After 8 years, NETimeGambling is still here. We’ve been covering the New England Casino scene for you during casino expansion since 2102 when, on this date, NETG said hello. So it’s time to thank you for 8 years of support.
In The Beginning
On November 18th, 2012, my first post was a brief history of gambling in New England. Interesting what was listed:
- 1992 – first New England Casino as Foxwoods opens its doors in Mashantucket, CT
- 1992 – Rhode Island approves VLT gaming machines (class II) at Lincoln Greyhound Park & Newport Jai Alai
- 1996 – the Mohegan Tribe opens the second NE casino in Uncasville, CT
- 2005 – Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway opens in Bangor, Maine
- 2007 – Lincoln Greyhound Park turns into Twin River Casino with class III gaming; Newport soon follows
- 2008 – MGM joins Foxwoods with additional hotel/casino
- 2011 – MA legislature approves construction of 3 casinos
- 2012 – Oxford Casino opens in Oxford, Maine
- 2016 – MA casinos to open
The Massachusetts Gaming Law had just been passed. As a result, Oxford Casino opened as Maine’s second casino, making six casinos in New England. Rhode Island had two casinos, both separately owned, in Lincoln and Newport. Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, and Hollywood Bangor were the only properties with hotels.
Saying “Thank You” can be very hard at times because so many should get the recognition. But, so many have supported NETimeGambling in print, podcasts, or behind the scenes; I’m should someone significant would be left out. But three people especially believed in this venture of mine, so I must recognize them now.
Michael Trager, of TravelZork fame, thank you for mentoring me and giving me experiences I would have never had on my own. Your perspective continues to raise the bar for us.
Most importantly, my staff, better known as my family. My wife and son have humored me, traveled with me, and added so much support. I can’t imagine this going 8 years without them. So thank you, Bert, thank you, Miguel.
And thanks to all who have followed us through the years, too numerous to mention.