Casino Guide 2012: Connecticut

Connecticut is home to a pair of Native American casino resorts: The Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino/MGM Grand at Foxwoods complex. Both offer slots, table games and betting on horse races from across the country.

Mohegan SunThe Mohegan Sun’s four-year-old Casino of the Wind is the newest of four gaming areas. It features a smoke-free, 42-table poker room and a 35-foot animated water wall. Casino of the Earth has two smoke-free areas, plus an indoor planetarium, an enclosed smoke-free room and the Wolf Den entertainment space. Sunrise Square is where you’ll find Asian gaming and Cantonese barbecue.

The Mohegan has all the resort amenities you’d expect, including a spa, shops and meeting space. Both the golf course and the clubhouse at Mohegan Sun Country Club at Pautipaug have undergone major renovations this year. Live music is also
a big draw here. On Aug. 30, the resort will host the Carnival of Madness Tour, featuring Evanescence, Chevelle, Cayo and New Medicine.

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Foxwoods Casino ResortFoxwoods Resort Casino debuted as a bingo hall in 1986, before table games, slots and high-stakes poker came along in the ’90s. Things really exploded in 2008, with the $700 million MGM Grand expansion. Both Foxwoods properties are located on the same property, connected by a moving walkway. Expect big-name live entertainment, including Jerry Seinfeld (Aug. 10-11), Jane’s Addiction (Aug. 18) and Duran Duran (Aug. 24). For kids, Foxwoods offers a two-story arcade and a 35,000-square-foot bowling alley. Other amenities include a museum, a golf course (with golf academy) and a spa. Those coming to stay have five hotel options, ranging from budget-friendly to high-roller.

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