HOT Stories more

Georgia gambling talks scheduled

Article

New Hampshire casino to compete with Mass. casino

April 22, 2013 6:09 PM by Ray Poirier

Pity the poor $340 million casino in New Hampshire as it tries to compete against a $1 billion casino in the northeast section of Massachusetts. It might just as well have been limited to a video slot barn.

That was one of the concerns expressed at a public hearing held last week to consider a proposed casino bill that would require a New Hampshire licensee to invest $425 million (less the $80 million paid up front for a license) for a gambling facility.

That property, noted speakers, would have to compete in Massachusetts against a $1 billion complex being proposed for either Suffolk Downs, to be operated by Caesars Entertainment Corp., or a Wynn Resorts Ltd. development to be located in Everett on the site of the former Monsanto Chemical plant.

And another thing, said Clyde Barrow, director of the Center for Policy Analysis at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth: People visiting casinos don’t necessarily gamble. In fact, over the last decade, it has been found that as many as 20 percent of casino goers do not gamble. They are there for the amenities such as spas, restaurants and scheduled entertainment, he said.

Faced with the prospects of such amenities being offered in Massachusetts, the New Hampshire casino might consider just going with slots, such as those seen in so-called racinos.

Apparently forgotten were the years when major thoroughbred racing being conducted at Rockingham Park in Salem competed directly with major thoroughbred racing being held at Suffolk Downs in East Boston. History shows both facilities suffered from reduced attendance and wagering.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

Contact Ray at RayPoirier@GamingToday.com.

Like GamingToday on Facebook GamingToday on Facebook      and        Follow GamingToday on Twitter GamingToday on Twitter

Stratosphere Real Deals for Real People

top stories

​Nevada casinos could get their first arcade-style games with a skill element as early as next year now that a single regulatory vote remains, according to one of the game-makers following this issue.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look for a second straight win over the Cardinals when the teams meet this afternoon at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Jamie Garcia (-150) pitches for the Cardinals against Charlie Morton (+130).

NFL Previews | This is the 27th of 32 pro football preseason previews leading up to the NFL football season opener Thursday, September 10. On deck, Dallas Cowboys.

Tighter slot machines have not produced increased gaming revenue and the hold percentages could be a reason for the decline, according to a study commissioned by the gambling equipment industry’s largest trade association.

NFL Previews | This is the 26th of 32 pro football preseason previews leading up to the NFL football season opener Thursday, September 10. On deck, Chicago Bears.

Check out our writersCheck out our writers

GamingToday Race and Sports Futures

           Westgate Superbook  Stratosphere Sports Book  

                Wynn Sports Book  CG Technology