Shipyard Brewery Beer Dinner at Twin River Casino – A Staff Review

Our guest dining review today is written by our RI correspondent, Miguel.  While Bert & Bin were checking out Kenny G and George Benson at Mohegan Sun, Miguel and Co. were enjoying this fabulous event at Shipyard Brewpub.  Here is what he had to say.

Thursday night some friends and I decided to check out the Beer Dinner being hosted at Shipyard Pub at Twin River.  5 beers, 4 courses only $35/pp (or $65 for 2) how could you go wrong?

Right off the top I’ll tell you this was a great event and I certainly look forward to attending future beer dinners – including the one they’re planning to have this fall (can you say Pumpkinhead??)

Shipyard Brewpub, Twin River Casino

For anyone who doesn’t know, Shipyard Pub isn’t set up as a traditional restaurant/bar.  Located on the 2nd floor (non-smoking yeah!!!) of Twin River nestled between the Poker area and slot machines.  The bar is U-shaped and probably seats about 30 people and the outer left and right sides lined with high top tables.  Above the bar on both sides are 4-5 large screen tv’s usually simulcasting dog races, on this night it was MLB and NFL games.

Two of the beers being sampled that night from a new partnership Shipyard has formed with Tiesta Tea. (www.tiestatea.com)  This is not a take on Twisted Tea or any of the “Hard” beverages being spun out these days.  Shipyard takes the Tiesta loose leaf tea and cold steeps it for 24 hours and then infuses it into their wheat ale.  In each 12-16 oz serving of the beer, you get a cup of tea!  Sounds like my mornings have a new tradition!  This is a new venture for Shipyard born out of the trends toward healthier options, away from coffee and to appeal to millennials.  Right now both of the tea brews (reviewed below) are available in stores, they are hoping to have them available in draft in the October timeframe.  This will also become a year round offering from Shipyard as we move into 2018!

When we arrived, there really wasn’t much signage or fanfare indicating there was actually an event going on other then what was written on the daily menu board.  We were greeted immediately and seated at the bar which was great from a comfort perspective, but a little challenging from a conversation perspective.  Luckily there were only 3 of us so it wasn’t too bad.

Right away we were offered our first beer of the night, one of the new tea infused offering by Shipyard – Shipyard Maui Mango.  To my amazement, these were not little tastings – each beer was served in (I’d guess) a 12oz glass.  Not being a huge mango fan I wasn’t sure how I’d like this but the mix of the wheat ale and herbal tea, with the freshness and a hint of tart from the mango – it was quite enjoyable.  All 3 of us gave it a thumbs up while we settled in, enjoyed our first beer and waited for our first course.

The food was spot on from the first course!  Served on individual wooden cutting boards we were presented a Buffalo Cauliflower Steak.  I knew one thing for sure going into the event – I am NOT a cauliflower fan – never have been.  Don’t tell my mom that she was right all those years, but this dish was AMAZING!  About an inch thick cauliflower steak drizzled with ranch dressing on the right, buffalo sauce on the left side and bleu cheese crumbles.  Let me say it again – AMAZING!  This course was paired with Shipyard Summer Ale – another light tasting and refreshing beer with citrus and fruity flavors.

Everything moved at a very comfortable pace, we never felt rushed or like we were waiting for the next pairing.

The second course was another culinary masterpiece!  Beet stacks layered with goat cheese and grape tomatoes, drizzled with a rich balsamic glaze and walnuts.  Again this course exceeded my expectations and tasted as good as it looked.  This course was paired with the beer I was most looking forward to (just by name), Shipyard Fireberry – which was the 2nd of the tea infused beers of the night.  This beer had a subtle berry hint to it and you could definitely pick up the tea influence.  Light and clean!

The third course was the main entrée – an ale infused cheddar and shaved steak Panini.  The Panini was wonderful and also included some caramelized onions and a side of harvest root chips – sweet potatoes, parsnips, etc…   This course was another success – the steak was done just right, the bread was fresh and soft and the chips were a guilt free side!  Paired with the Panini was the Shipyard Export, sadly my least favorite beer of the night.  We all felt it was a bit heavy and had more of a bitter taste than our liking.  Not a bad beer by any means – just not our preference.

What dinner is complete without dessert??  And out came our fourth course!  Presentation was on point and the flavor of each dessert was right on par! Corn meal cranberry almond biscotti (I could have eaten 20 of them), yogurt panna cotta and a house granola with cherry mousse.  I’m not a fan of cherry, but both of my friends said it was delicious.    This was paired with the Shipyard Seadog Sunfish  which was a clean and refreshing way to end the night!

As each course was coming out, representatives from Shipyard and the kitchen came out and gave us a little back story on what we were being served and kept engaged with the crowd.  As dessert was being served, they also did several raffles for pint glasses, Shipyard swag and more.

The entire staff was amazing, very attentive and made sure everyone had a great experience.  Above all, the entire staff truly seemed happy to be at the event and see the crowd that showed up.  It sounded like this was the 3rd or 4th Beer Dinner they’ve hosted and said the event continues to grow.  I’d estimate there were 60-65 people attending this event.  As mentioned earlier, they are planning the next one for the fall.

I’d highly recommend following Shipyard on social media (links below) to stay connected and find out when their future events are.  Product, price, quality and service were all you could want!

Cashing out for now…Miguel

Facebook: www.facebook.com/shipyardpubtwinriver/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/shipyardpub/

Web: www.twinriver.com/dining/shipyard-pub/

 

 

 

 

Father’s Day Promotions at Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods & Twin River

 

Happy Fathers’ Day to all those dads.  Here are some possibilities for those last-minute plans – promotions in our New England Casinos.

Foxwoods Resort Casino

Foxwoods Resort Casino

Foxwoods Resort Casino – Mashantucket, CT

Foxwoods is offering many promotions for dad this weekend.  Highlights include:

Lake of Isles Golf Package ~ Starting at $200.  One night lodging at The Fox Tower Hotel, 18 holes at the award-winning Lake of Isles North Course with cart, Use of driving range with practice balls one hour prior to (range opens at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays), Complimentary bottled water from the beverage cart, Lake of Isles golf towel, Metal Bag Tag, Wampum Ball Marker,  & Branded Beverage Cup.
Call Lake of Isles Concierge at 888.475.3746 for information or to make a reservation.

Dining Highlight – At VUE 24 – Celebrate Father’s Day at Foxwoods’ premier dining destination on the 24th floor of the Grand Pequot Tower. Visit during the weekend for a dinner spread of King Crab, Filet Mignon, or their decadent Stonington Lobster Bisque. Or, indulge in the restaurant’s Sunday Sky Brunch with options like the VUE 24 Omelet with Butter Basted Stonington Lobster, Hackleback Caviar, Crème Fraîche and Skillet Potatoes.

For all Foxwoods offers, click HERE.


MoSun SignMOHEGAN SUN RESORT CASINO, UNCASVILLE, CT

 

Two NETG picks from the Sun include:

BALLO Italian Restaurant
– 
Enjoy a complimentary glass of 2014 Scaia Cabernet* ($14) for Father’s Day with the purchase of our 16 oz. ribeye ($49) with Brussels sprouts, pancetta and honey
– Guests can also enjoy our weekly Spectacular Sundays and treat Dad to 50% off a bottle of wine that is $100 and up!

Hash House A Go Go
Brunch Specials
– The Bosses Breakfast Sandwich: Traditional breakfast sandwich with eggs, bacon, pepper jack cheese, fried leeks and the HHAGG twist – ghost pepper aioli – served with crispy potatoes ($13.99)
– Dad’s Burger: Seasoned certified Angus beef topped with corned beef, sliced Applewood smoked bacon and homemade mashed potatoes – served with French fries ($15.99)
– Machacha Breakfast Burrito: Machacha beef with crispy potatoes, cheddar cheese, eggs and Pico de Gallo wrapped in a giant flour tortilla and topped with our homemade Ranchero Salsa ($14.99)
Dinner Special
Grilled BBQ Chicken and Pork Ribs Combo: House roasted chicken and special recipe pork ribs served with garlic mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and fresh watermelon ($17.99)

For ALL of the Father’s Day offerings at Mohegan Sun, click HERE.


 

Twin River Casino, Lincoln RI

Twin River Casino, Lincoln RI

Twin River Casino

At Wicked Good Bar & Grill – Celebrate Dad on Sunday, June 18 with their Father’s Day Special

Kona encrusted bone-in rib-eye with Roasted potatoes,sauteed spinach & a 10 oz. Bud Light draft
$24

HAPPY FATHERS DAY

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New England Casino Awards Voting Ends Friday

2017 NEW ENGLAND CASINO AWARDS

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2017 NEW ENGLAND CASINO AWARDSnetime-logo NECAStart thinking and get ready to rate New England’s Casinos!

This is the time of year that awards are given out.  The Casino industry is no different. Its “best awards” are handed out nationally – for example, Casino Player gives awards for every area of the country, including tribal casinos.

Casino regions in the country also give out awards. One of the best ratings for anyone who frequents Las Vegas is a website and podcast by VegasTripping, an unbelievably honest and insightful group who includes a popular vote and the editors’ choices. Their VT awards include the best AND the worst, something most don’t include. Their staggering amount of categories (hotels, dining, entertainment, gambling) represents what’s happening with the on-Strip, off-Strip, and Downtown casinos. The “Trippies” also cover Technology, podcasts, pet peeves, news of the year….well, you get it.  If there’s something to cover in and about Las Vegas, VegasTripping does it, and has done it well for years.

So, I figured, why not the best in New England?  In a few years, we may double the number of casinos with the likes of Wynn and MGM, so why no start the

New England Casino Awards

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NETTIES

 

And who better to start the first New England Casino Awards than the only  website for comprehensive coverage of New England’s Casinos than your very own

N.E.Time Gambling

The format will be smaller, of course.  Our first go at it last year was a big surprise with the number people who voted. We will follow a similar format of Popular Vote & Editors Choices, following VT’s inspiration. The seven casinos and their nominated locations in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut & Rhode Island will be considered in the following categories:

Hotel 

Drinks:

     Best Bar

     Best Night Club / Lounge

Dining:

     Best Dining Options

     Best Dining Value

     Best Buffet 

Entertainment:  

    Best Small Venue for Entertainment

    Best Large Venue for Entertainment

Gambling:

     Best Casino Slots / Video Poker

     Best Casino Table Games

     Best Casino Players Club

     Best Casino You Feel the Luckiest In 

Honorable Mention – a chance to write in a favorite:

     Write in Favorite Slot

     Write in Favorite Restaurant / Place to Eat

     Write in Favorite Bar / Place for a Drink

 

So, get ready to vote next week, starting Tuesday and ending Friday.  Please vote only once – we have ways to know if you don’t!

10 New Year Wishes For New England’s Casinos

cropped-newenglandfinal.jpgIt’s almost 2017 and I believe it’s time to continue our annual tradition at NETG – a beginning of the year wish list.  So here is my first top ten wishes for New England casinos in the 2015.

  1. I wish Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway a better 2017. Hollywood Bangor casino While 24 hour gambling didn’t seem to work out in Bangor, I hope that being so far north & east of all casino expansion doesn’t take away from their success in past the past decade.
  2. I wish the additions of two hotels and expansion space coming to Oxford Casino in Oxford, Maine continues to improve a very successful three years for the casino and community of Oxford.

    New Hampton Inn across the street

    New Hampton Inn across the street

  3. I wish gamblers would become more knowledgeable and picky concerning pay tables, odds, and EV. Casinos will offer the lowest point and highest house that they can get away with.  Let’s play smarter.Foxwoods Rewards
  4. I wish Foxwoods luck with their revamped players club. The addition of multiplier days and FoxPerx are steps in the right direction.
  5. I wish the Connecticut Sun, of the WNBA, continued progress with a young and potentially dynamic team under the coaching of Curt Miller.

    Curt Miller, new coach of the CT Sun

    Curt Miller, coach of the CT Sun

  6. I wish The city of Tiverton best of luck for their future in the casino business. May they become another successful casino for New England residents.

    Proposed Tiverton Casino

    Proposed Tiverton Casino

  7. I wish Plainridge Park has an even better year and less criticism and scrutiny so they can enjoy their success.
  8. I wish Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun find ways to increase visitors & revenue and get back to their best days years ago.
  9. I still wish Twin River would get a hotel.
  10. thI wish 6/5 Black Jack and paid parking never make their way to New England Casinos – and for those tables with 6/5 odds on a BJ, I wish they catch on fire, never to be seen again.

Secret wishes for Wynn and MGM Springfield continued success and progress.  Just think, only two  years away!

Binbin

NEW ENGLAND JANUARY CASINO PROMOTIONS – Massachusetts & Maine

promotionsWhat Does The New Year Bring?
A Month of PROMOTIONS…..of Course
Here’s part 1 featuring Maine & Massachusetts. Check below to find out!
Please note: As always, check for daily updates and news from New England’s seven casinos through our Menu links above and additional promo info on NE Time Gambling on Twitter!  

Don’t forget to click on the Casino Name to bring to the Casino Website!


Plainridge Park Casino, Plainville MA

Plainridge Park Casino, Plainville MA

PLAINRIDGE PARK CASINO, PLAINVILLE, MASSACHUSETTS

50+ DISCOUNT AT THE SHOPPING STATION IN DECEMBER – Present your 50 plus Rewards Card and receive 20% OFF Monday-Thursdays in December at The Shopping Station. Not valid with any other offers or discounts.

50K SATURDAY SWEEPSTAKES – Win a share of $50,000 in CASH & Free SLOTPLAY®. Earn entries all month long! January 1 – 28, 2017. Earn 100X entries every wednesday. GRAND PRIZE DRAWING Saturday, January 28, 2017 • 9PM. One lucky winner of $15,000 CASH. Begin activating your entries by inserting your card into any machine between 7pm-8:59pm. Early bird drawings Saturday, January 28, 2017 • 2PM-6PM. Win $100 up to $2,500 Free SLOTPLAY. Play on your Marquee Rewards® card and you could be one of 10 winners every hour

JACKPOT FRENZY 3X ENTRIES – Mondays in January. Receive 3X your Jackpot Frenzy Entries

P OF DIAMONDS PROGRESSIVE – Fridays in January • P OF DIAMONDS • 6pm-10pm. 5 winners every hour. Win $100 up to $5,000 Free SLOTPLAY or the Progressive Prize. 100 Total Winners! If a winner picks the P of Diamonds, they receive the Progressive Prize! Progressive begins at $5,000 Free SLOTPLAY and increases by $100 every winner. Progressive is guaranteed to be won on January 27

50 PLUS SLOT TOURNAMENT – Tuesdays in January • 12pm-5pm. 100 Winners Every Tuesday win $25 up to $1,000 Free SLOTPLAY. Present your 50+ Rewards card to play. Don’t have a 50+ Rewards card? Simply earn 500 points on the same day to play. Present your Marquee Rewards card and photo ID in the Promo Zone to play in a two minute round. Prizes are automatically awarded to top 100 scores at the end of tournament play. Awarded promotional prizes valid for 30 days only. Downloaded Free SLOTPLAY valid for 24 hours only.

NORWEGIAN CRUISE VACATION GIVEAWAY – Saturday, January 21 • 3pm-8pm. 7 Winners every hour. Win $100 up to $500 Free SLOTPLAY or a $2,000 Norwegian Cruise Vacation

MAKE A PLAINRIDGE DEAL – Saturday, January 14 • 12pm-7pm. One lucky winner every half hour. Win $100 up to a top prize of $10,000 Free SLOTPLAY. Winners will have 5 minutes to report to the Revolution Lounge to go on stage and PLAY THE GAME.

Oxford Casino, Oxford Maine

OXFORD CASINO, OXFORD MAINE

Missile Madness – Every Thursday, January 5, 2017 – March 30, 20173:00pm – 8:00pm – Enjoy our BRAND NEW kiosk game.  Launch your missiles at the game board.  If you hit, you win! If you miss, you STILL win. It’s an ALL WINNER game! Play every Thursday through March 30, 2017 and you pick up where you left off the previous week. You can win up to $500 in Free Slot Play!  You get an extra session (Missile) every time you earn 250 tier points during promotion times (maximum of 12 per promotion day) Visit any Promotional Kiosk to play!

100K Cars or Cash Giveaway – Beginning January 2, 2017 you can claim your FREE entry at any promotional kiosk & start earning entries into the 100K Cars or Cash Giveaway. – The first drawing will be Sunday, February 26. Starting at 1:00pm, one finalist will be selected every 15 minutes to take their spot in the finals. Then, at 4pm, each finalist will have to decide to stay in and risk elimination or opt out and take home a share of the $35,000 in guaranteed cash and prizes. If one lucky person survives through the final round, they’ll win their choice  of a brand new 2017 Infiniti QX30 or $30,000 in CASH. Then, immediately following the final round, Oxford will give away whatever is left of the $35,000 in cash and prizes in a giant last chance drawing for all non-finalists. Your entries are good for all three drawings!

The Oxford Grill offers dining specials each week.  Click on This Week’s OXFORD GRILL DINING SPECIALS for the latest.

ONGOING PROMOTIONS INCLUDE: SATURDAY – Super6, WEDNESDAY – 15X Multiplier & Seniors Day , THURSDAY – 5K Thusdays & Free Lunch Buffet (100 pts earned), FRIDAY – High 5 


Hollywood Casino, Bangor Maine

Hollywood Casino, Bangor Maine

HOLLYWOOD CASINO, HOTEL & RACEWAY, BANGOR MAINE

Special Status Accelerator. – Visit more, and accelerate your rewards.  Click here for more details.

$80,000 SNOWFLAKE SATURDAYS – Saturday, January 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 5PM – 8:30PM you could win up to $1,000 CASH or $1,500 Free SlotPlay® Play with your Marquee Rewards® card to earn entries starting January 1 for your chance to play Snowflake Saturdays. Multiply your earnings with 100X entries Mondays & 50X entries Fridays! Free SlotPlay prizes triple at 8PM & 8:30PM. Plus, a $1,000 cash prize will be added to the board! Insert your Marquee Rewards card into any slot machine beginning at 4PM on each Saturday to activate your entries hourly.

Drink Specials – 

ONGOING PROMOTIONS INCLUDE: (For more info click HERE)

  • World Table Buffet – Friday & Saturday, Dinner – 4:00 – 9:00, $19.95 Per Person. Sunday Brunch, 9am – 3pm, $15,95
  • 50+ Card In Play
  • 50 PLUS REWARDS 3X TIER MULTIPLIER – 
  • Lucky Ladies Night

Plainridge Park Casino, Plainville MA

Plainridge Park Casino, Plainville MA

PLAINRIDGE PARK CASINO, PLAINVILLE, MASSACHUSETTS

50+ DISCOUNT AT THE SHOPPING STATION IN DECEMBER – Present your 50 plus Rewards Card and receive 20% OFF Monday-Thursdays in December at The Shopping Station. Not valid with any other offers or discounts.

50K SATURDAY SWEEPSTAKES – Win a share of $50,000 in CASH & Free SLOTPLAY®. Earn entries all month long! January 1 – 28, 2017. Earn 100X entries every wednesday. GRAND PRIZE DRAWING Saturday, January 28, 2017 • 9PM. One lucky winner of $15,000 CASH. Begin activating your entries by inserting your card into any machine between 7pm-8:59pm. Early bird drawings Saturday, January 28, 2017 • 2PM-6PM. Win $100 up to $2,500 Free SLOTPLAY. Play on your Marquee Rewards® card and you could be one of 10 winners every hour

JACKPOT FRENZY 3X ENTRIES – Mondays in January. Receive 3X your Jackpot Frenzy Entries

P OF DIAMONDS PROGRESSIVE – Fridays in January • P OF DIAMONDS • 6pm-10pm. 5 winners every hour. Win $100 up to $5,000 Free SLOTPLAY or the Progressive Prize. 100 Total Winners! If a winner picks the P of Diamonds, they receive the Progressive Prize! Progressive begins at $5,000 Free SLOTPLAY and increases by $100 every winner. Progressive is guaranteed to be won on January 27

50 PLUS SLOT TOURNAMENT – Tuesdays in January • 12pm-5pm. 100 Winners Every Tuesday win $25 up to $1,000 Free SLOTPLAY. Present your 50+ Rewards card to play. Don’t have a 50+ Rewards card? Simply earn 500 points on the same day to play. Present your Marquee Rewards card and photo ID in the Promo Zone to play in a two minute round. Prizes are automatically awarded to top 100 scores at the end of tournament play. Awarded promotional prizes valid for 30 days only. Downloaded Free SLOTPLAY valid for 24 hours only.

NORWEGIAN CRUISE VACATION GIVEAWAY – Saturday, January 21 • 3pm-8pm. 7 Winners every hour. Win $100 up to $500 Free SLOTPLAY or a $2,000 Norwegian Cruise Vacation

MAKE A PLAINRIDGE DEAL – Saturday, January 14 • 12pm-7pm. One lucky winner every half hour. Win $100 up to a top prize of $10,000 Free SLOTPLAY. Winners will have 5 minutes to report to the Revolution Lounge to go on stage and PLAY THE GAME.

(For Promotion Information click HERE)

 

Father’s Day Weekend Promotions at Mohegan Sun, Oxford Casino, Bangor ME

Anything I missed that you may know of, please leave a comment on the website. I am surprised by the lack of communication and website information from Foxwoods, Twin River, Newport Grand, and Plainridge Park casinos.  It would seem Father’s Day is not as important to these casinos than Mother’s Day, Valentines Day, etc…..

Too bad,  I know some Grandpas that would love a great meal at a great restaurant.

Here are some promotions in New England Casinos.

image(4)Oxford Casino – Oxford, ME

Fathers Day Buffet; – Sunday, June 19 from 9:00AM to 2:00PM  $19.95 Per Person

Super 6 Saturday – Hourly drawings from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Bonus drawings will be held on July 16 at 8:00pm and 9:00pm. Beginning at 1:00pm, go to any promotional kiosk and pick 6 Lucky numbers ranging from 1–20.  Your numbers will print out on a slip below the kiosk screen, keep that slip, those numbers are good for the duration of the promotion. Anyone matching 4 numbers wins $40 in free play. Anyone matching 5 numbers gets to spin the Prize wheel and win up to $500 in CASH.  ANYONE MATCHING ALL 6 NUMBERS wins their share of the SUPER CASH JACKPOT.

image(3)Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway – Bangor, ME

Epic Buffet – SundayBrunch9AM – 3PM$15.99, Friday – Saturday Dinner 4PM – 9PM  $22.99

$75,000 SUMMER LOVIN’ – Saturday, June 18 from 5PM – 8PM you could win up to $1,000 Free SlotPlay®! Earn entries starting June 1 through card-in play. Entries carry over each week! Insert your card into any slot machine within one hour of each drawing on every Saturday to activate your entries. Multiply your earnings with 50X Entries every Friday!

Special For Dad’s In BANGOR:

4th Annual Bangor Beer Festival: Tap Into Summer, Saturday, June 18 at Noon; Bangor Waterfront – Does your father enjoy sampling delicious craft beers to the tune of live music? If that sounds like your father, tickets to the 4th Annual Bangor Beer Festival may be the perfect Father’s Day gift. Sample frothy brews from more than 20 Maine breweries, serving your favorite IPAs, stouts, doppelbocks and much more. General admission and VIP tickets are available for Father’s Day weekend and will provide you with access to countless tasty craft beers, delicious fried foods and live music.

MoSun SignMOHEGAN SUN RESORT CASINO, UNCASVILLE, CT

Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar – Spend $25, get a $5 gift card! Spend $50, get a $10 gift card! One per table. Cannot be combined with other offers.

COMIX Mohegan Sun – Enjoy Silly Sunday: Father’s Day Edition with Brandon Marshall! Plus, all dads with pictures of their children will receive 50% off on all COMIX craft beer taps!

Geno’s Fast Break Food Court – 20% off for dads on Father’s Day!

Geno’s Pub – Get a burger & draft special just for dads ($16.99)!

Hash House A Go Go – Get homestyle specials that will make any dad feel like a king! In addition to regular brunch and dinner menus, these specials are offered all day with the dinner menu starting at 5:00pm. Limited number of reservations are available between 8:00am – 10:00am and 3:00pm – 5:00pm. All other times are first come, first served.  Specials include:Papi Chulo Hash, Felix’s “Front of the TV Mea,l” Peanut Butter Banana Flapjack, Crispy Fried Chicken Quesadilla.

Michael Jordan’s 23.sportcafe – Check out our prime rib special: a 16 oz. prime rib with mashed potatoes and asparagus for just $29 per person.

Michael Jordan’s Steak House – The first 23 dads who order Michael Jordan’s steak of choice (the Prime Delmonico) will take home an engraved steak knife to memorialize their meal! For reservations, please call 860.862.8600 or visit OpenTable.

Robert Graham – Receive a complimentary gift with your purchase of $250 or more! While supplies last, see store associate for full details.

SolToro Tequila Grill – Join us from Noon – 3:00pm for our famous $10 brunch including a wide selection of Bloody Marys & Marias and knock-out favorites like our brisket egg sandwich, Juevos Carnitas and more!

Sticks & Stones – Get a Cowboy Bar-B-Q (smoke baby back ribs, slow-cooked brisket with a whiskey bbq sauce, Texas baked beans, all-American mac & cheese, potato salad, cobb salad, chips and pretzels with Sticks & Stones dip, authentic cornbread and a dessert fondue station with roasted marshmallows) for just $34.99 per person or $9.99 for children 10 years old and younger. Also, from Noon – 6:00pm, enjoy $4 draft beer and $8 Manhattans!

The Lansdowne Irish Pub & Music House – Get our classic burger with lettuce, tomato, red onion, bacon and cheddar cheese with a draft beer of choice for $20 (tax & gratuity not included). All of our delicious Lansdowne burgers are 8 oz., grass-fed, hormone-free and Certified Angus Beef®

 

 

 

Twin River Casino Trip Report – Follow Up & Fan Feed-Back

Twin River Casino

Twin River Casino

Earlier this week, as NEGT’s RI correspondent, Rhode Island Correspondent Miguel gave a trip report after an outing at Twin River and detailed 3 concerns for Twin River. The full post can be found here: “3 Concerns For Twin River Casino.” Here’s Miguel’s follow-up:

“One of the 3 items centered around a missed opportunity for Bin and Miguel to attend the Tequila and Rumdownload (1) festival due to a poor reservation process. In parallel to the post on NE Time Gambling, I also sent an email to Twin River’s “contact us” email to voice my displeasure with the experience. Within 36 hours (including Sunday), I received an email back from a manager in the Players Club.

She was quite apologetic regarding the mix up and clearly stated it shouldn’t have happened. While stating that “it shouldn’t happen again”, I was encouraged to ask for a supervisor or manager if I encountered a problem in the future, they would have the authority to make an exception. I was also offered two complimentary tickets to any of the upcoming concerts at Twin River’s Event Center.”

imagesSo in the end, yes it was frustrating. Yes, I missed out on an event that I was really looking forward t
o (Bin, too!). Yes, I still think Twin River needs to upgrade their system.

But after the issue, Twin River did what they could to follow up, acknowledge it, and make it better.
(See our recent post concerning Casino Loyalty.)

(Bin addition – Service is what makes us feel appreciated, and trying to make-up for mistakes made shows that they are grateful for our patronage, whether we are large or small players.  Great follow-up by Miguel and great response by Twin River. Now, back to Miguel….)

“I also wanted to take a moment and respond to Monika’s comments after the post.

First off – thank you for being a loyal follower of NE Time Gambling! Not knowing what the root of you unpleasant experiences were, I’d give Twin River a try again and see if any of the issues you’ve experienced have been addressed.

Twin River Casino. Larger than most people realize - two large casino floors

Twin River Casino. Larger than most people realize – two large casino floors

While we at NETG called out the need for TR to & upgrade, upgrade, and upgrade, these are just three things we’ve noticed and we have no indication that a change in software or customer loyalty procedures are actually on the road map for TR.  If we get word that improvements are coming, we’ll certainly pass that along ASAP.

As for the jackpot complaints – that’s the first I’ve ever heard of it. (Bin, too.)  I’ve never heard of nor seen anything like that while I’ve been on the property.  I’ve been lucky enough on occasion to win a few hand pay jackpots and have had nothing but pleasant experiences with the slot attendant. I would think that if that really was happening and patrons were legitimately winning jackpots and TR was not paying them – certainly someone would pull a local news channel into the story.  So I’d certainly hope that’s just a misunderstanding of specific circumstances.

The largest casino in the USA is Windstar

The largest casino in the USA is Windstar, in Oklahoma.

(An aside – William Thompson, who teaches public administration at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, is an expert in the gambling business. He said, “while slot machines can malfunction, causing jackpot not to be paid, the casinos owe it to their customers to pay them unless the player is cheating.” Basically, State regulatory commissions would definitely be watching for these things.  It does seem to happen on some tribal casinos, (Winstar, Malfunctioned’ win spurs Oklahoma casino questions  By BYRON HARRIS / WFAA ABC 8) since Tribal Council are usually the governing body on reservations as sovereign lands.  But state policies and gaming commissions should prevent unpaid jackpots)

Cashing out for now…Miguel”

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3 Concerns For Twin River Casino – NETG Trip Report

We have another guest post this week!  A trip report for Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI.  Our Rhode Island correspondent has a lot to say about his visit.  I’ll just step back and let Miguel tell you ALLLLLLL about it.

Twin River Casino. Larger than most people realize - two large casino floors

Twin River Casino. Larger than most people realize – two large casino floors. Click on the picture for all the specifics about Twin River Casino.

After visiting Twin River, here are 3 things for them to work on ASAP!

NE Time Gambling met up at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI on Saturday May 7th.  Bin and Miguel set out to check in on the RI casino and participate in some of the promotions running that weekend.  Twin River certainly had a flurry of activity going on!

  • Every day in May they are running their $1,000,000 Cash & Free Slot Play Sweepstakes where patrons can win their share of the prize pool every 30 minutes from noon to 9pm.
  • The Twin River Event Center was hosting the New England Tequila and Rum Festival.
  • For invited guest, there was a mystery point multiplier from 5x – 1000x.
  • As if that wasn’t enough, Saturday was also a “Match Your New England Slot Offer” day where you’re able to bring in a slot play base offer from a New England casino that is higher than your Twin River slot play offer and Twin River will match it. (Hard copy mailers only, no emails or printouts.  Check the fine print)
Twin River Casino

Twin River Casino

You can find more details on current Twin River promotions at www.twinriver.com/promotions/

The casino was certainly busy given all of the promotions mentioned above PLUS the Kentucky Derby excitement which surely brought in additional patrons, though there was no promotion for the Derby – at least not which was publicized.  We walked around taking note of the new carpeting recently installed, a plethora of new machines added to the gaming floor while still keeping some of the classics.

Shipyard Brewpub, Twin River Casino

Shipyard Brewpub, Twin River Casino

In addition to our gaming time, we stopped in to the 1st Floor food court for lunch and ended the day with a Shipyard Brewery “Melonhead” draft up at the Shipyard Pub.

There were however, some lessons to be learned from our visit and three things in particular that this blogger thinks Twin River needs to focus on going forward.

  1. Mystery Points Multiplier: As mentioned above, Twin River had a mystery point multiplier promotion on Saturday, as they frequently do. The first “head scratcher” in this promotion, as NE Time Gambling has previously questioned, you have to reserve this promotion!  IMG_0719At least 4 days in advance, you need to reserve your point multiplier – “No Walk Ups Will Be Allowed” yells the promotional mailer!  The other catch on this promotion is that the 5x multiplier will be loaded on your card, but if you’re lucky enough to get a multiplier higher than 5x “…that amount will be manually adjusted and will be available for redemption within 6 days.”  REALLY??  It certainly seems they need to invest in an upgraded system, which allows for a variety of point multipliers and enables patrons to take advantage of the points earned in the promotion the same day they earn them.  A very clunky promotion at best.
  2. Paying with Points: When you opt to use your points on property to pay for anything…a coffee at one of the 3 Dunkin Donuts, lunch at KFC or any other retail location, you are greeted with the same questions “Slots or Tables?” Yup – that’s right, as the cashier at whichever location swipes your card, they need to indicated which pool of points you’re pulling from.  Each player has a separate balance of Slot Points and Table Points.
    Twin River Food Court

    Inside the Twin River Food Court. No, this is neither Miguel nor Binbin!

    Luckily for me, I only play slots so it’s always an easy answer.  Though it does cause one to think, if you’re buying a $15 lunch and have $10 in Slot Points and $10 in Table Points, do they have to run your card twice?  Why can’t points just be points?  Again, it seems like a system upgrade is in order to make it easier on the patron and all of the retail workers.

  3. Reserving promotions: This is really the MAJOR lesson learned of the day and should be the biggest area of focus for Twin River to improve patron experience. Twin River’s current method for patrons to reserve promotions is to call a toll free number and leave a voicemail or email a dedicated mailbox.  I’ve always opted for the email because I find it easier.  Having been a patron for many years, I can say that “back in the day” I would typically get an email response confirming my request.  As time went, I would sporadically not get a response, but still show up for the promotion and never have an issue.  At this point in time, I would estimate that I have not gotten an email confirmation back from Twin River on any promotion request in 6 months. download (1) In line with what I’ve come to expect, when I emailed in on April 21st to reserve my two complimentary tickets for the Tequila & Rum festival – I got no response.  (For reference, the ‘RSVP by’ date was May 3rd).  When Bin and I showed up to pick up the tickets I had reserved, I was told that I didn’t have the promotion reserved.  I explained that I had emailed in and even retrieved the email on my phone to show the Promotions agent – who didn’t seem interested in seeing it.  The response I got was “did you get an email confirmation?  The event is sold out now.”  download (2)There was no effort to resolve the issue, open and shut case, NO SOUP FOR YOU, don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya…we weren’t getting in, even though I had RSVP’d well in advance.  So the theme continues here…upgrade, upgrade, UPGRADE!  For Twin River to be taken seriously and be on the same level as, oh I don’t know, EVERY OTHER CASINO, build out a players portal on your website, allow patrons to view and reserve reservations online, check point balance, etc…Not only would this reduce the Twin River labor required to check voice mails and emails (and theoretically responding), it would also make for a much improved patron experience.

Feel free to share your thoughts on Twin River, or any other casino, with us and keep the conversation going on Twitter @NETimeGambling and @NECasinoMiguel

Cashing out for now…Miguel

Tribute Bands, Karaoke & Trivia in New England Casinos

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In New England, listening to a tribute band is as much of a draw as listening to others – or even yourself – like Karaoke.

 

Ok, enough of the trivia – which is also something found in a lot of casino bars….but I digress.  Here’s where the Tribute Bands are playing and where you can find Karaoke:

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Click on the Casino Image as a Link to the Casino Website!

 Connecticut

FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO 

Foxwoods Resort Casino, CT

Foxwoods Resort Casino, CT

SCORPION BAR: Karaoke Wednesdays – 10pm; 

ATRIUM LOUNGE: KARAOKE SUNDAYS & TUESDAYS

HARD ROCK CAFE: Accoustic Karaoke with Mark Beauchemin Wednesdays at 8 p.m

 

TWIN RIVER CASINO 

Twin River Casino

Twin River Casino

TRIBUTE FRIDAYS feat. Space Oddity: David Brighton’s tribute to David Bowie – Friday, May 27, 2016 8:00pm in the Event Center

The Great Escape (Journey Tribute) – Friday, April 15, & May 6th 2016 9:00pm at the Lighthouse Bar

The Rhodehouse Live: After entertainment Fridays & Saturdays, DJ/Music/Karaoke: 10pm-2am

Wicked Bar & Grill: Trivia Night Every Wednesday Night at 7:30

NEWPORT GRAND CASINO 

Newport Grand Slots, Newport, RI

Newport Grand Slots, Newport, RI

Karaoke – Cocktail Lounge
Every Tuesdays & Wednesday
8pm in the Cocktail Lounge – Sing for fun & gift cards!

Trivia Challenge – Every Thursday, 7:30pmCocktail Lounge $500 in weekly Prizes

Cash Is King (Johnny Cash Tribute Show) – Saturday, Apr 23, 9:00pm – NEWPORT GRAND EVENT CENTER

Kashmir (Led Zeppelin Tribute Show) – Saturday, April 30, 9:00pm

Spirit of Santana (Carlos Santana Tribute Band) – Saturday, May 7, 9:00pm

Another Tequila Sunrise (Eagles Tribute Band) – Saturday, May 14, 9:00pm

Have fun out there.  That’s all for now.

Binbin

 

 

 

Tiverton, RI Casino Is Approved For November Ballot – A Must If RI Is To Compete

Tiverton, Rhode Island

Twin River Hopes to Move Newport Grand to Tiverton

Newport Grand Slots, owned by Twin River Management Group, is now one step closer to moving north near the Massachusetts border.  The Rhode Island General Assembly passed a bill Thursday to put a proposed Tiverton casino, aka Newport Grand Slots, on the November ballot.

According to Matt O’Brien of the Associated Press, “if voters in Tiverton and statewide approve the casino in November, the state would get 15.5 percent of proceeds from table games and 61 percent from video machines. The town of Tiverton, which has fewer than 16,000 people, would also keep a portion and be guaranteed at least $3 million a year, with the state picking up for any shortfall.”

The expansive Mashpee Wampanoag Casino Proposal in Taunton, Mass. Poses a Threat to the Boston Area

The expansive Mashpee Wampanoag Casino Proposal in Taunton, Mass. north of Tiverton 

Sounds like a good deal for both Twin River Casino and Tiverton.  TW is worried that Plainridge Park Casino, and future Massachusetts Casino Projects close to them in Taunton, Brockton and even Everett will cut into their piece of “gambling revenue pie,” with good reason.  Plainridge, while beginning to improve and increase it’s monthly revenue, has not yet been the threat that was expected.  But if Twin River Management Group is able to move Newport Grand to Tiverton, they might be able to compete better.  I’m eager to find out how TR does being the inside of “Mega-Casino sandwich” – between

Foxwoods Full Size

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

Connecticut Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun, and the Mashpee’s “First Light” project in Taunton (if litigation doesn’t hold them up for years) and Wynn Everett (if litigation doesn’t continue to stop Steve Wynn’s progress).

While there are the usual anti-casino push-backs expected, Rhode Island is highly dependent on the revenue from gaming.  While it may not be the best way to make predictable income for roads, schools, etc., moving

Newport Grand Slots

Newport Grand Slots – holding on?

Newport Grand will help the Ocean State quicker than searching for a new source of revenue.  The “evils” of gambling may have to be weathered or the small window of gambling courtship over the Massachusetts line will close quickly by 2018.

Tiverton Casino Site Map. Boston Globe

Tiverton Casino Site Map. Boston Globe

An editorial in the Providence Journal summed it up well by saying, “First, the proposed location — off Route 81 and just a few hundred yards from the Massachusetts border — is easily accessible and appears to be an outstanding one, much better than Newport. Second, according to Twin River’s estimates, the new facility could generate some $70 million a year for the state, if no competing casinos were built in Massachusetts. Even if there were a competing casino, the state would take in about $47 million a year — far more than the fading Newport Grand now produces. And it makes business sense for Twin River to run two casinos in the area, employing economies of scale.”

NETG says “Build it – before it’s too late.”

Binbin

Twin River Casino Hosting Golf Expo

Twin River Casino

Twin River Casino

This post is a tad late, but better late than tomorrow……..

Because the Southern New England Golf Expo is starting tonight at Twin River Casino.  It’s for golf aficionados willing to make the drive this weekend to the Twin River Event Center and started today at 1:00pm.

General Admission is $13.00 and includes a one year subscription to Golf Digest, $25.00 Golf and Cart Special deals to Laurel Lane CC, Country View GC and Pine Ridge CC and a two for one special to Maplegate CC.

“I think the expo does a good job bringing people together,” said Mike Harbour, a Class “A” Professional Golfers Association member and owner of Mike Harbour Golf Instruction & Indoor Golf Center, which has locations in Warren, Johnston and Cranston. “It gets them to see some of the new products that are available out there.” He added that exposure to different country clubs gives people an idea of how much money they’ll have to spend to play golf at these facilities.

Twin River Event Center logoThe show has grown from two days last year to three days this year – it’s running Feb. 26-28 – and will feature a variety of golf vendors, discounts on local courses, lessons, an indoor driving range and a fashion show.

The event will also feature retail specialists: Joe and Leigh’s Discount Pro Shop, Game Improvement, GolfTec and more.  Beginning one hour into each day there will be speakers on a variety of topics to improve your golf game. There will be a lesson or talk every 45 minutes through 4 p.m. daily.  The event will also featue interactive exhibits, SkyTrak golf simulators, long drive and closest to the pin contests, lesson tee.

Twin River Event Center

Twin River Event Center

So, whether you’re a pro in waiting, or a weekend duffer, get your golf court on to Twin a River Casino Event Center.

Binbin