First Massachusetts Casino Opens Doors
The Plainridge Park Casino just 35 miles outside of Boston has opened its doors and Jay Snowden from Penn National couldn’t be happier stating that, “It’s hard to contain the excitement, honestly, because we’ve been working toward this now for the better part of two years. Because it’s the newest casino in the country, we have the latest and greatest slot and electronic table game products as compared to any casino in the country.” A Massachusetts law was passed back in 2011 in that allows for land based casino entertainment in the state and the Plainridge Park Casino costing $225 million is the first establishment to come into existence under that law, and it’s a beauty. With a total of 1,250 slots from the leading US slots development companies of Aristocrat, IGT and Scientific Games, heaps of table games and no less than nine eateries, Plainridge Park is just about all you could ask for in a new US casino, and it’s initially created over 500 new jobs. Visitors will find 106,000 square feet of space to explore and on top of the great casino gaming action and the dining there’s also the Marquee Rewards loyalty club and horse racing. The opening ceremony saw Stephen Crosby, the Gaming Commission Chairman shouting “It’s Showtime” as he announced the venue open, a venue that is expected to generate upwards of $200 million in its first year of operations. Around $98 million will go to the state and the town of Plainville will be receiving around $3.8 million on top providing a huge boost. Plainridge Park is close to the Rhode Island border and those slots and games players that were travelling to either the Twin River Casino and the two casinos of Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut now have a much closer option available. There will in fact be new competition soon however as Wynn Resorts is building a huge $1.7 billion casino near Boston.