Plainridge Opens Its Doors as Massachusetts First Casino
The first legal casino in the state of Massachusetts has opened its doors to the public. The Plainridge Park Casino was opened by sports celebrities, government officials and representatives of Penn National Gaming earlier this week.
Plainridge offers its visitors the chance to enjoy 1,250 different slot machines and all of them were occupied within an hour of opening. Furthermore, it took just three hours for the casino to reach its maximum capacity of 3,750 guests. In the meantime people were queuing for as much as quarter of an hour to get in and some of the cashiers had to close temporarily as they had run out of money.
It is partly because of the hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue that state residents have left behind in casinos in Connecticut and Rhode Island that the casino got the go ahead. It is thought that Plainridge could direct as much as $250 million in revenue to the state over the next two years.
From the moment patrons walk into the casino they are surrounded by slot machines such as Ellen DeGeneres and Walking Dead. While it is expected that about 65% of the visitors will be women, there are female video croupiers which are designed to encourage male players to get involved. There is also a special area of the casino for high rollers where players can bet up to $25 per spin with a certain amount of privacy. Of course the casino also hosts a number of restaurants and the bar is open until 1am.