When we speak of casinos, Las Vegas would normally come to mind. Indeed, Las Vegas casinos have carved their own identity that you’d think there is nowhere else in the world where you can find them.
That is about to change, though. Now you can head over to the New England region and may be assailed by that feeling that you are in Vegas. No, you are actually in Connecticut; you just happened to be standing in the middle of one of three Las Vegas style casinos in the northeast part of the country.
Foxwoods Resort Casino
Originally a bingo palace when it first opened in 1986, Foxwoods Resort Casino is now the world’s second largest casino (the first is China’s Venetian Macau) and the largest in the United States. Around 3.600 bingo players can share the same bingo hall that occupies a small area of the casino’s 314,492 square feet of gaming space. Take your lucky shots at any of the 7,600 slot machines, 380 gaming tables, or in the largest poker room in the country. Spend a relaxing afternoon at the spa, do some shopping, or have a game of golf at any of its two championship golf courses. There is certainly more than enough room at any of the three hotels. (foxwoods.com)
MGM Grand – Foxwoods
MGM Grand at Foxwoods, which opened its doors only in 2008, is relatively smaller than very close neighbor Foxwood Resorts Casino in terms of land area. With an area of 50,000 square feet, it has a modest 1,300 slot machines and 60 gaming tables. One of its main draws, however, is the 4,000-seater MGM Grand Theater where off-Broadway shows are sometimes performed. (mgmatfoxwoods.com)
Second to Foxwoods in terms of land area is the Mohegan Sun, with a square footage of 295,000. Strategically located on the banks of the Thames River, it affords guests a wonderful view outside and an impressive tableau inside. We’re talking of around 300 gaming tables and 7,000 slot machines. It is also the venue for the annual PokerStars North American Poker Tour. You can catch the ladies of Women’s National Basketball Association’s Connecticut Sun in a game or two at the Mohegan Sun Arena, or enjoy the culinary offerings of over 30 restaurants and lounges. Guests can also book any of the 1,200 luxury rooms of the hotel. (mohegansun.com)