Penn Gaming Raising the Social Media Bar in New England Casinos

2 Casinos in New England

2 Casinos in New England – Bangor, Maine & Plainville, Massachusetts

Penn National Gaming, who owns Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway in Plainville, Massachusetts & Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway in Bangor, Maine are ramping up its image with increased and improved promotions.  The promotions are many and interesting.  Hollywood alone shows more media connections by offering patrons daily emails of news and promos.

Hollywood Casino, Maine

Hollywood Casino, Maine

Before the Massachusetts expansion, Hollywood’s Bangor Casino seemed to be riding the tide of being the only hotel/casino in the area, with Twin River Casino in Rhode Island the closest competitor. But with competition from Oxford Casino in Oxford, Maine and Massachusetts, things needed to get serious.  Hollywood’s website and media effort seemed almost like an afterthought – until the last few

Now, Penn Gaming is raising the bar in entertainment, dining, and gambling promotions to get you – yes YOU – in the door.

Penn National Gaming, through its subsidiaries, owns, operates or has ownership interests in gaming and racing facilities with a focus on slot machine entertainment. The Company presently operates twenty-six facilities in seventeen jurisdictions, including Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, and Ontario.

Plainridge Park Casino in Massachusetts

Plainridge Park Casino in Massachusetts

The company traces its roots to Penn National Race Course, which opened in 1972. As recent as April 2015, the company agreed to purchase the Tropicana for $360 million to gets it’s first pretense on the Las Vegas Strip.

Plainridge has shown success beyond the Bay State’s dreams.  It’s location, newness, and continued push through social media continues to impress – not resting on its summer laurels.  And now, Penn it starting the same social media barrage in Maine – a very needed addition to raise Hollywood in Bangor out of its roller coaster revenue ride.

If you check out the two casino websites, you will find expanded promotions schedules, racing schedules, login ability to check your Marquee Rewards, and more. Entertainment schedules are still included, with many different options through out the week, especially in Plainville.

Hollywood Casino Hotel in Bangor, Maine

Hollywood Casino Hotel in Bangor, Maine

So, click on the side bar links and get to know Penn’s two casinos – the only two casinos in New England linked by the same rewards club!  mrrewards-927x282And take a weekend this autumn to drive to Hollywood if you live in southern New England.  The hotel is nice, Bangor is a great little town, the foliage should be awesome (don’t wait too long) and check out the Casino.

That’s all for now.


Plainridge Park Casino is Immediate Success – Can They Sustain It?

Open as of June!

The fact that Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, Massachusetts is a success right now shouldn’t surprise anyone.  It’s new, it’s shiny and happens to be in a state where gamblers have traveled up to two hours for daily visits to Connecticut.  The fact that such a nice, new facility is close by for many should definitely attract Bay Staters by the boatloads.

Penn Gaming has worked hard to make this a successful opening, and it stocks on NASDAQ continue to rise, stimulated by the little casino that can.  The Massachusetts State Lottery made an estimated $983.5 million in profits and outperformed expectations during the just ended fiscal year – is it possible that having a casino in Plainville and waiting for Wynn and MGM (a long wait by the looks of it now) is stimulating the state’s gambling juices to the drooling point? Continue reading

Massachusetts Casinos – A Closer Look at Brockton and Rush Street Gaming

Proposed Brockton Casino Look

Proposed Brockton Casino Look

I have all along thought New Bedford would be the best Choice for the Region C casino license in Massachusetts.  I thought the close vote to approve and the close proximity to Brockton’s High School were not good signs.  I also thought in April when I posted “Is Brockton Mass REALLY Ready for a Casino?” that Rush Gaming seemed a bit tainted by fines with underage gambling.

So, for the benefit of New England’s Gamblers, going the extra mile (500 miles to be exact), NE Time Gambling decided to travel to Pittsburgh to visit a Rush Street Gaming casino – Rivers Casino.  Oh, the things we must do for our (52)

Rush Street is proposing to construct a 250,000-square-foot gaming facility, 250-room hotel, event and entertainment space and 3,000 parking spots on the Brockton Fairgrounds property. thIf what I saw in Pittsburgh is what Rush Street has in mind, then I may have been wrong in my first appraisal.  (This property makes Plainridge Park look pitiful in size and amenities.) Rivers Casino is a clean, spacious, casino th (54)that is smaller than the proposed Brockton facility with 120,000 square feet of casino floor at Rivers Casino, the premiere gaming destination in the Pittsburgh area. Here is my quick analysis:

  • Gambling –  over 2,900 slot machines and 100 tables are available for play.  A poker room, and high limit area is available.   However, Video poker players will still have to visit Connecticut for playable pay tables. The best VP is 8/5 JOB – 8/6 at the $1 level.  The rest of the VP games are just not good enough to mention.
  • Slots Denomination Trickery? – Concerning slots, a wide variety is available.  However, one must be careful to watch the denomination. Penny & 2 penny slots are mixed together.  And, Rivers casino is rated in the bottom third of Pennsylvania’s casino slot payouts.
  • Friendly service is what we noticed immediately.
  • It is spacious – both between rows of machines and throughout the casino.
  • Dining included five venues from cafe to steakhouse, and all were bright and modern.  There are plenty of places to sit and relax, looking out on the the Ohio River.
  • The buffet, which is by no means Bellagio’s Buffet in Vegas,
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    Great view of the Ohio River

    certainly was big enough to fit the type of mixed clientele that visit and, while not as big, would be similar to the buffets at Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods in variety.  The Mongolian stir fry station and create-your-own-pasta stations are great alternatives.  Disappointing was a rather barren salad bar.

  • Four entertainment clubs & Bars with live music ranging from duel piano and jazz, to DJ and dance club.
  • One innovation is their beverage bar.  Free for all patrons to get coffee, soda, or water whenever they want.
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    Beverage Bar at Rivers Casino – free to patrons!

    M Resort in Las Vegas was the first I had seen years ago to try this, but too many were coming in to take advantage (filling up gallon jugs with water and soda for home!) so M Resort discontinued it.  Rivers’s Casino station was smaller and seemed well appreciated.


All in all, I was impressed with Rivers Casino.  If Brockton’s Casino, developed by Rush Street, is similar, then Brockton would have a winner here – at least the developers and Mayor think so:

“My assumption is that because of the location of Brockton, which is much closer to 2 million people … we would drive higher revenue,” said lawyer and former 10-year Brockton Mayor Jack Yunits, who represents Brockton Fairgrounds owner George Carney in casino matters.

“When you look at the population areas that would potentially come to a casino, Brockton is 21 miles from Boston,” echoed consultant Joe Baerlein, a spokesman for Mass Gaming & Entertainment, the developer behind Brockton’s $650 million casino proposal.  According to Google Maps, the Brockton Fairgrounds is 24 miles from downtown Boston while Cottage Street in New Bedford is 59 miles.

So, I believe the Massachusetts Gaming Commission have a nice problem on their hands.  A beautiful luxurious Resort on the water of New Bedford, or a modern resort with the look of old Brockton – both run by companies that can run a casino right.  Both are equally good opportunities for two cities economically in need, and they are very different.

That’s all for now.