Live in New England? Here Are Wicked Funny Characterics

imagesAlright, time to laugh at ourselves a bit.

Those of us who live in New England do have a different take on certain things.  NETG has been pretty serious, lately.  So, let’s have some fun. As Jeff Foxworth says, if you can relate to these New England jokes, you probably are one.

Characteristics of New Englanders

Source: Jeff Foxworthy on New England

Jeff Foxworthy

Jeff Foxworthy

If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 36 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by, you might live in New England.

If you’re proud that your region makes the national news 96 nights each year because Mt. Washington is the coldest spot in the nation, and Boston gets more snow than any other major city in the US, you might live in New England.

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from September through May, you might live in New England

If you instinctively walk like a penguin for six months out of the year, you might live in New England.dairy-queen

If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance, and they don’t work there, you might live in New England.

If your dad’s suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead, you might live in New England.

If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you might live in New England.

If your town has more bars than churches, you might live in New England.

If you have had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you might live in New England.

YOU KNOW YOU ARE A TRUE NEW ENGLANDER WHEN:

  1. Vacation means going South past New York City for the weekend.
  2. You measure distance in hours.

    Rhode Island sign

    Anywhere in Rhode Island in less than an hour?

  3. You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.
  4. You often switch from “heat” to “A/C” in the same day and back again.
  5. You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching.
  6. You see people wearing camouflage at social events (including weddings).
  7. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.
  8. You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend / wife knows how to use them.
  9. You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.cookie-monster-halloween
  10. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with. snow.
  11. You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road. construction.
  12. You can identify a southern or eastern accent.
  13. Your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue-spruce.
  14. You were unaware that there is a legal drinking age.
  15. Down South to you means Philadelphia.
  16. Brat is something you eat.
  17. Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his new shed.
  18. You go out for a fish fry every Friday.fridaynightfishfry
  19. Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost.
  20. You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.
  21. You find 10 degrees “a little chilly.”.
  22. You actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to all your New England friends.

Sad….but true!!!.

New England Gamblers & Their Personality Traits – Are You A True New Englander?

imagesEvery wonder what New Englanders are like?  Well, maybe not like this guy above. I’m talking about all those people who in the casino who drove from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine to annoy you at the slot, the tables, the restaurants, the night clubs, the shows…….

New England Map

New England

I had to list them above because it seems some people who live in New England don’t know the 6 states in New England.  Recently on the Sports Talk station WVEI in Boston, tweets and callers were still debating if Rhode Island, or only parts of CT were actually in New England.

 

Well, Jeff Foxworthy, famous for his “you might be a Red-Neck” jokes also set his sights to New England.  See if you fit any (or ALL) of these characteristics of New England inhabitants.  As Jeff says, after reading this, you’ll know if you are one.  You may end up saying “Eh-ut, I are one.”

Characteristics of New Englanders

Jeff Foxworthy

Jeff Foxworthy

Source: Jeff Foxworthy on New England

If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 36 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by, you might live in New England.

If you’re proud that your region makes the national news 96 nights each year because Mt. Washington is the coldest spot in the nation, and Boston gets more snow than any other major city in the US, you might live in New England.

Closed for the Season!

Closed for the Season!

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from September through May, you might live in New England

 

If you instinctively walk like a penguin for six months out of the year, you might live in New England.

If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance, and they don’t work there, you might live in New England.

If your dad’s suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead, you might live in New England.

download (3)If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you might live in New England.

If your town has more bars than churches, you might live in New England.

If you have had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you might live in New England.

YOU KNOW YOU ARE A TRUE NEW ENGLANDER WHEN:

  1. Vacation means going South past New York City for the weekend.
  2. You measure distance in hours.
  3. You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.
  4. You often switch from “heat” to “A/C” in the same day and back again.
  5. You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching.images (1)
  6. You see people wearing camouflage at social events (including weddings).
  7. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.
  8. You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend / wife knows how to use them.
  9. You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.download (6)
  10. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with. snow.
  11. You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road. construction.
  12. You can identify a southern or eastern accent.
  13. Your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue-spruce.
  14. You were unaware that there is a legal drinking age.
  15. Down South to you means Philadelphia.
  16. Brat is something you eat.
  17. Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his new shed.
  18. You go out for a fish fry every Friday.download
  19. Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost.
  20. You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.
  21. You find 10 degrees “a little chilly.”.
  22. You actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to all your New England friends.

Sad….but true!!!.

A fun site to check out is Go To Quiz.  They desdcribe themselves as “Create your own online quizzes for your online profile, Twitter, blog, forum, or web site. You do not need to know the technical aspects behind the quizzes–our system takes care of it. Just go through our step-by-step wizard to easily create you own”

So here is an interesting quiz for all you New Englanders.  It’s also good for all of you who think you know what we are like. Take this Quiz “Are You A True New Englander?”

Have fun

Binb

Commentary: Will New England Gaming Follow the Sad Affairs in Las Vegas?

Welcome to Las Vegas SignLas Vegas is one of my favorite places in the whole world.  For some of us, it captures the our imagination and interests like no other city.

But it, like much of the gambling is changing – and not for the better as far as I am concerned.  Humor me while I tell you why…..

Las Vegas, “the Meadows” the gambling mecca. It’s called many things with no gray area implied:

The Las Vegas Strip

The Las Vegas Strip

Sin City or the Adult Disneyland, Lost Wages or Home away from Home, Heaven or Sodom & Gomorrah. Whatever it means to you after your initial visit, it sticks with you.  For some of us, we love the experience, and it does become our favorite vacation, even an obsession.

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NETimeGambling Compares & Contrasts All Seven New England Casinos

New England Map

New England

Here is a little project that gamblers in the northeast might be interested in.  After visits to all seven, checking resources such as American Casino Guide, casino directories, and the New England casino’s own websites, I have compiled a quick reference of all seven by state.

I would encourage all seven New England Casinos to check out the stats for any incorrect numbers.

Please note that numbers change in casinos ALL THE TIME.  The number of slots, restaurants, bars (which there is obviously some overlap) will change.  Even square footage of casino areas change, i.e. Foxwoods.  But, for the most part, it’s pretty accurate.  Click on the link for the statistics. Enjoy.

CONNECTICUT CASINOS

Foxwoods Full Size

Mohegan Sun Resort Casino

Mohegan Sun Resort Casino

RHODE ISLAND CASINOS

Twin River Casino

Twin River Casino

Newport Grand Slots, Newport, RI

Newport Grand Slots, Newport, RI

MASSACHUSETTS CASINO

Plainridge Park Casino

Plainridge Park Casino

Plainridge Revenue Dips – Patriots to Blame?

Old & New Logo of the New England Patriots

Old & New Logo of the New England Patriots

Tom Brady & The New England Patriots have been blamed for everything this year it seems – this (   )gate and that(   ) gate.  You might as well fill in the blanks – I’m surprised Bob Kraft hasn’t been fined by the NFL for global warming!

Now, according to reports from Massachusetts’s only casino, the New England Patriots home games are having a negative impact on its business.  Plainridge Park Casino officials told state gambling regulators this week that the slot parlor and harness racing track in Plainville sees significantly fewer visitors on game days. The casino is located about five miles from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots.

Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots.

You mean to tell me that a casino, the only one in Massachusetts – THE ONE THAT IS SUPPOSED TO QUICKLY THREATEN THE RHODE ISLAND CASINOS – can’t draw people to their casino on a weekend?  Damn those Patriots, 5 miles away in Foxboro!

Plainridge Park Entrance, Plainville, MA

Plainridge Park Entrance, Plainville, MA

Monthly revenue at Plainridge Park Casino has dipped slightly each month since its opening.  C’mon “Chicken Littles,” it’s to be expected after a terrific opening.  Even though Plainridge Park Casino generated $12.9 million in gross gambling revenues in October, down from over $18 million in July, let’s not panic.

Embrace the Patriots!  Sponsor sports talk pre-game shows on WEEI, or other radio that covers them.

Doug Flutie Statue in front of Flutie Pub 22

Doug Flutie Statue in front of Flutie Pub 22

By the way, Plainridge Park, have you done ANYTHING to connect to the big football game at Fenway today between Notre Dame and Boston College?  If you haven’t, Doug Flutie’s statue in front of his restaurant must be very disappointed.

(AS AN ASIDE – our thoughts go out to Doug Flutie and his family.  Mr. Flutie’s parents both died this week one day apart from each other.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.)

NETimeGambling suggests the following to Penn National, owners of Plainridge and Hollywood Bangor:

  1. Massachusetts just approved regulation of Fantasy Sports.  Before it goes away altogether, take advantage with promotions tied to fantasy sports.
  2. Set up a HUGE TV MONITOR on the Revolution lounge stage, get permission to show the games, and treat each game to celebrate our fabulous Patriots.  Embrace the team and stop whining.

    Large Stage in the Revolution Lounge, Plainridge Park Casino

    Large Stage in the Revolution Lounge, Plainridge Park Casino

  3. Special promotions – multiplier days, hot seat days, ticket raffles with entries based on play – do SOMETHING that brings Patriot fans in to gamble and watch the game.
  4. Offer entries on Patriot game days to your Las Vegas Casinos – M Resort Or especially Tropicana on the strip.  Tropicana has just been connected to Marquee Rewards.  On remaining game days, have patrons earn entries for two free nights at the Trop!download (4)

Penn National is high up on the gaming industry ladder – they should know what to do.  These dips are to be expected.  If they continue into the spring, then Massachusetts may have deeper concerns on their plate than Patriot’s game days.

That’s all for now.  Tomorrow – Turkey Day Promotions as part of our weekly SUPER SEVEN Promotions

Binbin

 

The New England Casino Picture Paints Many Possibilities

A picture paints a thousand words – so the saying above goes. A recent picture from the Boston Globe Staff creates the unfolding story of the New England Gambling Industry, with multiple endings. Study the picture below before reading on.

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Besides the placement of working & proposed casinos in New England, this picture shows where the battle lines are drawn, or where loyalty lines may be crossed.

Geographically, potential winners and losers can be expected. Here are some random thoughts concerning the possibilities:

  1. Is it not a wonder that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is hesitating on issuing the Region C license to Brockton?
  2. The Mashpee Wampanoag building a resort casino so close to Brockton outs Brockton between two big casino projects – Wynn Everett & Taunton.
  3. Penn National’s Plainridge Park could carve its own niche because of the lack of table games.
  4. Moving the Newport Grand to Tiverton with a hotel attached fortifies the Eastern Front for Rhode Island, and bad news for the Massachusetts casino group.
  5. The Addition of a third Connecticut Casino in the Hartford area makes the CT River battle a two horse race – however, the loyalty programs of Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun might keep CT gamblers in-state for the most part.  MGM, however, has a national MLife Rewards program that couls have value east to west.
  6. Entertainment venues are far enough apart not to compete.  Twin River, Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, MGM Springfield and Wynn Everett probably won’t get in the way of each other concerning concert & club venues.
  7. If Maine can’t stabilize it’s two casinos so far away from southern New England, they definitely don’t need a third.

Finally, and the most important part, is the number of possible gambling option in Southern New England should cause fierce competition.  And guess who the biggest winner should be?

Well, the gambling consumer, of course.

That’s all for now.

Binbin

NFL Promotions at New England Casinos

NFL Football

Looking for some football promos this weekend?  Here a previous post with added promotions at Hollywood Casino & Twin River:

Twin River Casino

Twin River Casino

TWIN RIVER CASINO, LINCOLN RI.

Game Time Hot Seat

Sun. Oct. 11 | 4pm – 8pm
Sun. Oct. 18 | 6pm – 10pm
Sun. Oct. 25 | 1pm – 5pm
Thurs. Oct. 29 | 6pm – 10pm

Join us to watch New England’s Favorite Pro-Football Team play and YOU can win too! Twin River Rewards Club members will have the opportunity to win $1,000 in Bonus Play every 20 minutes during New England Pro-Football games. Guests can qualify for this promotion by keeping their Rewards Card inserted into any eligible VLT while playing, and this HOT SEAT will select a random winner every 20 minutes!

HOLLYWOOD CASINO, HOTEL & RACEWAY, BANGOR ME.

Hollywood Casino Hotel

Hollywood Casino Hotel

CELEBRITY BAR & GRILL – is giving away a 50 Inch TV every Sunday during regular season! All week long, earn one ballot for every $10 spent at Celebrity Bar & Grill. Earn double ballots every Sunday. Drawings will be every Sunday at 6PM. The ballot drum will be available at Celebrity Bar & Grill starting at 11AM on each drawing date. You must be present to win. *$10 spent must be cash or credit. No comps or Marquee Comps will be used towards ballots. You must be 21 years of age to participate. Ballots do not carry over week to week. Ballots must be deposited by 5:59PM on drawing dates.

Plainridge Park Morning

Plainridge Park in the Morning, preparing for another succesful day!

PLAINRIDGE PARK CASINO, PLAINVILLE MA.

PRO FOOTBALL CHALLENGE
Take the Challenge every Sunday in September and you could win $100 Free SLOTPLAY, Twenty winners every 1/2 hour between 10:00am – 3:00pm. Continue the challenge all season by swiping your Marquee Rewards Card at our Pro Football challenge kiosk for a chance to win weekly prizes, plus you could win the end of season Grand Prize of $100,000 cash by choosing 205 or more correct games. See Player Services for details.

Foxwoods Resort

Football found everywhere throughout expansive casino.

FOXWOODS RESORT and CASINO

CEDARS – Food specials including Deep-Fried Baby Back Ribs, Jalepeno & Sweet Chili Steak Tacos, and $3 drafts.

HIGH ROLLERS – Their “Pick Six.”  Six of their house specials & snacks for a $20 combo plate.  Also $4 Bud Light Bottles & Drafts

SCORPION BAR – Wing specials & $2 Bud Light Drafts.  On 10/18, at 8:30 be there for the Bud Light Giveaway for a chance to win Patriots Tickets!

Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun Promo goes throughout the football season.

MOHEGAN SUN RESORT and CASINO

RED ZONE RUSH – Tuesday, September 8th – Saturday, January 3rd.  Each week, pick the football teams you think will win on Sunday and on Monday night. Make the most correct picks and win $1,000 IN FREE SLOT PLAY!  End the season with the most correct picks overall and we’ll send you and a guest, plus $1,000 in cash,to the BIG GAME IN HOUSTON IN 2017!

AROOGA’S 32 – The BEST sports bar for any team’s fans.  Sunday Specials, next to Mohegan Sun, with a shuttle to take you there!Arooga's 32

Don’t forget to check out New England’s Racebooks at Twin River Casino (don’t forget to stop by Shipyard Pub while you’re there!), Plainridge Park Casino, Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway, Foxwoods Racebook, and Mohegan Sun Racebook which features one of Connecticut’s best craft brewers, Thomas Hooker Brewery.

That’s all for now.

Binbin

Wynn & MGM – Industry Giants: Arrogant Bullies or Just Acting Badly in New England

“Two guys walk into a New England bar….you’d think the second would have seen it.”  Old joke, I know.  But it fits as you will see at the end of this post.

New England

New England

There’s an old saying in New England about those of us who have lived her and grown up here all our lives. “We don’t accept friendship easily, but when we do, it’s everlasting.”

It’s true that a stereotype of New Englanders is that we can be disagreeable, tending to be suspicious & cautious until we get to know ya.  Trust seems to take more time here in the northeast than other places, but if trust is gained, it’s everlasting. Maybe it’s the tough winters, the three days of spring, the long humid summers, followed by a never-ending falling of leaves, leaves and more leaves.

Fishing in Rhode Island

Fishing in Rhode Island

Whatever is the cause – the weather, the blue-collar history of hard work in textile and fishing industries – when people move here to do business, they need to do their homework to earn our trust.

So in walks two big-wigs from the west.  They are convinced that a) no one knows the gaming industry better than them, and b) they are the kings of manipulation, unstoppable, having their own way, no matter what us peasants in New England want. It is an arrogance that has romanticized the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to the point that Steven  Crosby and his cronies are willing to give Murren & Wynn carte blanche! Continue reading

A Plainridge Park Casino / Twin River Casino Comparison

thThis week, Plainridge Park Casino opens as the first Massachusetts Casino and the seventh casino in New England.

Less than twenty years ago, New England had only two full casinos, both in CT, and two in RI soon after that added class II gaming to it’s Jai Alai Fronton in Newport and to Lincoln Greyhound Park (later becoming Twin River Casino.)

See the link from a previous post New England Gambling History – A Brief Look Back & Looking Forward

The first page starts with a look at the RI / MA border.  Twin River Casino has been raising the stakes in the area by first adding table games to keep the Ocean State’s gambling at home, instead of traveling to Connecticut’s two huge casinos.  So far, it seems to have paid off.  But now, a bigger threat to Rhode Island’s third largest source of revenue just north of it’s former greyhound track. A complete comparison of Twin River and 54c14e3eb1c98.imagePlainridge Park is below, including size, venues, gambling, dining & entertainment – don’t miss it.

NE Time Gambling will be covering the soft opening of Plainridge Park Casino, the first Massachusetts casino of four planned in the Bay State. The public opening is scheduled for Wednesday, June 24th.

Rhode Island’s biggest threats are years away in Region C. New Bedford & Brockton are vying for the last license, and if New Bedford gets the nod, it and Everett’s Wynn casino will be problematic for Twin River.  However, with some problems with the Everett site, the wait for the license in Region C, and the ever questionable Wampanog casino proposal, all eyes are on Plainville for now.

Below is a casino comparison of Twin River & Plainridge Park. Coverage of the soft opening at Plainridge Park will appear in Tuesday’s post.  And don’t forget, tomorrow is the weekly Sunday coverage of next week’s best promotions in each of New England’s Casinos.

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Plainridge Park Logo

TWIN RIVER CASINO PLAINRIDGE PARK CASINO
ADDITIONAL GAMING Simulcast Racebook Harness Racing & Simulcast Racebook
HOTEL No – Approved by Legislature to Build NO
FOOD VENUES Six Restaurants                              3 Food Courts w/ 12 options Three Restaurants                           Food Court w/ 3 Options   Racebook – 3 options
BUFFETS NO NO
CASINO SIZE 300,000 sq. feet 170,000 sq. feet
# OF SLOTS 4500 including Video Poker, Video Blackjack, Video Roulette 1250 including Video Poker &     Video Blackjack
TABLE GAMES 80 – includes Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Three Card Poker, Craps, Spanish 21, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker and Big Six ‘Money’ Wheel NONE
BARS Five Two
ENTERTAINMENT VENUES 29,000 sq.ft. EventCenter5 Live Music Venues 1 Live Music Venue
SMOKE-FREE A FEW NON-SMOKING AREAS on CASINO FLOOR COMPLETE NON-SMOKING CASINO FLOOR
FUNCTION VENUES 29,000 sq.ft. Event CenterOne smaller Venue NONE
REWARDS CLUB TWIN RIVER CASINO REWARDS Three Levels – No affiliation to other casinos. MARQUEE REWARDS   Four Levels  Connected to PENN NATIONAL Casinos Across County, except M RESORT & TROPICANA in Las Vegas, Nevada.
OWNER Twin River Worldwide Holdings Penn National Gaming

That’s all for now.  More on the opening Tuesday.

Binbin

Mohegan Sun’s BBQ Fest

Thumbnail-BBQfest-Sunday-320x193One of my favorite outdoor activities all year in coming up next weekend.  On June 13th & 14th, the Mohegan Sun BBQ Fest, in Uncasville, CT., is once again host to some of the bestBBQ cooks in the country.

BBQfest_20140621_5Walking around the grounds festivities feature bands, a beer, and barbecue battles.  Every BBQ vendor has samples to help you vote for festival best! Last year my biggest and best surprise was the sweet glazed bacon – lunch and dessert all in one!

BBQfest_20140622_4Last year included grilled corn on the cob, pork sandwiches, ribs, and all sorts of BBQ specialty items. This year there will be desserts, beverages of all kinds, and including lots of no food vendors.

a few FAQ’s:

  • Sun BBQFest is held at the Winter Parking lot.
  • Admission is $5 entry fee at the door each day. Children under 6 years are free. Food and beverage tickets are available for purchase inside the designated festival area.
  • No outside food or beverages will be allowed.

Go to http://mohegansun.com/sun-bbqfest.html to check out the vendors and competitors expected:

Here are the scheduled events for both days:

SATURDAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

11:00am: Festival Opens
11:00am – 1:00pm: Green Tea Band on Main Stage
12:00pm – 3:00pm: Wing Challenge opens to the public in the Judges Tent
3:00pm – 5:00pm:Whiskey & Rye on Main Stage
5:00pm – 8:00pm: DJ Chef Demo
6:00pm – 8:30pm: Rib Challenge opens to the public in the Judges Tent
8:00pm – 10:00pm:Jay Dempsey Band on Main Stage
9:25pm: Announcement of Wing & Rib Challenge Winners on Main Stage
9:30pm: Fireworks Display
10:00pm: Festival Closes

PEOPLE’S CHOICE COMPETITION

Visit the Kansas City BBQ Society teams with a People’s Choice poster and try their $2 samples and vote on the best BBQ of the weekend. Try one, try them all! Teams will have a variety of samples throughout the weekend for you to try and vote.

WING CHALLENGE

Enjoy competition wings and vote on your favorite. Visit a Food & Beverage ticket booth and purchase a $5 Wing Ticket* to enter the judging tent. Try 5 of the best looking wings and help us declare a winner.

SUNDAY – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

11:00am: Festival Opens
11:00am – 1:00pm:The Attiks on Main Stage
1:00pm: DJae Mêlée
2:00pm: DJ Chef Demo
3:00pm – 5:00pm: Stephanie Hansen Band on Main Stage (NETG BONUS CHOICE!)

5:00pm: Announcement of KCBS Competition & People’s Choice Winners on Main Stage
6:00pm: Festival Closes

It’s been a fantastic event every year.  Be there or be BBQ square!

That’s all for now.

Binbin

Somerset Casino Not Looking Like a Good Bet

Mass.Gaming Districts.C_0If this was a horse race, you could say Brockton is closing in on the leader New Bedford and Somerset was fading fast.  Somerset may not be able to close in at all after it’s latest set back. This three horse race just turned into two!

Quite the momentum swing last Monday –

  • New Bedford gets a rich new investor, and a new leader in management with Scott Butera
  • Brockton gets ready for a city vote after meeting its deadline for filing license application materials
  • And Somerset casino backers lose their equity partner, saying that they had “kind of pulled out at the last minute.”

According to Mike Lawrence of SouthCoastToday, “KG Urban had asked for an extension of the financial deadline in January, as well. So did Somerset on the Move and Crossroads groups, which then merged to back the current Somerset proposal as Crossroads Massachusetts. For KG Urban and New Bedford, it appears the extra time was enough. For Crossroads and Somerset, it wasn’t.”

Brocton still appears to be in New Bedford’s rear-view mirror.  Steven T. Snyder, GLPI’s senior vice president of corporate development, expressed confidence in the New Bedford site in a letter to the Gaming Commission.  If chosen and all goes along their plan, KG Urban could end up with the best resort/casino of three – including MGM and Everett. Remember, Plainridge Park, the fourth Mas casino is a slots only casino.

NewBedfordcasinorenderingarchitectsllpA“With its glass casino on the wharf boasting 180-degree views of the harbor and its proximity to New Bedford’s commercial fishing fleet, the Buzzards Bay hurricane barrier, State Pier, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, KG’s Cannon Street property will create a gaming and resort experience unique not only to the commonwealth, but in the entire country,” Snyder wrote. “And one that only New England can possibly offer.”

And, I think he’s right.  Uniquely New England – sounds good to me!

That’s all for now.

Binbin

NETG Idle Thoughts: The New England Casino Industry in Ten Years

Early picture of Circus Circus, complete with old carousel in front.

Early picture of Circus Circus, complete with old carousel in front.

Once upon a time, in 1968, “Circus Circus” on the Las Vegas strip was the new gem, Jay Sarno’s follow up Casino to his 1966 masterpiece “Caesars Palace.”  This was before Steve Wynn took the Strip by storm, with Mirage, and themes became the big push in expanding Las Vegas Boulevard.  Imperial Palace was still a decade from being built, let alone the themes of Excalibur

Excalibur. Vegas Strip

Excalibur. Vegas Strip

& Luxor of the 1990’s.  Yes, Circus Circus was the extraordinary.  “Introducing Circus Circus, the most exciting casino in the world!” Clarence Hoffman said as he opened the doors for the first time of this new concept in casinos – The football field sized casino and big top with a casino for all ages.  To separate the gamblers from children as required by law, a second level contained midway games and attractions in view of the circus acts.  What a spectacle!

And now, approaching 50 years in service to gamblers and families alike, Circus Circus finds itself as a bottom-feeder, a low-end casino on the worst end of the Strip.

Yes, things change.  The best is eventually out done by someone else.  The old established becomes the “Has Been.”  Imagine the likes of Excalibur & Luxor who began the great expansion of Las Vegas casinos are now considered value properties – below the great & plentiful resorts now found on the Strip in 2015.

Wynn Everett - Will this be New England's Aria?

Will this be New England’s Aria?

What does this have to do with New England Casinos?  It’s the circle of casino life.

In the next ten years, we are looking at the once mighty tribal casinos of Connecticut out done by the new kids – the Massachusetts duo of MGM Springfield, Wynn Everett, and possibly the resort trifecta with New Bedford.  The question is, will they re-invent themselves, of go the way of Circus Circus – still alive, but lower on the casino food chain.  The state of Connecticut certainly won’t let them go the way of the Riviera on the Las Vegas Strip, which closed it’s doors this week.  Why not?  Too much money at stake – just like Rhode Island – too much dependence on gaming revenue.

But, as the late infomercials go, “But Wait, there’s more!”

Will the next cycle be the doubling of casinos in New England followed by the “Atlantic City Effect?” – too many to stay financially afloat, with  some closing, only to find less properties in the business.  Ah, then prosperity begins again.

Here’s a guess at the peak number of prospective casinos in New England (prospective, but not probable)?  Let’s take a look for laughs and giggles:

  • CT – 2 tribal resorts, and 3 tribal “satellite” casinos = 5
  • RI – 2 casinos, both under the name of Twin River Casino, Hotel & Resort = 2
  • MA – 3 casino resorts, 1 slots-only parlor, 1 tribal (Wampanoags) = 5
  • NH – 2 casinos = (don’t count on it, although I expect it brought to legislature at least two more times in the next ten years) = 2
  • VT – yes, even Vermont has been questioning keeping its revenue in the state, since threatened by MA & NY = 1
  • ME – 3 casinos, all expanded to small resorts and 2 tribal (Maliseets & Passamaquaddys) = 5

thThat’s a total of 20 casinos in an area close to the size  of Washington state.  And some say it’s already saturated. Geez……..

I can’t wait to see it all happen before my eyes.  Here are my thoughts – please comment what you think, or join the NETG Facebook community and gives your thoughts after looking into your crystal ball.

  1. Which casino do you think will be the Caesars Palace of New England – the long, historical quality resort? 

  2. Which will become the Aria or Cosmopolitan of New England – new, glitzy, high quality and meeting the needs of young and old – mostly young?

  3. Which will become Circus Circus of New England – worn, tired, low-end of the New England Casinos?

That’s all for now.

Binbin