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Editors Choice

We are going to follow the VegasTripping model of supplying the Popular Vote and our own Editor’s Choice.  We win only include the winners, however.

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EDITORS’CHOICE

Foxwoods Hotels. Missing in picture is Two Trees Inn.
Foxwoods Hotels. Missing in picture is Two Trees Inn.

BEST HOTEL – Foxwoods.  With four hotel options of various decor and price, Foxwoods is our choice.

BEST BARS – Mohegan Sun.  Not only great bars of various themes, but the Sun has many video poker/slot/keno at their bars.  While Foxwoods has the best cocktails, Mohegan Sun has the best draft beer collection.

shrine_logoBEST NIGHT CLUB/LOUNGE – Shrine (Foxwoods). As far as clubs go, this one has the best “Vegas Club Vibe.”

BEST DINING OPTIONS & VALUE – Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun, just by sheer volume of options, cuisines, chefs and prices.  This will change with the addition of the Massachusetts casinos. Let the culinary competition begin!              

BEST LARGE ENTERTAINMENT VENUE – Mohegan Sun Arena.  It’s the one thing that no one has, including the additional casinos.  Who else is home to sporting events AND 2 professional teams?

WolfDenLogo
Best Live & Free Entertainment – includes headliners on weekends.

BEST SMALL ENTERTAINMENT VENUE – Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun.  Best free entertainment anywhere.  On the weekends, if you’re willing to wait in line, you can see headliners that move on to AC or other venues you have to pay to see. Honorable Mentions – Lighthouse Bar at Twin River; Atrium Lounge at Foxwoods

BEST CASINO SLOTS – Twin River Casino.  I don’t know why, but people I know win there more consistently.  Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun usually have the latest & greatest, but if they take your money faster, it doesn’t matter.

BEST VIDEO POKER – TIED – Mohegan Sun & Foxwoods.  The Sun has the best game paytables, like full pay JOB, even though Foxwoods has added more of value recently.  Foxwoods does have more Progressive offerings, though – some at the nickle level.

BEST TABLE GAMES – Foxwoods wins with higher Craps Odds (10X) and $1 Blackjack. Low Limits at Twin River continue to be higher than the CT casinos.

Foxwoods Poker Room
Largest Poker Room in N.E. at Foxwoods

BEST POKER ROOM – Foxwoods.  Hands Down.  Better tournaments and national Professional connections.

BEST PLAYERS CLUB – Foxwoods.  Point accumulation and cashback put Foxwoods ahead of the rest. However, the connection to Las Vegas properties, and many other casinos throughout the country does give Plainridge Park & Hollywood Bangor an advantage for travel outside of New England.

 

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT- Hash House A Go Go at Mohegan Sun      Honorable Mentions (in no particular order) – Oxford Bar & Grill at Oxford Casino; Cedars Steakhouse & Red Lantern(Sushi) at Foxwoods; Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse at Twin River; Tuscany at Mohegan Sun.

(Please notice “fast food” chain restaurants were not considered)

Shipyard Brewpub, Twin River Casino
Shipyard Brewpub, Twin River Casino

FAVORITE PLACE TO DRINK – Shipyard Pub at Twin River.  Two things are considered for drinking  – atmosphere & libation choices.  While other bars are bigger, fancier, or offer bigger TV’s, nothing says New England better than the Shipyard Pub.  Honorable Mentions (in no particular order) Hooker Brewery & Bow & Arrow at Mohegan Sun; Scorpion Bar & Centrale at Foxwoods; SoundStage at Hollywood Bangor

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