Foxwoods was a happening place last night. Cirque Eloise was in one showroom, Idina Menzel in the other, and the Play Arena in full swing.

The Play Arena is in the Great Cedar Casino taking the place of the original 360 slot area. In a much more open and spacious area, Foxwoods has updated and renovated with over 100 new slots, some standard table games and stadium gambling.

It’s more like a party, with dealers and pit crew on microphones, encouraging players and giving fun “play-by-play” as the games are dealt. John Grochowski wrote in an early article of E-TableGaming for CasinoPlayer,  “It’s a matter of evolution, not revolution—they’re not threatening to take over anyone’s table pits, but they provide a way to bring more table-style games to more players, and player acceptance is on the rise.”  The Casino Answer Man’s article can be found here – E-Table Evolution. For more more information on Stadium gaming, and information concerning Mohegan Sun’s version, go to my article Mohegan Sun – Stadium Table Games

Blackjack in the foreground. The huge video screen shows the games as they are being dealt.

Baccarat, blackjack and roulette are dealt simultaneously as approximately 24 players can play at individual machines, choosing any of the three. Blackjack rules are typical – 3/2 BJ payoff w/ dealer staying on soft 17. Also, the low limit bet in BJ is $3 as compared to $5 at Mohegan Sun.  The screen behind the dealers seems easier to see as well.  In comparison to Mohegan Suns games, these are produced by Interblock Gaming.

Looking into the new casino area at Foxwoods from Scorpion Bar.

While the atmosphere are much quieter in the Sun casino, this place in Foxwoods goes much better with its surroundings.  Across the hall is the newest hip eatery Sugar and Scorpion Bar, next to it is the slot tournament and the Fox Theater. A bar will be added later soon in the casino

This renovation of the Great Cedar has been months in the making.  As reported by the Day’s Brian Hallenbeck, Felix Rappaport, the Foxwoods president and chief executive officer, said of the gaming area, “It’s been down to some extent for the last eight or nine months…We put in a high-speed slots floor with all the technology that entails. We laid tens of thousands of miles of cable, changed the carpet, changed a lot of the slots chairs, reconfigured our high-limit lounge and added our first electronic table game arena.”

“It’s kind of like a party,” he said, describing the atmosphere the Play Arena creates.

Foxwoods continues to keep up with latest trends in gambling as it braces for more competition when MGM Springfield opens in 2018 and Wynn Boston Harbor & Tiverton Hotel Casino both open in 2019. But for now, pay a visit to Play Arena as Connecticut’s casinos continue to offer the cutting edge in casino industry technology.

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