June Promotions & Events at New England Casinos

June is bustin’ out all over in New England’s Casinos. Promotions, Events and more.

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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:  Connecticut – Foxwoods Resort/Casino & Mohegan Sun Resort/Casino; Rhode IslandNewport Grand & Twin River Hotel/Casino; MassachusettsPlainridge Park Casino & Raceway, MGM Springfield & Wynn Boston Harbor; Maine –  Oxford Casino & Hollywood Bangor Hotel, Casino & Raceway.

 

SECTIONS BELOW INCLUDE include  GAMBLING PROMOTIONS & EVENTS, FESTIVALS, & ENTERTAINMENT


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GAMBLING PROMOTIONS & EVENTS 

FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO 

BLOW THE LID OFF SUMMER – Win a Ford Mustang GT. EARN ENTRIES | JUNE 1 – 29. Simply play your favorite Slots, Table Games, Poker, Keno and Race Book with your Foxwoods Rewards card. For every 2 (two) Rewards Points earned, receive 1 (one) entry into the drawing.

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. Click on the link for more information – cabana & day bed prices, special dates and more.

Foxwoods ♥ Connecticut – Residency has its privileges. Exclusive offers for CT residents, including

  • WIN ONE OF 20 FREE HOTEL SUITES | JUNE 3, 10, 17, & 24 • 3PM – Make the trip to Foxwoods for your chance to win! Simply opt in at any Foxwoods Rewards location June 1 – 24.
  • EARN TO WIN, JUNE 9 – 12 – Register at any Foxwoods Rewards locations and earn 2 Foxwoods Rewards Points from Saturday, June 9 through Monday, June 11. On June 12, at 7pm, 10 Winners will win exclusive gifts!EARN TO WIN | JUNE 9 – 12
  • HOT SEAT | JUNE 15 • 12PM – 8PM – A winner every hour! Simply play your favorite slots or table games with your Foxwoods Rewards card. Every hour, one lucky Connecticut resident will win $2,000 cash! Reservations required, check in at any Foxwoods Rewards location to qualify.
  • STONY CREEK BREWERY DAY | JUNE 22 – How about a beer? Grab a cold one when one of Connecticut’s biggest breweries takes over Foxwoods. Stay tuned for the opening of Stony Creek’s newest location, right here at Foxwoods.

Extreme Adventures – Step away from the excitement of the casino and experience the Thrill Of It All. Climb to the top of the Fox Tower and Fly like never before, Race through tight turns, or Walk through the beautifully tranquil Connecticut woods.

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

Hot Seat SweepstakesSaturday, June 16 • Noon – 8:00 PM

Beach Ball Hot Seat – Friday, June 29 • 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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


MOHEGAN SUN

Bright Lights Giveaway – Now until Sunday, June 24th. Swipe your Momentum card once a day at any promotional kiosk and you could be bursting with excitement with Momentum Dollars or up to $1,000 in FREE SLOT PLAY. 

40 YEARS OF FUN RESORTS ATLANTIC CITY GIVEAWAY – Friday, June 1st 2018, 6:00am. Daily until Saturday, June 30th 2018

VIRTUAL RACING – Saturday, June 9th 2018, 5:00pm & 8pm. Simply earn at least one Status Point while playing your favorite slot machines during the hour prior to each Virtual Race to be eligible. Choose the winning horse on the Mohegan Sun Circuit and win your share of $5,000 IN FREE SLOT PLAY!

Belmont Stakes Party – SATURDAY, JUNE 9TH, Doors open at 11:00am, Uncas Ballroom

DOUBLE MOMENTUM DOLLARS & DOUBLE STATUS POINTS – Friday, June 10th – Play your favorite slots, table games or wager in Race Book from 6:00am to Midnight.

Flag Day Pin Giveaway June 14th, 9:00am

STATUS POINT MAYHEM – Friday, June 22nd 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.

TRIPLE MOMENTUM STATUS POINTS – Friday, June 29th – Play your favorite slots, table games or wager in Race Book from 6:00am to Midnight. Excludes Status Points earned in the Poker Room

HOT SUMMER FUN BEACH MAT GIVEAWAY – Saturday, June 30th 2018 9:00AM

ONGOING PROMOTIONS – Forever Young Mondays, TURN 21 AT MOHEGAN SUN


NEWPORT GRAND   

$160K Free Slot Play Sweepstakes WIN: Fridays & Saturdays in June (8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30) from 1pm-7:20pm; 4 winners every 20 minutes wins $250 in Free Slot Play

$117,500 Free Play Hot Seat Giveaway – $117,500 Free Play Hot Seat Giveaway
WIN: Daily Now to June 30 from 12PM-9PM; 1 winner every hour wins $250 in Free Slot Play


HOLLYWOOD BANGOR

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.

QUEEN OF HEARTS PROGRESSIVE – Match the winning card picked Fridays and Saturdays in June (except June 30th) at Hollywood Casino Bangor and you could win Free SlotPlay and a chance to find the queen of hearts.

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

MUSTANG MADNESS – Earn entries to win a 2018 Ford Mustang car by playing your favorite slots now untilJune 30, 2018, at Hollywood Casino in Bangor.

VIP CONCERT EXPERIENCE – 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!

ONGOING PROMOS:  BIRTHDAY BASH – Fridays 8AM – MIDNIGHT ;  Every Monday Play One Hour, Eat Free at Hops House 99, 50 PLUS REWARDS KIOSK– Every Sunday 1PM – 4PM


OXFORD CASINO

Twin Lobster Buffet – Thursday, June 28, 2018. 3:00pm – 9:00pm, $42.95 per person
Reservations required. Call 207-539-6705 to make your reservation today!

Prime Rib Buffet, Every Friday from 4:00PM to 10:00PM $24.95 per person, and every Saturday from 5:00PM to 9:00PM

Weekend Breakfast Buffets, Every Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am-Noon. $12.95 per person

Blazing Sevens Blackjack Progressive – an exciting new optional blackjack progressive bet that wins based on how many Sevens the player receives in their hand.

ONGOING PROMOTIONS2018 Birthday Bash, SATURDAYSuper 6SUNDAY16X Multiplier  TUESDAY – 15X Multiplier WEDNESDAY15X Multiplier & Seniors Day ; THURSDAY – Missile Madness.FRIDAYHigh 5 


PLAINRIDGE PARK CASINO & RACEWAY

ENTER TO WIN – Every Wednesday, 4PM-8PM. Earn 500 points every Wednesday, and check in at the Revolution Lounge and qualify to win. 5 Winners of $200 Free SlotPlay every 30 minutes from 4:30PM-8PM.

ONGOING PROMOTIONS:  P OF CLUBS 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


FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS

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

June 2nd & 3rd – SUN BBQ FEST PRESENTED BY KING’S HAWAIIAN at Mohegan Sun

June 9th & 10th – Wheel of Fortune Contest Auditions – At Foxwoods, Grand Theater. Shows will begin at 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, and 4:00 PM

June 20th – 23rd – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, Earth Expo Center, Mohegan Sun

June 30, July 1 – ComiCONN 2018 at Foxwoods, Premier Ballroom.


SPORTING EVENTS

June 2nd – CES Boxing presents The Future of Boxing at Fox Theater, 6:00PM

June 9th – World Fighting Championships 89 at Fox Theater, 7:00PM

June 9th – WNBA: Connecticut Sun vs. Minnesota Lynx, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 2:00PM

June 13th – WNBA: CT Sun vs Washington Mystics, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00PM

June 15th – CES MMA Boxing at Event Center, Twin River, 7:00PM

June 27th – WNBA: CT Sun vs Indiana Fever, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00PM

June 30th – STAR BOXING PRESENTS “SLUGFEST AT THE SUN” at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30pm

July 11th – WNBA: CT 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


Darling Waterfront Concert Venue, Bangor Maine.

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

ENTERTAINMENT

HEADLINERS

June 1st – Katt Williams at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

June 1st – Slayer at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM

June 1st – Russell Dickerson at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM (free)

June 2nd – Ace Aceto’s Royal Flush Comedy at Newport Grand Event Center, 9:00PM (free)

June 7th – Flo Rida at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM (After Party10:00pm at VISTA Lounge)

June 8th – Vance Joy at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

June 8th – The Wallflowers at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM (free)

June 9th – Bon Jersey (“A Tribute to Bon Jovi “) at Newport Grand Event Center, 9:00PM (free)

June 15th – TIM MCGRAW & FAITH HILL at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

June 15th – Herman’s Hermits at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM (free)

June 15th – A Night of Funk & Soul: with Kool & the Gang, Morris Day & the Time, Cameo at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

June 15th – Deon Cole at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

June 16th – Bob Marley at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

June 16th – The Great Escape- “A Tribute to Journey” at Newport Grand Event Center, 9:00PM (free)

June 16th – Aaron Lewis at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

June 17th – Victor Manuelle at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 7:00PM

June 17th – David Foster & The Mohegan Sun All-Stars at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 7:00PM (free)

June 23rd – Joel McHale at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 7:00PM

June 23rd – Jammin’ “A Tribute to Bob Marley” at Newport Grand Event Center, 9:00PM (free)

June 23rd – Robert Cray Band at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM (free)

June 23rd – JEFF ROSS & DAVE ATTELL: BUMPING MICS, PRESENTED BY COMIX, Sky Convention Center And Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM

June 27 – July 1st – Mindfreak Live! Starring Criss Angel, Fox Theater, Foxwoods. Check here for numerous times and dates.

June 28th – Pitbull at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM

June 29th – Barenaked Ladies at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

June 29th – Tower of Power & Average White Band at Twin River Event Center, 7:00PM

June 29th & 30th – Reba McEntire at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

June 30th – Charo at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM (free)

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

June 6th – ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND at the 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, PRESENTED BY COMIX at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM

July 7th – Chris D’Elia: Follow the Leader 2018 Tour at the 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 – Steve Miller and Peter Frampton at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

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

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

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.


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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.



Farewell, Newport Grand – A Look Back

Yes, it’s small and it doesn’t take long to look around each floor.

Yes, the outside looks more like a warehouse than a casino, but renovations over the years tried to keep the vision of a classy casino in Newport was kept alive.

Before Twin River Management bought it over a year ago, it was a family operation – owned and managed by CEO Diane Hurley.

Quiet morning at Newport Grand

The building now known as Newport Grand has struggled to be more relevant in a city that never really wanted it there.

Thirty years ago, the 3,000 seat Newport Grand Jai Alai fronton was packed with fans who came to wager on the legendary Saez and other players.  Then, VLT’s were added to make it part casino, but the games were nothing like those you’d see in casinos now.

I remember those days.  I would visit greyhound racing in Plainfield, CT as well as Hartford and Newport Jai Alai. The game of Jai Alai was impressive to watch with the pelota being hurled at the three-sided wall at over 130 MPH. But betting on humans always made me leery.

Inside the fronton, team matches underway.

It’s recent past disappointments included:

  • The addition of tables games voted down by the city of Newport (at the time under Hurley ownership) while  Lincoln RI approved tables games for Twin River casino.
  • The renovation and expansion of Newport Grand, with table games denied by Newport.
  • Mayor Paolino led a push for voter approval of table games at Newport Grand last year leading up to the November election. Newport voters rejected two ballot questions that would have paved the way for the slot parlor to evolve into a full-fledged casino, converting the existing building into a luxury, Monte Carlo-esque high end resort with entertainment.
  • Finally, TRM bought Newport with the intentions of moving operations to Tiverton as a new full casino with hotel to compete with Massachusetts casino expansion, namely Plainridge Park Racino just over the border in Plainville, MA.

So, we will be bidding adieu to this warehouse-like building, some say by the end of June.  It is expected to be flattened.  But, I will remember it fondly, even though it was never all it could been. Adios.

Binbin

Great New England Casino Promotions, Entertainment & Events Still Remain in February

New England Casino Promotions, Entertainment & Events What’s Left in February

There are still great things happening in February at New England’s Casinos. For specific casino details, visit the websites of all seven casinos:  ConnecticutFoxwoods Resort/Casino & Mohegan Sun Resort/Casino; Rhode IslandNewport Grand & Twin River Hotel/Casino; MassachusettsPlainridge Park Casino & Raceway, MGM Springfield & Wynn Boston Harbor; Maine –  Oxford Casino & Hollywood Bangor Hotel, Casino & Raceway.

Gambling Promos & Events

MOHEGAN SUN – Uncasville, CT

FAT TIRE FRIDAY at New Belgium Brewing Taproom, Friday, February 23rd 2018 at 4:00pm. A member of the New Belgium team will be available from 7:00pm – 9:00pm with giveaways and samplings

FOREVER YOUNG MONDAYS, until Monday, February 26th 2018. 60+ special dining and retail offers, entertainment and a new free gift every Monday,

POINT MULTIPLIERS – 3X Status multiplier on February 18th, and Double Status, Double Momentum points on February 9th.

STATUS POINT MAYHEM, Friday, March 2nd 2018, 6:00am to Midnight.  Status Multipliers throughout the day from 2X to 5X, each to be hit at least twice in the day.

Coming in MarchSlam Dunk Giveaway – March 12th – March 15th


 

FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO – Mashantucket, CT

Win a Trip to Las Vegas – Simply play your favorite slots or table games with your Foxwoods Rewards card. EARN ENTRIES | JANUARY 28 – FEBRUARY 23. For every two (2) Rewards Points earned between January 28 – February 23, you will receive one entry into the drawing. GRAND PRIZE DRAWING | FEBRUARY 24, 8PM

Chinese New Year Parade – Sunday, Feb. 18th at 11:00AM – To Celebrate the Lunar New Year, A Lion Dance Performance will commence throughout property signifying good luck and fortune. The Parade will begin in the Grand Pequot Hotel Lobby, proceed through the Newport Casino, Cedars Square, and the Grand Finale will occur at the Rainmaker Square. “Money Gods” will distribute Lucky Red Envelopes to onlookers along the procession.

High Stakes President’s Day Weekend Mini-Mega Bingo – for more details, click HERE.

Presidents Day Poker Special – February 17-19

Coming in March – ST. PATRICK’S DAY BINGOULTIMATE EASTER HOT SEAT,  &  TUESDAY SLOT TOURNAMENTS

NEWPORT GRAND – Newport, RI

5X Rewards Points every Tuesday in February.

$10,000 Presidents’ Day Sweepstakes – WIN: Monday, February 19 from 12PM – 6PM, 8 winners every ½ hour

Twin River Casino

TWIN RIVER CASINO – Lincoln, RI

Win a Norwegian Cruise for Two.  EARN: February 1 – 22
WIN: Thursdays in February (1, 8, 15 & 22); two drawings every hour from 5pm – 9pm!

Hollywood Casino, Bangor Maine

HOLLYWOOD BANGOR – Bangor, ME

Jackpot Extravaganza – WIN YOUR SHARE OF $7,500 IN FREE SLOTPLAY. You can earn one ballot for every taxable Jackpot hit of $1,200 or more from now through February 23. Deposit your ballots into the Slot Machine Ballot Drum starting at 3PM on February 23rd. 26 winners will be drawn to win a share of $7,500 in Free SlotPlay. Earn double ballots every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

HopsHouse 99 Trivia Night – All Marquee Rewards members can show off their trivia knowledge to compete for a $100 cash prize for the winning team and also a $50 Hops House 99 Dining Comp for second place and a $25 Hops House 99 Dining Comp for third!

ONGOING PROMOS: “Wicked Numbahs” – Every  Friday in February; BIRTHDAY BASH – Fridays 8AM – MIDNIGHT ;   MATCH & WIN, Saturdays 3 – 9PM,  50 PLUS REWARDS KIOSK – Every Sunday 1PM – 4PM, and win up to $250 in Free SlotPlay on the Ladies Night Ball Drop Board

Oxford Casino at Night

OXFORD CASINO – Oxford, ME

BUFFET MADNESS

Presidents Day Buffet, Monday, February 19, 2018, 10:30am – 3:00pm, $12.95 per person,

Prime Rib Buffet, Every Friday from 5:00PM to 10:00PM$21.95 per person

Weekend Breakfast Buffets, Every Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am-Noon. $12.95 per person,

ONGOING PROMOTIONS:Fat Stacks of CASH,   2017 Birthday Bash, SATURDAYSuper 6SUNDAY16X Multiplier  TUESDAY – $5 Spaghetti Lunch15X Multiplier WEDNESDAY15X Multiplier & Seniors Day ,THURSDAY – Missile MadnessEvery Thursday.  3:00pm – 8:00pm &– Free Lunch Buffet (100 pts earned),FRIDAYHigh 5 

Plainridge Park Casino

PLAINRIDGE PARK CASINO & RACEWAY – Plainville, MA

$75,000 LOVE OF MONEY GIVEAWAY – Earn entries starting January 27th through February 24th for the $75,000 Love of Money Giveaway.

ONGOING PROMOTIONS:  PIRATES GOLD, Mondays from 6AM-11:59PM. Earn 500 points and receive a Pirate’s Gold Bonus of $10 to $50 Free SlotPlay, MYSTERYBOX Wednesdays from 3PM-7PM. Earn 500 points on your Marquee Rewards card and claim a gift from 3pm-7pm, 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

Sporting Events

February 18th – Mohegan Sun Arena – NEW ENGLAND BLACK WOLVES VS. COLORADO MAMMOTH, special “HUNTER’S BIRTHDAY” Birthday Celebration, 2:00pm

February 23rd – Twin River Event Center – CES Boxing – 7:00pm

March 3rd -5th – Mohegan Sun Arena – AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

March 16th – Mohegan Sun Arena – NEW ENGLAND BLACK WOLVES VS. TORONTO ROCK, 7:30PM

March 23rd – Mohegan Sun Arena – NEW ENGLAND BLACK WOLVES VS. BUFFALO BANDITS, 7:30PM

Entertainment

February 17th – Cole Swindell, at Mohegan Sun Arena; 7:30pm

February 17th – The Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 17th – Taylor Dayne, at Mohegan Sun Wolf Den (free) 8:00PM

February 18th – SPINNATO’S MAGIC MATINEE, 5:00pm at Comix Comedy Club, Mohegan Sun

February 18th – John “Dr. Dirty” Valby, 8:00pm at Comix Comedy Club, Mohegan Sun

February 23rd – Lisa Lampanelli at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 23rd – LITTLE BIG TOWN WITH SPECIAL GUESTS KACEY MUSGRAVES & MIDLAND, at Mohegan Sun Arena; 7:30pm

February 23rd – Uriah Heep at Mohegan Sun Wolf Den (free) 8:00PM

February 23rd – MIKE GIRARD’S BIG SWINGING THING, 8:00-11:00, by The Loft at Plainridge Park Casino

February 24th – The Dan Band at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 24th – Dropkick Murphys’ Pre-Show Party with Pro Boxing, 3:00pm at Convention Center And Uncas Ballroom, Mohegan Sun

February 24th – Dropkick Murphys – at Mohegan Sun Arena; 7:30pm

February 24th – SPINNATO’S MAGIC MATINEE, 5:00pm at Comix Comedy Club, Mohegan Sun

March 2nd – Weird Al Yankowic at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

March 2nd – Foreigner at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

March 2nd – Kid Rock at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

March 3rd & 4th – Human Nature at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00 & 7:00PM

March 8th – Alice Cooper at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM

March 9th – Chaka Khan at the Twin River Events Center, 8:00pm

March 9 & 10 – The Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

March 10 & 11 – Cirque Dreams Revealed, at Mohegan Sun Arena – check for times

March 10 – Stevie Winwood at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

March 17th – Jeffrey Osborne at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

March 22nd – Judas Priest at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00PM

March 24th – Rod Stewart at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM

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.

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.

Two Years Ago

Two years ago, I posted the following article about the changes between 2013 & February, 2016.  it’s interesting to see what had happened in that time period, what was expected to happen between then and now, and actually where we stand two years later. So, here is the actual article, with updates as we go. Remember this was originally written in 2016. Enjoy…..


(February 8th 2016) Let’s go back in time first…..

Two years ago in New England.

Two years ago in New England.

Two years ago, (2014) it was all about Wynn Everett never happening, Mohegan Sun’s rejection in Palmer or Revere, and MGM Springfield causing concern over traffic, historic buildings, yadda, yadda, yadda…

Last year, (2015) MGM Springfield & Wynn Everett are given casino licenses, but will open two years later. Connecticut looks at the possibility for a third casino, law suits between MGM & CT, and Wynn & Boston’s Mayor Walsh erupt, Rhode Island’s Twin River buys Newport Grand and talks of moving it to Tiverton, while Massachusetts opens its first Casino in Plainville, Mass. only to find disappointment because of declining revenue after its opening. (As we now realize, Plainridge Park has had a series of months with growing revenue. Wynn & Walsh made nice, nice, Twin River Management is progressing through those plans in 2018.)

imagesIt’s 2016.  Wynn & MGM have begun breaking ground, fewer lawsuits remain, and Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville continues to perform to less than expected (and highly bloated) results.  CT is trying to find a location for its third casino, and everything seems to be moving forward to the wonderfully saturated and competitive casino market we know as New England.

But what would the casino industry be like without some turmoil?  So, here’s the next chapter of  “As The New England Casino Industry Turns.”  Recently:

IN MASSACHUSETTS

  • The Bureau of Indian Affairs officially designated Mashpee Wampanoag lands as a reservation on Friday. In September, the U.S. Department of Interior agreed to take 321 acres of tribe-owned land into trust on its behalf.
    Rendition Wampanoag Casino in Taunton

    Wampanoag Casino in Taunton

    But not so fast, a group of Taunton property owners filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday challenging the designation of neighboring land as a Native American reservation, a legal move meant to block a $500 million casino planned for the location,  describing the tribe’s plans for a massive casino and hotel complex as “grossly out-of-character” for a quiet residential area. Sound familiar?  (i.e., Palmer MA, Tiverton RI) (First Light continues to be stuck in “Legislative Limbo.”)

  • Then there’s Brockton – you remember that city, don’t you?  They’re the ones patiently waiting to find out what Massachusetts and the Mass.Gaming Commission are going to do with the Mashpee proposal in Taunton.  th (11)The Brockton casino proposal is the only remaining commercial license applicant pursuing a license provided to the southeastern region by the state’s gaming law. If both eventually appear years in the future, it’s said they will be able to “co-exist,” meaning not prosper, not financially aid the state of Massachusetts, and play second fiddle to MGM & Wynn forever.  The new lawsuit mentioned above by Taunton could keep the decision in limbo for years.  Rush Street Gaming, developer of Brockton’s Casino proposal, won’t stick around that long. (The MGC decided not to award any SE gaming license, with Brockton being the last casino standing, but not getting the award.)

IN CONNECTICUT

thA third casino site for a jointly run Foxwoods/Mohegan Sun Casino to compete with MGM Springfield Resort being built across the line in MA, will be decided on later than expected.  Now remember, MGM Resorts filed a lawsuit against the state of Connecticut in 2015 alleging that the state had not followed fair policy by giving casino establishments an equal right to bid for a third casino in Connecticut, suggesting partiality to CT’s two “casino” tribes.  Recently, The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, ignored by CT and feds, established a business entity with the aim of being allowed to establish a commercial casino within the borders of CT and they remain dedicated to the idea of operating the third CT gambling faculty. Richard Blumenthal, the state’s congressional delegation, have opposed new rules by the BIA that would have made winning federal recognition easier for tribes like the Schaghticokes.  In one week, the tribe from Kent, CT was approved and denied, with Connecticut saying their made a “boo-boo.”   Maybe MGM Springfield has a point with their lawsuit. (The whole thing was eventually dismissed, leading this blogger to wonder if there is still a political predjudice towards tribal peoples. Ironic that it would be alive and well in New England, you know – Pilgrims, first contact, etc…)

IN RHODE ISLAND

The Battlefield for Casino Supremacy in Rhode Island & Southeast Mass

The Battlefield for Casino Supremacy in Rhode Island & Southeast Mass

Twin River Casino, owner of Newport Grand Casino, would ask voters statewide and in Tiverton to decide the fate of the new casino with referendums on the November 2016 ballot. The question would need to pass both statewide and in Tiverton for the casino to be approved.  In a Tiverton town meeting, townspeople sounded genuinely split on the issue as they talked about the practicalities and the morality of hosting a gambling venue. (Tiverton and Twin River Casino’s new Hotel is all happening – just r-e-a-l-l-y sloooowwwwwwwly)

IN MAINE

York County, Maine om the Mass & NH borders where the third Casino in Maine is proposed

York County, Maine on the Mass & NH borders where the third Casino in Maine is proposed

Hey, is Maine still looking to add a third casino – closer to the Massachusetts border?  According to a detailed report in the Bangor Daily News, petition circulators were hired in the state of Maine to gather signatures to try and bring another casino to the state.

Soon after the signature campaign started that circulators began to allege issues that they were hired by the company Harness Racing Jobs Fairnessto gather signatures, promised as much as $10 per signature! The unorthodox campaign to give a Las Vegas gambling developer the sole right to build a York County casino submitted its signatures Monday to put the proposal to Maine voters in November.  NETG prediction – referendum? sure…..casino?  Nah. (And we were right – twice and no Maine casino in York county.)

So, unless you were gone for the month of January and February (2016), that’s the news to peak your interest. Same issues, just different players.

Binbin

New England Casino Promotions, Entertainment & Events For February

A favorite visit for February Events and Activities in New England is New England Network, New England.com. It is an absolute wealth of information and insight including Travel Directories, Free Guides, a calendar of events, and much more. Podcasts, Yankee Magazine, YankeeTV, and New England links will keep you up to date on all that is New England anytime (or should I say NETime) of the year. Visiting New England?  Visit NewEngland.com.

Visiting New England’s Casinos? 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:  Connecticut – Foxwoods Resort/Casino & Mohegan Sun Resort/Casino; Rhode IslandNewport Grand & Twin River Hotel/Casino; MassachusettsPlainridge Park Casino & Raceway, MGM Springfield & Wynn Boston Harbor; Maine –  Oxford Casino & Hollywood Bangor Hotel, Casino & Raceway.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Watch for separate posts at NETimeGambling the first week of February for the many ways you may show that special person how much you care at your New England Casinos.


Gambling Promos & Events

MOHEGAN SUN – Uncasville, CT

OLYMPUB GAMES 2018 – Celebrate the world’s best competition bar-style in The Olympub Games presented by Mohegan Sun. Gather your team of two and compete in the ultimate series of popular drinking games. DJ entertainment and cash bar available. Games include:Giant Beer Pong, Kan Jam, Oversized Jenga, Cornhole, & Ladderball. For application and more details, click HERE.

MOHEGAN SUN’S BEST IN THE WORLD GIVEAWAY – Thursday, February 1st – Thursday, February 8th. WIN YOUR SHARE OF $10,000 IN CASH. Click here for details.

FAT TIRE FRIDAY at New Belgium Brewing Taproom, Friday, February 9th & 23rd 2018 at 4:00pm. A member of the New Belgium team will be available from 7:00pm – 9:00pm with giveaways and samplings

FOREVER YOUNG MONDAYS, until Monday, February 26th 2018. 60+ special dining and retail offers, entertainment and a new free gift every Monday,

MULTIPLIERS3X Status multiplier on February 18th, and Double Status, Double Momentum points on February 9th.

STATUS POINT MAYHEMFriday, March 2nd 2018, 6:00am to Midnight


FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO – Mashantucket, CT

Win a Trip to Las Vegas – Simply play your favorite slots or table games with your Foxwoods Rewards card. EARN ENTRIES | JANUARY 28 – FEBRUARY 23. For every two (2) Rewards Points earned between January 28 – February 23, you will receive one entry into the drawing. GRAND PRIZE DRAWING | FEBRUARY 24, 8PM

Winter Deep Freeze Poker Challenge, February 5th – 12th – for details, Click HERE

Chinese New Year Parade – Sunday, Feb. 18th at 11:00AM – To Celebrate the Lunar New Year, A Lion Dance Performance will commence throughout property signifying good luck and fortune.  The Parade will begin in the Grand Pequot Hotel Lobby, proceed through the Newport Casino, Cedars Square, and the Grand Finale will occur at the Rainmaker Square.  “Money Gods” will distribute Lucky Red Envelopes to onlookers along the procession.

High Stakes President’s Day Weekend Mini-Mega Bingo – for more details, click HERE.

Presidents Day Poker Special – February 17-19

26th Anniversary Cake Cutting – Thursday, February 15 • 2:00PM • Grand Pequot Tower Rotunda


NEWPORT GRAND – Newport, RI

Newport Grand Casino, Newport RI

5X Rewards Points every Tuesday in February.

$20,000 Free Play Sweepstakes – WIN: Fridays, February 16 from 2PM – 8PM, 8 winners every ½ hour

$10,000 Presidents’ Day Sweepstakes – WIN: Monday, February 19 from 12PM – 6PM, 8 winners every ½ hour


TWIN RIVER CASINO – Lincoln, RI

Twin River Casino, Lincoln RI

Extreme Flat Screen Frenzy Returns Over 200 50” Samsung Smart TV’s could be given away. Friday, January 5, 2018 4:00pm. EARN Entries January 1 – 26. WIN: Fridays in January (5, 12, 19 & 26), 4pm – 12am


HOLLYWOOD BANGOR – Bangor, ME

Hollywood Casino, Bangor MaineJackpot Extravaganza – WIN YOUR SHARE OF $7,500 IN FREE SLOTPLAY. You can earn one ballot for every taxable Jackpot hit of $1,200 or more from now through February 23. Deposit your ballots into the Slot Machine Ballot Drum starting at 3PM on February 23rd. 26 winners will be drawn to win a share of $7,500 in Free SlotPlay. Earn double ballots every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

HopsHouse 99 Trivia Night – All Marquee Rewards members can show off their trivia knowledge to compete for a $100 cash prize for the winning team and also a $50 Hops House 99 Dining Comp for second place and a $25 Hops House 99 Dining Comp for third!

ONGOING PROMOS: “Wicked Numbahs” – Every  Friday in February; BIRTHDAY BASH – Fridays 8AM – MIDNIGHT ;   MATCH & WIN, Saturdays 3 – 9PM,  50 PLUS REWARDS KIOSK – Every Sunday 1PM – 4PM, and win up to $250 in Free SlotPlay on the Ladies Night Ball Drop Board


OXFORD CASINO – Oxford, ME

BUFFET MADNESS

Valentine’s BuffetWednesday, February 14, 2018, 5:00pm – 9:30pm. $32.95 per person, Featuring carved prime rib, lobster tail, peel and eat shrimp, and decadent desserts. Limited space available.Reservations recommended. Call 207-539-6705.

Presidents Day Buffet, Monday, February 19, 2018, 10:30am – 3:00pm, $12.95 per person,

Prime Rib Buffet, Every Friday from 5:00PM to 10:00PM$21.95 per person

Weekend Breakfast Buffets, Every Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am-Noon. $12.95 per person,

ONGOING PROMOTIONS:Fat Stacks of CASH,   2017 Birthday Bash, SATURDAYSuper 6SUNDAY16X Multiplier  TUESDAY – $5 Spaghetti Lunch15X Multiplier WEDNESDAY15X Multiplier & Seniors Day ,THURSDAY – Missile MadnessEvery Thursday.  3:00pm – 8:00pm &– Free Lunch Buffet (100 pts earned),FRIDAYHigh 5 


PLAINRIDGE PARK CASINO & RACEWAY – Plainville, MA

Plainridge Park Entrance, Plainville, MA

$75,000 LOVE OF MONEY GIVEAWAY – Earn entries starting January 27th through February 24th for the $75,000 Love of Money Giveaway.

  • Earn 100X entries every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
  • 4pm-9pm win $500 up to $1,000 in Free SlotPlay or a finalist seat into the grand finale
  • Grand Finale Prize 10pm – $25,000 Cash
  • Second chance drawing 11pm – 50 winners of $250 Free SlotPlay each.

ONGOING PROMOTIONS:  PIRATES GOLD, Mondays from 6AM-11:59PM. Earn 500 points and receive a Pirate’s Gold Bonus of $10 to $50 Free SlotPlay, MYSTERYBOX Wednesdays from 3PM-7PM. Earn 500 points on your Marquee Rewards card and claim a gift from 3pm-7pm, 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


Sporting Events

February 2nd  – Twin River Event Center – CES MMA – 7:00pm – Starring World Champion Matt Bessette plus Greg Rebello, Dinis Paiva, Kaline Medeiros and more!

February 3rd – Foxwoods, Fox Theater – Lion Fight Promotions – Muay Thai combat; 7:00PM

February 9th – Mohegan Sun Arena – National Lacrosse League, New England Black Wolves vs. Buffalo Bandits at 7:30pm 

February 16th – Mohegan Sun Arena – BELLATOR MMA – A NIGHT OF FIGHTS at 6:30pm

February 18th – Mohegan Sun Arena – NEW ENGLAND BLACK WOLVES VS. COLORADO MAMMOTH, special “HUNTER’S BIRTHDAY” Birthday Celebration, 2:00pm

February 23rd  – Twin River Event Center – CES  Boxing – 7:00pm

March 3rd -5thMohegan Sun Arena – AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 


Entertainment

Award-winning Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville CT

HEADLINERS

February 9th – An Evening of Love, Featuring Brian McKnight, K-Ci & JoJo, Christopher Williams and Al B. Sure; Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 9th – The Recording Company at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 10th – Dwight Yokum at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 10th – Riverdance – Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 10th – Juston McKinney at The Loft at Plainridge Park Casino

February 11th – Riverdance – Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 7:00PM

February 11th – SPINNATO’S MAGIC MATINEE, 5:00pm & 8:00 at Comix Comedy Club, Mohegan Sun

February 13th – Romeo Santos – Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 17th – Cole Swindell, at Mohegan Sun Arena; 7:30pm

February 17th – The Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 17th – Taylor Dayne, at Mohegan Sun Wolf Den (free) 8:00PM

February 18th – SPINNATO’S MAGIC MATINEE, 5:00pm at Comix Comedy Club, Mohegan Sun

February 18th – John “Dr. Dirty” Valby, 8:00pm at Comix Comedy Club, Mohegan Sun

February 23rd – Lisa Lampanelli at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 23rd – LITTLE BIG TOWN WITH SPECIAL GUESTS KACEY MUSGRAVES & MIDLAND, at Mohegan Sun Arena; 7:30pm

February 23rd – Uriah Heep at Mohegan Sun Wolf Den (free) 8:00PM

February 23rd – MIKE GIRARD’S BIG SWINGING THING, 8:00-11:00, by The Loft at Plainridge Park Casino

February 24th – The Dan Band at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

February 24th – Dropkick Murphys’ Pre-Show Party with Pro Boxing, 3:00pm at Convention Center And Uncas Ballroom, Mohegan Sun

February 24th – Dropkick Murphys – at Mohegan Sun Arena; 7:30pm

February 24th – SPINNATO’S MAGIC MATINEE, 5:00pm at Comix Comedy Club, Mohegan Sun

March 2nd – Weird Al Yankowic at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

March 2nd – Foreigner at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

March 2nd – Kid Rock at Mohegan Sun Arena , 7:30PM

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.

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.

New England Casino Awards – Final Analysis of 2017

There were some surprises in this year’s poll, and many repeat winners from 2016.  Here’s our analysis of the results.

BEST HOTEL – this is really a no-brainer.  With the most rooms, most variations in room layout and renovations recently of the Grand Pequot Tower, it has to be  Foxwoods.  Next year might prove to be different, with Twin River’s hotel opening, Oxford Casino Hotel open for a year, and the opening of MGM Springfield.

BEST BARS – no change from last year. The many bars like Scorpion Bar and Centrale are scattered around the huge property.  The only reason for our selection of Mohegan Sun is their casino bars all have craft draft beer, and great video poker.  Foxwood’s pay tables for its VP bartops offers some pretty ugly pay tables, especially on nickel games such as Ultimate X & Super Times Pay.

Shrine – One of the Best Night Clubs on the East Coast

BEST NIGHTLIFE – while Mohegan won the popular poll for this category, I can’t imagine beating out Shrine at Foxwoods, one of the best NightClubs on the East Coast.

BEST DINING OPTIONS & BEST DINING VALUE  – When it comes to options, we felt Mohegan Sun offers the gamut on one property, especially in the area of lower cost eateries.  But, I also feel when considering just high end restaurants, Foxwoods would edge out the competition. However, even the fun establishments such as Sugar are in the hefty price range at Foxwoods.

FAVORITE RESTAURANTS – It was nice to see the winners in this category.  David Burke at Foxwoods has been a long-time favorite steakhouse for years.  And Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse at Twin River is way over due for NETG recognition. A few others in the Steakhouse realm to be considered would include Slack’s at Plainridge Park Casino & Jordan’s at Mohegan Sun.

Mohegan Sun Seasons Buffet

BEST BUFFET – Mohegan’s Sunrise Buffet is just the best, ’nuff said.

ENTERTAINMENT, BEST SMALL VENUE – Last year, the Wolf Den was hands down the #1 favorite.  But some changes have taken place since 2016. The Wolf Den doesn’t offer the schedule it once did.  Yes, the Sun offers outstanding free entertainment on the weekends, but free entertainment has increased at other properties.  Foxwoods raised the ante in the Atrium. Plainridge Park Casino not only offers good entertainment at their Revolution Lounge, but also at the Loft – including Comedy. Newport continues it’s free tribute bands on the weekend, and Twin River’s Lighthouse Lounge continues to offer great free entertainment. To secure the top again, the Wold Den must have a full schedule.

Barrett-Jackson In the Mohegan Sun Arena.

ENTERTAINMENT, BEST LARGE VENUE – Even with the addition of MGM Springfield and Wynn Boston Harbor in 2019, the Mohegan Sun Arena will still be the best venue in New England.

BEST CASINO SLOTS – Slot machines become a very personal thing for those who only gamble on slots. Some like older classic reels or even classic video slots.  Some enjoy the latest machine introduced to the casino floor.  Mohegan Sun’s slot inventory is in a constant state of flux.  While Foxwoods has recently added more slots and the latest slots, in 2017 they were still catching up with Stadium Gaming and renovations, especially in the Cedars Casino. Of course, Plainridge has many new slots since it opened in 2015, but the classic Aristocrat, IGT, and Williams games found in casinos like Newport Grand, Twin River, Hollywood Casino and the CT casinos are not to be found. The best mix is still Connecticut’s casinos.

Jacks or Better best paytable (called 9/6 because of the full house and flush pay out). 

BEST VIDEO POKER – Mohegan Sun is the only New England Casino to offer full pay VP – Jacks or Better – at the quarter level up. As long as they offer it, the Sun will continue to be the best VP in New England.  We know from experience at their other properties that Wynn & MGM will never offer Full Pay VP, rarely even at $1 levels.  So, this award may be good through 2020.

BEST TABLE GAMES – Table game players of all levels appreciate good rules & low starting limits, especially on traditional games.  In New England, Foxwoods and MoSun have this covered. Maine casinos, while having similar rules, lack the amount and mix of traditional table & “carnival” games.  Again, from experience, we expect Wynn & MGM to offer higher limits (MGM National Harbor low limit for BJ is usually $25) and less favorable rules (Wynn on the Las Vegas Strip has on 2X odds on craps tables).  Here, Twin River offers table games with slightly higher limits, with most games starting at $10.

Mohegan Sun Racebook

BEST RACEBOOK – The Sun took over first place in this category. While both CT casinos do have good racebooks, this may change in the future. Online better and sports betting in now on the legislative table in most New England states.

BEST PLAYERS CLUB – Even with changes, Foxwoods continues to lag behind Mohegan Sun.  Penn National has made strides with its two New England Casinos (Plainridge Park, MA & Hollywood Bangor, ME) but this, too, might change with the introduction of MLife at MGM Springfield. With properties on both east & west coast, the portfolio alone will be enough to take the top spot.

POKER ROOM – Even without the World Poker Tour affiliation, Foxwoods continues to be the best in New England, and one of the best in the country.

WHAT WILL 2018 BRING?

Armory Marketplace, part of MGM Springfield

MGM Springfield will definitely throw a wrench into the neat control that Foxwoods & MoSun has over the smaller casinos.  Twin River continues to be the New England Enigma concerning where they will be in this mix. 2018 will be an exciting year in New England’s Casino Industry.

Binbin

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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NETG 10 Wishes For NewEngland Casinos

2018 New England Casino Wish List

It’s 2018, and it’s time to continue our annual tradition at NETimeGambling.com (NETG) – a beginning of the year wish list. So here are Ten Wishes for New England’s casinos in the 2018.

Wish #1 – Continued financial stability and growth for CT’s tribal casinos. Wish #1A – MMCT gets past a prejudiced government to be given a chance to save its gaming interests in the Nutmeg State.

Proposed MMCT joint casino – CT’s Mohegan & Pequot tribes

Wish #2 – Expansions at Oxford Casino in Oxford, Maine help continued growth in a state that has decided it doesn’t want more than 2 Casinos.  Wish #2A – The crossing in front of Oxford Casino, Rte 26, is made safe so no one else loses their life crossing from Hampton Inn to the casino.

Wish #3 – Twin River Casino’s new hotel is finished soon to make it a destination resort.

Plainridge Park Casino

Plainridge Park Casino, Plainville, MA

Wish #4 – Plainridge Park Casino continues to build a loyal base before the rest of the Massachusetts casino expansion gets started in Springfield and Boston.

Wish #5 – Speaking of Springfield, a seemless and successful opening for MGM Springfield for the residents of the city. We hope that MGM’s promises for Springfield come true.

Armory Marketplace, part of MGM Springfield

Wish #6 – Gamblers will become more knowledgeable and picky concerning pay tables, odds, and EV. Wish #6A – Casinos bring back 3/2 blackjack, craps “firebet,” single zero roulette, full pay VP, etc…..

Wish #7 – the Connecticut Sun, of the WNBA, who call Mohegan Sun their home, win their first WNBA championship.  Wish #7A – the new Las Vegas Aces of the WNBA play the Sun in Sin City to give another reason to visit.

Wynn Boston Harbor

Wynn Boston Harbor opening in 2019

Wish #8 – Wynn Boston Harbor is finished earlier than expected and becomes the jewel of New England’s casinos as expected by the end of 2018.

Wish #9 – Newport Grand’s last year in business isn’t a sad one.  Wish #9A – Those employed by Newport Grand find jobs elsewhere to their liking after its closure.

Wish #10 – NETimeGambling continues to grow with all our old and new friends.  Wish #10A – NETG continues being part of the TravelZork Team.  Thanks Michael.

Finally, I wish you all have more jackpots, Royal flushes, and life changing table game bonuses. May 2018 be a great gambling year.

Binbin

January Promotions at New England’s Casinos

It’s a New Year. 2018 promises to be an exciting year in the Northeast, especially in New England.

NETG is trying a new format for our monthly Promotions with all Casinos represented. Visit their websites below:

Connecticut – Foxwoods Resort/Casino & Mohegan Sun Resort/Casino;

Rhode Island – Newport Grand & Twin River Hotel/Casino;

Massachusetts – Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway,  MGM Springfield & Wynn Boston Harbor;

Maine – Oxford Hotel/Casino & Hollywood Bangor Hotel, Casino & Raceway.

Gambling Promos & Events

MOHEGAN SUN – Uncasville, CT

FOREVER YOUNG MONDAYS, Starts Monday, January 8th 2018. Weekly until Monday, February 26th 2018. 60+ special dining and retail offers, entertainment and a new free gift every Monday; Power Spin – Friday, January 12th, 10:00am – 10:00pm. Each time you earn 5 Status Points while playing your favorite slots during the PowerSpin promotion, you will receive a spin on the PowerSpin wheel; MULTIPLIERS – 3X Status multiplier on January 14th, and Double Status, Double Momentum points on January 26th. ONGOING PROMOTIONS – KEY TO WINNING GIVEAWAY, TURN 21 AT MOHEGAN SUN, CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY


FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO – Mashantucket, CT

FOXWOODS SALUTES FIRST RESPONDERS – January 9 – As a thank you for their service, Police, Fire, and Rescue’s bravest and finest can enjoy these special offers: 25% off Hotel Rooms. Based on availability, Purchase one entree at Alta Strada, get the second half off, 25% off food at David Burke Prime, 20% off the food and beverage bill at Sugar Factory with valid ID, & Free pass to Festival Buffet.  Hot Seat Sweepstakes – Win $1,000 Every 30 Minutes, Saturday, January 13 • Noon – 8:00 PM, Check in at any Foxwoods Rewards location. After checking in, play your favorite slots or table games with your Foxwoods Rewards Card.Every 30 minutes, the Prize Patrol will award one lucky winner $1,000  Ultimate Fan Cave Giveaway, January 1st – January 27th , Grand Prize Drawing: Saturday, January 27th at 6pm – Five lucky players will win the Ulitimate Fan Cave, worth up to $10,000. Receive one entry for every two Foxwoods Rewards points earned by playing your favorite slots or table game between 6am on January 1st through 6am on January 27th. Play your favorite Table Games with your Foxwoods Rewards Card on Sundays January 7th, 14th & 21st and earn Double Entries for a better chance to win. On Saturday, January 27th, activate your entries between 10am & 5pm at any kiosk or Foxwoods Rewards location for your chance to win. ONGOING PROMOTIONS: RESTOCK THE SHELVES POKER, SPECIAL MILITARY OFFERS & DISCOUNTS, MONDAY MADNESS HIGH HAND CASH GIVEAWAY, YOUNG AND FUN DAYS, DOG DAYS OF WINTER at The Ultimate Race Book


NEWPORT GRAND – Newport, RI

Newport Grand Casino, Newport RI

5X Rewards Points every Tuesday in January.


TWIN RIVER CASINO – Lincoln, RI

Twin River Casino, Lincoln RI

Extreme Flat Screen Frenzy Returns Over 200 50” Samsung Smart TV’s could be given away. Friday, January 5, 2018 4:00pm. EARN Entries January 1 – 26. WIN: Fridays in January (5, 12, 19 & 26), 4pm – 12am


HOLLYWOOD BANGOR – Bangor, ME

Hollywood Casino, Bangor Maine

“Wicked Numbahs” – Every Friday  in January. 50+ Card In Play – Play with your Marquee ® card on Monday, April 3rd & 17th from 11AM – 2PM for your chance to win $50 Free SlotPlay®! Three winners will be drawn every 15 minutes. *Exclusive to our members age 50 and above. $99 for 99 – Book a room Sunday – Thursday in January at our special $99 rate and get a $20 Dining Credit to Hops House 99. 50 PLUS REWARDS KIOSK – Every Sunday 1PM – 4PM, MATCH & WIN, Saturdays 3-9PM, BIRTHDAY BASH – Fridays 8AM – MIDNIGHT and Ladies Night, Wednesdays – Play with your Marquee Rewards card for your chance to drop the ball and win up to $250 in Free SlotPlay on the Ladies Night Ball Drop Board ONGOING PROMOTIONS – Match & Win, Play One Hour, Eat Free, Birthday Bash


 

OXFORD CASINO – Oxford, ME

Weekend Breakfast Buffets, Every Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am-Noon. $12.95 per person, Fat Stacks of CASH, ONGOING PROMOTIONS :2017 Birthday Bash, SATURDAY – Super 6, SUNDAY – 16X Multiplier TUESDAY – $5 Spaghetti Lunch & 15X Multiplier WEDNESDAY – 15X Multiplier & Seniors Day ,THURSDAY – Missile Madness. Every Thursday. 3:00pm – 8:00pm &- Free Lunch Buffet (100 pts earned),FRIDAY – High 5


PLAINRIDGE PARK CASINO & RACEWAY – Plainville, MA

Plainridge Park Entrance, Plainville, MA

PIRATES GOLD, Mondays from 6AM-11:59PM. Earn 500 points and receive a Pirate’s Gold Bonus of $10 to $50 Free SlotPlay *EXCLUDES JANUARY 15, CHOOSE YOUR GIFT, Wednesdays from 3PM-7PM. Earn 500 points on your Marquee Rewards card and claim a gift from 3pm-7pm, 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. Ice Scraper from 11AM-4PM – Earn 500 points on your Marquee Rewards card to claim an ice scraper at the Promo Zone. FROZEN FREE PLAY, from 6PM-10PM – Win your share of $20,000 in Free SlotPlay from 6pm-10pm. 20 winner every hour of $200 Free SlotPlay each. ONGOING PROMOTIONS: 50K PIGSKIN PICKS, Play Up To $500 Sign Up Bonus


 

Sporting Events

January 19th – 21st – FOXWOODS – Baseball Winter Weekend 2018 – Property wide. TICKET PRICES – $20 | $65 | $105. Before Boston’s team heads down to Fort Myers for 2018 Spring Training, they’re heading to Foxwoods for the 4th annual Winter Weekend. Player & Alumni Autographs, Photos with Players & Alumni, Baseball Insider Panels, Family Fun Zone, Town Hall Meeting – On Friday evening at the Grand Theater, right after the members of the 2018 team are introduced, Ownership and Senior Management will be on hand to take questions from fans about the upcoming season. The Town Hall will air on NESN later that weekend, Movie Night – Join us on Saturday at 7:30pm at the Fox Theater for a special screening of ‘The Sandlot, The Fenway Park Archives, Ticket Town – with Dedicated sales representatives available Fenway Park Fare – Ballpark food will be available for purchase and adults can enjoy a beverage at the Beer Garden. Kids Clinics, Wally’s Breakfast (both is a separately ticketed event for additional charge. For more info, click here.

January 21st – Mohegan Sun Arena – National Lacrosse League, New England Black Wolves vs. Rochester Knighthawks, 2:00PM

February 2nd – Twin River Event Center – LIVE CES BOXING, Thursday, 2017 7:00pm. Doors at 6

NETimeGambling Looks Back & Forward from 2014

“All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.” ~Ellen Glasgow

Two years ago in New England.

Four years ago in New England.

A Look Back to 2014

I was looking back at old NETimeGambling posts from 2014 & 2015. So many changes have take place in New England’s Casino Industry.  It’s hard to remember some of the proposals that failed compared to those that have materialized. A few years ago, New England was simply an area with a few casinos. Let me remind you what was happening back then:

“Connecticut Casinos are on the verge of losses beyond recovery. (Instead, by 2017, both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun have made many additions and changes, and have diversified their interests into other revenue generating areas, making their relevancy in New England stronger and ready for the New England’s casino expansion.)

”Massachusetts is still in a mess concerning it’s third full casino license in the Southeastern area.” (Eventually, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission passed the New Bedford waterfront and chose Rush Gaming’s proposal in Brockton – but when the Wampanoag tribal casino looked to generate more for the state, the southeast region license was denied to Brockton.  At this time, “First Light Resort of the Wampanoag tribe is stuck in a lawsuit with the townspeople of Taunton.)

Remember when there were two other bidders besides Penn National Gaming for the Slots-only casino? Raynham Park, a former dog-racing track; and Cordish Bros., which had proposed building a slots parlor in Leominster were the other two.

Mohegan Sun was denied not one proposal, but two – in Palmer to MGM Springfield, and Revere’s Suffolk Downs to Steve Wynn’s casino in Everett.

By the way, Mohegan Sun was Suffolk Down’s second suitor. Caesars Entertainment had to withdraw from a connection with Suffolk Downs in 2013 due to alleged ties to Russian organized crime.

A Look Forward From 2015

Southeastern New England’s expansion possibilities in 2015

In 2015, I suggested that the peak number of prospective casinos in New England (prospective, but not probable) totaled at 20! Yes I know, as Tevye from “Fiddeler on the Roof said, “crazy, no!”

Here’s what I posted in 2015. These were my insane expansion numbers of casinos in New England: (for laughs and giggles)

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

Some say the Northeast is already saturated. Can you imagine if all this did come true?

Main Street, Red Rose Pizza in the far left corner. In between is Howard Street to the Cinema, Bowling, and Event area

I can’t wait to see what really happens before my eyes. And it all starts next year with MGM Springfield. Remember, “all change is not growth.”  But change is on the horizon.

Make it so!

That’s all for now.

Binbin

New England Casinos – 5 Top Stories of 2017

2017 was the year that we finally started to see the future of casino gaming in the northeast. Pennsylvania is adding more casinos. New York will complete it’s 24th casino with Resorts World Catskills in 2018. Atlantic City is showing signs of recovery with the addition of Hard Rock Casino in the former Trump Taj – and just maybe Revel will be bought, renovated and opened. And, New Jersey continues to lead the fight in the world of online gaming legislature and country-wide sports betting.

In New England, things have certainly ramped up. Only one word comes to my mind when someone mentions casinos in New England – Expansion. Expansion in Massachusetts with two new casinos by 2019, expansion in Rhode Island with a new hotel and casino in Tiverton, new expansion in Connecticut, however, at this time we still don’t know exactly how much.

So, here’s a look back at 2017 in New England – casino style.

1. MGM SPRINGFIELD

The City of Springfield, MA is preparing for a renaissance in jobs, revenue and entertainment with the opening of MGM Springfield. It’s going to be a different brick-and-mortar casino than previous MGM projects. It could be the single most important project in Springfield history, raising the Rose City up from the ashes.

MGM Springfield Casino Entrance

MGM Springfield Casino Entrance, Main Street to the left,

 

MGM Springfield – What City Improvements Can We Really Expect?

MGM Springfield – An “Urban” Casino

MGM Springfield Releases New Details with Local Flavor

MGMSpringfield Resort Success is Crucial For Springfield

 

2. MOHEGAN SUN CONTINUES TO DIVERSIFY AND EXPAND

 

Kathleen McWilliams, a reporter for the Hartford Courant, reported the Mohegan Tribe’s plan for the former Norwich Hospital site in Preston CT, (just across the river from the casino), would be made into a dozen amenities, including an indoor water park, a senior living center and a sports complex. This huge plan also includes include outdoor and indoor entertainment attractions, a large performing venue, time share units, retail, an RV park and marina. The plan includes restaurant space, a convenience store and gas station. A large project such as this is completely opposite from the trend in casino projects in size and dynamics. Not essentially connected to the casino part of the Tribe’s operations, it will be an overwhelming list for the town of Preston, CT.  In addition, on the casino campus, Mohegan Sun is again expending, this time in conference space.

Mohegan Expo Center, with Earth Hotel upper left.

 

Mohegan Sun News – Plans for Norwich Hospital Site and Mohegan Expo Center

3. FOXWOODS 25th ANNIVERSARY

Foxwoods celebrated it’s 25th Anniversary.  For 25 years, starting with a small bingo hall and the help of then Governor Weicker, Foxwoods has continued to be a country-wide phenomena. It is the largest casino property by square feet, it is the second largest casino area, and it includes the only covered, indoor Tanger outlet in the country. Gaming renovations have included two stadium gaming areas, offering $1 blackjack (3/2), and the continuation of one of the best poker rooms in the country. A more comprehensive move towards non-gaming amenities have included the addition of thrill rides, a zip line and race track for 2018, new restaurants, and additional night-club options. The celebration has gone on most of the year, with many giveaways and events. Here is coverage of New England’s first casino in 2017.

Foxwoods 25th Anniversary – Part 1- The Path To The Top

Foxwoods 25th Anniversary – Part 2 – The Celebration

4. MAINE’S THIRD CASINO PROPOSAL FAILS

Once again, Maine had supporters for a third casino in York County.  Once again, it was defeated. Maybe it was the fact that it seemed like a legislative scam, or that the backers could not be trusted. It started in February and continued along a sleazy path until it’s defeat in November.

Maine’s Third Casino – The Ultimate Scam Allowed by No Legislative Policy

Today’s the Day – The Vote for a Third Maine Casino

5. MGM / CT – THE BATTLE GOES ON

Shall we really re-kindle all of the MGM vs. MMCT news?  Well, it did monopolize much of the gaming news in both Massachusetts and Connecticut.  I guess I have to compare it to our country’s political climate – just nasty. Then there is the possibility (little to none) of a Bridgeport Casino by MGM?  or  MMCT?  or anyone else – as long as the CT agreement with the Pequots & Mohegans  is nullified. Whoo-wee, here are the top posts concerning the I-91 Battle of the Border.

The Old Showcase Cinemas, East Hartford, CT

The Old Showcase Cinemas, East Hartford, CT

East Windsor is Chosen By MMCT for CT Casino

MGM, Massachusetts, Provide Answers to Connecticut’s Casino Mess

MGM Has Mastered the Art of the Stunt – David Collins

Casino.org says, “Although Connecticut’s two tribal operators believe it’s part of a very elaborate bluff, an artist’s rendering of the proposed MGM Bridgeport casino, which the gaming operator says will bring 2,000 permanent jobs and a tax revenue stream of $316 million per year, has been created and presented to the state’s power brokers. (Image: MGM Resorts International)

MGM Bridgeport Casino – All The Angles

Other news included:

New Hampshire once again considered a casino, and looked into internet gaming, but nothing has yet to come of it.

Twin River Management Group finally made its plans for Rhode Island.  After Tiverton’s approval of a new TRMG Casino/Hotel in it’s town, and after they had already purchased Newport Grand, TRMG will move it’s Newport operastion to Tiverton.  They will also build a hotel at it’s flagship property in Lincoln, RI.

New England Casinos will be Increasing the number of casino Hotel Rooms By Over 30% by 2019.

Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway, a slots-only casino, continued to make progress in attracting guests and increasing revenue.

MGM Springfield is ahead of schedule for its 2018 opening. 2017 showed major progress in Springfield’s best hope for economic success.

Wynn Boston Harbor broke ground and in progressing towards a 2019 opening with great anticipation throughout the region.

Oxford Casino in Oxford Maine, finished their hotel on the premises and added another dining option – the Ox Pub.

WOW, WHAT A YEAR!

Living in such a small part of the country with such a vibrant casino industry that is gettiing on it’s feet again after the 2007 recession certainly makes my job easy.  Next year? – more expansion, more excitement, and more bickering from the Connecticut shoreline to downeast Maine.  Happy New Year everybody.