June is bustin’ out all over in New England’s Casinos. Promotions, Events and more.
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NEW ENGLAND NEWS, GAMBLING PROMOTIONS & EVENTS, FESTIVALS, & ENTERTAINMENT
Sports Betting Coming to New England
Two New England states were listed in an article by Abby Messick of CasinoCityTimes.com as two of the “Top 10 US states to legalize sports betting.” Massachusetts and Connecticut were listed as 7th and 2nd respectively behind New Jersey to be the soonest to offer sports betting. Now that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (A.K.A. PASPA), has been considered unconstitutional, both states are now maneuvering to add sports betting. “Massachusetts has no sports-betting-specific bills right now, but key lawmakers are generating interest. Plainridge Park, [Encore] Boston Harbor and MGM Springfield are ready to throw their support behind sports betting. Connecticut already has the Connecticut Lottery Corporation moving to be “ready to operate sports betting.” Director of IT Steve Wager commented that sports betting is particularly suited to the lottery scene, and it would “just be another option.” [The latest bill] will allow casinos, horse racing tracks and off-track betting facilities to offer sports betting, in addition to language that allows for internet wagering and online lottery sales. But, Connecticut’s tribes are looking to complete control of sports betting, citing it’s gambling pact with the state would be violated and end the 25% slot contribution to the state’s coffers.
MGM Buying Yonkers VLT Parlor & Raceway
MGM Resorts International came at Connecticut from another angle Tuesday, announcing it’s buying Empire City Casino, a Yonkers, N.Y., racetrack casino, for $850 million while remaining committed to its plan to build a Bridgeport casino if the state authorizes one. Brian Hallenbeck of the the New London Day reported that MGM stated it is “…still committed to Bridgeport, where it unveiled plans for a $675 million resort casino last September, announcing it intended to push for the Connecticut legislature to establish a competitive-bidding process for a commercial casino license.” But Clyde Barrow, a gaming expert who has done some consulting work for the tribes, said that while MGM Resorts’ purchase of Empire City “makes perfect sense,” its continuing interest in a Bridgeport casino “would make no sense. “They’re being disingenuous when they say they’re still committed to building in Bridgeport when they’re going to be 17 miles from the Connecticut border” in Yonkers, N.Y., Barrow said. “They’ll be in a position to bid on table games when New York state’s moratorium on them expires in a few years.”
As it stands, Empire City boasts the sixth largest gaming floor in the country with 5,222 video lottery terminals. In 2006, the machines were added after a $225 million renovation. Then, there were only 1,800 terminals until that December, when a 120,000-square-foot addition allowed for 2,200 more. It was huge news for the southeast Yonkers business that has been owned by the Rooney family — the same people who own the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers — for nearly 50 years and finds itself having to fight for relevancy against competition further upstate and in Connecticut and New Jersey. The two sides have agreed, but the state still needs to approve. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019, because the state Gaming Commission needs to review the sale and license MGM to run the facility.
Tiverton Casino & Hotel (Replacing Newport Grand Casino)
Opening Moved Back to September 1st
Robert Mann of GamingToday.com reported that the projected opening of a new casino in Tiverton, Rhode Island has been moved forward from Oct. 1. to Sept. 1. The 100,000-square-foot space will feature 1,000 slot machines, 32 table games and five dining options. The property also includes a parking garage and an 84-room hotel. “John E. Taylor Jr., chairman of Twin River Management Group, said in a news release late last week that construction crews made quick progress over the winter months, allowing the company to open earlier than anticipated.” The 100,000-square-foot space will feature 1,000 slot machines, 32 table games and five dining options. The property also includes a parking garage and an 84-room hotel. Newport Grand in Newport, RI, will close this summer to make way for the new Tiverton Casino.
Mohegan Sun Has Made Uncasville, CT “Convention Central”
Mohegan Sun reported the celebration and ribbon cutting of the Earth Expo & Convention Center, the property’s $80 million-dollar expansion on Wednesday, May 30th. The state-of-the-art Earth Expo & Convention Center at Mohegan Sun makes Mohegan Sun, already know for its convention and event space, now home to one of the largest and most attractive exposition sites in the Northeast, with over 275,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. The new Earth Expo & Convention Center is located next to the property’s Winter Parking Garage, adjacent to the Earth Tower guest rooms. The first major event held in Earth Expo will be the third annual Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction of collector cars from June 20-23, 2018. Brian Hallenbeck of the Day writes, “Half of it is big enough to accommodate four football fields — 125,000 square feet of unfettered, column-free convention space. The other half features a 20,000-square-foot ballroom that can be divided into two; 15 meeting rooms; an executive boardroom and outdoor space with a terrace.” All 7,100 Mohegan Sun employees were invited to the unveiling, with meals served throughout the day for each of the three employee shifts. Kevin Brown, chairman of the Mohegan Tribe, cast the Expo Center as the latest sign of the tribe’s commitment to the state, which, in exchange for granting the Mohegans and the Mashantucket Pequots the exclusive right to operate casino gaming in the state, gets a cut of the tribal casinos’ slot-machine revenues.
GAMBLING PROMOTIONS & EVENTS
FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO
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Liquid Sundays are Back! – The Northeast’s Biggest Pool Party Is Back. Foxwoods Liquid Sundays is the only outdoor Vegas-style pool party in the Northeast, happening every Sunday throughout the summer. Click on the link for more information – cabana & day bed prices, special dates and more.
Foxwoods ♥ Connecticut – Residency has its privileges. Exclusive offers for CT residents, including
- WIN ONE OF 20 FREE HOTEL SUITES | JUNE 3, 10, 17, & 24 • 3PM – Make the trip to Foxwoods for your chance to win! Simply opt in at any Foxwoods Rewards location June 1 – 24.
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- STONY CREEK BREWERY DAY | JUNE 22 – How about a beer? Grab a cold one when one of Connecticut’s biggest breweries takes over Foxwoods. Stay tuned for the opening of Stony Creek’s newest location, right here at Foxwoods.
Extreme Adventures – Step away from the excitement of the casino and experience the Thrill Of It All. Climb to the top of the Fox Tower and Fly like never before, Race through tight turns, or Walk through the beautifully tranquil Connecticut woods.
150th Belmont Stakes – Advance wagering starts June 8th; Race celebration June 9th.
Hot Seat Sweepstakes, Saturday, June 16 • Noon – 8:00 PM
Beach Ball Hot Seat – Friday, June 29 • 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Bright Lights Giveaway – Now until Sunday, June 24th. Swipe your Momentum card once a day at any promotional kiosk and you could be bursting with excitement with Momentum Dollars or up to $1,000 in FREE SLOT PLAY.
40 YEARS OF FUN RESORTS ATLANTIC CITY GIVEAWAY – Friday, June 1st 2018, 6:00am. Daily until Saturday, June 30th 2018
VIRTUAL RACING – Saturday, June 9th 2018, 5:00pm & 8pm. Simply earn at least one Status Point while playing your favorite slot machines during the hour prior to each Virtual Race to be eligible. Choose the winning horse on the Mohegan Sun Circuit and win your share of $5,000 IN FREE SLOT PLAY!
Belmont Stakes Party – SATURDAY, JUNE 9TH, Doors open at 11:00am, Uncas Ballroom
DOUBLE MOMENTUM DOLLARS & DOUBLE STATUS POINTS – Friday, June 10th – Play your favorite slots, table games or wager in Race Book from 6:00am to Midnight.
Flag Day Pin Giveaway June 14th, 9:00am
STATUS POINT MAYHEM – Friday, June 22nd 2018, 6:00am. Give your Momentum status a huge boost with Status Point multipliers that randomly change throughout the day – earning you anywhere from 2X – 5X Status Points. Each multiplier is guaranteed to occur at least twice. Play your favorite slots from 6:00am – Midnight.
TRIPLE MOMENTUM STATUS POINTS – Friday, June 29th – Play your favorite slots, table games or wager in Race Book from 6:00am to Midnight. Excludes Status Points earned in the Poker Room
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HOLLYWOOD CASINO IS PLEASED TO OFFER MAINE’S ONLY LIVE POKER ROOM offering Limit and No-Limit Texas Hold’em, Omaha, and 7-Card Stud are currently available based on player demand and availability. Click HERE for the Poker Calendar of Events.
Midweek Moolah – We’re giving away $50 in Free SlotPlay every 10 minutes between 6PM – 9PM on Wednesdays.
VIP CONCERT EXPERIENCE – Tuesdays & Thursdays, YOU COULD WIN VIP TICKETS, A FREE NIGHT IN OUR HOTEL, $50 IN DINING AND A LIMO RIDE TO AND FROM THE CONCERT!
Twin Lobster Buffet – Thursday, June 28, 2018. 3:00pm – 9:00pm, $42.95 per person
Reservations required. Call 207-539-6705 to make your reservation today!
Prime Rib Buffet, Every Friday from 4:00PM to 10:00PM $24.95 per person, and every Saturday from 5:00PM to 9:00PM
Weekend Breakfast Buffets, Every Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am-Noon. $12.95 per person,
Blazing Sevens Blackjack Progressive – an exciting new optional blackjack progressive bet that wins based on how many Sevens the player receives in their hand.
PLAINRIDGE PARK CASINO & RACEWAY
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FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS
Summer Concert Series at the Darling Waterfront Pavillion is walking distance from Bangor Hollywood Casino.
June 2nd & 3rd – SUN BBQ FEST PRESENTED BY KING’S HAWAIIAN at Mohegan Sun
June 9th & 10th – Wheel of Fortune Contest Auditions – At Foxwoods, Grand Theater. Shows will begin at 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, and 4:00 PM
June 20th – 23rd – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, Earth Expo Center, Mohegan Sun
June 30, July 1 – ComiCONN 2018 at Foxwoods, Premier Ballroom.
June 2nd – CES Boxing presents The Future of Boxing at Fox Theater, 6:00PM
June 9th – World Fighting Championships 89 at Fox Theater, 7:00PM
June 9th – WNBA: Connecticut Sun vs. Minnesota Lynx, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 2:00PM
June 13th – WNBA: CT Sun vs Washington Mystics, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00PM
June 15th – CES MMA Boxing at Event Center, Twin River, 7:00PM
June 27th – WNBA: CT Sun vs Indiana Fever, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00PM
June 30th – STAR BOXING PRESENTS “SLUGFEST AT THE SUN” at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30pm
July 11th – WNBA: CT Sun vs New York Liberty, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 11:30AM
July 13th – WNBA: CT Sun vs Phoenix Mercury, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00PM
June 1st – Katt Williams at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM
June 1st – Slayer at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM
June 1st – Russell Dickerson at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM (free)
June 2nd – Ace Aceto’s Royal Flush Comedy at Newport Grand Event Center, 9:00PM (free)
June 7th – Flo Rida at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM (After Party10:00pm at VISTA Lounge)
June 8th – Vance Joy at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM
June 8th – The Wallflowers at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM (free)
June 9th – Bon Jersey (“A Tribute to Bon Jovi “) at Newport Grand Event Center, 9:00PM (free)
June 15th – TIM MCGRAW & FAITH HILL at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM
June 15th – Herman’s Hermits at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM (free)
June 15th – A Night of Funk & Soul: with Kool & the Gang, Morris Day & the Time, Cameo at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM
June 15th – Deon Cole at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM
June 16th – Bob Marley at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM
June 16th – The Great Escape- “A Tribute to Journey” at Newport Grand Event Center, 9:00PM (free)
June 16th – Aaron Lewis at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM
June 17th – Victor Manuelle at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 7:00PM
June 17th – David Foster & The Mohegan Sun All-Stars at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 7:00PM (free)
June 23rd – Joel McHale at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 7:00PM
June 23rd – Jammin’ “A Tribute to Bob Marley” at Newport Grand Event Center, 9:00PM (free)
June 23rd – Robert Cray Band at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM (free)
June 23rd – JEFF ROSS & DAVE ATTELL: BUMPING MICS, PRESENTED BY COMIX, Sky Convention Center And Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM
June 27 – July 1st – Mindfreak Live! Starring Criss Angel, Fox Theater, Foxwoods. Check here for numerous times and dates.
June 28th – Pitbull at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM
June 29th – Barenaked Ladies at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM
June 29th – Tower of Power & Average White Band at Twin River Event Center, 7:00PM
June 29th & 30th – Reba McEntire at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM
June 30th – Charo at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM (free)
July 3rd – U2 at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM
June 6th – ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM (free)
July 7th – Jerry Seinfeld at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM
July 7th – THE OFF COLOR COMEDY TOUR, PRESENTED BY COMIX at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8:00PM
July 7th – Chris D’Elia: Follow the Leader 2018 Tour at the Fox Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM & 10:45PM
July 7th – Little Anthony & the Imperials at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, 8:00PM (free)
July 7th – Creedence Clearwater Revisited at Twin River Event Center, 7:00PM
July 8th – Steely Dan & the Doobie Bros. at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM
July 13th – #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM
July 14th – Steve Miller and Peter Frampton at the Grand Theater, Foxwoods, 8:00PM
July 14th – Chicago Total Access – “A Tribute to Chicago” at Newport Grand Event Center, 9:00PM (free)
July 15th – Britney Spears at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:30PM
OTHER CASINO ENTERTAINMENT VENUES include:
The Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun – Located in the center of the action, in Casino of the Earth, offers full beverage service, a state-of-the-art sound system, intimate seating and top performances by headliners. For complete schedule, click HERE.
Hollywood Bangor now offers two venues for live weekend music – 99 Hops House & the Sound Stage. Click Here for schedule. Summer Concert Series at the Darling Waterfront Pavillion is walking distance from Bangor Hollywood Casino
Newport Grand offers Free shows by Tribute bands almost every weekend. Click HERE for schedule.
Plainridge Park Casino – the Revolution Lounge offers entertainment on the weekends
Foxwoods – Atrium Lounge – Live bands on the weekend, specialty cocktails and great time.
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Robin T. Aubin (Binbin) has been involved in music all his life, including 40 years of choral conducting, and performing professionally in different musical genres since he was 10 years of age. He has performed in Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den, Foxwoods’ Atrium Lounge, and Twin River’s Lighthouse Bar & Lounge.” (All venues in New England casinos)
Twenty years ago casino gambling became a side interest. The business, the history, the expansion across the U.S., the myths, the superstitions and innovations of legalized gambling all became a fascination. The goal of NETimeGambling is to provide a service and resource for any recreational gambler visiting New England’s expanding casino market.