TYPES OF CASINOS IN CONNECTICUT
There are two Connecticut casinos and both are affiliated with Indian Tribes.
Foxwoods Resort Casino
Foxwoods Casino was the first Connecticut casino to open and it is also the second largest casino in the world.
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe which operates the Foxwoods Casino had to sue the state to allow it to open. They argued that since the state legally permitted “Las Vegas Nights,” where low-stakes casino games were operated to benefit charities, then the tribe should be entitled to do the same. Eventually, they won their case before the U.S. Supreme Court and began construction of their Connecticut casino which was financed by a Malaysian conglomerate (after 22 U.S. lenders turned down their loan requests).
When Foxwoods first opened in February 1992, slot machines were not permitted. In January 1993 a deal was made between Governor Weicker and the Pequots which gave the tribe the exclusive right to offer slot machines in return for a yearly payment of 25% of the gross slot revenue. The agreement was subject to cancellation, however, if the state allowed slot machines anywhere else in Connecticut.
In May, 2008 a new casino was added at Foxwoods. Originally called the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, in 2013 it was renamed the Fox Tower. It is connected to the Foxwoods Casino Resort by a covered, moving, walkway.
The Fox Tower property has its own casino offering electronic gaming machines, plus the following games: blackjack, craps, roulette, Spanish 21, and three-card Poker.
The games offered at Foxwoods are: blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, mini-baccarat, midi baccarat, big six (money wheel), pai gow poker, pai gow tiles, Caribbean stud poker, let it ride, casino war, Spanish 21, three-card poker, Crazy 4 poker and poker; in addition to bingo, keno and pull tabs. There is also a Race Book offering off-track betting on horses, greyhounds and jai-alai.
Mohegan Sun Casino
In early 1994 the Mohegan Tribe signed a compact with the state that allows them to offer casino gambling at their reservation in Uncasville. The Pequots gave permission for the Mohegans to have slot machines in their casino in Connecticut. The same 25% of the gross slot revenue payment schedule also applies to the Mohegans. The payment schedules are subject to cancellation, however, if the state legalizes any other form of casino gambling. The Mohegan casino opened in October 1996.
The games offered at Mohegan Sun are: blackjack, craps, roulette, poker, baccarat, mini-baccarat, pai gow, wheel of fortune, pai gow poker, Caribbean stud poker, let it ride, Spanish 21, Mississippi stud, sic bo, three card poker, four card poker, Texas hold ‘em bonus and keno. There is also a race book offering off-track betting on horses, greyhounds and jai-alai.
The payback percentages on electronic gaming machines at both casinos in Connecticut are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for both Connecticut casinos.
The minimum gambling age at both of these New England casinos is 18 for bingo and 21 for the casino. Both Connecticut casinos are open 24 hours.
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TOP THINGS TO DO IN CONNECTICUT
Connecticut is originally a Dutch colony and it is a small state which has huge impacts on the politics, culture, history, and art of the United State. The state features picturesque scenery from the Bear Mountain to Long Island Sound and it is also close to the East Coast urban centers. The state is a perfect weekend destination for couples, families, and tourist looking for solitude. Some of the best things to do in Connecticut are listed below.
This attraction recreates the historical seaport village to be among the most prominent maritime museums in the US. This is a great place to go if you want to learn more about maritime history in the US as you will see magnificent collections of floating craft like the world’s last remaining wooden whaling ship known as Charles W. Morgan. Some of the other historical ships that you will see here are the schooner L.A. Dunton, Joseph Conrad, and lots of steam vessels. The seaport covers 19 acres of land and it not only features houses and stores of small villages, but you will also get to see shipbuilders, sailmakers, and others that provisioned the ships.
Mystic Aquarium & Institution for Exploration
This is a family-friendly attraction in Mystic where you will get to see ocean animals and also get to experience Birds of the Outback which is an interactive exhibit. The best thing about the aquarium is that you will get a close-up encounter and touch a ray, beluga whales and popular animals like African penguins, Stellar sea lions, and blue-tongued skinks. Some other top attractions in the aquarium are XD Motion Theater Deep Sea 3D and lots of exhibits based on Dr. Robert Ballard’s expeditions.
Gillette Castle State Park
This park can be found on a 184-acre estate in East Haddam, the castle is the 1919 home of William Hooker Gillette popularly known to be the actor that played the original Sherlock Holmes. The castle looks like a medieval fortress from the outside while the interior features hand-hewn woodwork with unique features that were designed by Gillette himself like the light switches and wooden door latches. There are also lots of walking trails that you can explore in the castle. If you are lucky to come here during the spring, fall, or summer, you will also be able to cross the Connecticut River from Chester on the Hadlyme ferry where you will get to enjoy magnificent views as you get close to the castle.
Lake Compounce Family Theme Park
This theme park can be found in Bristol and it is regarded to be the oldest operating amusement park in the US, it features a 1927 wooden roller coaster and 1911 carousel. The park is a famous summer family destination and it is filled with varieties of rides and games that you can try out. It also features the largest water park in Connecticut known as Crocodile Cove that is filled with water slides, wave pools, and sections that are designed for younger children. You will also find varieties of kiddie rides like a mini coaster for young kids not big enough for thrilling rides.
New England Air Museum
This museum is located in Windsor Locks and it is filled with over 70 aircraft throughout two large hangars. Some of the aircraft on display here are amphibious aircraft, WWII aircraft, helicopters, jets, and so on. The best thing about the museum is that it also features an interactive exhibit which includes science demonstrations and flight simulators that you can enjoy.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
This museum is popularly known for its changing exhibits of thought-provoking contemporary art and it does not hold a permanent collection or collect art. The museum displays work according to the changing themes and it is dedicated to promoting works of innovative artists while encouraging the viewers to think creatively. You should also make sure you explore its two-acre outdoor sculpture garden which offers picturesque views.
This is an 1846 Gothic-Revival-style summer house also popularly known as Henry C. Bowen House or the Pink House. The house is a National Historic Landmark and you will be surprised once you enter the house as its appearance is quite the same as it was in the 19th century when it was used for entertaining guests which include the US presidents. You can also explore its grounds where you will find gardens, garden house, an icehouse, and a barn with an indoor bowling alley.