Bally’s Rhode Island Casino Transformation Takes Shape
The transformation of Bally’s properties continued on Thursday as the gaming company officially broke ground on an expansion of its Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
The casino will be fully operational throughout construction. The expansion includes the following, according to a news release:
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- An additional 40,000 square feet of gaming space on the first floor. That allows the majority of gambling in the casino to occur on one floor and makes it possible to use the second floor for additional entertainment space.
- A 14,000-square-foot Korean-style spa attached to the hotel.
- Spacing that allows for more separation between non-smoking and smoking areas along with improved air circulation and lighting.
- A new entry to the hotel and spa.
- An additional food hall, bar areas and public restrooms.
The announcement comes as neighboring Connecticut is getting closer to launching sports betting and iGaming. Rhode Island has legal sports betting.
Also, Massachusetts, which borders Rhode Island, had a strong month of August in casino revenue.
Two Casinos Re-Branded as Bally’s
“Today’s ceremony marks the beginning of our $100 million investment in the State of Rhode Island and we are thrilled to break ground on a project that will involve approximately 20 construction trades over the course of the next 12-14 months,” Paul Juliano, vice president of operations for Bally’s Corp., said in a news release.
Juliano also announced that Bally’s has officially renamed both Rhode Island casinos as Bally’s Twin River Lincoln Casino Resort and Bally’s Tiverton Casino & Hotel.
“We’re tremendously proud to bring the Bally’s iconic name and brand to Rhode Island,” he said. “This is an exciting moment for our customers as we have several new and engaging experiences planned for our Rhode Island casinos.
”Undoubtedly, the combined improvements we will make in our facilities and in our customer offerings will well position our Rhode Island properties to continue to play a key role in the economic prosperity of our state.”
Exterior signs will soon be replaced and the Bally Rewards Players Club program will be implemented. Both properties will feature Bally’s dice, cards, gaming chips and table game layouts, the release said.
“I appreciate the commitment by Bally’s to continue to invest in the future of Rhode Island,” Rhode Island Gov. Daniel McKee said in the release. “While we are encouraged by our state’s strong emergence from the pandemic, we must continue to be vigilant about the vibrancy of our economy and today’s launch of a $100 million investment in the state is notable.”
Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.