Rhode Island To Launch Its First Live Poker Room At Twin Rivers Casino

Twin River Casino, Rhode Island, poker room

The Twin River Casino in Rhode Island, which is due to open the state’s first poker room in August. (Image: twinriver.comm)

Rhode Island is set to open its first-ever licensed poker room.

John Taylor, chairman of the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, announced Tuesday that the property would be adding 28 new table games, including 16 poker tables, which would comprise its new poker room.

It’s currently scheduled to open in August in the casino’s no smoking section on the second floor.

Twin River was granted the right to expand its casino floor by introducing table games in 2012, following a public referendum.

Voters were asked to decide on casino expansion for two venues, the Newport Grand in Newport, Aquidnek Island, as well Twin River, in the northeast of the state.

Lincoln residents overwhelmingly approved the measure, while Newport residents voted against table games by an eight percent margin.

Grassroots Support

Twin River, which had previously been permitted to host slot machines only, quickly introduced 65 table games to its collection of 4,500 slots.

Ever since the referendum there has been a clamor for a poker room among Rhode Island’s poker players, with Facebook group Poker Room for Twin River spearheading the campaign.

“An important part of our business philosophy has been to listen to what our customers want, and the addition of a poker room is one of most often heard requests, Taylor said. “We’re thrilled to increase the number of table games we currently offer, which also means we will expand our workforce once again.”

Poker players in Rhode Island are the beneficiaries of an escalating casino race in New England.

Twin Rivers expansion is largely a reaction to the newly opened Plainridge Park Casino, across the northern border in Massachusetts and just 18 miles from Lincoln.

Casino Wars

Plainridge Park doesn’t currently offer table games, but it announced this week that it had raked in $6.1 million in gambling revenue in its first week of operation, earning almost twice as much per slot machine as Twin River.

The establishment of two much bigger casinos in Massachusetts, an MGM Resorts property to be built in Springfield and a Wynn Resorts property in Everett, just 50 miles from Lincoln, will further tighten the screws on Twin River.

Meanwhile, in response to casino expansion in Massachusetts, lawmakers in Connecticut are also looking to pave the way for a new tribal casino in the north of the state along the Massachusetts border.

Taylor said the goal of Twin River is to continually be more robust than Plainridge Park. “That’s what drives our laser-like focus on customer service, our plans for a new amenity hotel on property, and now, the expanded non-smoking floor offerings,” Taylor said. “We will continue to explore ways to remain competitive in this challenging regional market.”

Philip Conneller
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Philip Conneller
As part of the team that launched Bluff Magazine back in 2004, and then as Editor of Bluff Europe, Philip Conneller has (probably) written thousands of articles about poker and has travelled the globe interviewing the greatest players in the world, not to mention some of the sexiest celebrities known to man in some of the world’s sexiest destinations. The highlight of his career, however, was asking Phil Ivey (as a joke) how to play jacks, and emerging none-the-wiser. Philip once won $20,000 with 7-2 offsuit. He has been told off for unwittingly playing Elton John’s piano on two separate occasions, on different sides of the Atlantic Ocean. He became a writer because he is a lousy pianist. He lives in London where he spends his time agonizing about Arsenal football club, yet in Wenger he trusts.

Comments

Betty wrote...

Twin River needs Lounge areas. If one is not gambling or in food court, there is no place to relax. If you are not a drinker the bartenders prefer that you do not take up bar space. if you are sitting at a slot machine relaxing, sure enough, someone will come along and ask for the machine if you are not using.

Also, the Event Center needs more like bleacher seats than all chairs being on floor at same level. One cannot enjoy a “Show”, because when it starts All in front rows tend to stand up, forcing All to do the same, but it’s impossible to see if you are not amongst the front seaters! For that reason, I do not attend “Shows” in the Event center. Thanks for your consideration.

Funky1 wrote...

Twin River also needs free alcoholic drinks like every other casino in the industry.

Even with the addition of a poker room it’s still worth the extra drive to Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods so you’re not spending $5-$10 for every drink.

I understand it’s an 18+ casino but how hard would it be to have waitresses card people and give a hand stamp or a wristband?

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