So on my way home from Concord I decided to stop at the Lodge at Belmont. I’m thinking that the Kentucky Derby is coming the expanded gaming legislation is in the statehouse, and I haven’t been there in awhile, or at least since they’ve eliminated live greyhound racing.
It was pretty quiet today which makes sense its in-between seasons and there weren’t a lot of major racing going on the widescreens from places like Penn National, Belmont, Aqueduct, Presque Isle, etc. The first thing I noticed in the main lobby was an architectural rendering which looks like an expanded Lodge at Belmont with an attached hotel. My impression is that it looked very similar to the buildings at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort in Verona, New York. I’m thinking that if this is built that this would be the highest valued piece of property in Belmont in addition to the new jobs that would be created in this area of New Hampshire.
If only the legislature can pass the gaming legislation. And Gov. Lynch signs it into law.
Right near the rendering which was done by an architectural firm with offices in such places as Las Vegas and Tulsa, Oklahoma is a demo model of a historical racing machine. This is a machine that looks very similar to a standard slot machine but in this case it is the last 10-15 seconds of a horse race where the bettor wagers on the outcome of a race that is from the past. Unlike regular live horseracing there is no handicapping, there are no odds or Beyer figures posted the bettor simply selects three horses the race is quickly run and the winnings are either paid or just a ‘game over.’ It moves about as fast as a standard slot machine and the payouts I saw for a .25 cent wager are all below $7.00. There is a handi helper function which really isn’t a helper it just selects the three horses instead of the player doing it.
I’ve read that these historical racing machines are an alternative to the regular slot machines that are now being proposed for New Hampshire. I don’t see how this can be an alternative the whole process of these machines seems to be exactly the same as the spinning of the slot machines; and from a regulatory standpoint how could the state let in historical racing machines and not let in the slot machines. Govenor Lynch is right the expanded gaming is either in New Hampshire or it isn’t.
There wasn't any activity in the poker room or any music at the Bluesology which is the bar area so I decided to head north. It is in between seasons.
The only thing I don’t like about the Lodge at Belmont is its location. Getting there from Concord is Route 106 which does move along fairly quickly but there are lights in places like Loudon which can be aggravating and when the races are happening at NH Motor Speedway, forget it. Going north on 106 to get back to I-93 I think is a nightmare, especially at night. The hill going down by Belmont Fire Department; the stop sign in front of the church then trying to get through the residential area of Belmont and then onto to the traffic lights in Tilton.
Think its easier to hit a superfacta.