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September 7th, 2018 at 4:46:29 PM permalink
FWIW, I think the hotel would say the interior is "Steampunk" decor, which is metallic gears, pipes, bars, etc. like you're seeing. Some Deco, some Victorian, but with a dark dystopian twist.

I could be wrong.

The exterior doesn't match that at all IMO. Is that maybe Massachusetts 18th century (as opposed to New England)? I haven't been up there enough to know, but the facade looks like some of Back Bay.

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September 7th, 2018 at 5:41:31 PM permalink
Quote: beachbumbabs

FWIW, I think the hotel would say the interior is "Steampunk" decor, which is metallic gears, pipes, bars, etc. like you're seeing. Some Deco, some Victorian, but with a dark dystopian twist.

I could be wrong.

You ain't never wrong.

Yes. Steampunk. A fusion of dystopian engineering, art, fashion and vaudeville. Sort of a celebration of the Edwardian era and that artist whose name I can never recall. Gorley something???

The one advantage is that steampunk celebrates the return of the Green Hour. So there will be girls wearing a large green earing (on one ear) a green choker at the neck from which dangles a tiny ornate silver spoon and green wrist cuffs. Its a celebration of absinthe, the one redeeming feature of the Steampunk movement.

Gentlemen wear spats and refer to their vests as 'waistcoats'. Metal horns abound, brass bicycles from the 1890s, and other useless junk is everywhere.
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September 8th, 2018 at 6:17:07 AM permalink
Mrs. Chips comment on the art deco wall lighting: "Looks like they forgot to put up the sheetrock."

MGM had to strike a compromise with the city of Springfield regarding retaining the historical architecture. As with most compromises, the result is imperfect. Thanks for posting, looking forward to what you have to say about the gaming.
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September 8th, 2018 at 7:56:56 AM permalink
Well, I honestly have to say I am 100% not a fan of this steampunk look they're going for. I think it would have been cooler if they just went for straight up traditional Victorian decor, or American colonialism, both of which would fit the area better than just steampunk. If I was going to be in the area anyway for some reason I might check this casino out, but for me personally it's definitely not a destination resort.

And I think it's not even the steampunk itself that's the problem... just going off those pictures it just doesn't look very well done at all.
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September 8th, 2018 at 9:48:45 AM permalink
While it has some of the look of steampunk its missing clocks and visible gears which is a very heavy steampunk aspect

Im not certain it qualifies then as steampunk

Also the actual victorian and other old age books on walls suggests to me an anachronistic hodgepodge of old memorabilia
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September 8th, 2018 at 7:29:11 PM permalink
Most of the live tables are geared towards Blackjack.

I didnt ask about rules like double down and splitting. I just took note of what was printed for all to see

There are 3 live tables sections. A very large one center of casino floor. A medium sized one off to one corner. And a small high roller section located in one of the two bars that straddle the gaming floor opposite each other

All of the Blackjack tables share the following:
Dealt from a shoe. No CSMs
No Mid-Shoe entry
To my untrained eye looks like 6 decks
Insurance offered
Has the In BETween bet (covered by Wizard)
$5 to wager
Has the Super 4 bet (covered by Wizard) however I believe its enhanced by something called Stax progressives so I will cover it in a separate post. The progressives were linked to all the denomination tables. They may make certain situations positive for play. Not certain about that
Also $5 to wager

The large gaming area in the center has 28 Blackjack tables organized in 4 rows of 7 each. Every table was open and had players on a weds night.
I believe there was one Craps table but this is almost strictly Blackjack

For this section:
$10-15 minimums.
Blackjack pays 6:5
Dealer HITS soft-seventeen

Medium sized section has following:
$25 minimum $3,000 max at Blackjack
Blackjack pays 3:2
Dealer STANDS on soft-seventeen

Also this area has other games

Roulette double zero and pretty standard

Craps. Pretty standard. Has all tall, all small, and make em all bets. Field pays only double for both 2 and 12

Baccarat - pretty standard. $25 or $50 minumum. They all had a side bet called Royal 9. I dont see any coverage of that on Wizards page so I will make a separate thread for it. It looks like a Baccarat version of the Super 4/Stax Progressives

Also one table only of each of the following:
Casino War
UTH
3-card Poker
4-card Poker
Chase the Flush Poker
Criss Cross Poker

And a big 6 wheel naturally

The high roller section had $100 minimum and $10,000 max bets. Otherwise it was the same as the medium sized section in terms of rules. I dont remember checking how many decks there sorry

There was no Paigow Tiles nor Paigow Poker. And no SicBo

I think I will make a separate thread for the Super 4 Stax Progressive

Next post looks at the slots, VP, (they have no Video Blackjack) and slots club

Also the slot vouchers that DONT KNOW when they expire. Interesting stuff. Dont miss it
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September 8th, 2018 at 9:08:35 PM permalink
Quote: darkoz

While it has some of the look of steampunk its missing clocks and visible gears which is a very heavy steampunk aspect

Im not certain it qualifies then as steampunk



I believe the song "Just Glue Some Gears On It (And Call It Steampunk)" may be relevant here...

The general ambiance just looks rather dark and dreary to me... and the exteriors aren't much better. Reminds me of a college, actually.
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September 9th, 2018 at 10:19:05 AM permalink
Quote: darkoz

Also the actual victorian and other old age books on walls suggests to me an anachronistic hodgepodge of old memorabilia

They don't want to make it true Steampunk or they would get a very limited crowd and would have to have zillions of games lying around. The only games they really want you to play are the ones in the casino.

A good many casinos seem to have the two separate blackjack pits: 3:2 for one and 6:5 for the other. Here in Florida the table limits, noise levels and seating density make it easy to realize the difference.
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September 9th, 2018 at 6:41:49 PM permalink
Nice review so far. Looking forward to the rest.
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September 10th, 2018 at 7:59:25 AM permalink
Quote: darkoz


There was no Paigow Tiles nor Paigow Poker.



That's really odd they don't have either one, considering Tiles is popular in the North East, and PGP is popular pretty much everywhere.

They still have "Pai Gow" listed on their website.... I wonder if that's a mistake or they plan on having it eventually??

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