Only Connecticut and New Hampshire Offer Casino Poker

New Hampshire’s motto, “Live Free or Die,” is taken seriously in the Granite State. So, it’s no surprise that New Hampshire opened its 12 poker rooms in the middle of June 2020, ahead of all the other New England casino poker rooms. Recently, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods opened their poker rooms. Now, Only Connecticut and New Hampshire Offer Casino Poker in New England.

Lots of Empty Poker Rooms Across the Country

New Hampshire Returned Quickly

All New Hampshire poker rooms fall under the state’s charitable gaming law, which requires a set proportion of all proceeds to go to charity. Across New Hampshire, “charitable gaming” facilities collect over $10 million per year for New Hampshire charities. The rake is a standard of 20%. Otherwise, New Hampshire poker rooms are similar to poker rooms across the U.S.

New Hampshire Poker Rooms Have Been Booming

Only Connecticut and New Hampshire Offer Casino Poker

While smaller than most casino poker rooms, New Hampshire’s gambling is booming without a real casino. Instead, new Hampshire has a diverse, expansive poker scene with its poker rooms and legal sports betting. For detailed data on New Hampshire rooms, visit Poker Atlas for New Hampshire info. And, check out the New Hampshire Poker News Forum on Facebook.

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Mohegan Sun Was First Casino To Open Poker Room

Mohegan Sun’s Poker Room, located in the Casino of the Earth, features no more than seven players per table. All active poker tables use Polycarbonate dividers. Mohegan Sun moved the poker room from the Casino of the Sky two years ago.

Its hours are 10:00 am – 2:00 am in the Hall of Lost Tribes. The Poker Room may have already moved to 10 open tables soon. Mohegan Sun has $1/2, $2-5, and $5-10 no limit hold’em and $2-5 PLO.

Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment, the “Industry Innovator,tested its plan to reopen the poker in Pennsylvania at its Mohegan Pocono Casino.

Only Connecticut and New Hampshire Offer Casino Poker
New Poker Room, moved from Sky Casino. Courtesy of Mohegan Sun

For more information on the Mohegan Sun Poker Room, visit mohegansun.com/playing/poker.html.

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Foxwoods Opens Their Poker Room

The other poker room that reopened in Connecticut is at Foxwoods Resort Casino. The space will offer 16 tables, with seven players per table. No tournaments are available. New hours are 9:00 am to 1:00 am daily, with the last hand called beginning at 12:15 am. Click here to go to the Foxwoods Poker Room. Foxwoods has a $4/8 limit hold ’em, $1-2 and $2-4 no limit hold’em, $2-5 PLO, and $20/40 7-card stud running.

Only Connecticut and New Hampshire Offer Casino Poker
New Foxwoods Poker Room upstairs near Rainmaker Casino.

Covid-related poker room rules:

  • only 7 players per table;
  • No smoking allowed;
  • The room does not allow food;
  • Players must use Masks; refusal to wear one will result in dismissal from the room;
  • Utilize distancing floor markers when necessary;
  • Foot traffic will have one designated way in and one designated way out of the room;
  • No table transfers or seat changes permitted until further notice;
  • Only active players are allowed at the table;
  • 2 chairs are supplied at each closed game for guests to wait to be called for games;

Foxwoods will utilize Bravo paging service for players waiting outside the poker room.

No Poker Rooms Open In Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Maine?

All three states reported that they would be keeping them closed for a while. However, as of the fall of 2021, Massachusetts will be opening them up. Both Encore and MGM Springfield are excited to bring poker back to their properties.

Only Connecticut and New Hampshire Offer Casino Poker
MGM Springfield Poker room, highly considered as most comfortable in New England.

Twin River has begun the expansion of the main casino floor and renovates the second floor. As a result, the poker room on the second floor continues to be closed.

There is no word from Hollywood Bangor in Maine on when their poker room will open.

Summary

It’s straightforward. If you want a casino poker experience, go to New Hampshire or Connecticut. Otherwise, go online or have a home game with a few friends who have all been vaccinated. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of choices these days for poker players. It just doesn’t bring in the “bucks” as other games do. If it did, it would be a higher priority for casinos to open.

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