Gambling Saturation Still A Concern In New England

At least two to three times each year, someone brings up the “S” word concerning casino gambling in the northeast:


“Casino Saturation” is a concern everywhere in the U.S.  Between the Lottery, Tribal & Commercial Casinos, 43 states have casino legalized gambling. As the debate about online and fantasy gambling continues to be battled out, it seems more gambling instead of less is America’s yearning.

When Oxford Casino in Maine was built, saturation was mentioned since there was already a casino in Maine – Hollywood, in Bangor.  It was feared that the two would financially cannibalize each other without enough gamblers for two casinos. But, both continue to survive.  Within the past two years, one study suggested that Maine could withstand another casino, but was dismissed twice by the Maine Legislature.

New Hampshire continues to visit the casino option, but has had it defeated 4 times mostly due to the possible competition with Massachusetts gambling properties.

Massachusetts excluded the Brockton Southeast Gaming License due to the Wampanoag Casino in Taunton and the many stages of flux it was in.  Two large casinos in Southeastern Mass. was considered too much by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

Rhode Island continues to move casinos around and is building a hotel for Twin River to compete with Massachusetts and Connecticut.


Connecticut studies, ironically made by MGM, suggested another casino in southwestern CT would be a plausible candidate for casino expansion, as Mohegan & Pequot tribes start plans for their joint casino near the border of MGMSpringfield.

In his articleGrowing Gambling Facilities In The Northeast U.S.: Is There A Market For Them All?, Elliott R. Morss provides tables of gaming progression in select casinos, including Wynn & MGM. The article implies that the survival of both Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods is in jeopardy.  Why:

The old casino model of 80/20 – that’s 80% from gambling revenue and 20% from entertainment, dining, etc., – is changing to a more “integrated resort development” in new casinos.  Both Wynn & MGM are building newer casinos in New England with that in mind. For a related post, click on our article MGM Springfield Casino Will Be an “Urban” Casino.

However, as we started, isn’t this the same worry we’ve heard for years?  While the CT casinos have felt the pinch and haven’t fully recovered from the 2007 Recession, they continue to diversify and look to additional interests in the “integrated resort” concept.  And both have cut gambling machines and tables down to more manageable numbers.

Mohegan Casino Resort near Airport. Project is licensed in Korea.

Mohegan Sun continues it’s quest for a casino in Korea, and developing a large swath of land across the river from its casino that will include retail, housing and more.  Foxwoods has added more thrill rides and continues to re-invent itself.  CT Casino #3, the  MMCT third casino in East Windsor still has big old MGM worried, or they wouldn’t be still trying to stop it through the courts.

So, I say gambling is increasing – in New England, in the east, all over the country.  There isn’t a finite number of gamblers.  The pie just gets larger.  With the soon-to-be-changed law on sports betting, more opportunities will be available for CT, MA, RI & the rest of the northeast.

Wynn, MGM, Tiverton will all serve different purposes and different players. Let’s see what the future of gaming in New England holds before we once again think the sky is falling!






New England’s Best in Casinos – According to Casino Player Magazine

Mohegan Sun - Best Overall Casino

Mohegan Sun – Best Overall Casino in New England, according to Casino Player Magazine’s “Best of 2015”

What Is Your Favorite New England Casino?

Where do you find the best hotels, games, rewards club, dining?

unnamedLike any “Best Of” Lists, it’s hard to figure out if it’s for real, or just a popularity contest – usually a mix of both. In New England the results could depend on loyalty to longer standing casinos.  In the next 5 years, this poll should become much different & interesting, with lots of competition and quality offerings from at least eleven casinos.

So here are the Best of New England’s Casinos, according to Casino Player Magazine.

Mohegan Sun Resort Casino – Best Overall Gaming Resort, Best Hotel Staff, Best Spa, Best Casino, Best Promotions, Best Slot Tournaments, Best Reel Slots, Best Video Slots, Best Blackjack, Best Craps, & the Casino You Feel the Luckiest In

Foxwoods Resort and Casino

Pequot Tower & Casino, Foxwoods

Foxwoods Resort Casino – Best Hotel, Best Rooms, Best Suites, Best Pool, Best Golf Course, Best Vacation Resort, Best Players Club, Best Hosts, Best Comps, Best Table Game Tournaments, Best Poker Tournaments, Best Roulette

Twin River Casino – Best Dealers, Best Sports/Race Book, Best Video Poker

Important notes

While Twin River

Twin River Casino

Twin River Casino

has been the third place award winner every year, there seem tobe some changes going on.  TR’s table games show life and fun with the best dealers win.  Also, Plainridge Park & Newport Grand placed 2nd & 3rd respectively in the sports book entries – ahead of Mohegan Sun & Foxwoods!  Twin River also placed second in the Slot Tournament section, Roulette, and the Casino You Feel the Luckiest In.

Please send me your thoughts on this Casino Player Magazine Poll.  Anything you strongly disagree?  I’d love to hear about it!

Have a “Royal” Day.



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.