Plainridge Park Casino was the first property to open after Massachusetts approved casino construction. However, as a slots parlor with only electronic gaming, attached to a horse racing track, the casino is not the same level as the gigantic Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun properties in Connecticut, nor as fully fleshed out as MGM Springfield or Encore Boston Harbor.
That said, being linked to Penn National’s mychoice program, it has ties to other market, which can be a plus for New Englanders looking for a connection to places like Las Vegas. So let’s talk about what one can expect visiting Plainridge Park.
The Casino Floor
Plainridge Park Casino has 1200 machines, and fall into three categories: Slots, video poker and electronic table games. This makes it smaller than any of the other casinos floors in either Connecticut or Massachusetts.
The slot parlor opened in 2015, and as such has mostly newer games since they acquired all new machines when they opened. There are a handful of older games on new cabinets where remakes were available. Despite that, the game and denomination variety was pretty solid, and the video poker section was robust in selection, if not always in pay table.
The table games were a bit of a disappointment. They did have the core games you would expect, such as blackjack, craps and roulette, but there’s a limited selection of table types (one manufacturer in most cases), so if you didn’t like the type of electronic Blackjack, for instance, you weren’t going to find other options.
Robin of NETimeGambling.com notes in the comments that they offer virtual Three Card Poker, which I didn’t see in my previous visits, but is a very rare offering, and given Plainridge’s lack of live tables by requirement, it’s a nice addition.
Plainridge Park Casino is part of Penn National Gaming’s offerings nationwide, and was part of the Marquee Rewards program before merging into the mychoice program last year.
I have received offers for not only Plainridge Park, but also for Las Vegas, when I’ve played there in the past. Offers fall off after about a year, but tend to be reasonable for the amount of play I’ve given them. Since they’re a bit far from where I’m located, they haven’t generally enticed me to go up necessarily, but it’s nice to know they incorporate not only free play, but also food comps.
The earned comps expire pretty quickly under the mychoice program, so you do need to ensure you use them up pretty quickly, especially if you don’t plan to get there in awhile. But comps earned at one mychoice casino can be used at another around the country, and their network is fairly substantial.
Other Items of Note
Like all Massachusetts casinos, it’s a smoke free casino, which I personally enjoy. They do have cocktail servers roaming the floor, but also (like MGM Springfield) have soda/water/coffee stations that you can self-serve, located in a few places around the edge of the floor. The cups are small but it’s nice to be able to have access to a beverage for free whenever you want it.
There is a bar and stage built into one side of the casino floor that has live music on busier nights of the week, which is a nice change-up from piped in casino music. Most of the bands I’ve seen have been solid cover bands and entertaining on their own.
They have a food court and restaurants, a solid diversity for a property its size. You certainly won’t go hungry or thirsty if you spend awhile at the casino, and you also won’t run out of choices too quickly.
For those who live in proximity to the casino, it certainly gets the job done, but for someone like myself that have three closer casinos that are larger and more complete, it won’t be a destination for me anytime soon. But I do like the affiliation to other casinos and the ability to earn comps there and be able to leverage them elsewhere.