So I've arrived up here in Oxford Hills, Maine to a brand new casino located on what seems like acres of farmland. I've been to every casino on the east coast and my immediate impression on arrival in the spacious parking area is that it reminded me of the Akwesasne Mohawk casino in Hogansburg, NY about 60 miles northwest of Burlington, VT.
I scan around the parking area all the license plates are Maine. No New Hampshire but the casino has only been open a matter of days. As I head inside and look at the new construction including an expansion slated to open in October couldn't help but to think of the stupid politicians in New Hampshire and how this state is missing a clear opportunity for economic development and jobs.
Thank you Mr. Lew Feldstein, New Hampshire Chairitible Foundation, N.H. Council of Churches and all you've done for New Hampshire!!!!
It's really nice inside it's got a lodge type of feel to it and though there are clusters of slot machines the noise isn't overwhelming like in other casinos like the Sands Bethworks in Bethlehem, Pa or even the Borgata in AC. They have a limited number of table games: craps, roulette, Ultimate Texas Holdem and several blackjack tables of various denominations. I'd imagine this will change with the expansion.
The two small restraunts are quality but I won't spend much time with food. The bar has about 15-20 seats with flatscreen TVs and video poker is at ever seat. This is where I spent all of my time and I ended up cashing four tickets $12.50 a piece my strategy was quite basic: hold out for flush draws and don't bet anything else except pairs an an uneven board as I remember the trips payout was 3:1.
For a small casino this a really good one. I think the expansion when it happens will give the casino some more depth which in today's gaming environment is needed.
Maine did a good thing by authorizing expanded casino gaming. Its too bad there aren't any leaders in New Hampshire that could do the same thing.