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

 

As The Casino Dust Settles in New England, What’s Next For NETG

It’s Friday. It’s the end of a whirl wind time in New England’s casino landscape that we see the effects of and evaluate in the next year. We will also be watching the rise of not one, but possibly two more casinos by 2020. Encore Boston Harbor is  next in line, with concerns surrounding it as the iconic Encore Hotel rises in Everett, Massachusetts. The stalled MMCT Mohegan / Mashantucket Pequot joint casino on the CT/MA border is still in play. And rumors about a new Bridgeport CT casino and the Mashpee Wampanoag casino in Taunton, MA (on life support) continue to surface.

Artist’s rendering of the proposed MGM Bridgeport casino,  (Image: MGM Resorts International)

While the dust settles, NETimeGambling would like to thank all our new subscribers, as well as all those who have supported us for the last 5 years, especially Michael Targer at TravelZork, and Cousin Vito at Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast. We have many friends listed in our sidebar consisting of the best casino podcasts and gambling resources available.

What’s next for NETG? Well, I hope you listen in to Cousin Vito’s podcast this week. I will be chatting with Vito about our Foxwoods get-together and MGM Springfield. Next week, I will be chatting with Michael Trager on ZorkCast, TravelZork’s short weekly podcast. We will be talking about, what else, MGM Springfield!

In the next few days, we are taking a break to update our menu pages, links and archives to represent the casino changes in New England this summer.

Looking forward, we will publish our monthly post of news, promotions and entertainment, now including MGM Springfield, and our weekly Monday Link while we clean up and update.

Meanwhile, enjoy our content, click on our links, and remember to gamble responsibly.

When it comes to gambling, embrace the math – not the myths.

Thanks all.

Binbin

New England Casino Awards 2017

It’s time for the NETimeGambling Casino Awards for 2017 – our annual look at the best in New England. Thanks for your help in voting. And now, the Winners:

Best Hotel

Poll Winner – Foxwoods

NETGChoice – Foxwoods


Best Bars

Poll Winner – Foxwoods

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun


Best Nightlife

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Foxwoods


Best Dining Options

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun


Favorite Restaurant

Poll Winner – David  Burke’s Prime, Foxwoods

NETGChoice – Bobby Flay’s BarAmericain, Mohegan Sun

Honorable  Mention – Hash House A-Go-Go, Mohegan Sun & Steve & Fred’s Steakhouse, Twin River


Best Dining Value

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun


Best Buffet

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun

Honorable Mention – Oxford Casino


Best Entertainment (Small Venues)

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun, Wolf Den

NETGChoice – Foxwoods, Atrium Lounge & Hard Rock Cafe

Honorable Mention – Plainridge Park, Revolution Lounge & The Loft


Best Entertainment (Large Venue)

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun Arena

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun Arena


Best Casino Slots

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun

Honorable Mention – Twin River


Favorite Slot Machine

Poll Winner – Buffalo Grand

NETGChoice – Buffalo Anything!


Best Video Poker

Poll Winner -Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun


Best Casino Table Games

Poll Winner -Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun (tied)

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun & Foxwoods


BEST Poker Room

Poll Winner – Foxwoods

 NETGChoice – Foxwoods


Favorite Table Game

Poll Winner – Craps

NETGChoice – Mini-Baccarat


Best Racebook

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun

Honorable Mention – Plainridge Park


Best Casino Players Club

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Mohegan Sun


   Casino You Feel the Luckiest In

Poll Winner – Mohegan Sun

NETGChoice – Pick ’em! Wherever you win, you feel the place is lucky!


Finally, two questions repeated from last year:

1. How Many times Do You Visit a New England Casino?

Once a month received more votes, but NETG knows better!  NETG has a feeling there is a little denial going on here. Definitely more than once per month for most gamblers.

2. Which casino (opened or not) are you MOST interested in visiting in the future?

Both MGM Springfield & Wynn Boston Harbor has equal interest.

Well, that’s a look at the Best of 2017. Keep following NETimeGambling.com for your complete New England Casino Resource.

Binbin, Miguel, & Bert