Plainridge Park Casino – A Mini Trip Report

I hadn’t visited Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway in a while, and there had Irish dining specials, so the NETG crew set out to Plainville to get our “green” on.

Plainridge first opened to the public on June 24, 2015 as the first Massachusetts casino as approved by the Expanded Gaming Act on November 22, 2011, signed by Governor Deval Patrick. It was to be a “slots-only” property. Penn National Gaming won the license and became the only company to own two casinos in New England – Hollywood Bangor in Maine being the second. Recently there has been a push for the addition of table games to improve pending competition with Encore Boston Harbor, Tiverton Casino & Hotel & their neighbor Twin River Casino & Hotel, just ten minutes away.

First Take

We arrived at 1:30, ahead of our 2:00 reservation at Slack’s Oyster house and Grill for their advertised “Corned Beef & Cabbage Special,” (more on that later).  As we walked around the casino on a very busy day due to additional slot play offered and it was St. Patrick’s Day on a Sunday, we noticed a few changes.

  • The High Limit Slot area had been moved to where the it’s essentials store was. A wall now separated the area from the rest of the casino as you walk in the main entrance, giving the entrance a certain claustrophobic feel across from the Marquee Rewards (going to be myChoice Rewards soon). However, the High Limit room is nicely done, and the rest of the casino flows more without it inserted inside the lower denomination slots.
  • The essentials store has now been moved further towards the raceway side of the property.
  • Electronic craps was taken out, and only two electronic roulette multi-seat games remain.

    Electronic Table Games - No dealers, no fun.

    Electronic Roulette Games at Plainridge

  • Dunkin Donuts is now the coffee vendor of choice, and Smashburger has been added.

Second Take – Dining Snafu

Plainridge says it wants you to experience “hometown hospitality.”  But it’s not very hospitable  to changing specials and not admit it.

When we arrived at Slack’s Oyster house and Grill, our waitress (who was wonderfully understanding, BTW) told us the special was Irish Beef Stew and the Corned Beef Special was the day before. She did tell us that it was being served at Fluties 22, their sports bar. With little wait, we sat down to a delicious Irish meal, Irish bread and all, for $10 less!  While it worked out well, NETG has always found Penn National’s websites for both New England casinos underwhelming, inaccurate, and late in terms of changing their monthly promotions.

The Gambling

We all had a little free slot play, and I brought a measly $40 as well.  Off I went to find the best bang for the buck with a small bankroll. As all of you can attest, sometimes the best decision is not made – but the outcome is beyond any of your expectations. 

I decided to play electronic 3 Card Poker.  I don’t usually play this table game with real dealers, so why this with a virtual dealer? At $5 minimum, I certainly wouldn’t suggest it, but I sat down anyway. As the luck of the Irish would have it, the Irish eyes were smiling down on me that day.

After a few lucky hands holding even at the minimum bet of $5, I decided to play the sucker bet.  The Pair Plus bonus was also $5 minimum. After hitting five flushes, four straights, and a straight flush, I walked away 30 minutes later with $500.  Just like that, my opinion of virtual dealers and electronic / stadium games changed!  Seriously, I do realize that this result is not the norm, but it sure made my day……heck ,my month!

We left having had fun, enjoyed a great meal, and some of us (c’est moi!) even made money. We did enjoy the trip and would recommend it. Elvis even entertained on the Revolution Stage.

Did Elvis have the luck of the Irish? The singer’s great-great-great-great-grandfather was Irish (true fact!).

Fact is, you don’t need the luck of the Irish to enjoy a visit to Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway.

Binbin – Embrace the Math, not the Myth!

Twin River Casino Unveils Tiverton Casino Project

Twin River Casino has needed a hotel for years, but under state law, was prohibited from building a hotel on its premises to protect the viability of Providence hotels. However this summer, the House unanimously voted to repeal the legislation that imposed such restrictions. A hotel was in the future.

Tiverton, Rhode Island

Twin River Group Management Hopes to Move Newport Grand close to the Mass Border to Extend more Competition

th (5)It’s been a busy year for Twin River.

  1. Hotel building approved.
  2. New 2nd floor dedicated to non-smoking gaming
  3. Additional table games, and poker available soon.
  4. The purchase of Newport Grand Slots with the possibility of moving the license to Tiverton.

A hotel was in the news yesterday, but not in Lincoln where the parent casino lives. In Tiverton!

The Battlefield for Casino Supremacy in Rhode Island & Southeast Mass

The Battlefield for Casino Supremacy in Rhode Island & Southeast Mass

The new proposal by Twin River Management Group is to build an 80,000-square-foot casino resembling the town’s public library, with an attached three-story 80-room hotel, for a site off Route 81.

While few people attended the Tiverton Town meeting unveiling the proposal, residents seem to be in favor.  However, their concerns about the casino’s impact on traffic, the environment, the residential neighborhood and how much the town stood to gain from gaming will still be a challenge if the project is to move forward.

John E. Taylor Jr., chairman of the Twin River Management Group board of directors, said they listened to residents’ concerns and adapted their design to meet them. For example, the site plan places the casino, hotel and parking lots on the southwest portion of the property, out of view from the residential neighborhood, Taylor said. A roundabout is proposed at the entrance to handle traffic. The main entrance road and an emergency access road skirt the wetlands.

The casino would have 1,000 to 1,100 slot machines and 25 to 35 table games, and Taylor said they are looking at amenities such as a full-service restaurant and entertainment. They are still calculating the economic impact that the casino and hotel could have, but Taylor said after the meeting he was confident that it could generate about $4 million for the town.

Plainridge Park Casino

Plainridge Park

The Tiverton location was chosen to compete Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway, just over the line in Plainville, Massachusetts. Officials told residents in previous meetings that they believe a Tiverton casino would generate $4 million a year for the town, which is about 10 percent of the town’s annual budget.

For these plans to continue, the next steps include:

  • The Town Council will have to petition the General Assembly to place a question on the ballot, which the Twin River group hopes will be ready for the November 2016 elections.
  • Local and statewide voters will have to approve the measure.
  • Twin River must be able to transfer the licenses from Newport Grand to the new Tiverton casino.

The battle continues for Southeastern New England Casino Supremacy.  The smallest state in the U.S. is ready for the challenge!

That’s all for now.

Binbin