TYPES OF CASINOS IN CONNECTICUT
There are two casinos in Connecticut and both of the casinos are affiliated of Native American tribes.
Both of the casinos in Connecticut have a minimum gambling age of 21 and 18 for bingo. All Connecticut casinos are open 24 hours.
Foxwoods Resort Casino
The Foxwood Resort Casino is operated by Mashantucket Pequot Tribe. It is the third-largest casino in the world, and the first casino to successfully open in Connecticut. The Mashantucket Pequot tribe had to fight to get the Foxwood Resort Casino approved, finally having to sue the state to get it opened. The state had already permitted something called “Las Vegas Nights,” these are low-stakes casino games to benefit charities. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe demanded that the tribe should be allowed to do the same. The case was brought before the U.S. Supreme Court, who found in favor of the tribe. Soon after the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, financed by a Malaysian conglomerate, began construction on the Foxwoods Resort Casino.
The Foxwood Resort and Casinos finally opened their doors in 1992, at that time slot machines were not permitted on the site. A deal was later made between Governor Weicker and the Pequots in 1993 that gave the tribe exclusive rights to offer slot machines. This deal was contingent on the fact that the tribe must give a yearly payment of 25% of the slot’s gross revenue to the state.
Foxwoods casinos offer such games as: blackjack, roulette, craps, poker, Caribbean stud poker, three-card poker, Crazy 4 poker, baccarat, mini-baccarat, midi baccarat, big six (money wheel), pai gow tiles, pai gow poker, casino war, let it ride, Spanish 21, keno, bingo, and pull tabs. The casino also offers a Race Book with off-track betting on greyhounds, horses, and jai-alai.
In 2008 a new casino was added called the MGM Grand at Foxwoods. This was later renamed the Fox Tower in 2013. The Fox tower connects to the Foxwoods Casino Resort by a moving, covered, walkway, and its casino offers such games as: blackjack, craps, roulette, Spanish 21, three-card Poker, and electronic gaming machines.
Mohegan Sun Casino
In 1994 the state of Connecticut signed a compact with the Mohegan Tribe to allow them to offer casino gambling on their reservation in Uncasville. The Mohegan Tribe struck another deal, this time with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe to allow for slot machines in their casinos. This slot machine deal has the same stipulation that 25% of the gross slot revenue must be paid to the state. This deal is subject to cancellation if the state legalizes another form of casino gambling. The Mohegan Tribe was finally able to open their casino in 1996.
The Mohegan Sun Casino offers such games as: poker, blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat, mini-baccarat, wheel of fortune, pai gow, pai gow poker, let it ride, Caribbean stud poker, Spanish 21, sic bo, Mississippi stud, three card poker, four card poker, keno, and Texas hold ‘em bonus. They also offer a race book with off-track betting on greyhounds, horses, and jai-alai.
Connecticut gaming laws require casinos to release payback percentages on electronic games to the public. Click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for both Connecticut casinos.
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TOP THINGS TO DO IN CONNECTICUT
Connecticut was originally a Dutch colony. It is a small state which has had a huge impact on politics, culture, history and art of the United States. Connecticut features picturesque scenery, from Bear Mountain to the shores of Long Island Sound, and it is close to many East Coast urban centers. The state is a perfect weekend destination, and some of the best things to do in Connecticut are listed below.
This attraction recreates a historical seaport village. It is a great place to go if you want to learn more about maritime history in the U.S. It includes a magnificent collection of floating crafts such as whaling ships, schooners and steam ships. The seaport covers 19 acres and features villages of period homes and stores. You can also see demonstrations of shipbuilding and sail making.
Mystic Aquarium & Institution for Exploration
This family-friendly attraction in Mystic includes aquariums and hands-on exhibits like Birds of the Outback. Rays, beluga whales, penguins and sea lions are some of the animals you will see. There is also the XD Motion Theater Deep Sea 3D experience and many exhibits based on the undersea explorations of Dr. Robert Ballard.
Gillette Castle State Park
This park can be found in East Hamden. The castle is the 1919 home of actor William Hooker Gillette, known for his role as the original Sherlock Holmes. The castle looks like a medieval fortress from the outside, while the interior features beautiful hand-hewn woodwork and many unique features designed by Gillette himself. There are walking trails throughout the castle grounds, and the Hadlyme Ferry that connects to Chester across the Connecticut River.
Lake Compounce Family Theme Park
Located in Bristol, this is considered the oldest operating amusement park in the U.S. and features a 1927 wooden roller coaster, plus a 1911 carousel. The park is a popular family destination and filled with rides and games you can try out. It is also home to Crocodile Cove, the largest water park in Connecticut, with water slides, wave pools and areas for younger children, including kiddie rides.
New England Air Museum
Located in Windsor Locks, this museum houses 70 aircraft in two large hangars. On exhibit, you will also see amphibious aircraft, WWII aircraft, helicopters and jets. The museum also includes interactive exhibits, science demonstrations and flight simulators you can enjoy.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
This museum is known for its changing exhibits of thought provoking contemporary art. The Aldrich does not have a permanent collection or collect art, instead, the museum displays works according to changing themes and is dedicated to promoting works of innovative artists while encouraging the viewers to think creatively. There is also a two-acre outdoor sculpture garden which offers picturesque views.
This is an 1846 Gothic-Revival style summer house popularly known as the Henry C. Bowen House, or the Pink House. A National Historic Landmark, the interior is quite the same as it was in the 19th century when it was used for entertaining guests, including U.S. presidents. You can explore the grounds where you will find gardens, a garden house, an ice house and a barn with an indoor bowling alley.