Connecticut Tribal Casinos “By The Numbers”

the state that started Las Vegas Style Gambling In New England –

Connecticut

Who knew thirty years ago the 2nd and 3rd largest casinos (based on casino space) in the western hemisphere would rise out of the woods in southeastern Connecticut.

Foxwoods started it all with a Bingo hall.

Tribal gaming began in 1986 with the opening of a high-stakes bingo parlor on the Mashantucket Pequot reservation, after a court ruled that state bingo regulations did not apply on the tribe’s sovereign land. The operation expanded to include table games in 1992, and slot machines in 1993.The Mohegan Tribe, having gained federal recognition in 1992, opened its casino in 1996.

Before that, horse racing and off-track betting had been legalized in 1971, and Jai alai and dog racing were added the following year. I still remember visiting Hartford Jai Alai and Plainfield Dog Track, which was only 10 minutes away from me at the time – the beginning of my gambling days.

Foxwoods Resort Casino

The numbers of these two casinos are staggering.  But these days of competition from all directions has promoted changes since their best days. Less slots, more table games and more emphasis on non-gambling activities continue to be the norm these days, and CT’s tribal casinos are no exception.

Mohegan Sun Resort Casino

Mohegan Sun Resort Casino, Uncasville, CT

 

Foxwoods Resort Casino Mohegan Sun Resort Casino
Hotel FW HOTEL
MS Hotel
Location
Mashantucket, CT
Uncasville, CT
# of Hotels 4 2
Hotel Rooms 2266 Rooms, Suites & Villas 1600 Rooms & Suites
Hotel Amenities 3 pool areas, 2 Spas, Gyms 2 pool areas, 2 Spas, Gyms
Gambling FW Gambling MS Gambling
Legal Gambling Age 21 21
Casino Size 323,376 sq/ft.            5 Casinos 300,000+ sq/ft.          3 Casinos
Smoke-Free Gaming Designated on Casino Floor Designated on Casino Floor
Total # of Slots & VP 4800 5000
Comped Alcoholic Drink? Comped Drinks until 2:00AM Comped Drinks until 2:00AM
Table Games Over 300 Tables – includes Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribean Stud, Roulette, Three Card Poker, Craps, Crazy 4 Poker, Spanish 21, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, ‘Money’ Wheel, Ultimate Texas Hold’Em, Mississippi Stud, Stadium Gaming Over 300 Tables – includes Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribean Stud, Roulette, Three Card Poker, Craps, Crazy 4 Poker, Spanish 21, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, ‘Money’ Wheel, Ultimate Texas Hold’Em, Mississippi Stud, stadium gaming
Poker Room 147 Tables 42 Tables
Racebook 200 seats, Simulcast Wagering, GH, HR, JA 200+ seats, Simulcast Wagering, GH, HR, JA
Rewards Club FOXWOODS REWARDS 4 Levels – No affiliation to other casinos. / Tier Status is biannual MOMENTUM –           5 Levels. Affiliated with Resorts (AC) & Mohegan Sun Poconos (PA) / Tier Status is biannual
VIP Lounges 2 3 + 1 for Soar Only
Dining FW Dining MS Dining
Food Options 6 Fine Dining; 9 Casual; 18 Quick/Chain options 4 Fine Dining; 12 Casual; 14 Quick/Chain options
Buffet Yes Yes
Bars Nine Ten
Entertainment FW Entertainment MS Entertainment
Venues 5 Large Event Venues; 6 Live/DJ Club/Lounge Venues 2 Large Event Venues; 9 Live/DJ Club/Lounge Venues
Convention/ Meeting Space 150,000 sq/ft Conference/Meeting Space Over 275,000 sq/ft Conference/Meeting Space
Other Entertainment Options 4 Thrill Rides; Luxury Bowling Lanes; PGA designed Golf Course, Top Golf; TreeHouse Arcade; Mashantucket Pequot Museum Research Center PGA designed Golf Course; 2 pool areas; Kids Quest; WNBA Basketball; NLL Lacrosse; Golf Course; Game On Entertainment Center
Retail 21 Retail Stores + Tanger Outlets (over 80 Stores) 34 Retail Stores
Owner Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Mohegan Tribal Authority
PARKING 24/7 Free Parking – 4 Garages 24/7 Free Parking – 3 Garages
Hours of 24/7 24/7
Operation

 

Stoney Creeks Open at Foxwoods

At first, the entrance is greets you with with a stunning house-like entrance, welcoming you into a friendly world of local craft beer. Once inside, a number of areas are available to sit and socialize with friends. We decided to belly up to the bar.

If this was just about the beer, this review would say that Stoney Creek offers a great variety of craft beer brewed at Foxwoods as well at its first brewery in Branford, CT. But, this new pub at Foxwoods is much, much more.

The Full Pint – Craft Beer News reported, “The brewery is Stony Creek’s second brewing operation following their flagship Branford, Connecticut location. With two floors, 7,100 square feet and seating for over three hundred guests……Both floors of Stony Creek Brewery offer distinct experiences. The ground floor is designed as an ode to Stony Creek’s New England heritage which also includes a spacious beer garden and a brew deck with a view into the brewhouse, giving guests a first-hand look at the beer production process.”

The Beer

To quote the Stony Creek website, “THE FUSION OF CLEAN, BOLD, AND AGGRESSIVE WEST COAST FLAVORS AND EAST COAST BALANCE AND DRINKABILITY. WE CALL THIS AGGRESSIVELY LAID-BACK BEER.”

Yes, those are stouts! Amazing taste.

Bert ordered Sun Juice, a smooth wheat beer with orange peel, grapefruit peel, coriander & chamomile.  This is a great alternative to an IPA craze. They have a number of excellent IPA’s like Cranky, a West Coast IPA with citrus and tropical notes. I went with a flight of four beers. The star of the show is Stoney Joe, a golden mocha stout – that’s right golden.  But even more outstanding is Nitro Stoney Joe, only available at Foxwoods or Branford. (Cans of many other brews can be bought as well.) 15 Stoney Creek brews are on tap.

The Staff

Katie & Kristy , our fantastic bartenders

Probably one of the most enjoyable parts of our visit was meeting its staff members.  Our two bartenders were an incredible help with knowledge and description all of the beers. Want to taste before ordering?  No problem – they want you to taste and be sure to order something you like.  Brewmaster Andy Schwartz leads the team.  We were able to speak to Johnny Haines, in charge on this day, who was very complimentary to Foxwoods in the way the two businesses have worked together. As an example of the great hospitality, he stopped his very busy work load to speak to us, ready to answer questions we had. John informed us a top Foxwoods chef designed the menu. Foxwoods prepares all of the food served.

The Set-Up

There are two floors, each with a different perspective – East Coast (the laid back area) / West Coast (aggressive area) and different variations of the same food.  Wings, flatbreads, and sandwiches are offered on both floors, but each floor offers them with a different cuisine.

The second-floor design has a Southern California-themed beer and cocktail bar, a stage, and an overlook area. On the lower floor, there is a raised platform with Adirondack chairs to people watch in the casino.

NETG recommends this for a break from the casino, or  just a break from life . It’s a great place to meet friends and enjoy quality beer. See you at Stoney Creek at Foxwoods – look for guy with the NETimeGambling tee – that’l be me.

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MGM Springfield, Entertainment Highlight the Weekend

This weekend is full of exciting events in our eight – that’s right, 8! – New England Casinos.  MGM Springfield is just 14 days from its grand opening. So, check out all that is going on this weekend.

 MGM SIGN-UP PARTY

This Saturday & Sunday, August 11th & 12th, MGM Springfield will start the party 14 days early with two days of music, giveaways, drawings and more. Sign-up for your MLife Rewards card and see what the hoopla is all about at MassMutual Center.

Are you a top tier at another casino? They’ll match it! Bring your rewards card from another casino and receive a Tier Match. (Some exclusions apply. Each participant may only redeem one Tier Match, from the list of qualifying casinos.)

MLife Rewards Club of MGM

MLife Rewards Club of MGM

Bring a friend and sign up or reprint your M life Rewards card at our Sign Up Party before we open our doors to the public on August 24, 2018.


Tonight, Friday August 10th

MOHEGAN SUN RESORT CASINO, UNCASVILLE CT, TRIPLE STATUS POINTS DAYS – Fridays, August 10th & August 24th

NEWPORT GRAND CASINO, NEWPORT RI, Free Slot Play Hot Seat  – Friday, August 10 from 12PM-9PM; 1 winner every 20 min. wins $100 in Free Slot Play

PLAINRIDGE PARK CASINO & RACEWAY, PLAINVILLE MA – Fridays P OF Diamonds, 

JIM CALHOUN CHARITY ALL-STAR BASKETBALL GAME, at Mohegan Sun Arena, 7:00AM

Foxwoods – Trevor Noah at the Grand Theater, , 8:00PM

Twin River Event Center  –  ILove the 90’s Tour: Salt-N-Pepa, Color Me Badd, Kid ‘N Play & Young MC at 7:00PM

SATURDAY, August 11th

NEWPORT GRAND CASINO, NEWPORT RI, Free Slot Play Hot Seat  – Saturday, August 11 from 12PM-9PM; 1 winner every 20 min. wins $100 in Free Slot Play!

OXFORD CASINO & HOTEL, OXFORD ME Super 6 Bonus

Foxwoods – Trevor Noah at the Grand Theater, , 8:00PM

Mohegan Sun Arena – Brantley Gilbert at 7:30PM

Sunday, August 12th

HOLLYWOOD CASINO, HOTEL & RACEWAY, BANGOR ME – 50 PLUS REWARDS KIOSK – Every Sunday 1PM – 4PM

OXFORD CASINO & HOTEL, OXFORD ME – SUNDAY16X Multiplier  Weekend & Breakfast Buffets

Foxwoods – Liquid Sundays 

Mohegan Sun Arena – WNBA: Connecticut Sun vs. Chicago Sky, at 7:00AM

OTHER CASINO ENTERTAINMENT VENUES INCLUDE:

  • The Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun – Located in the center of the action, in Casino of the Earth, offers full beverage service, a state-of-the-art sound system, intimate seating and top performances by headliners. For complete schedule, click HERE.
  • Hollywood Bangor now offers two venues for live weekend music – 99 Hops House & the Sound Stage.  Click Here for schedule.  Summer Concert Series at the Darling Waterfront Pavillion is walking distance from Bangor Hollywood Casino
  • Newport Grand offers Free shows by Tribute bands  almost every weekend.  Click HERE for schedule.
  • Twin River Lighthouse Loungeright in the middle of the downstairs casino.  Shipyard Pub – Upstairs in Non-smoking.
  • Plainridge Park Casino – the Revolution Lounge offers entertainment on the weekends
  • Foxwoods – Atrium Lounge – Live bands on the weekend, specialty cocktails and great time.

VISITING NEW ENGLAND’S CASINOS?

New England

Curious about casino expansion in our region? Then there’s only one place to go – visit us at NETimeGambling! For specific casino details, visit the websites of all seven casinos:  ConnecticutFoxwoods Resort/Casino & Mohegan Sun Resort/Casino; Rhode Island – Newport Grand (closing fall 2018), Tiverton Casino Hotel (opening September 1st 2018) & Twin River Hotel/Casino; Massachusetts – Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway, MGM Springfield (opening Aug, 24th, 2018) & Encore Boston Harbor  (opening Fall 2019); Maine –  Oxford Casino & Hollywood Bangor Hotel, Casino & Raceway.