Vote for the Best of New England Casinos

The annual New England Casino Awards begins today with your votes.  For the next ten days, you have one chance to cast your opinions for the best gambling, best dining, best hotels and more.

Om Monday, January 28th, we will post the results and on Tuesday, January 29th we will analyze those votes and give our own opinions with our Editor’s Choice Awards.

New England Map

New England

With three new hotels, two new casinos, sports betting in Rhode Island, and additional entertainment and convention venues, we might see many changes from previous years.

So, what to you think?  Here’s your chance to share your opinion – make your vote count.  Click below to start your journey through only 25 questions, not all mandatory to register your votes. This year, we have added areas to write in your favorites after hearing your nominations.

We can’t wait to hear your opinion!

The 2019 New England Casino Awards – The Best of 2018

Plainridge Park Casino Exceeding All Expectations

Plainridge Park continues to improve its footing in the New England Casino landscape. From its opening two years ago to now, Plainridge Park, in Plainville, Massachusetts, has pushed to make the first Massachusetts casino a successful one.

Plainnridge Park Casino & Raceway Entrance Entrance


After its best month in about a year and a half in March, Plainridge Park Casino raked in even more money in April, counting about $14.3 million in what was the slots parlor’s third best month on record, the Gaming Commission announced.  With Wynn & MGM Springfield covering the rest of the state, the Mashpee Wampanoag casino project in Taunton looks like only a distraction at this point. The MGC’s decision to decline the Southeast Gaming licence in Brockton, MA seems like the right decision to be made.


More good news for Plainridge Park in May emerged when the UMass Donahue Institute released a compilation of results from two years of new employee questionnaires at Plainridge Park Casino. According to, Plainridge has helped to reduce employment in its surrounding area with the following statistics:

  1. 50.1% of new hires worked part-time or were unemployed before obtaining their job at Plainridge Park Casino;
  2. Major reasons for seeking employment included career advancement, improved pay, and improved benefits;
  3. 40.1% of new hires said they needed work due to being unemployed, part-time, or underemployed. 86.2% had no gaming experience prior to their jobs at Plainridge Park Casino;
  4. 96.5% of new hires did not transfer from other Penn National Gaming locations, and 92.8% did not move to take their jobs at the casino. Of those who moved, one-quarter originated from cities or towns within Massachusetts; and
  5. Nearly three-quarters of respondents come to their job without pre-employment training for their position.

“As we have pointed out repeatedly, the Legislature made broad-based economic development a key focus of the Gaming Act, with a particular focus on local employment for those underemployed and unemployed,” said MGC Chairman Steve Crosby. “This report, thus far, demonstrates that legislative intent is being achieved.


Penn National Gaming, Owner of Plainridge Park Casino and Raceway

Penn National Gaming, Owner of Plainridge Park Casino and Raceway

The Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway is operated by Penn National Gaming Incorporated, who also owns Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway in Bangor Maine.  Penn National also owns and runs 26 other casinos across the country. It’s two latest acquisitions have extended its brand to Las Vegas, with the Tropicana & M Resort. Now, players at both New England Penn casinos can also use Marqee Rewards points for offers at these two properties.

But wait, there’s more…..

  • The promotions have increased and varied over time.  More free slot play has been an emphasis for this past year, and players seem to be responding.  Promotions
  • Its harness racing area has be renovated and has shown new life in the opening of this year’s races. Racing.

    Plainridge Harness Racing, with renovated racebook.

  • And the Loft, a small intimate event area, which is available for catered parties, weddings and celebrations events, has already offered boxing, comedy shows, and is bringing “Magic Mike” – A Ladies Night Only on June 17th!

It’s only the beginning, but the following months could bring the “little slot parlor that could” a banner summer for itself and the continued expansion of  Massachusetts Casino Gaming.


New England Casinos Offer Much of the Best in Gaming Industry by 2019


NewEnglandFINALIf New England is considered to be at it casino saturation point, will we see another Atlantic City debacle in the northeast?

Gambling & casinos still seem on the rise in leisure time preference, but think of the choices that New England gamblers will have within 350 miles by 2019.  A casino owned by a major player in the gaming industry will be within 80 miles at the most for anyone to visit – just under 6 hours from New Haven to Bangor, if you want to hit them all (just add time for the east-west travel to each).

So, here’s the line-up once they all get built – if they all get built – from North to South, kinda.  This list includes four of the top 10 casinos in the country, four of the top ten gaming industry companies, the two most successful Native American casinos, and two local areas that are about to give them all a run for their money.

Penn National

The picture above shows Penn’s latest aquisition – The Tropican in Las Vegas. They also own the beautiful M Resort south of the strip.

Hollywood Resort, Hotel & Casino, Bangor, Maine & Plainridge Park Casino, Plainville, Massachusetts – Owned by Penn National Gaming which operates or has ownership interests in gaming and racing facilities with a focus on slot machine entertainment. The Company operated twenty-eight facilities in eighteen jurisdictions, including Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, and Ontario.  Plainridge Casino & Raceway celebrated its 1-year anniversary in June this year.

A panoramic view of the section of Springfield’s South End that will be transformed into MGM’s $800 million casino complex. Image provided by

A panoramic view of the section of Springfield’s South End that will be transformed into MGM’s $800 million casino complex. Image provided by


MGM Springfield Casino Entrance

MGM Springfield Casino Entrance

MGM Springfield, Springfield Massachusetts – Owned by MGM Resorts International, owns and operates 17 properties in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, Maryland (recent), New Jersey (buying out Boyd for full ownership of Borgata), Macau China, and possibly Georgia in the next few years. They are the 2nd largest casino operator behind Sands Corperation.  MGM Springfield Should be finished by early 2019.

Wynn Resorts, Everett, Massachusetts (Boston area) – Owned By Wynn Resorts, internationally successful, highly profitable around the world, and known for its quality of product.

Steve Wynn with his rendition of Wynn Boston Harbor

Steve Wynn with his rendition of Wynn Boston Harbor

Wynn has properties in Las Vegas and Macau, China. Wynn Boston Harbor is expected to be completed July 2019

Oxford Casino

Oxford Casino

Oxford Casino, Oxford, Maine – Owned by Churchill Downs Incorperated, a multi-state company with racetracks, casinos and the United States’ leading online wagering company.  Oxford is in the process of expanding its gaming floor, conference area, dining, and adding its own hotel by late 2017.


Twin River Casino

Twin River Casino

Twin River Casino, Lincoln, Rhode Island – Owned by Twin River Management Group, which also owns Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Biloxi, Miss., and last year purchased Newport Grand, Newport, Rhode Island.  Depending on this year’s voting in Rhode Island, TW is seeking to move operations to the MA/RI line with a new Tiverton Hotel & Casino. It must be approved by the state election as well as the Tiverton election to bring it to fruition.

Mohegan Sun Resort Casino

Mohegan Sun Resort Casino

Mohegan Sun, Uncasville Connecticut – Owned by the Mohegan Tribe, who also owns Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, runs gaming operations at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, and continues to pursue licenses in New York State.  The tribe has added a license for a casino in South Korea as well.

Foxwoods Full Size

Foxwoods Massive size, without the addition of the Tanger Outlets.

Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut – Owned by the Mashetucket Pequots Tribe, is the 2nd largest casino in North America.

MMCT – a joint venture by both CT tribes to build a casino together on the MA/CT northern border.  This is in response to the threat of MGM Springfield, which is expected to have a large impact on jobs and gambling revenue in Connecticut.

So, there’s the wrap-up.  But, is such a small area, you’d be hard pressed to find so many industry giants battling it out.

That’s all for now.