New England Casino Gambling History – Updated

What seemed to be a slow trot towards socially approving gambling in New England has changed to a sprint, with no finish line in sight. Expansion continues, with the word “saturation” thrown around annually. While we don’t know what the future holds concerning sports betting, casinos in Bridgeport, CT., East Windsor, CT., and southeastern Massachusetts, and the future competition in southern New England, we can look back to see how we got here.

My interest in gambling history began with playing card games – playing cribbage and Michigan Rummy while in elementary school. With visits to Hartford Jai-Alai and Plainfield Greyhound Racetrack during my twenties, visits to the Sands in Atlantic City and Foxwoods Bingo in my thirties, and the Connecticut expansion in the 1990’s, I was hooked.

"Roll the Bones" by Dr. David Schwartz

“Roll the Bones” by Dr. David Schwartz

One of my favorite books is “Roll the Bones” by Dr. David Schwartz. In his book, Dr. Dave explains that “….the human predilection for a wager shaped human history from the Ice Age to the Information Age. People spend nearly one trillion dollars worldwide on gambling a year–wouldn’t you like to learn a little about how we got there?”  The fact is, I did!.

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New England played a big part in the assertion of gambling in America. According to the California State Library, English settlers differed from their Puritanical neighbors in New England in many ways, but one influenced the early colonies to continue traditional styles of living in a new world , which included gambling, considering as a “harmless diversion, a popular and accepted activity.” Lotteries were used to bail out the Early Colonies when financial backers of the colonies began to see gambling as the solution to diminishing finances needed for the war effort. All 13 original colonies established lotteries, usually more than one, to raise revenue. Lotteries continue to be a main source of revenue for all six New England states.

Once Upon a time….

The Pequot War of 1637 set the stage for the separation of Pequot & Mohegan Tribes. Over 350 years after, both tribes started the New England Casino expansion we see today.

The Pequot War of 1637 set the stage for the separation of Pequot & Mohegan Tribes. Over 350 years after, both tribes started the New England Casino expansion we see today.

The Pequot and Mohegan Tribes were once one tribe, but war with colonists, differences with other tribes, and different tribal and colonial alliances caused a split that continues to this day.  Over 250 years later, a bingo hall in 1985 began the history of gaming in New England.

I should mention that casino gambling found a home in the 1800’s in Newport, Rhode Island, not to mention the numerous greyhound & horse tracks, parimutuel parlors, and Jai alai frontons in Milford & Hartford CT, and Newport, RI. However, in the past ten years, the horse-racing industry has seen a major decrease in raceway operations, Jai-Alai has moved out of the state, and parimutuel parlors continue to diminish in popularity, which may change with more legal sports betting in all six states

I you enjoy my look back at the journey of legalized gambling in New England below.

The New England Casino Historical Dateline:

Foxwoods Started it all with Bingo. This picture is the expanded Bingo Hall before Casino Expansion

Foxwoods Started it all with Bingo. This picture is the expanded Bingo Hall before Casino Expansion in 1992.


1992

The first New England Casino as Foxwoods opens its doors in Mashantucket, CT

The Rainmaker at Foxwoods Resort Casino - part of the original casino before many expansions.

The Rainmaker at Foxwoods Resort Casino – part of the original casino before many expansions.

Rhode Island approves VLT gaming machines (classII) at Lincoln Greyhound Park & Newport Jai Alai Originally built for greyhound racing, Twin River Casino is now a full casino.


1996

The Mohegan Tribe opens the second NE casino in Uncasville, CT

A Dollar Coin from Mohegan Sun Opening

A Dollar Coin from Mohegan Sun Opening


2005

Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway opens in Bangor, Maine

Hollywood Casino, Bangor Maine

Hollywood Casino, Bangor Maine


2007

Lincoln Greyhound Park turns into Twin River Casino with class III gaming; Newport Grand soon follows, redesigning without Jai-Alai

Twin River as Lincoln Park before Major Expansion

Twin River as Lincoln Park before Major Expansion


2008

MGM joins Foxwoods with additional hotel / casino

MGM Tower at Foxwoods - Right side.

MGM Tower at Foxwoods – Right side.


2011

MA legislature approves Expanded Gaming Act allowing construction of 3 Resort casinos & one “slot’s only casino”


2012

Oxford Casino opens in Oxford, Maine

Oxford Casino, Maine

Oxford Casino, Maine


2013

MGM pulls out of it’s Foxwoods partnership

MGM Ends Agreement with Foxwoods

MGM Ends Agreement with Foxwoods


2015

Plainridge Park Casino Opens at Plainridge Raceway as the first Massachusetts casino (slots-only)

Plainridge Park Casino

Plainridge Park Casino in Massachusetts


2018

     A Big Year for Gambling, Casinos and Hotels in           New England:

Oxford Casino, Oxford ME, adds Hotel, expanded casino and Ox Pu

Oxford Hotel & Casino

MGM Springfield Resort Casino opens

MGM Springfield

Newport Grand Slots Casino closes

Newport Grand Slots, Newport, RI

Tiverton Casino & Hotel opens

Tiverton Casino/ Hotel.

Twin River Casino adds Hotel

Twin River Hotel Lobby

Mohegan Sun opens Earth Expo Center

Mohegan Expo Center

Rhode Island approves and opens the first Sports Betting in New England

Opening day of Phase I Sports Book at Twin River Casino


2019

Encore Boston Harbor to open in the fall

Encore Boston Harbor rendition, courtesy of Encore Boston Harbor pressroom


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Binbin

2019 New England Casino Awards – And The Winners Are…..

The votes have been tallied and the results of our annual survey of NEW ENGLAND’s Casinos is complete! As they cross the finish line, the winners are…..

BEST HOTEL: WINNER – FOXWOODS

Foxwoods Resort Casino, CT

PLACE – Mohegan Sun;  SHOW – MGM Springfield & Twin River Casino & Hotel


BEST BARS: WINners – Mohegan Sun & Foxwoods (tie)

PLACE – Twin River Casino & Hotel;  SHOW- MGM Springfield


favorite Bars –(write-in vote)

Play Bar, Foxwoods, Walk Up Bar, MGM Springfield and Centrale Bar, Foxwoods

 

Mini “Art in the Game” Summit at the Walk Up Bar, MGM Springfield

 


BEST NIGHTLIFE: WINner – MOHEGAN SUN

PLACE – Foxwoods;  SHOW – Twin River Casino & Hotel


BEST DINING OPTIONS: WINNER – MOHEGAN SUN

PLACE – Foxwoods


best dining Value: winner – Mohegan Sun

PLACE – Foxwoods;  SHOW- Twin River Casino


What is your favorite casual dining option under $15?

Bobby Flay’s Burger Palace, Mohegan Sun

(write-in vote) Favorites – Bobby Flays Burger Palace, Mohegan Sun & Wicked Noodles, MGM Springfield


FAVORITE RESTAURANT (write-in vote)

Favorite –  Ballo Mohegan Sun;  Honorable Mention – Hash House A Go Go


BEST fine DINING: WINner – Foxwoods

PLACE – Mohegan Sun;  SHOW – MGM Springfield & Tiverton Casino


Best Fine Dining – (write-in vote)

David Burke Prime, Foxwoods

Favorite – David Burke Prime;  Honorable Mention – Tuscany, Mohegan Sun


BEST BUFFET – WINner – MOHEGAN SUN

PLACE – Foxwoods


BEST ENTERTAINMENT (SMALL VENUES)

WINNER – MOHEGAN SUN, WOLF DEN

Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun

PLACE – Foxwoods Atrium Lounge;  SHOW – Plainridge Park Revolution Lounge & Twin River Casino Lighthouse Bar


BEST ENTERTAINMENT (LARGE VENUE)

WINNER – MOHEGAN SUN ARENA

PLACE – Foxwoods Fox & Grand Theaters


BEST CASINO SLOTS – WINNER – MOHEGAN SUN

PLACE- Foxwoods & MGM Springfield;  SHOW – Twin River Casino & Oxford Casino (ME)

(This was extremely close from top to bottom)


FAVORITE SLOT MACHINE – (write-in vote)

Favorites – Wonder Woman & Gold Bonanza


BEST VIDEO POKER: WINNER -MOHEGAN SUN

PLACE – Foxwoods;  SHOW – Plainridge Park Casino


Favorite VIDEO POKER Game – (write-in vote)

Favorites – Double Double Bonus & Jacks Or Better


BEST CASINO TABLE GAMES: WINNER – MOHEGAN SUN

PLACE – Foxwoods;  SHOW- Twin River Casino & MGM Springfield


Favorite Table Game – (write-in vote)

Favorite – Craps;  Honorable Mention – Pai Gow Poker


BEST POKER ROOM – (write-in vote)

MGM Springfield Poker Room – most comfy in New England?

 Winners (tied) – Mohegan Sun & MGM Springfield; Honorable Mention – Foxwoods & Twin River Casino (Note – 1 vote difference between top two and next two)


BEST RACEBOOK / SPORTSBOOK: WINNER – Foxwoods

PLACE – Twin River;  SHOW- Mohegan Sun


BEST CASINO PLAYERS CLUB:

Winner – Momentum Rewards, Mohegan Sun

PLACE – MLife, MGM;  SHOW – Foxwoods Rewards


CASINO YOU FEEL THE LUCKIEST IN: WINNER – Foxwoods

PLACE – Mohegan Sun;  SHOW – Twin River Casino


HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU VISIT A NEW ENGLAND CASINO?

Once ( or more) per month – 56%

Once (or more ) per week – 25%

Four to five times per year – 19%


Which part of your casino trip is most important to you? 

The Gambling – 63%;  The Rewards Club Comps and Promotions – 25%


Wednesday, we will give our Editor’s Choice analysis on the results.

WELL, THAT’S A LOOK AT THE BEST OF 2018. KEEP FOLLOWING NETIMEGAMBLING.COM AS YOUR COMPLETE NEW ENGLAND CASINO RESOURCE.

BINBIN, MIGUEL, & BERT

New England Casino Awards – Last Day to Vote!

The NETimeGambling.com annual New England Casino Awards ends today with your last chance to vote for the best gambling, best dining, best hotels and more in our New England Casinos.

On Monday, January 28th, we will post the results and on Tuesday, January 29th we will analyze those votes and give our own opinions with our Editor’s Choice Awards.

We have had many write-in votes this year and some VERY interesting results. Don’t be left out.

With three new hotels, two new casinos, sports betting in Rhode Island, and additional entertainment and convention venues, this is your opportunity to express your changing opinions, or to solidify those die-hard loyalties.

Click below to start – only 25 questions.

The 2019 New England Casino Awards – The Best of 2018

Thanks for all your votes this year. Participation so far has been over 200% more than last than the last two years! I can’t wait for to reveal our results on Monday.

Binbin