Massachusetts’ first casino poses a threat to nearby casinos, Twin River, Foxwoods Mohegan Sun.
Following the grand opening on Wednesday, the first Massachusetts casino, Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville has received a permanent operations certificate issued by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The new casino will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and it features over 1250 electronic games, bars, lounge with live bands and restaurants.
The first casino in the state opened on Wednesday, June 24, with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the presence of Fred Lynn, former center fielder of Boston Red Sox, state gaming officials and the representatives of Pen National Gambling, the operators of the casino. Tim Wilmot, CEO of Pen National Gaming presented the new casino saying: “We’re proud, the city of Plainville, to be the newest member of your community. It’s going to be a high energy gaming, racing dining facility. We’re going to be here for a long time.” Massachusetts Gaming Commission initially issued a temporary operating certificate, while the permanent certificate was granted on Thursday so, Plainridge Park Casino is definitely here to stay. Located near Rhode Island, the first Massachusetts casino will pose a direct competition to Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island and Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.
Prior to the opening, the casino ran a test ride, where several thousands of people, ranging from construction workers, gamblers to state officials, were invited to be the first ever to play Plainridge casino, that is to test the equipment. On the night of the official opening, people were crowding to get in and see if the new casino will bring them luck. The new $250 million facility features mainly slots, but it does not fall back on blackjack, roulette and video poker. The table games are electronic, though, and there are no live dealer games to the regret of many gamblers. However, they will keep horse racing. This was one of the requirements they promised to fulfill, as well as opening 600 workplaces and paying annual taxes and fees of around $5 million to the state.
Apart from bringing revenue and new workplaces, Plainridge Park Casino will help the society by introducing several responsible gaming approaches such as the possibility of counseling in the casino for the people who have problems with gambling as well as the possibility for the gamblers to ban themselves from the casino. Even though we don’t see these measures bringing significant results, it is the initiative that counts.