What: Casino & Hotel Resort
Where: 39 Norwich Westerly Rd, Ledyard, CT 06339-1128
Phone: (860) 312-3000
Foxwoods Resort Casino is a hotel-casino in Ledyard, Connecticut. It is the largest casino in the world in terms of floor space for gaming, with 340,000 sq ft. The entire resort comprises 4,700,000 sq ft of space. The casino has over 380 gaming tables including blackjack, craps, roulette, and poker. Foxwoods also has the most slot machines of any casino in the world, numbering over 7,400. There are several restaurants including a Hard Rock Cafe. Foxwoods has 1,416 hotel rooms and a two story arcade for children and teens.
Typically a high-roller’s game, Foxwoods offers both traditional Baccarat (Punto Banco style) where the players controls the cards, and a “Mini-Baccarat”, where a dealer handles the cards. In both variants the casino banks the game.
Foxwoods holds bingo sessions twice daily, and the bingo hall can hold up to 5000 players. The hall features a large stage where the callers sit, smoking and non-smoking sections, video bingo terminals, a pizza vendor, pull tab sales booths, and soda fountains where players may drink as much soda as they wish. Players who win certain games will be allowed to go up on stage and spin a giant wheel with different amounts of money on it, or try to catch as much money as possible in a wind-tunnel-like structure called the “Money Machine”.
Blackjack at Foxwoods is played with 6 or 8-deck shoes. All tables are hand-shuffled since the removal of the continuous shuffling machines several years back. The dealer must hit on all totals of 16 or less, and stand on all totals of 17 or more. Foxwoods offers late surrender, double downs on any card and splits up to 4 hands. Specially marked tables offer side bets, including Super Sevens and Match The Dealer. Table minimums start at $10, and on the main gaming areas go up to $25. In the high stakes casino above the Great Cedar Hotel, the tables start at $200 a hand.
A variant of Blackjack called Spanish 21 is also played.
Foxwoods is one of a growing number of casinos offering 3-4-5 times odds. On points of 6 or 8, players are allowed to make an odds bet equal to 5 times their pass/don’t pass bet. Points of 5 or 9 allow a 4 times odds bet, and points of 4 or 10 allow a 3 times odds bet. A side effect of this rule is if the player takes the maximum odds the odds payout is always 6 times the pass line bet. Table minimums are usually $10 but can be as low as $5 during slower hours. As of early 2008, Foxwoods permits players to bet 5 times odds on all points in craps.
Sic Bo, a popular Asian game with three dice in a shaker is also played.
Foxwoods holds keno drawings every 8 minutes, 24 hours a day. 80 balls are in the pool, 20 are chosen.
There are several money wheels scattered across Foxwoods, where one bets on the number (or card) that the wheel lands on. The “Joker” or “Foxwoods” spaces pay at 40:1, which is in excess of a straight-up roulette bet, typically the best payoff in a casino at 35:1.
At any given time, the Foxwoods Poker Room runs many poker games of varying stakes, including limit and no-limit Texas hold ’em, Omaha hold ’em (high/low), and seven-card stud. There are also weekly poker tournaments and World Poker Tour events. The poker room underwent an expansion in March 2006, increasing the number of tables from 76 to 114, making it the largest poker room on the East Coast, and one of the largest in the world.
Table variants of poker (played against a dealer) are also available outside the poker room, including Caribbean Stud Poker, Let It Ride (card game), Pai Gow Poker, and Three card poker.
Table minimums during the weekend are usually $10 or $25, though $5 tables are occasionally available. Almost all of the wheels are of the American variety (with two green spots, 0 and 00), though there are a few European style Roulette wheels with only one zero. Foxwoods does not allow the “en prison” rule (as played in Europe and Atlantic City, New Jersey).
Slots and video poker
Slot machines at Foxwoods pay out roughly 91.5% of the money that gamblers bet . In the fiscal year ending June 2008, Foxwoods’ slots handled over $9.1 billion. 25% of slot revenue is given to the State of Connecticut. There are over 7,400 machines in five casinos devoted to slots and video poker.
A sports betting facility with cafe is also located at Foxwoods. Bets may be made on Jai-Alai, or on over 60 tracks worth of dog racing and horse racing. Races are projected on 50 foot high digital screens. Due to federal law, betting on other sports is impossible at Foxwoods, as it is prohibited outside of Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon.
MGM Grand at Foxwoods
Construction started in November 2005 on a $700 million expansion at Foxwoods. On April 25, 2006, Foxwoods announced that the expansion would hold the MGM Grand brand name, and that the parent company, MGM Mirage would be a partner in the expansion project. The expansion, entitled The MGM Grand at Foxwoods, opened on May 17, 2008. It is a separate building from the main Foxwoods resort, but is connected by a moving walkway. Amenities at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods include:
- 2 million square feet
- 53 table games
- 1,400 slot machines
- 825 hotel rooms/suites
- 4,000 seat performing arts theater
- Four restaurants and four retail outlets