Oxford Casino – Maine Trip Report

Which one of the statements below is false?

1)Maine’s blueberry crop is the largest in the nation.   2)Maine has a desert.    3)Maine has two casinos.

Most people I polled said #3.  In fact they are all true.  We are only interested in #3 today – Maine does have two casinos.

The staff at NETimeGambling.com decided to visit both Maine casinos this past week.  Today, part 1, our visit to the Oxford Casino, in central Maine.

We were greeted by a double rainbow. Looking out our Hampton Inn window across fron the Oxford Casino

OXFORD CASINO, Oxford Maine – Some Background

Oxford Casino, Maine

Oxford Casino, Maine

The Oxford Casino is operated by Churchill Downs Inc. and opened on June 5, 2012.  They are celebrating their 5th anniversary this year with the culmination of a 2-year, $25 million expansion project, which includes a hotel of more than 100 guest rooms, additional dining options, an expansion of the gaming floor and meeting and banquet space.

The new hotel will be connected to the casino.

Our first visit, in 2013, to the little casino in the woods included lots of back roads, in a small town where the casino was the largest employer – 400 jobs!  In fours years, the surroundings have changed.  Oxford town has grown, and even includes more restaurants. The roads have been updated at the same time the sewer system was put in, making the hotel possible.  For a look back four years ago, click on our 2013 trip report, Trip Report Part 2 – Oxford Casino, Oxford Maine

TRIP REPORT – Gambling

The little time we spent, (4 hours over two days) we noticed lots of people for a Sunday night, due to Car Giveaway that day. It was busy.

Inside Oxford Casino, Oxford Maine

The casino is divided into two rooms. The first where you enter has table games, slots, ands a small video poker bar. At first glimpse, the inside gambling area had been expanded.  In the table games area, there were two craps tables, one was packed and on a busy weekend was still offering $5 limit with 4/5/6 odds. Blackjack & Spanish 21 tables were mostly $10, with one BJ table at the $25.  All BJ was 3/2, soft 17, and included the +3 side bet, paying 9X your bet for certain combinations.  Carnival games such as 3-Card Poker & Ultimate Texas Hold’em started at the $5 limit.  A small High Limit Area has been added with a few slot machines and tables.

Slot machines seem abundant.  Over 800 of them.  If the game is older than 5 years old, you probably won’t find it here, unless it was still made. No Cleopatra, no Mr. Cashman (first edition), no Texas Tea.However, most slots available were made by IGT and Aristocrat, with many of the newest slots by those manufacturers available.  Plenty of Quick Hit variations. Oddly enough, I did not see the very popular large screen Buffalo games in ether room (Buffalo Gold, Buffalo Stampede…).

The video poker bar area at the Oxford Casino


Video Poker pay tables are not good.  7/5 JOB at least has a Royal Flush Progressive, but Bonus Poker is 6/5, DDB is 8/5, and Dueces Wild gives a high house edge as well at the $.25 level.

The hospitality and service by the staff was very good.  Their motto is “Wicked Good Fun!” and the staff was Wicked Friendly as well. We left a little up in our bankroll, which made us feel good.  Staff was very willing to stop and answer my questions. Now it’s was time to eat.


There are only two dining areas at this time – The Oxford Grill and Bar & the Oxford Express. Since the Express offered mostly fast pub food (it does have a small breakfast menu) we decided to go upscale at the Grill & Bar.

It doesn’t sound upscale, but you can get anything from a great salad or poutine, to quesadillas, sandwiches and great fish, pasta and steak entrees.

This area of the Grill & Bar has changed. The booth seats have been taken out and replaced by buffet stations.

The Grill has changed in four years. It seemed smaller, with one wall added to make way for the Express Dining.  It is also where the Oxford Casino has its many interesting buffet specials.  For info on upcoming dining specials, click HERE.

We ordered the Blackened Chicken Salad and the Asian Chicken Salad.  Due to diet restrictions, we put our server Samantha through her paces – and she and the kitchen completed every challenge to changes in the meal.  The service wasn’t quick (for salads & small amount of patrons), but friendly and very attentive.  The blackened chicken was very hot, the way I like it, but could have been too much for others. The meal was extremely enjoyable from both sides of the table. We would eat there again and try some of their steak or fish options next.

CRAFT BEER – A full menu of great Maine craft beers is available for purchase.  Alagash, Shipyard, Sebago, and Sea Dog, to name a few, are offered.  Here is the CRAFT BEER MENU.

HOTEL – Staying Across the Street at The Hampton Inn

Since the Oxford Hotel won’t be completed by late summer, we stay at the Hampton Inn.  This was a great option.  Open only a year, this hotel from the Hilton chain was terrific.  we were greeted cheerfully by the staff upon check in. Our room was beautiful, with many modern additions, such as plenty of plugs close to the bed with USB ports for powering up devices.

Hampton Inn Hotel Room

The bed was turned facing the window instead of the usual sideways, which we thought was a nice change. The chaise lounger was comfy and included a little desk that could be used for putting devices right in front of you. The bathroom was larger than expected with a large shower and nice essentials.

The regular rooms seem to be handicap accessible, with wide doors, a spacial area and even draws that provide great accessibility

Clothing draws for easy accessibility.

Continental Breakfast is complimentary. There were many little areas to ear, including a long high top table to watch TV.  The waffle station was separate – a great change keeping it away from the rest of the fresh and tasty breakfast. The area was spotless.

Hampton Inn Comp Breakfast area

Other additions to the experience was a business area, and warm chocolate chip cookies served in the check-in area in the afternoon.  There is free coffee around the clock.  A shuttle is supplied from Oxford Casino for those not wishing to brave crossing the now busy road.

Great Trip, Enjoyable Casino

We will inspect Oxford Casino again when renovations are complete.  Until then, we suggest a trip to northern New England for a smaller, more personal casino adventure.  Tomorrow, we visit Hollywood Hotel & Casino in Bangor, Maine.




Maine Opposition To Tribal Gaming is Prejudicial

While Connecticut waits for a legislative decision to possibly allow a commercial casino to accompany the tribal casino monopoly, Maine has just been dealt with the opposite proposal – a tribal casino to be allowed in a state of commercial gaming casinos.

According to Focusgn.com, Maine’s state legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee discussed the possibility of legalizing a bill that would allow tribes to offer casino gaming in the state. Rep. Benjamin Collings, D-Portland, said that the tribes should be able to create an economic system that would bring benefits to the tribes.

300px-Wohngebiet_MaliseetSeveral other casinos proposals have been made over the years by multiple Indian tribes, but with little success.  The Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians tried to bring a casino into Aroostook County four years ago. In 2003, efforts by the Passamaquoddy tribe and Penobscot Nation to build a casino in Sanford were rejected in a statewide vote while the Hollywood Casino was approved on the same ballot. A Passamaquoddy owned and operated casino and race track facility in Washington County was also voted down in 2007. Similar efforts for another tribal racino in Washington County were also thrown out when the Maine Racino Initiative was rejected in 2011.


Passamaquaddy Crest

In 2013, the Penobscot Indian Nation has tried to pass a bill to enhance its existing gaming operation—a 30-year-old traditional bingo enterprise that uses a bingo caller and bingo cards. And it’s the fifth year in a row its efforts have been thwarted by the state.  But Maine officials claimed that the Nation’s proposed Class II bingo machines are really Class III slot machines—a claim that’s refuted by two of the most reputable companies in the country that manufacture, test and certify gaming machines.  Class III is a designation applied only to “tribal” casinos and are Vegas-style Slot Machines used on tribal casinos such as Mohegan Sun, & Foxwoods.  They are exactly the same, Class II are tribal casino machines that work as a bingo machine and may look like a slot machine, but doesn’t act like one in paying off the player.  Check out the following links for more info on Class II & Class III.

Legal Distinction Between Class II and III Gaming Causes Innovation, Anguish

Slot Machines, VLT’s What’s the Difference? – John Grochowski Explains


Chief Kirk Francis talks about why Penobscot Nation officials are upset by the state’s delay of license request that would allow the tribe to use Bingo machines. The state says they’re slot machines, the tribe says it’s part of Bingo operations.

So why is 2017 so different? Maine has, in the past been accused of pursuing policies that force the state’s recognized tribes into a cycle of dependence rather than fostering economic self-sufficiency. Maine currently has two commercial casinos, Oxford Casino and the Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway Bangor, while the Passamaquoddy tribe operates a high-stakes bingo parlor in Indian Township.

This bill would authorize the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to accept applications for casino licenses from the states four recognized tribes,which comprise five tribal communities: the Micmac, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot.

These licenses would permit the operation of table games and up to 1,500 slot machines at multiple facilities. It would also exempt the tribes from the state regulation that no casino may be built within 100 miles of an existing casino or slot machine facility. Twenty-five percent of net slot machine revenue and 16 percent of net table game revenue go the state general fund.

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.

As one can imagine, Hollywood Bangor & Oxford Casino officials are not too happy.  It has another fight to the southwest of Maine – a proposed York County casino.  The Legislature is expected to put the casino question to voters in November because backers collected enough signatures to place it on the ballot. Lawmakers criticized an effort to bring a casino to York County saying the company behind the proposal has a questionable history and would be handed exclusive and lucrative rights to build the casino if voters approve.

Could Maine support all these possibilities?  Probably Not.  While it is the 39th largest state in the Union – larger than South Carolina  & W. Virginia,  and slightly smaller than Indiana – only 10 states have less residents, three of which are also in New England!  Tribals nations in the north do have the distance away from New England casinos and a close proximity to Canada.  But York County?  That’s another question that won’t be answered for a while – if it ever gets approved.


Plainridge, Oxford & Hollywood Casinos February Promotions

February is FULL of Promotions – So Many, It Takes Three Posts!promotions2Here’s February’s Casino Promotions for

Maine & Massachusetts

So much happening this month, that it will take more posts to cover it!

Valentines Promotions will be posted TUESDAYdownload

Tomorrow will feature Connecticut & Rhode Island

Foxwoods is just 9 days away from it’s 25th Anniversary. Click on the image to take you to our NETG post covering it from last week.25th-anniversary-foxwoods-hero-blue

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

Plainridge Park Casino, Plainville MA


WINTER GEAR GIVEAWAY • FEBRUARY 25 • 4PM-11PM. Saturday, February 25, 2017. JOHN DEERE tractors with snow blowers & CASH Giveaway. Grand Prize Drawing • 10PM. One lucky winner of $10,000 CASH. Earn entries from February 1 – 25, 2017. Earn 100x entries in Wednesdays in February.

50 PLUS SLOT TOURNAMENT – Tuesdays in February • 12pm-5pm. 100 Winners Every Tuesday win $25 up to $1,000 Free SLOTPLAY. Present your 50+ Rewards card to play. Don’t have a 50+ Rewards card? Simply earn 500 points on the same day to play. Present your Marquee Rewards card and photo ID in the Promo Zone to play in a two minute round. Prizes are automatically awarded to top 100 scores at the end of tournament play

JACKPOT FRENZY 3X ENTRIES – Mondays in February. Receive 3X your Jackpot Frenzy Entries

P OF DIAMONDS PROGRESSIVE – Fridays in February • P OF DIAMONDS • 6pm-10pm. 5 winners every hour. Win $100 up to $5,000 Free SLOTPLAY or the Progressive Prize. 100 Total Winners! If a winner picks the P of Diamonds, they receive the Progressive Prize! Progressive begins at $5,000 Free SLOTPLAY and increases by $100 every winner.Progressive is guaranteed to be won on February 24

50 PLUS SLOT TOURNAMENT – Tuesdays in January • 12pm-5pm. 100 Winners Every Tuesday win $25 up to $1,000 Free SLOTPLAY. Present your 50+ Rewards card to play. Don’t have a 50+ Rewards card? Simply earn 500 points on the same day to play. Present your Marquee Rewards card and photo ID in the Promo Zone to play in a two minute round. Prizes are automatically awarded to top 100 scores at the end of tournament play. Awarded promotional prizes valid for 30 days only. Downloaded Free SLOTPLAY valid for 24 hours only.

50+ DISCOUNT AT FLUTIE’S IN FEBRUARY – Present your 50 plus Rewards Card and receive 20% OFF Monday-Thursdays in February at Flutie’s. Not valid with any other offers or discounts.

MAKE A PLAINRIDGE DEAL – Saturday, February 11 &18 • 12pm-7pm. One lucky winner every half hour. Win $100 up to a top prize of $10,000 Free SLOTPLAY. Winners will have 5 minutes to report to the Revolution Lounge to go on stage and PLAY THE GAME.

Chef Created Buffet • Tuesdays in February • 5pm-10pm. Feast on fresh garden salad bar, Chef’s weekly hot entrees, choice of three sides and an assortment of desserts. All you can eat • $20 per person.

New Oxford Casino Hotel logo coming Next year!

New Oxford Casino Hotel logo coming Next year!


Missile Madness – Every Thursday, Now until March 30, 2017. 3:00pm – 8:00pm – Enjoy our BRAND NEW kiosk game. Launch your missiles at the game board. If you hit, you win! If you miss, you STILL win. It’s an ALL WINNER game! Play every Thursday through March 30, 2017 and you pick up where you left off the previous week. You can win up to $500 in Free Slot Play! You get an extra session (Missile) every time you earn 250 tier points during promotion times (maximum of 12 per promotion day) Visit any Promotional Kiosk to play!

100K Cars or Cash Giveaway – For the 2nd straight month, you can claim your FREE entry at any promotional kiosk & start earning entries into the 100K Cars or Cash Giveaway. – The first drawing will be Sunday, February 26. Starting at 1:00pm, one finalist will be selected every 15 minutes to take their spot in the finals. Then, at 4pm, each finalist will have to decide to stay in and risk elimination or opt out and take home a share of the $35,000 in guaranteed cash and prizes. If one lucky person survives through the final round, they’ll win their choice of a brand new 2017 Infiniti QX30 or $30,000 in CASH. Then, immediately following the final round, Oxford will give away whatever is left of the $35,000 in cash and prizes in a giant last chance drawing for all non-finalists. Your entries are good for all three drawings!

Sunday Breakfast – Every Sunday from 8:30am-Noon $12.95 per person. Our popular, extensive morning buffet with traditional favorites plus, an omelet station and waffle station for special breakfast treats that are personalized just how you like them. Click HERE for menu.

Presidents’ Day Buffet – Monday, February 20, 2017, 10:30am – 3:00pm
$12.95 per person

ONGOING PROMOTIONS INCLUDE: SATURDAY – Super6, WEDNESDAY – 15X Multiplier & Seniors Day , THURSDAY – 5K Thusdays & Free Lunch Buffet (100 pts earned), FRIDAY – High 5

Hollywood Casino, Bangor Maine

Hollywood Casino, Bangor Maine


JOIN MARQUEE REWARDS & PLAY UP TO $500 ON US! – Join Marquee Rewards today, provide your email address and we will reimburse your first day of slot losses up to $500 Free SlotPlay®!* Guaranteed. Sign up for free at Player Services!

$100,000 VALENTINE’S DAY BALL DROP – $100,000 in Free SlotPlay is up for grabs in the Valentine’s Day Ball Drop. Saturday February 4, 11 & 18. 6p.m. – 9p.m. Play with your Marquee Rewards card for your chance to win! 39 winners will be drawn each Saturday to “Drop the Ball” and win up to $1,000 Free SlotPlay!

MATCH AND WIN! – Match your numbers and win as the jackpot grows! Friday, February 24 5p.m. – 10p.m. Swipe your Marquee Rewards card at The Sound Stage Lounge beginning at 5:00p.m. to receive your 6 numbers! Beginning at 6p.m., 6 numbers will be drawn every hour until 10:00p.m. The jackpot starts at $10,000 in Free SlotPlay and increases every hour until 10:00p.m. if no one hits it for a maximum of $20,000!

50+ Card In Play – Play with your Marquee Rewards® card on Monday, February 6 & 20 from 11AM – 2PM for your chance to win $50 Free SlotPlay®! Three winners will be drawn every 15 minutes

ONGOING PROMOTIONS  – World Table Buffet – Friday & Saturday, Dinner – 4:00 – 9:00, $19.95 Per Person. Sunday Brunch, 9am – 3pm, $15,95; 50 PLUS REWARDS 3X TIER MULTIPLIER; Lucky Ladies Night