Maine Casinos “By The Numbers”

“Casinos By The Numbers” featuring

 Maine.

Maine Casinos tend to be forgotten by most New Englanders, never mind those in the rest of the country.  The fact that they are not big destination casinos does not diminish the revenue they add.  Oxford has just renovated and added a hotel. Read about it in Maine Casino Trip Report Part 1 – Oxford Hotel & Casino.

Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway, Bangor Maine

Hollywood Casino, Bangor, Maine

A third casino has been proposed for York County in southwestern Maine three times, but was defeated every time. The first casino was in 2005 – Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway opened in Bangor, Maine. The 2nd casino opened in 2012 – Oxford Casino opens in Oxford, Maine.

New Oxford Hotel next to the Casino.

Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway Oxford Casino & Hotel
Hotel HW Hotel OX Hotel
Location Bangor, ME Oxford, ME
# of Hotels 1 1
Hotel Rooms 148 rms / 4 Suites 107 rooms, 5 suites, 1 grand suite
Hotel Amenities Gym No
Gambling HW Gambling OX Gambling
Legal Gambling Age 21 21
Casino Size 30,000 sq. ft 30, 281 sq. ft
Smoke-Free Gaming Non-Smoking Casino Non-Smoking Casino
Total # of Slots & VP 900+ 950+
Comped Alcoholic Drinks No No
Table Games Craps, Blackjack, Spanish 21, Roulette, High Card Flush, Three Card Poker* and Texas Hold’em Bonus® Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Mini Baccarat, Big Six Wheel, Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold em, Criss Cross Poker,Spanish 21, Mississippi Stud
Poker Room 4 Tables No
Racebook Simulcast Wagering, Live Harness racing (seasonal) None
Rewards Club MARQUEE REWARDS Four Levels Connected to over 20 Penn National Properties Across U.S./Tier Status is biannual Oxford Rewards – 3 Tiers. Tier status reviewed quarterly
VIP Lounges None None
Dining HW Dining OX Dining
Food Options 1 Buffet, I casual, 1 Express 2 Casual, 1 Express
Buffet Yes Yes
Bars 2 2
Entertainment HW Entertainment OX Entertainment
Venues One Music / VJ Venue None
Convention/ Meeting Space 2 None
Other Entertainment Options None None
Retail None None
Owner Penn National Gaming Churchill Downs, LTD
PARKING Free Free
Hours of  8am to 24/7
Operation  3am

New England Casinos – Labor Day Weekend Events and Promotions

 

 

Labor Day events

Here is a look at New England’s Casino Labor Day events.  As we celebrate the hard working Americans in this great country, remember to treat casino staff with more respect and consideration.  They all work hard for your entertainment.

CASINO EVENTS 

August 31 – September 2: Cirque Eloize HOTEL (various times) at Foxwoods

August 31st – Russell Peters at Foxwoods; 8:00 pm

August 31 – Fall Out Boy at Mohegan Sun; 7:00pm

SEPTEMBER 1st – TIVERTON CASINO HOTEL OPENS

September 1st – Big & Rich at Mohegan Sun, Wolf Den; 8:00pm

September 1st – Stevie Wonder, MGM Springfield (MassMutual); 8:00pm

September 1st – Jeff Foxworthy at Mohegan Sun; 8:00pm

Sept 1 & 2 – New England Food Truck Festival at Mohegan Sun

September 1st – Gabriel Iglesias at Foxwoods; 7 & 10 pm

September 3rd – Newport Grand Closes


GAMBLING PROMOTIONS

FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO, Mashentucket CT

ONGOING PROMOTIONS – Deal of a Lifetime Blackjack Tournament July 1 – August 31$1,000,000 SLOT TOURNAMENTSPECIAL MILITARY OFFERS & DISCOUNTS


HOLLYWOOD Casino, Hotel & Raceway, BANGOR ME

$40,000 Ford F-150 Giveaway – Play with your Marquee Rewards® card at Hollywood Bangor starting August 1, 2018, and you’ll earn entries into our Ford F-150 truck giveaway. Marquee Rewards® members receive entries into the grand-prize drawing on September 29 when they use their card at any slot machine every day at Hollywood Casino Bangor between 8 a.m. August 1 and 8:29 p.m. September 29. You’ll receive one drawing entry for every $10 of coin-in.

ONGOING PROMOS:  QUEEN OF HEARTS PROGRESSIVEBIRTHDAY BASH,  50 PLUS REWARDS KIOSK


MOHEGAN SUN Resort Casino, Uncasville CT

HOT SUMMER FUN IS BACK at Mohegan Sun.  Click of the Title or go to the post below for all the Hot Summer Fun Events and Offers here “Mohegan Sun Hot Summer Fun Is Back in 2018.”

Triple Status Points – September 2nd at Mohegan Sun


OXFORD CASINO & Hotel, Oxford ME

ONGOING PROMOTIONS2018 Birthday Bash, SATURDAYSuper 6FRIDAY –  Mega High 5 , Prime Rib BuffetWeekend Breakfast Buffets

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
  • 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.

Visiting New England’s Casinos?

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:  ConnecticutFoxwoods Resort/Casino & Mohegan Sun Resort/Casino; Rhode Island – Tiverton Casino Hotel (opening September 1st 2018) & Twin River Hotel/Casino; Massachusetts – Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway, MGM Springfield & Encore Boston Harbor  (opening Fall 2019); Maine –  Oxford Casino & Hollywood Bangor Hotel, Casino & Raceway.


NETimeGambling | Casinos in New England“NETimeGambling is a non-monetized blog created for my personal interest and passion in the gambling industry  – its history, and its ongoing evolution- mixed with my love for New England.  Come share my passion and visit us.”

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.

Maine Casino Trip Report Part 1 – Oxford Hotel & Casino

New Oxford Hotel next to the Casino.

A trip to visit the two Maine casinos is usually accompanied by good food, great beer and a lot of driving. Oh yes…..there was gambling, too. Day 1 was the Oxford Casino & Hotel

We first drove to Oxford Hotel & Casino in Oxford, Maine. The Oxford Casino, owned and operated by Churchill Downs Inc., has 848 slot machines and 22 table games. and opened on June 5, 2012. It has recently gone through the addition of a connecting Hotel, and a new pub dining experience, with rotating beer taps and great craft beer from the Maine.  After a five hour drive, this was our first stop. But first, check-in….

Hotel

Basic Room at Hotel Oxford

Checking was smooth and quick with friendly service. Small lobby desk, but seems to serve them well. Our room was beautiful, with electrical plugs everywhere. Within 5 minutes from getting to our room, we received a call from the front desk asking if everything was as expected, wishing us a great stay – nice touch! Amenities include refrigerator, safe, and Keureg coffee maker in a spacious enough room. The large shower had shampoo & body soap in containers attached to the wall.  It was a delightful place to stay.

The Ox Pub

Good food and great beer.  The new Ox Pub is a terrific addition.  Before the expansion, this little casino just stood alone out in the Maine woods of Oxford, with two food options.  But the Hotel, expanded parking, and this Ox Pub seems to round the casino experience.  Our beer selections were the Simplicity Orange Maple Wheat from Warren, ME and ironically the Black Hog Granola Brown Ale from Oxford, (wait for it) CT!  We both ordered, what else, but the Maine Lobster role with over a pound of lobster, Cole slaw  and fries -highly recommended.Great service. They also are known for their Bourbon selection as well as the Maine craft brews.

Now we were ready to survey the casino area, which is very nicely hid from the dining options.

The Expanded Casino Area

It was a Saturday night – should I say more?  The casino wasn’t that big in the first place, and although it’s been expanded, it was packed with people. As Bert said, “When you’re the only game in town for miles and miles around, it’s going to be a weekend draw.” The only downside to this slot laden casino on a busy night is that there are no empty machines. Even the video poker, which would total about 30 single line Game Makers were full – even with the terrible pay tables offered.

Saturday’s promotion also contributed to the number of people there. The Super 6 was every hour from 3-8PM (tailored to a mostly over 50 clientele) with both of us winning at least $2 each hour in the drawing of 6 numbers out of 20.  East guest picked their own numbers.  After the promo was done, the crowd thinned, and there were more opportunities to play.

With no night club, bowling alley, DJ, or entertainment venue (not even a little lounge act) this is not the place that caters to a younger crowd.  The race to get millennials inside is really lost ob the owner Churchill Downs, Inc.  But, it is not being missed either.

Gambling

Inside Oxford Casino, Oxford Maine

  • Slots – many older slots mixed in with some of the latest.  Not a lot of tall new tall cabinet machines, but would be out of place here.
  • Video Poker – 7/5 JOB, 8/5 DDB at $1 level;  – should I say more?
  • Craps – $15 minimum on a Saturday night. Two tables.
  • Blackjack – 3/2 pays, dealer hits on soft 17, 6 deck shoes.  Some with Progressive Blazing 7’s side bet.  $15 minimum on weekends, most $25.  Morning had a special $3 BJ table!
  • Other table games included were Roulette, Ultimate Texas Holdem, 3 Card Poker, Spanish 21, Mississippi Stud Poker, and Mini-Baccarat (which didn’t seem very popular.)
  • There is a high limit room, big enough for a craps table, blackjack table and one more not recognized.

REWARDS CLUB

Video Poker Player’s Club
  • $1 Coin-In = 1 Point
  • Free Play or Comps: 500 Points = $1 (0.20%)
  • I would assume slots would earn more points for $1 in, but no way of getting this info at this time

Breakfast Buffet

The breakfast buffet in the Oxford Grille, 2 of the three dining options, is very good.  Brunch at the Ritz it’s not, but everything was delicious and we would thoroughly recommend this if staying at the hotel. The set-up is well done with a number of the usual breakfast stations, an omelet station, and a waffle station. At $12, this is a bargain.   

THE DRAW

The expansion is outstanding, the hotel we loved, and the service is great, even though the next closest casino is 120 miles away! Further expansion of the casino should be the next step for Churchill Downs, Inc. because this place is a winner in their portfolio.

Bert’s conclusion was “Service is very friendly, but they know they’re not the star of the show.  The staff at Oxford is here to serve the guest.”

Couldn’t say it better myself!

Next, it was on to Bangor with a review of the Hollywood Hotel, Casino & Raceway. see ya next post.

Binbin & Bert.