New England Casino News You Might Have Missed

So much has happened this past week, I felt a post with related links might be in order. Accordingly, here is a number of news snippets in “New England Casino News You Might Have Missed.”

Plainridge Racing at the Mercy of Mass Legislators

They did it last year, and they’re doing it again.  Who?  Massachusetts state lawmakers are bringing the horse racing to the brink of extinction once again. According to Colin A. Young in

Plainridge Raceway at Plainridge Casino, Plainville, MA

Plainridge Raceway at Plainridge Casino, Plainville, MA

the Lowell Sun, “If the legal authority for racing and simulcasting is not extended before Thursday, all racing and simulcasting must stop. Subsequently meaning it must be enacted by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker. Plainridge Park Casino, the only remaining host of live horse racing in Massachusetts, is planning to hold races until then.”

 

Live racing has come under attack in New England in recent years.  Unfortunately, Suffolk Downs, the last thoroughbred racing in Massachusetts and New England, closed in July. Maine still has racing at Scarborough and Bangor (connected to Hollywood casino block away) with parimutuel betting. The summer fair season in Maine has horse racing which helps the Maine horse breeding market.

CT Lawmakers announce comprehensive casino/sports betting plan

A bipartisan group of Connecticut lawmakers announced a wide-ranging bill they hope could lead to legalized sports betting. Furthermore, it also hints at the addition of a Bridgeport casino and the completion of the combined tribal venture in East Windsor. The tribes must spend a minimum of $100 million on an entertainment and gambling facility in Bridgeport. Consequently, the tribes will receive authorization to conduct sports wagering at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun. In addition, sports wagering through mobile applications, online and other locations in the state would be approved. The original tribal compact will stay intact, with 25% slot revenue going to the state from the two current tribal casinos. In addition, the tribes would contribute 10% of their table games revenues generated.  Only at both the proposed Bridgeport casino and East Windsor casino would add this to the state’s tourism marketing fund.

Rhode Island Sports Betting is up

Inside the Twin River Casino Sports Book

Inside the Twin River Casino Sports Book

Rhode Island’s two regulated sports betting operators, Twin River and Tiverton Casino, recorded a combined book revenue of $2.15m in June. Presently, that is a record high for the Ocean state. As a matter of fact, the total sports betting profit for the fiscal year is nearly $6.9 million. Rhode Island became the eighth state to offer sports betting in 2018, months after the Supreme Court struck down PASPA.

Mohegan Sun Prepares for sports betting

Mohegan Sun announced signed an agreement with Kambi Group plc to provide online and on-property betting products. The Kambi Sportsbook will be integrated into Mohegan Sun’s iPro gaming platform to power a free-to-play sportsbook. Equally important, it will enable Mohegan Sun guests to familiarize themselves with the Kambi product ahead of a regulated real-money launch. Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment currently has casinos and resorts in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Canada, and Connecticut. At this time, both Pennsylvania and New Jersey already offer real-money legal sports wagering through retail and mobile sportsbooks.

Rhode Island Problems include deal with IGT

IGT Headquarters in Providence, RI

IGT Headquarters in Providence, RI

To begin with, the agreement would start in 2023. Through IGT’s $6.4 billion merger with Rhode Island-based GTech Holdings in 2015, the company already controls 84 percent of the slot floors at the Twin River and Tiverton casinos. Scientific Games has 12 percent of the remaining slot space, and Everi Holdings has the other 4 percent. In fact, Governor Raimondo and top lawmakers announced they had reached a tentative deal with IGT to extend its Lottery contract. In exchange, the company will keep 1,100 workers in the state employed. Although this is true, a major concern is a monopoly of gaming machines by IGT. Besides, there would be an absence popular brands found in other casinos across New England and the country by Aristocrat, Konami and IT.

Related Post – Rhode Island Casino Specs and History

another Blackjack class-action Suit, this time MGM Springfield

According to MassLive, “Blackjack players have filed a class action lawsuit claiming MGM Springfield is paying less than state regulations permit on winning hands at some tables. The claims, including in a lawsuit filed Monday in Hampden Superior Court, echo those made in a similar suit filed recently against Wynn Resorts’ Encore Boston Harbor. Similarly, claims were made concerning Encore Boston Harbor after it opened. However, they were dismissed by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

Wynn Not a Win?

Boston Harbor, Everett, MA

Approaching Encore Boston Harbor, Everett, MA

Encore Boston Harbor has been the most anticipated resort Casino to open in New England since Foxwoods in 1992. Even then, Foxwoods was just at the beginning of its expansion. I even called it the “Jewel” of New England’s Casinos.

To summarize, he proposes 5 considerations:

  1. Wynn’s new Massachusetts casino, Encore Boston Harbor, has sizable competition, and has significantly fewer amenities than that competition.
  2. Sentiment from early patrons skews negative.
  3. The location won’t be Encore Boston Harbor’s “silver bullet.” It’s not ideal, and it’s unclear how much convenience even matters to New England gamblers.
  4. We are projecting that EBH will fail to meet most revenue estimates, including the projections from Wynn itself.
  5. Although it’s unlikely that Encore Boston Harbor will be a significant catalyst for Wynn stock, we recommend a smaller gaming stock with large exposure to this new resort.

This is a must read as well as the comments if you are interested in New England’s casino expansion.

Finally, Maine’s Casinos Had a Record Year

Officials attend the grand opening of the Oxford Casino Hotel on Route 26 on Nov. 9. The 107-room, four-story hotel is attached to Oxford Casino, which opened in 2012 and is owned by Churchill Downs Inc.  (Oxford Casino photo)

Robert F. Bukaty of the AP reported that Maine’s two casinos raked in close to $144 million last year, setting a state gambling record. The recent rise is considered tied to Oxford’s hotel addition and expanded gaming floor.  But Milt Champion, executive director of Maine’s gambling control unit, doesn’t expect the windfall to last due to increased competition across the board. Maine is one of 12 states with record casino gambling last year, according to a report from the American Gaming Association released Tuesday. Nationwide, gamblers spent almost $42.7 billion in two dozen states with legal casinos, the association said.

Meanwhile, Maine’s positive path towards sports betting has skidded to an unexpected halt.  Gov. Janet Mills decided not to sign the bill that would legalize sports betting in her state due to concerns over expanded gambling. At this point, the bill is going nowhere fast and could stay that way forever.
That was the week’s news. Wonder what this week brings?
Binbin

Promotions at New England’s Casinos – August 5-11

It’s August!  Where did the beginning of summer go?  Whatever the case may be, it’s time to look at Promotions at New England’s Casinos – August 5-11.

Top Gambling Promotions This Week at New England’s Casinos

Encore Boston Harbor

  • August Play & Earn – Red Card members can earn $25 in FREECREDIT every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this August.
  • McLaren Labor Day of Luxury Giveaway – Your chance to win a 2019 McLaren 570S or $100,000 in cash. Plus, there are an additional 150 FREECREDIT prizes.
  • New Member and Tier Card BonusGuests who sign up for a Red Card in August receive $50 FREECREDIT. Additionally, guests who bring a tiered player’s card from another casino can receive up to $500 FREECREDIT.
  • Winner’s Celebration – Guests who hit a jackpot of $1,200 or more while playing slots with their Red Card earn entries into the Winner’s Celebration, & a chance to win a share of the $50,000 drawing on August 31.

Foxwoods Resort Casino

  • FOXY & FUNEvery Thursday in August – Treats for our guests 55 and up, with amazing deals and offers.
  • Quick Bucks Slot Promotion – AUGUST 7 • 4PM – 6PM • GRAND PEQUOT CASINO 
  • 3x Tier Credits – August 9 – Tier up faster with TRIPLE TIER CREDITS. Earn TRIPLE TIER CREDITS on slots, table games, keno, poker and race book.
  • Summer of Dreams -Summer Through Aug 31. WITH EXCITING EVENTS, PROMOTIONS, ENTERTAINMENT AND MORE

HOLLYWOOD Casino, Hotel & Raceway

  • Early Bird –  August 3rd, Play for your chance to win Free SlotPlay® based on your tier! From 1PM – 4PM we’ll call one winner every 10 minutes!
  • MYCHOICE MYSUMMER GIVEAWAY – Play and earn towards great prizes during the mychoice® mysummer Giveaway. The more you visit, the greater your chances to win. You might even drive away in a new Mercedes!

MGM SPRINGFIELD

  • Onderful Mercedes-Benz Anniversary Giveaway – Saturdays, August 3, 10, 17 & 31. Beginning at 6:00 AM on July 28, M life rewards members will earn one electronic drawing entry for every one slot point or tier credit earned from table play.
  • Tier Credit Multiplier Tuesday in August  Swipe at kiosk to activate Tier Credit Multiplier for entire day.  Sapphire=2X, Pearl=3X, Gold=4X & Platinum / Noir=5X
  • Spin & Win – Wednesdays in August 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Summer Celebration Swipe & WinThursdays in August, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Related Post – MGM Springfield Trip Report – Tier Credit Multiplier, Dr. Suess & The Fort

MOHEGAN SUN Resort Casino

  • Status Mayhem – August 8th, play your favorite slots from 6:00am – Midnight and earn from 2X to 5X status points.
  • Mondays: MORE MONEY MONDAYS Weekly until Monday, August 26th 2019. Each Monday, four Momentum members will be randomly selected to win $2,500 CASH! 
  • Tuesdays:  PLINK-IT PAYS TUESDAYSTuesday, Weekly until Tuesday, August 27th 2019. At the top of each hour from Noon to 7:00pm, one Momentum member will be selected for Plink-It for the chance to win up to $1,000,000 CASH! 
  •  Free T=Shirts on FREE AND FUN FRIDAYSWeekly until Friday, August 30th 2019

OXFORD CASINO & Hotel

  • GREAT 250K Giveaway – Qualifying Drawings will be held the last Sunday of every month. Next Drawing – August 25. The Grand Prize Drawing will be held on December 29, 2019 and drawings begin at 1:00pm. Each Grand Prize contestant guaranteed to win a cash prize between $2,500 and $30,000 prior to $100,000 in total CASH prizes given away.
  • Earn Free Dinner Buffet – Tuesdays, Earn 200 tier points between 12 – 1PM, Thursdays, 400 points 5:00am and 7:00pm, Saturday 600 points 5:00am and 9:00pm to get a FREE Thursday Dinner buffet

Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway

  • NORWEGIAN CRUISE GIVEAWAYEarn entries from August 1 – August 17 by swiping your mychoice® card daily. On August 17 from 6PM – 10PM, 5 winners will be selected every hour for their chance at a Norwegian Cruise for two or Free SlotPlay prizes!
  • SUPER PROGRESSIVE CASH JACKPOT – 6PM – 9PM – Earn entries daily by swiping your mychoice® card at any promotional kiosk. On August 31st, from 6PM – 8:30PM, 5 winners will be selected every 30 minutes for their chance at $250 in Free SlotPlay or a seat in the Grand Prize Drawing! At 9PM, 6 finalists and 4 wild card winners will have their chance at $50,000 CASH!
  • MYCHOICE® GOLD – Wednesdays in July. 6AM – 8PM. Earn 100 tier points each Wednesday in July, swipe your mychoice card at any promotional kiosk, choose your mychoice gold coin and reveal your Free SlotPlay amount
  • SUNDAY SLOTPLAY DRAWINGS – Sundays in August

Tiverton Casino & Hotel

  • $50,000 TGIF Free Play Sweepstakes – earn Monday, July 29, 2019 – Friday, August 30, 2019, WIN FRIDAYS IN August, from 4PM – 8PM.  10 WINNERS EVERY HOUR COULD WIN $250 IN FREE SLOT PLAY
  • $100,000 Sizzling Slot Tournament SaturdaysSaturdays in August from 2pm-10pm.  Tiverton Casino Players Club members may play and enter each tournament by earning ten (10) slot points between 2pm-10pm. Guest may play up to 10x per tournament day by earning a total of 100 slot points.
  • Entertainment RewardsEARN 200 SLOT REWARDS POINTS IN ONE DAY AND QUALIFY FOR ENTERTAINMENT & SPECIAL EVENT TICKETS AT THE TWIN RIVER EVENT CENTER

Twin River Casino Hotel

$500,000 Progressive Sweeps – EARN: Thursday, August 1 – Saturday, August 31
WIN: Fridays & Saturdays in August with 10 winners every hour from 5pm – 9pm could win $50 – $500 in Free Slot Play

This Week in New England Casinos

Back Again! This Week in New England Casinos!

Every Monday, NETG will take a look atThis Week in New England Casinos.” News, promotions, concerts and tips for your week at the casinos.  Want to see a show?  Want to know which promotion might spark a casino visit? Well, every week we’ll start it off for you. The possibilities might just be endless! So, as you sit down, read the paper and plan your week. Consider NETimeGambling as your go-to casino resource. 

NEWS

In Massachusetts

A. Richard Schuster presented Encore Boston Harbor with a class-action suit for cheating last week. However, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission disagreed. Consequently, a preliminary investigation found that Encore Boston Harbor’s casino operations were compliant with state gambling laws. According to CasinoNewsDaily,  “Schuster said that while playing blackjack at the recently opened casino, he expected to be paid out at 3-2 odds. But, he was eventually paid out at 6-5 odds. Usually, traditional blackjack pays players out at 3-2. However, under Massachusetts’ gaming laws local casinos are allowed to pay players at 6-5 odds as long as they fulfill certain other regulatory requirements.”

In Connecticut

John J. James has been named the new President and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino. James currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for Morongo Casino Resort & Spa located in Cabazon, California.  He will be taking the helm at Foxwoods beginning August 12. James succeeds Felix D. Rappaport, whose untimely death in June of 2018 left Foxwoods without a CEO.  As a result, Chairman Rodney Butler took over as the resort’s interim CEO shortly thereafter. James has over 25 years of highly successful Native American gaming resort operations experience.  Thus, James is uniquely positioned to lead Foxwoods into its next evolution.

Related Post – Visionary Felix Rappaport Was a Star Wherever He Went

Promotions This Week in New England Casinos

FoxwoodsFoxwoods 301 Giveaway –  Earn Entries • June 1 – 29; Weekly Drawings • Thursdays, 7:00 PM. Grand Prize Drawing • June 30, 7:00 PM, $1,000,000 Slot Tournament PLAY YOUR WAY TO LAS VEGAS. Daily Winners • July 1 – August 20 • 12pm – 6pm. Grand Finale • September 1 • 4pm – 6pm. Spin Zone in Great Cedar Casino,  Adam Levine Slot Promotion, JULY 17 • 4PM – 6PM • GREAT CEDAR CASINO 

Hollywood Bangor –  Early Bird, August 3. Earn Free SlotPlay based on your tier.  Special Hotel DEALS & DISCOUNTS

MGM SpringfieldMGM Millions – May 27 to July 27Tier Credit Multiplier Tuesday in July, Spin & Win – Wednesdays in July, Summer Celebration Swipe & WinThursdays in July, Over Under – Fridays in July

Mohegan SunTriple Status PointsJuly 25th  MORE MONEY MONDAYS,   PLINK-IT PAYS TUESDAYS,   WEDNESDAY HIGH HANDS,   Double Momentum Dollars  Wednesdays in July,  BRING-A-FRIEND FREE SLOT PLAYStarts Wednesday, BUY ONE, GET ONE BUS VOUCHERS – Wednesdays, STATUS POINT BOOSTER Wednesdays, DEAL-ICIOUS THURSDAYS,   Free T=Shirts on FREE AND FUN FRIDAYS,  Saturdays – HOT SUMMER FUN SEAT CUSHION GIVEAWAY

Related Post – Mohegan Sun Summer Entertainment Continues to Push the Competition

Oxford Hotel & CasinoEarn Free Dinner Buffet – Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturday, SATURDAY – Super 6,  TUESDAY – 15X Multiplier,  WEDNESDAY – 15X Multiplier & Seniors Day,  THURSDAY – Score 4, FRIDAY –  Mega High 5 

Plainridge Park Casino – MYCHOICE® GOLD – Wednesdays, SUNDAY SLOTPLAY DRAWINGS – JULY 28; P of Diamonds Fridays

Tiverton Casino & Hotel, Tiverton, RI – $80,000 Sizzling Slot Tournament Saturdays 

EVENTS & Concerts

July 24 – CT Sun  vs NY Liberty, Mohegan Sun Arena 11:30PM

July 23The Sunshine Tour: Pablo Cruise, Orleans & Firefall at Twin River Event Center, 8:00pm

July 25Motor City Live at Twin River Event Center, 7:00pm

July 26Godsmack at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM; Everclear at Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM (free)

July 26 & 27Reba McEntire at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM

July 27Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM (free)

July 28Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Classic All Star Comedy Explosion – at Twin River Event Center, 8:00pm; Ben Folds and the Violent Femmes at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM; Aaron Lewis: State I’m In Tour at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 7:00PM

July 30 – CT Sun  vs Chicago Sky, Mohegan Sun Arena 7:00PM

 

Have a great week!

Binbin