New Casinos Are Coming To New England, Where The Gaming Landscape Is About To Shift

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The New England casino market is going to go through some big changes in the coming weeks, which could affect the landscape for both sports gambling and internet poker and gaming.

Two brand new casinos will open their doors on Aug. 24 and Sept. 1 respectively, with another facility shutting down between.

And that is only the start. There are even more changes coming to the area later on.

Another Massachusetts casino is scheduled to open in 2019, and then there are the proposed tribal casinos in northern Connecticut and southeastern Massachusetts.

Further, sports gambling is coming to the area, and interest in online gaming continues to gain steam.

But before that happens, there are a few new casinos to talk about.

MGM Springfield is ready for its big debut

The first new casino will be the MGM Springfield, located in Springfield, Mass.. The casino is slated to open its doors on Aug. 24.

The billion-dollar casino job is the first of two destination casinos coming to Massachusetts. The $2.4 billion Encore Boston Harbor is on schedule for its June 2019 opening.

MGM Springfield are the first destination casino to open in the area since Mohegan Sun in 1996.

Located in Western Massachusetts, MGM Springfield is expected to draw visitors from all over the state. Additionally, it will act as a chokepoint for traffic from the north (Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine) and New York that would typically be headed further south to the two Connecticut casinos. That has the two tribal casinos in Connecticut very concerned.

The property will boast:

A 250-room boutique resort with luxury spa, fitness center, and pool.3,000 slot machines and 100 table games, such as a 23-table poker room.Eight restaurants, dining options, and bars, including a high-end steakhouse and Italian restaurant.26,000 square feet of retail space that includes a Hannoush Jewelers and Indian Motorcycle store.Entertainment choices, such as an arcade-bowling street, a TopGolf suite, and a cinema.A free, attached parking garage with 3,375 spaces.Rhode Island is ready to hit the upgrade button

On Aug. 28, just a couple days after the MGM launching, Newport Grand’s quarter-century run as a casino (the jai alai fronton was turned into a slots parlor in 1992) will come to an end. Newport Grand’s closing is not a negative, it is simply to make room for a newer, better match in the state.

When its doors are shuttered at Newport Grand its gaming license will shift to another casino in Tiverton, R.I.

The Twin River Tiverton Casino — a sister-property to Twin River in Lincoln — is scheduled to open on September 1.

The new Tiverton casino is a major location upgrade.

Newport is known for its beaches and not much else. So not only is the Newport Grand located in an otherwise out of the way island in southern Rhode Island, but through the summer months you are fighting shore traffic to get there. And good luck finding a reasonably priced hotel.

On the other hand, Tiverton is located close to the Massachusetts border (about a 30-minute drive north of Newport), and a short drive from some good population centers in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Twin River Tiverton will even have more gaming choices (Newport residents voted against adding table games to Newport Grand multiple times) and more comforts, not to mention a brand new facility.

Newport GrandTwin River TivertonSlot Machines1,0001,000Table Games-32 + 18 stadium gamingHotel-Coming soonDiningCafé express food-to-go2 Restaurants + a food courtRacebookYesYesSports gambling is also on the way

The land-based shakeup is occurring on a parallel track with the spread of sports gambling across New England, and the country.

Rhode Island legalized sports gambling at casino locations this year. Sportsbooks will be added to the racebooks at both Twin River casino locations in the future. Interestingly, Twin River merged with Dover Downs in Delaware, where the first legal post-PASPA sports wager was placed outside of Nevada.

Connecticut passed legislation to do the same, but the consensus is the state will have to pass further legislation before sports gambling will become a reality in the Nutmeg State.

Massachusetts is trailing behind its southern neighbors, but it hasn’t been silent on sports gambling. The state is formally studying sports gambling , and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission released a sports gambling white paper earlier this season.

And don’t lose sight of the fact that MGM is one of the biggest sports gambling proponents in the gaming industry.

Don’t forget about online gambling

Nor is sports betting is not the only gaming expansion MGM supports.

MGM is also a strong supporter of legal online gaming.

Massachusetts has been talking online casino expansion for several years (it put any further talk on hold until the country’s casinos were up and running). Online gambling quickly became a popular topic in Connecticut, as both CT casinos lobbied the legislature to legalize online gaming alongside sports gambling.

As casino contest heats up (particularly near the boundaries ) it would be advisable for all three countries to acquire the internet poker/casino ball rolling.

Customers living close to the edge will soon have land-based casino choices in multiple states. Some might choose a casino within their home state. Others might choose the newest, prettiest property. Still others might choose the closest casino, even if it’s in a different state.

Online may help keep people from choosing option two or three, because online casino players may only play at online sites from the state they’re located in.

Therefore, casinos can lure their online customers to see their property by linking online and land-based reward programs.

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