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 Says It Will Be Ready – But Will It?

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Plainridge Park – Ready for June 24th???

Anyone who has been around to see numerous casinos open, whether east coast west coast or anything in between, knows that build a casino on time is usually not going to happen.  Massachusetts continues to put on its “Steve Wynn” arrogance face with every announcement.

Alert the papers everyone – a “slot parlor is about to open in the Casino Mecca called “Massachusetts!”

Get this – according to Rick Foster of the Sun Chronicle, “the main entrance is not yet paved, gaming machines are still being installed, and some flooring and ceiling tiles are still absent, along with most of the restaurant furnishings.”

thHas anyone told Penn National, the owner of Plainridge Park,  that June 24th is only 43 days away?

Here’s a few more things that have to happen before opening:

1)  Rewards club has to be connected and operational, not only at Plainridge, but Marquee Rewards need s to me connected to places like M Resort & Tropicana in Las Vegas.

2) I’m surprised this casino is not being set up with server based games for the future.  Brand new casinos are setting up for that turn over in gaming control.  It seems a hurry-up opening may be too important to consider the future of the gaming industry.

3) Penn National Gaming is betting the 100,000 square-foot casino will be a powerful draw both for gambling & horse racing – that is about 1/3 the size of Twin River just over the line, where smoking is allowed, ATM’s are available,$600 isn’t a hand pay and the dealers don’t look like they just came out of X-Box.wiggs_Casino_328128.r  And the casino gambling floor is only 43,000 feet?  That’s a little more than Oxford Casino in Maine.

4) According to Mr. Foster, “…most of the casino’s entertainment and dining venues still need a lot of work, however.”  Doug Flutie’s Sports Pub, a bar-restaurant combination owned by the former former New England Patriots quarterback, has yet to receive its furnishings or Flutie memorabilia such as his Heisman Trophy, which are scheduled to be displayed in sealed glass enclosures. Same for Slack’s Oyster Bar and Grill, an upscale dining establishment, and a food court which will include three separate outlets serving pizza, burgers and coffee and pastry.

5) Entertainment?  C’mon  Everything is cut down to size.  The Revolution 1776 Lounge, a semicircular bar with a stage to hold entertainment, sits amid the sea of slots  and seating for 77 yet to be installed. There’s also a 300-seat function facility to be finished – smaller than the size of  Mohegan Sun’s Cabaret Theater, their smallest venue.

Plainridge, take your time and do it right.  The first impression could just be the last for some people, since ten minutes away is something gamblers have already invested in, with real people dealing the cards!

That’s all for now.