Rhode Island casinos to close ahead of blizzard

Artist's rendering of Twin River hotel proposal (JCJ Architecture, via Twin River)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island’s two casinos will close Monday evening ahead of an expected blizzard that could dump between 18 and 30 inches of snow across Southern New England over the next two days.

Twin River in Lincoln plans to shut its doors Monday at 8:00 p.m. and reopen at noon Wednesday, while Newport Grand posted a message on its website saying it will close Monday at 5:00 p.m. and remain closed all day Tuesday.

Each casino’s announcement to close came shortly after Gov. Gina Raimondo said she will sign an executive order declaring a state of emergency for this “extreme and severe weather event.” She urged all drivers to be off the roads by 8 p.m. Monday, and said a travel ban has been issued starting at midnight.

National Grid has said it plans to use Twin River as a staging ground as it disperses workers throughout Rhode Island.

The casinos’ decision to close for the storm won’t come without a cost.

Twin River’s average daily slot revenue for January has averaged $1.17 million over the last three years, according to a WPRI.com review of the casino’s monthly financial reports. Newport Grand has brought in just over $117,000 a day from slots during the same time period.

A spokesman for Twin River said the casino brought in just under $767,000 from slots last Tuesday, while Newport Grand earned about $74,000.

Twin River’s daily haul from table games last January – the first January where table games were legal in Rhode Island – was about $219,000.

Newport Grand does not have table games.

Dan McGowan ( dmcgowan@wpri.com ) covers politics, education and the city of Providence for WPRI.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: @danmcgowan

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