The US casino industry has expanded over the past couple of decades. The days when only Las Vegas featured world-class gambling venues are over. Reports surfaced this week claiming that two casinos in New England have been ranked as some of the best in the country.
This is a big accomplishment for these properties. It also goes to show that this area is developing into a real gambling hub. Now is a great time to talk about which properties received this prestigious award.
Let’s get into it.
Two Casinos in New England Make Prestigious Awards List
For many years, lawmakers in Massachusetts pushed against allowing any casinos to open in the state. It was frustrating for the gambling advocates here that pointed toward the huge amount of tax revenue that could be earned by regulated casinos. Finally, in 2013, a law was passed to finally allow Class III casinos to run inside Massachusetts.
Connecticut is another state with a growing casino industry. Casinos have been legal here since the 90s and several tribes have opened truly world-class properties here. These two states have helped to expand what was already a solid gambling region of the country.
News broke today that two casinos in New England were named as some of the best in the country by USA Today. The first is the Foxwoods Resort Casino. This property is home to more than 4,500 slots, 300 table games, and the largest poker room on the East Coast.
“One of two premier gaming resorts in Connecticut, Foxwoods Resort Casino offers 4,500 slot machines–ranging from penny games to $100 minimums–as well as 300 table games, high stakes Bingo at one of the world’s largest Bingo halls, a race book with 50-foot digital projection screens and the largest poker room on the East Coast. Four unique hotel properties and over 30 restaurants make it easy to stay and play,” USA Today wrote.
The Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut also earned a spot on this list. This property was actually named the best casino hotel. Anyone on the East Coast should at least consider visiting one of these impressive venues to see what all the hype is about!
More Northeastern States Work to Expand Their Gambling Industries
Massachusetts and Connecticut are far from the only states in the Northeastern US with large and successful gambling industries. As many are aware, New Jersey is home to the largest overall gaming industry on the East Coast. New York and Pennsylvania are also working to expand their number of gambling options.
In time, the Northeastern US could grow to become the most profitable gambling region in the country. Many of the states here are currently working toward expansion. Sports betting, in particular, has been growing steadily in this area since PASPA was removed in 2018.
Maryland is one state currently working to finally launch its first sports betting options. Unfortunately, officials are still working to come up with a concrete set of rules to monitor this form of gambling. Several casinos have gained licenses to operate sportsbooks here, yet none have so far launched in the state.
Massachusetts is another state that appears to be on the brink of legalizing and regulating sports betting. A special council was set up here to weigh the pros and cons. Based on the progress being made, sports gambling will go live here in 2022.
There are many changes being made in the US gambling industry. The Northeastern area of the country continues to expand its number of gambling options. Two casinos in New England are even ranked as some of the best in the country! Stay tuned for updates on this situation as time goes on.
Las Vegas Continues to Thrive Through 2021
The entire US gambling industry has been performing well through the first ten months of the year. Las Vegas remains the biggest gambling hub in the country. Here, casino companies continue to report impressive revenue figures.
Many world-class casinos are currently based here. That includes MGM Resorts, which owns and operates a huge number of popular casinos throughout Las Vegas. That includes The Cosmopolitan, which this company recently took control of.
Over the month of August, the casinos in Las Vegas reported more than $1 billion in total GGR. The vast majority of this money was earned by venues on the Las Vegas Strip. Many are predicting that September will be an even better year for the city.
The start of the 2021/2022 NFL season has helped to bring a massive surge of sports bets here. Many have also made the trip to Las Vegas to visit Allegiant Stadium, where the Las Vegas Raiders play. This boost in tourism always results in more gaming revenue. We’ll be sure to offer updates on the city’s September revenue figures as they are released.
Are you surprised to hear how highly-ranked the two casinos in New England are? What do you think is the country’s next big gambling hub? Let us know in the comments section below!