Venthus
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June 19th, 2013 at 9:45:56 PM permalink
Quote: rdw4potus

But, to be clear, this is NOT a small tribal casino. There are 4700 machines on a gaming floor that is 250,000-400,000 sqft (depending on how the horse track space is accounted for)



Was it that big in the Lincoln Park days? I was just discussing it with my family, and we were all in a state of disbelief when the Twin River site claimed it to be 300,000sqft/4500machines.
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June 20th, 2013 at 5:20:24 AM permalink
Quote: Venthus

Was it that big in the Lincoln Park days? I was just discussing it with my family, and we were all in a state of disbelief when the Twin River site claimed it to be 300,000sqft/4500machines.



No, it wasn't. Lincoln Downs was horses followed by Lincoln Park with dogs. Coincidentally, or not so coincidentally, Lincoln Park installed its first slots around the time that Foxwoods opened and there couldn't have been more than a couple of hundred. It looked more like a children's arcade and folks who had been to New Jersey or Nevada didn't care for them.

Do you or your family remember Newport Jai Alai? That is now Newport Grand Slots also run by the state lottery. While voters approved table games for Twin River they denied them for Newport Grand.
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June 20th, 2013 at 5:58:52 AM permalink
And that's the death knell for the fronton... they are asking for a "temporary" larger cut in proceeds (reduced cut for the state) so they can stay open but Twin River will cannibalize them and if by some miracle (or more likely taxpayer support) they are open when the Mass casinos get underway they'll sink like a submarine with screen doors.
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June 20th, 2013 at 6:06:48 AM permalink
I don't know what she sees in it but my sister goes there all the time. They've only got a thousand slots or so. I think she likes to rub elbows with the Newport snobs. :)
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June 20th, 2013 at 6:18:07 AM permalink
That's a good enough reason :-)
Haven't been there in over 20 years, but back in the day the fronton was a joke with the fixed jai alai games...
Venthus
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June 20th, 2013 at 11:18:12 AM permalink
I used to work down near Thames, so I'd pass by the Jai Alai every day.

That place was just... sad. Next time I'm in the area (if ever, frankly) I'll have to check out Twin River.
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June 20th, 2013 at 11:23:31 AM permalink
The Twin River venue is actually pretty nice - very expansive and spacious design, well laid-out. Some decent food and the bar crew at Wicked Good upstairs are very good
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June 24th, 2013 at 7:57:24 PM permalink
so 1BB, can you go over the BJ rules, decks, shoes, penetration, heat, limits?

thanks!
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June 24th, 2013 at 8:59:29 PM permalink
Quote: jmaftir

so 1BB, can you go over the BJ rules, decks, shoes, penetration, heat, limits?

thanks!



Never knew we had so many Rhode Islanders here. Jai Alai back when it was Jai Alai was great entertainment.

Oscar
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June 25th, 2013 at 3:24:02 AM permalink
Was there early last evening and strolled through the table game pits. Laid out fairly nicely with plenty of room as I reported previously. Seemed quite busy for a Monday, average age of patrons pretty low, probably as a function of age 18 to gamble, 21 to drink.

One entire pit of BJ was unopened. $15 and $25 tables, max $1000, were mostly full but no problem getting a seat in general; $50/$3000 had some action, one table of $100/$6000 empty. Craps tables were all about half occupied except for one with only 3 players. $10 min 5X odds on the tables I looked at. Roulette tables busy but not full, all the carnival games nearly packed - 3-card poker, Let It Die, Spanish 21.

BJ pays 3:2, stand 17 didn't see rules posted but appeared to be same as CT rules, 8 deck shoes, looked like 6 in higher limit. Penetration looked poor on the couple of tables where I got a look at the cut card. Heat seemed high in that the pit personnel were glued to the games and the floor manager pacing like an expectant father. To be expected because they publicized severe penalties for breaking gaming law/rules as they know they are most vulnerable in the beginning with so many green personnel.

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