New England Casino Awards 2017

It’s time for the NETimeGambling Casino Awards for 2017 – our annual look at the best in New England. Thanks for your help in voting. And now, the Winners:

Best Hotel

Poll Winner – Foxwoods

NETGChoice – Foxwoods


Best Bars

Poll Winner – Foxwoods

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun


Best Nightlife

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Foxwoods


Best Dining Options

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun


Favorite Restaurant

Poll Winner – David  Burke’s Prime, Foxwoods

NETGChoice – Bobby Flay’s BarAmericain, Mohegan Sun

Honorable  Mention – Hash House A-Go-Go, Mohegan Sun & Steve & Fred’s Steakhouse, Twin River


Best Dining Value

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun


Best Buffet

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun

Honorable Mention – Oxford Casino


Best Entertainment (Small Venues)

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun, Wolf Den

NETGChoice – Foxwoods, Atrium Lounge & Hard Rock Cafe

Honorable Mention – Plainridge Park, Revolution Lounge & The Loft


Best Entertainment (Large Venue)

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun Arena

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun Arena


Best Casino Slots

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun

Honorable Mention – Twin River


Favorite Slot Machine

Poll Winner – Buffalo Grand

NETGChoice – Buffalo Anything!


Best Video Poker

Poll Winner -Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun


Best Casino Table Games

Poll Winner -Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun (tied)

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun & Foxwoods


BEST Poker Room

Poll Winner – Foxwoods

 NETGChoice – Foxwoods


Favorite Table Game

Poll Winner – Craps

NETGChoice – Mini-Baccarat


Best Racebook

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun

Honorable Mention – Plainridge Park


Best Casino Players Club

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun


   Casino You Feel the Luckiest In

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Pick ’em! Wherever you win, you feel the place is lucky!


Finally, two questions repeated from last year:

1. How Many times Do You Visit a New England Casino?

Once a month received more votes, but NETG knows better!  NETG has a feeling there is a little denial going on here. Definitely more than once per month for most gamblers.

2. Which casino (opened or not) are you MOST interested in visiting in the future?

Both MGM Springfield & Wynn Boston Harbor has equal interest.

Well, that’s a look at the Best of 2017. Keep following NETimeGambling.com for your complete New England Casino Resource.

Binbin, Miguel, & Bert

2018 NEW ENGLAND CASINO AWARDS – We Need Your Participation!

2017 NEW ENGLAND CASINO AWARDS

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The time has come to for all you crazy (or serious) New England Gamblers to vote for this year’s. But you don’t need to live in New England to vote – New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey – let your voice be heard!

This is the third year for NETimeGambling’s annual Awards. Nominations for this year’s New England Casino Awards, or the “NETy’s,” ending this Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Click on the link below to place your votes. Only 20 questions. Vote only once. 

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New England Casinos – Past, Present, and Future

Happy 5th AnniversaryWhen I first started NETimeGambling, I hoped that New England would have become the Biloxi-Gulfport, Mississippi of the northeast, an extended area of casinos offering gamblers the variety and quality to go along with the area’s historical and cultural tourism.

How naive could I be? The casino industry couldn’t responsibly help New England’s Tourism industry – it’s all business to them.

This month marks our fifth year anniversary of NETimeGambling.com. So much of our casino landscape has changed and continues to evolve. Let’s look at the beginning of NETimeGambling and see what we were writing about in 2012.

CHRISTMAS PAST – 2012

The finished 3600 seat Bingo Hall was the keystone that the World's largest casino would be built around

The finished 3600 seat Bingo Hall was the keystone that the World’s largest casino would be built around

CT casinos had continued to drop in revenue due to the recession of 2007, NY racinos and slot parlors.
RI had seen a slight increase with hopes to get its table games up and running to take away from CT’s two Mega-casinos and before MA casinos were to be built.
Massachusetts intended to add three, if not four, casinos within three years to take back the revenue lost RI & CT,
NH wanted to keep their citizens at home as well, so they considered legalizing gambling.
ME had two casinos in 2012, one with a hotel and one considering hotel expansion.
And lest we forget that AC was still reeling from the recession and their own denial and completion from the likes of PA, NY and DEL, and recently New Jersey’s own consideration of statewide gaming. Atlantic City was already down to 9 Casinos, soon to be 7.

CHRISTMAS PRESENT 2017

Connecticut casinos have stabilized a bit, with positive revenue months becoming more frequent. After cutbacks in jobs, machines and management, both Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun have adapted its approach to be more competitive inside New England and beyond. An additional project projected for East Windson, CT will feature a Foxwoods/Mohegan joint casino venture known as CCMT.

mohegansun earthtower

Mohegan Sun seems to be the most motivated, adding another hotel and beginning a huge convention space addition.

Rhode Island’s dependence on gaming revenue continues. With the addition of table games, Twin River Casino in Rhode Island stepped up the battle for casino patrons with Massachusetts. Twin River Management Group purchased the Newport Grand Casino to move it to Tiverton – right on the Mass-RI border. Tiverton Casino was approved which makes the Newport move to Tiverton inevitable. Twin River started building a hotel, but both TR and the Tiverton project are stalled at this time.

Massachusetts continues to add drama to casino expansion in New England. Penn National opened Plainridge Park Casino, a slots-only casino that has continued to build its own loyal customers. Two other Massachusetts Wynn Boston Harbor & MGM Springfield. Both are on schedule to open in 2018 & 2019 respectively.

Wynn Boston Harbor on the river.

The Mashpee Wampanoag’s casino in Taunton, MA, has been stalled by political red tape and still doesn’t look like a finished deal.  It’s “Firts Light” project would be another formidable casino, if it ever gets the approval to continue past breaking ground.

New Hampshire will never approve a Las Vegas style casino for itself, but it seems the Charitable Gambling Law is alive and well in the Granite State. Poker rooms, including other table games, are increasing in popularity.

Maine’s two casinos are holding their own. Hollywood in Bangor received tax rebates from the city of Bangor to help it float financially. Oxford is expanding, adding meeting space and an attached hotel, with the Hampton Inn across the street now open. A third casino in Maine was introduced again for the York County area in a referendum for only one suitor, but, once again crashed and burned.

Outside of New England, Casino Changes Continue

New York State added more casinos, Atlantic City’s Casino is now down to seven, but has shown life in the past year. MGM now in full control of Borgata. Revel is rumored to be sold, and Hard Rock is moving into the Taj. This could be AC’s summer of growth.

Online gaming is on the tongues of legislators of New England States.  Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut has eyes on online revenue.

CHRISTMAS FUTURE……2020

Eleven casinos in four states. Online gambling in MA, RI, NH,  & CT.

Springfield, Massachusetts is experiencing a renaissance, Wynn Boston Harbor entices people from all over the U.S.

Connecticut casinos continue to diversify.  Foxwoods becomes an amusement destination as well as a casino resort. Mohegan Sun opens its huge project across the river of retail, housing, and wellness.

The Norwich hospital site in Preston, to be developed by Sun. In the far top, Mohegan Sun sits.

Convenience casinos continue to thrive in Tiverton, RI; Plainville, MA; Oxford, ME.

And with the growth of the casino industry, casinos find ways to help the homeless, help the addicted, and raise the quality of life in its communities.

Conclusion

Will there ever be a vision of prosperity for casinos, with good gambling rules, free parking, more casino hotels, and patrons that are welcomed with smiling aces, appreciated and rewarded sincerely?

For the sake of New England recreational gamblers and New England Tourism, we once again ask,

“CAN WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?!!”

Binbin

MASSACHUSETTS & RHODE ISLAND CASINO PROMOTIONS in September

Twin River Casino, Lincoln, RI

Plainridge Park Entrance, Plainville, MA

Plainridge Park Casino, Plainville, MA

RHODE ISLAND/MASSACHUSETTS

Newport Grand Slots, Newport, RI

There are plenty of great Promotions in New England’s 7 Casinos. So much that we are now separating them by state.  We are also including them as a new tab in our main page so our visitors and subscribers may click on the available promotions & information easily all month.

Please note: As always, check for daily updates and news from New England’s seven casinos through our Menu links above and additional promo info on NE Time Gambling on Twitter!  

Don’t forget to click on the Casino Name to bring to the Casino Website


Newport GrandNEWPORT GRAND CASINO, NEWPORT RI

$10,000 Labor Day Cash Sweepstakes – Monday, September 4, 2017 from 2PM-8PM, (4) winners every ½ hour will win $200 cash. Rewards Members must swipe their rewards card at a promotional kiosk beginning at 10AM through 7:55PM on Monday, September 4, 2017 to receive a free entry into this promotion. For every ten (10) points earned, Reward Members receive one (1) entry. All entries earned are activated with a rewards card swipe beginning at 10AM on Monday, September 4, 2017. (4) Rewards Members’ names will be announced every ½ hour from 2pm until 8pm to win $200 in CASH.

ONGOING PROMOTION: 5X Rewards Points every Tuesday  – Earn 5X more valuable Rewards Points ALL DAY

DINING SPECIALS


TWIN RIVER CASINO, LINCOLN, RI

Twin River Casino, Lincoln RI

Twin River Casino, Lincoln RI

$300,000 Gift Cards, Cash & Free Play Sweepstakes. EARN: September 1 – 28
WIN: Every Monday – Thursday in September, 11am – 8pm; two drawings every hour. – Starting Friday, September 1, 2017 all Twin River Rewards Club members will be eligible to receive one free entry into this promotion by simply inserting their Rewards Card into any one of our Promotion Kiosks or by actively using their Rewards Card at any eligible slot machine. As an added bonus, guests will qualify for an additional entry for every 100 points earned on the VLTs. On each drawing day starting at 11am, two drawings will take place every hour until 8pm for a chance to win a Regional Rewards Gift Card, Free Slot Play or Cash, with prizes ranging from $100 – $1,000!

ONGOING PROMOSTwin River Social Casino – Twin River Rewards Club members can be rewarded for their play online with up to $500 in Gift Cards. VISIT PLAY.TWINRIVER.COM to play for FREE today.


PLAINRIDGE PARK CASINO, PLAINVILLE, MASSACHUSETTS 

Plainridge Park Casino, Plainville MA

Plainridge Park Casino, Plainville MA

200K CHOOSE YOUR RIDE GIVEAWAY – 10pm Grand Prize Winner guaranteed September 16 & 23 & 30. Win up to $25,000 towards a new car or $17,500 cash.

PLAY TO EARN CHOOSE YOUR GIFT – Saturday, September 2, 12pm-6pm. Earn 500 points to claim one of the available gifts at the Promo Zone. Gifts include candles, tailgate chairs, measuring sets, kitchen tool sets, Slack’s glass steins . . .PLUS MORE. One per account. While supplies last. Must present Marquee Rewards Card and photo ID to claim

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, INTERNATIONAL COFFEE DAY – The First 500 Marquee Rewards members receive one free pound of Dunkin Donuts French Vanilla ground coffee starting at 11 am at the Promo Zone. While Supplies Last. Limited quantity and flavors. One per account. Must present Marquee Rewards Card and photo ID.

ONGOING PROMOTIONS:

P OF CLUBS PROGRESSIVE, Fridays in September

MARQUEE COMP MULTIPLIERS, Mondays

Ladies Night Hotseat

Play Your Way To Vegas

 

CONNECTICUT CASINO PROMOTIONS in September

Mohegan Sun Resort Casino

Foxwoods Resort Casino

CONNECTICUT


 

MOHEGAN SUN RESORT CASINO, UNCASVILLE, CT

Mohegan Sun Resort Casino, Uncasville CT

Mohegan Sun – Hot Summer Fun 2016 is close to THE END!  Click to see all the Daily Promotions that are left.

Double Momentum Dollars & Double Status PointsFriday, September 15th 2017, 6:00am

RACEBOOK PROMOTIONS:

Saturday Survivor Knockdown, Saturday, September 9th 2017, 11:00am

Alive For Five Contest, Saturday, September 16th 2017, 11:00am

Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge Qualifier, Saturday, September 23rd 2017, 10:30am$400 entry fee.  Pre-registration: Friday, September 22nd beginning at 11:00am  Grand Prize: Paid entry into the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge to be held at Del Mar in San Diego, CA during Breeders’ Cup weekend, plus $1,000 travel expenses

ONGOING PROMOTIONS:

Celebrate Your Birthday – 

Turn 21 At Mohegan Sun, Monthly until Monday, January 1st 2018

 


Foxwoods Resort Casino, Masnantucket CT

FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO, MASHANTUCKET CONNECTICUT

$300,000 Pro Football Challenge: September 5, 2017 – January 8, 2018

Make your picks for a chance to win big. Your favorite teams are back on the Gridiron which means it’s time for the Foxwoods Pro Football Challenge. From September 5 – January 8, visit any promotional football kiosk and make your picks for each Sunday and Monday night game. Make the most correct picks each week and you’ll win $2,500. Get at least 194 out of 234 correct picks during the season for a chance to win $250,000. There’s more! 50 players will be randomly selected each week to win up to $50 in Bonus Slot Play. Keep track of your picks with our handy printable Scorecard.

5 Dragons Grand Slot Promotion – Friday, September 15 • 4pm – 7pm • Great Cedar Casino. Reservations are required. RSVP at any Foxwoods Rewards location, Foxwoods.com, or by calling 800.442.1000. Play any slot machine in the Great Cedar, Grand Pequot, or Fox Tower Casinos between August 15 and September 15 for a chance to receive a winning FoxPerx ticket! FoxPerx Ticket Winners will receive:

  • A Chance to play 5 spins at the $5 maximum bet per spin.
  • Any winnings are yours to keep!
  • A complimentary 5 Dragons-themed mystery gift.

ONGOING PROMOTIONS:

Email Yourself $1,000,000

Festival Buffet Earn a Point, Eat For Free

Introduction to Novelty Games Promotion

Special Military Offers & Discounts

Young & Fun Days (55+)

10X Odds on Craps – Play Craps at select tables in Club Newport, Grand Pequot Casino and Stargazer Casino 


 

New England Casino Entertainment Links and Updates

COVERING NEW ENGLAND"S CASINOS, ENTERTAINMENT DINING, GENERAL GAMBLING TOPICS

COVERING NEW ENGLAND’S CASINOS

N.E.Time Gambling, your complete coverage of New England Casinos has updated our Entertainment page.  Easy links to your favorite casinos will bring you to the entertainment schedules you are looking for to enhance that casino night out!

downloadClick here or in the above menu to take you to the most varied & thrilling entertainment options on the East Coast.  From local talent, to the biggest headliners you find it all here in New England’s casinos.

All to keep New England’s Casino Patrons (and New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey’s) on top of complete New England Casino Coverage.

Click below for August’s promotions at all seven of our New England Casinos.

AUGUST CASINO PROMOTIONS In Maine & Massachusetts Casinos

AUGUST CASINO PROMOTIONS in Connecticut & Rhode Island Casinos

Thanks for following along.

Binbin

AUGUST CASINO PROMOTIONS in Connecticut & Rhode Island Casinos

There are plenty of great Promotions in New England’s 7 Casinos this August. Here’s part 1 featuring Connecticut & Rhode Island.

Please note: As always, check for daily updates and news from New England’s seven casinos through our Menu links above and additional promo info on NE Time Gambling on Twitter!  

Don’t forget to click on the Casino Name to bring to the Casino Website

MOHEGAN SUN RESORT CASINO, UNCASVILLE, CT

Mohegan Sun Resort Casino, Uncasville CTRollin’ In My Rover Giveaway June 26th – September 1st – 

WIN A 2017 RANGE ROVER EVOQUE CONVERTIBLE FROM LAND ROVER GUILFORD.  Swipe your Momentum card once a day at any promotional kiosk and you could be driving yourself wild with Free Slot Play, Momentum Dollars or entries into the Grand Prize drawing!  DOUBLE YOUR ENTRIES!   Swipe your Momentum card at any kiosk on September 1st between 6:00am and 4:00pm to double your total entries.   GRAND PRIZE DRAWING: September 1st at 7:00pm

Mohegan Sun – Hot Summer Fun 2016 is Back.  Click to see all the Daily Promotions

Triple Status Points, Friday, August 18th, 2017, 6:00am – ACCELERATE YOUR STATUS AND PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS. Play your favorite slots and table games from 6:00am – Midnight to receive Triple Status Points.


Foxwoods Resort Casino, Masnantucket CT

FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO, MASHANTUCKET CONNECTICUT

Festival Buffet Earn a Point, Eat For Free – Every time you earn one Foxwoods Rewards Point, we will treat you to one FREE buffet each week.  CHOOSE ONE DAY:  Monday – Friday – Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner; Breakfast Only Saturday & Sunday   Earn 1 Point, then simply visit any Foxwoods Rewards location to receive your FREE BUFFET coupon.  Festival Buffet is located at Rainmaker Square. Open Sunday-Thursday 7:45am-9:00pm, Friday 7:45am-10:00pm and Saturday 7:45am-11:00pm.

Foxwoods Liquid Sundays – That Cool Pool Party is Back through September 3rd.

$1,000,000 Dream Slot Tournament – play at Foxwoods now through August 27th for your chance to win a piece of $1,000,000!   Be in the Top 25 scores daily to win a prize. Score in the Top 5 daily and you’ll win a spot in the September 4th Grand Finale, where you’ll have a shot at the $250,000 Grand Prize!  GRAND FINALE HOSTED BY MARIO LOPEZ

ONGOING PROMOS:

Email Yourself $1,000,000

Introduction to Novelty Games Promotion

Special Military Offers & Discounts

Young & Fun Days (55+)

10X Odds on Craps – Play Craps at select tables in Club Newport, Grand Pequot Casino and Stargazer Casino you will get 10X Free Odds. No VIG Buy Bets. No VIG on Losing Buy Bets.

$20,000 Free Play Sweepstakes
WIN: Fridays, August 18 & 25, 2017 from 2PM-8PM, (8) winners every ½ hour will win $100 in Free Play. 
Rewards Members must swipe their rewards card at a promotional kiosk beginning at 10AM through 7:55PM on Fridays, August 18 & 25, 2017 to receive a free entry into this promotion. For every ten (10) points earned, Reward Members receive one (1) entry.

$50,000 Volvo S60 Sweepstakes
EARN: August 11-27 – WIN: Sunday, August 27 from 12PM-5PM, VOLVO S60 drawing at 6PM.  
Rewards Members must swipe their Rewards Card at a promotional kiosk beginning at 10AM daily from August 11, 2017 until 5:55PM August 27, 2017 to qualify and receive a free entry. For every ten (10) points earned, Reward Members receive one (1) entry for the Sunday, August 27, 2017 drawings. On Sunday, August 27, 2017, (4) Rewards Members’ names will be announced every 30 minutes from 12PM to 5PM to win a $250 prize package including $100 Cash, a $50 Gift Card and $100 worth of Newport County Chamber Gift Certificates. Then at 6pm, one (1) Rewards Member’s name will be announced to win the Volvo S60

Win a Norwegian Cruise Getaway for Two – WIN: Saturday, August 26 from 3PM-6PM Rewards members must swipe their rewards card at a promotional kiosk beginning at 10A on August 26, 2017 to qualify and receive a free entry. For every ten (10) points earned during the day of the drawing, reward members receive one (1) entry. One (1) rewards member’s name is announced every hour from 3P until 6P to win a NCL cruise package for two.

5X Rewards Points every Tuesday in August – Earn 5X more valuable Rewards Points ALL DAY


TWIN RIVER CASINO, LINCOLN, RI

Twin River Casino, Lincoln RI

Twin River Casino, Lincoln RI

Gift Plus Event Twin River Store – Sign In, Use reward points to purchase all types of items available

ONGOING PROMOS:

Match Your New England Slot Offer

Twin River Social Casino – Twin River Rewards Club members can be rewarded for their play online with up to $500 in Gift Cards. VISIT PLAY.TWINRIVER.COM to play for FREE today.

 


Connecticut’s Casino Expansion – Links For A Look Back

The Casino Expansion in Connecticut is about to continue, along with MGM’s opposition.  Before tomorrow’s post about the third CT casino, here are some previous posts concerning the last two years of expansion, and MGM Springfield.

MGM SpringfieldSpringfield, Mass Future Betting on MGM – An $800 million plan straddling a downtown and South End neighborhoods is what Springfield, MA is betting it’s future on.  Springfield’s partner in all this – MGM Resorts International.

 

Connecticut Casino Quandry – Paring Sites & Legislative Bills Slow it All Down – Ramp up…Slow down…Gain interest….Hold on…A Definite Maybe…..That’s how the MMCT 3rd casino in Connecticut is progressing.

Connecticut’s 3rd Casino – 5 Things Determining It’s Future – The possibility for a third casino in CT continues to be just that – just a possibility.

Foxwoods/ Mohegan Sun Joint Casino, East Hartford, CT

Artist first rendering of renovated Cinemas building for New Mohegan Sun/Foxwoods Casino

Connecticut Lawmakers, MGM, & CT Casino Expansion – It’s no wonder that lawmakers from the Bridgeport and New Haven areas are calling for an open, competitive process for the evaluation of casino proposals.

CT Casino Expansion Attracting Lots of Attention – The proposal for an additional casino two years ago, voted to keep jobs and gambling revenue in the state, has caused quite a stir.

Casino Saturation In The Northeast 2017

 

Did Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun secretly wish that the future casino saturation in the Northeast was true when Massachusetts passed the gaming law in 2011? Were there hushed discussions over Connecticut casino water coolers wishing for the repeal of gambling in Massachusetts back then?

At one point, I was beginning to believe the number of possible casinos in New England may indeed saturate the region. In case you haven’t been following, here are the number of casinos by state now in 2017 from Maryland to Maine:

  1. Maryland – Six casinos, with the addition of MGM National Harbor; began as slots only in 2008, added tables games after 2012 as revenue increased.

    MGM National Harbor

  2. Delaware – Three VLT based casinos at the three pari-mutuel racetracks operated by the Lottery.  Table games added in 2010.  Revenue number in decline. There is also one poker room in Wilmington.
  3. Pennsylvania – Twelve casinos authorized and built after 2004; Revenue decreased in 2013, but still puts plenty of pressure on surrounding states.  A 13th casino is being built in Philadelphia.
  4. New Jersey – Gambling approved in 1976. As of 2017, seven casinos are left with five closing it’s doors.
    A Busy Boardwalk, not so long ago.

    A Busy Boardwalk, not so long ago.

    Revel, now Ten, is still in casino limbo, and Showboat is a shell of itself as a Hotel only.  Recent purchase of the Taj by Hard Rock Cafe has given a little hope to the Jersey shore. Revenue consistently declined until recent stability. Rumors persist for future casinos built in northern NJ around NYC.

    Resorts World, Queens, NY.

  5. New York – The biggest growth of casino gambling in the northeast has been in the Empire State. Beginning with change of two Class II Indian Casinos to Class III after 2003, casino growth continued with presently 22 casinos, 11 of which are tribal. One additional casino will be introduced   Indian Class III casinos have the only slots, the rest in NY are VLT that act like bingo terminals. Resorts World continues to have one of east’s highest grossing revenues. One additional casino is slated to be finished by 2018 near the NE corner of PA.
  6. Connecticut – Began Class III gaming with two casinos – Two casinos – Foxwoods in 1994 & Mohegan Sun in 1996.
    Kevin Brown, left, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council and Rodney Butler, right, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council,

    Kevin Brown, left, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council and Rodney Butler, right, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council,

    Since recession of 2007, they have experienced constant revenue declines with some bounce back months. A 3rd casino venture by both Pequot and Mohegan tribes has had mixed success in their bid to compete with MGM Springfield.

    Proposed Tiverton Casino

  7. Rhode Island – Two Casinos – Twin River (with table games) and Newport Grand (slots only).  Newport will be moving operations to a new casino/hotel in Tiverton, RI.
  8. Massachusetts – Four licenses were to be handed out according to the MA gambling law of 2011. Plainridge Park casino has been in operation since 2015, MGM Springfield is scheduled to open in 2018 and Wynn Boston Harbor has completed clean-up to begin construction on its resort.  The tribal casino once scheduled for Taunton, MA. is stuck in litigation.

    Steve Wynn with his rendition of Wynn Boston Harbor

  9. New Hampshire – Once again, (almost a yearly occurrence) NH legislature has submitted a bill for two casinos in the Granite State. There are numerous successful poker rooms in NH.
  10. Maine – Two casinos opened, Hollywood in 2005 and Oxford in 2012.  Both will have hotels by the summer of 2017. There is one class II Indian Casino and a second push for a third casino in York county.

So, the math is a little weird with all the closings, possibilities, votes, etc.  The count seems to be over 50, + or – …………….well, we’ll just wait and see.

Back in 2014, Scott Calvert and Jon Kamp wrote in the Wall Street Journal that “Twenty-six casinos have opened since 2004, fueling a 39% increase in total annual gambling revenue in the mid-Atlantic and New England……Within 100 miles of Philadelphia, there now are 24 casinos, a big shift from the early 1990s, when Atlantic City, N.J., enjoyed an East Coast monopoly.”

Since that report, gaming continues to become a large part of the northeast landscape.  The original question posed in 2014 was, “Is there saturation in the northeast?  If it wasn’t then, it sure is beginning to look like it now, as states see gambling as a quick fix for state budget problems.

What do you think? Are there too many casinos in the northeast?  Email us, or send us a tweet at netimegambling,com

That’s all for now.

Binbin

 

Inside Twin River Casino's cavernous first floor casino.

Three Suggestions to Slot Machine Players

Have you wondered why it seems harder to win at your favorite casino?

We all know that table games are in a state of flux, with lower payouts and more side bets – all increasing the house edge.  We’ve seen blackjack payouts diminished quickly within the last two years with the advent of 6:5 payouts instead of the traditional 3:2.  We’ve seen lower times odds in craps. More “carnival” table games continue to be added to the casino floor like 3 & 4-card poker, Let it Ride, and BlackJack Switch – all table games with high infrequent payouts, volatile side bets, and a much higher increase to the casino’s edge as compared to traditional games like baccarat & blackjack.

Let’s face it, U.S. casinos are making it tougher for players to win at the slot machines as well.  The portion of slot wagers kept by casinos rose to 7.7 percent last year from 7.25 percent in 2007, the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers reported. So, it’s no surprise that the total amount bet on the machines fell to $291 billion from a peak of $355 billion over that span. “Slots have been tightening slowly over time,” Marcus Prater, executive director of the association, said in an interview. “There is a theory out there that when people have a bad experience, they’re not as likely to come back.”

STOP THE PRESSES! NOW THAT’S NEWS!!!images (3)

Listen, casino management still doesn’t get it.  The fact is that people will show up if they feel they have a chance, some hope, of playing a while – or even winning.

I understand that the most entertaining slots may be the ones that also don’t pay well.  If you are willing to play them with that understanding, then, go for it. But if you want a better chance to win and a better chance to play longer on video slots, here’s three tips to helping you.

DISCLAIMER: The following information is not going to tell you how to win at slots.  Nobody can tell you that. If someone tells you they are a professional slots player, or that they have a sure way to win at slot machines, RUN – RUN FAR. The Random Number Generator (RNG) is made to pay a certain percentage for the casino’s win over the long term.  No one knows what machine pays what percentage, except the company that sold it and the casino who bought or leased it. So, the following are just suggestions to consider, THAT’S ALL. 

To understand the Random Number Generator, try reading these previous posts:

RNG in the New Year with Slot Misconceptions

Understanding The Random Number Generator (RNG)

Big Bang Theory Slot Machine

Big Bang Theory Slot Machine

Suggestion #1 – Be wary of the “Celebrity” or “Themed” slot machines.  These games are referred to as “participation games.”  When a casino installs a participation game, they do not buy the machine.  The machine remains the property of the manufacturer, and the casino and manufacturer share in the revenue that the game produces. However, a fee to license that brand – for example, Ellen DeGeneres, Michael Jackson, Big Bang theory, Batman – which is all figured into the revenue share.  So, because of licensing fees, leasing fees, and revenue share, expect the payout percentage to be lower than a traditional slot.  Just enjoy it for the entertainment it is, and if you win, so much the better.

Suggestion #2 – Know your progressive.  Many slot machines include progressive wins – but not all progressives are alike.  Be knowledgeable of the differences.

  1. “Pay for Play” Progressive – these progressives usually are only eligible for the taking when playing Max Bet.
    Quick Hit Slot Machine with progressives listed.

    Quick Hit Slot Machine with progressives listed.

    A good example is Quick Hit machines.  If you don’t play max on these machines you are not eligible for the progressives, which can get hefty, thus diminishing your total payout percentage – whatever that may be.  The progressive is figured into the total payout percentage.  Play without Max Bet, and you’re throwing away more money to the house.  Always check what denomination and how much Max Bet is before playing.  “Quick Hit machines can range on a penny machine from $1.50 to to $4.00.

  2. “Pay Within” Progressive – these payout on any bet, anytime withing a certain amount accrued.
    Ainsworth Rumble Rumble Progressive Slot Machine

    Ainsworth Rumble Rumble Progressive Slot Machine

    For example, Konami slots often have 2-4 different progressives, that will pay between $25 – $50 (a mini progressive) at any given time. Keep in mind that the increase of the progressive is incredibly small. One Las Vegas trip I played a fun slot called Rumble, Rumble “SweetZone” by Ainsworth at Cosmopolitan.  At $1 a play, my wife and I figured out $5 in made the progressive meter increase one cent – $5 increased ONE CENT!  So, be careful – seeing a progressive like this close to its payout could still mean a lot of playing (and money) ahead.

  3. “Mega-Progressive” – these are those that are connected to a few others, or even regionally like MEGABUCKS.
    Megabucks Progressive Slots

    Megabucks Progressive Slots

    Keep in mind that to payoff such a large progressive, the payout percentage that you hear sucking the money out of your bankroll will be low.  It has to be to be able to payoff the winner of such a high payoff.  These usually require a high Max Bet.

Suggestion #3 – The less Bells and whistles, the higher the payout.  Again, not necessarily, you don’t really know, you can’t tell, yaddy yadda yadda.  But if the casino doesn’t have to pay other interests such as progressives, themes, lease agreements, additional set up, special lighting, etc, it might encourage your bankroll to last longer.

Mr. Cashman Slot Machine

Mr. Cashman Slot Machine

Sometimes, an old Cashman slot by Aristocrat is just as fun.  My favorite – “Betting Zoo.”

Now, go out there and hit a jackpot.

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