonder Woman

APRIL 10TH

Hartford Yardgoats – minor league baseball

11:00am – Noon – Hartford Yard Goats mascot appearance and photo station
Noon – Movie: Coco
1:30pm – 4:00pm – Face painting and balloon twisting by Faces By Lonnie
2:00pm – Cupcake Decorating with Mohegan Sun’s Executive Pastry Chef, Lynn Mansel
4:00pm – Movie: Thor: Ragnarok


 

APRIL 16TH & APRIL 17TH

All Day Activities | 11:00am to 7:00pm

  • Cyber Quest Activities: – Arcade Racers, Sensory Play Area with Slime, and Arts & Crafts
  • Manicures and basic hairstyles – by Paul Mitchell The School North Haven
  • NASKART Information and prizes with an appearance by mascot, Eli Trick
  • Discounted Arena concessions will be available on both days:
    Hot dogs $2
    Ice cream $2
    Popcorn $1
    Pretzels $1
    Nachos $1
    Fountain soda/juices/water $1

APRIL 16TH

Noon – Movie: Secret Life of Pets
1:30pm – 4:00pm – Face painting and balloon twisting by Faces By Lonnie
2:00pm – Cupcake Decorating with Mohegan Sun’s – Executive Pastry Chef, Lynn Mansel

Chiney Ogwumike of the WNBA CT Sun

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Connecticut Sun Basketball Clinic – with appearances by Connecticut Sun Players, members of The Solar Power dance team, and the Connecticut Sun mascot, Blaze
4:00pm – Movie: Wonder Woman

APRIL 17TH

11:00am – Noon – Hartford Yard Goats, mascot appearance and photo station
Noon – Movie: Coco
1:30pm – 4:00pm – Face painting and balloon twisting by Faces By Lonnie
2:00pm – Cupcake Decorating with Mohegan Sun’s Executive Pastry Chef, Lynn Mansel
4:00pm – Movie: Thor: Ragnarok
For additional questions please contact Kensey Marsland
kmarsland@mohegansun.com 860.862.4526.
Tomorrow we take a look at Kids Week at Foxwoods.
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Sol Toro at Mohegan Sun Renovated – a Dining Review

The new Sol Toro entrance

One month ago, a favorite restaurant at Mohegan Sun – “Sol Toro” – had a facelift.  Renovations were quick. When all three of us at NETG visited, not only were we surprised at at what we saw, we liked what we saw and loved what we tasted.

The Renovations

The formerly dark and somewhat gloomy interior has been renovated. Gone are the front grills in the entry, and the dark wood that consumed the interior of the restaurant. New paint, new lighter scaled furniture, and better lighting have transformed this space into a most welcoming space. Brightly colored chairs and light wood table tops make the space shade inviting. Design changes include an expanded bar and lounge area for socializing while sipping margaritas or trying one of their 285 tequilas.

Tons of Tequila at SolToro, Mohegan Sun

Menu Changes

According toHotelmanagement.net, SolToro’s menu of Mexican classics with a modern twist will also get an upgrade. New dishes from” culinary director Chip Miller will include Queso Three Ways (chili con carne, roasted corn & bean, chipotle bacon); Mexican Shrimp Cocktail with tomato broth and roasted poblanos; and carne asada of marinated prime NY strip, served with cheese enchiladas, charred onions and zesty chimichurri sauce.”  A staple of their previous menu, table side guacamole, is still available mild, medium, and spicy, and is not to be missed.

Our Experience

Delicious tacos at Solo Toro Tequila Grill

We passed on drinks, expecting libations at the New England Black Wolves Pro Lacrosse game.  Three of us ordered the tacos.  My BAJA FISH Tacos were the best fish tacos I ever had.  Slightly seasoned with lime scented cabbage, the ancho tartare added heat to the mahi.  The tacos shells stayed nice and firm and were absolutely delicious.  Others in our party had the ADOBO PORK Tacos, which included cilantro jicama slaw, grilled pineapple, and a jalapeño ranch sauce, which were also outstanding.  Miguel had the CHICKEN BURRITO with cheese, rice and beans a step above the usual Mexican sides.  We all agreed we would return and try some of their more exotic entrees like their ROASTED DUCK and STEAK tacos, as well as their tableside Guac.

Recommended

The new lighter look of the bar area.

Solo Toro, part of the Michael Jordan’s group of restaurants at Mohegan Sun, continues to be a good dining experience, and now with the new bright ambience, it’s now a great dining experience.

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It’s Not Too Late! Easter Specials at 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.

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

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.

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