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He said his unit is at work on a regional self-exclusion program with several other states that’s still being finalized.


Players gambled $1.2 billion on slot machines at Maine’s two casinos last year, according to a year-adds-97-slot-machines/https:/www.maine.gov/dps/GambBoard/documents/AnnualReport2017color.pdf">Maine Gambling Control Board annual report.

Oxford Town Manager Butch Asselin said that the town’s $1.7 million from the casino distribution helps offset its $5 million to $6 million budget.

The Department of Education received the most, $18.9 million for grades K-12 schools, last year. Another $6.4 million went into the state’s General Fund, $3.3 million to the University of Maine System and $4.4 million to harness racing purses.

Last year, they received 10 complaints. So far this year, four.

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“Oxford Casino Hotel’s parent company, Churchill Downs Inc., is very happy with their investment in Maine and the Oxford community,” Hoyt said. “Oxford Casino experienced exceptional growth since opening and making the additional capital investment into our slot products was an easy decision, given growing demand.”

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According to Maine Gambling Control Board figures, slot machine players wagered $796.6 million last year at Oxford Casino, up $62 million from the year before.

Players wagered $408.4 million on slots at Hollywood Casino, down $28 million from the year before.

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Oxford has slowly chipped away at Hollywood’s bottom line since the Oxford Casino opened in June 2012.

A call to Hollywood Casino on Thursday wasn’t returned.

The industry trend, she said, is toward lower denomination games, so Oxford added new penny games. 

Oxford Casino sees strong year, adds 97 slot machines


That casino started 2017 with 871 machines. It’s currently at 968.

Both casinos appeared to have entered 2018 with different strategies: Oxford added 97 slot machines and Bangor unplugged 39.

The casino started 2018 with 100 more slot machines than it had in January 2017. (Sun Journal file photo)

Milton Champion, executive director of the Maine Department of Public Safety’s Gambling Control Unit, said last year saw a new process of formally documenting and investigating patron complaints at the casinos.

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“Most of the time, it’s really a misunderstanding of the rules of the game or a particular slot machine, how it pays out,” Champion said. “I would say 9.9 out of 10 cases are always resolved.”

 last year. Another $6.4 million went into the states General Fund gaming and gambling

He said the community and casino have continued to have a good working relationship. “We regard them as an asset to the town.”

For most of the year, that casino had between 765 and 778 machines. It’s currently at 729.

Between wagers on slots and the less popular table games, the state collected $54.5 million in gaming taxes from both casinos to distribute to more than a dozen groups, outlined by statute. 

At Oxford Casino in Oxford, the house earned $68.7 million and at Hollywood Casino in Bangor, $41.6 million in 2017.


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