Operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and opened in 1992, Foxwoods Resorts Casino stands as a huge campus with six distinct casinos.
After three decades of operation, it remains the largest resort casino in North America in terms of total gaming floor space. In the casinos, you will find thousands of gaming positions split between poker, slots, and table games.
While that currently doesn’t include sports betting, the Mashantucket Pequot formed a partnership in December 2020 with DraftKings to run sports betting on the tribe’s behalf in the future.
Address: 350 Trolley Line Blvd, Ledyard, CT 06338
Phone number: (860) 312-3000
Opened in: 1986 (bingo), 1992 (casino), 1993 (hotel)
Retail sportsbook: Not yet
Online sportsbook: Not yet
Gaming floor: 344,000 square feet
Slots: Over 3,400
Table games: Yes, over 250, including blackjack, craps, roulette and Spanish 21
Poker room: Yes, 114 tables
Off-track betting: Yes
The Mashantucket Pequot has been ahead of the game in terms of offering legal wagering in Connecticut.
A March 2021 agreement with Gov. Ned Lamont renewed the tribe’s compact with the state set up an avenue for the Mashantucket Pequot to launch regulated betting in the state. That deal still needs federal approval, but the groundwork has been laid.
Under terms of the agreement, the tribe will be able to open a retail sportsbook at Foxwoods as well as launch a CT betting app. Well before this compact came to be, however, the Mashantucket Pequot had a partner in place.
In December 2020, the tribe reached a “multi-channel” agreement with Boston-based DraftKings that would allow the operator to roll out a platform for daily fantasy sports and, eventually, legal sports betting in Connecticut.
When DraftKings Sportsbook CT actually goes live depends on how quickly lawmakers can approve both the compact with the tribe and regulatory legislation as well as the timing of federal approval by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
On top of sports betting, the agreed-upon compact with the state would also authorize the Mashantucket to integrate online casino gaming in Connecticut. Lawmakers are still working on passing legislation firmly defining that vertical. But as it stands, “online casino gaming” includes:
What was not detailed in the deal with DraftKings is if the operator would also integrate its online casino. DraftKings has introduced that platform in four states, including nearby New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
However, it would seem the most realistic option considering the multi-channel agreement DraftKings entered into with the Mashantucket.
Because of the massive size of the resort, visitors usually have no problem finding games to suit their tastes. The six casinos house thousands of points of access to just about every type of casino gaming imaginable.
Between the six casinos, there are over 3,400 slot machines to choose from when at full capacity. Payouts have soared into the millions in the past, with plays costing anywhere from $0.25 to $25. Among the most popular titles are:
Foxwoods offers a wide array of gaming tables with buy-in limits starting as low as $5.
The normal schedule allows the property to run different promotions on certain games throughout the week. For example, there is Happy Hour Blackjack on Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. at the Grand Pequot Casino. All of the casinos also offer the Spanish 21 variant of blackjack as well.
For players looking for poker-based variant card games, the facilities have several options. Those include:
Guests will also find a Tiles variant of Pai Gow. Craps, roulette, and mini-baccarat are available as well.
True to the theme of massive size, Foxwoods boasts one of the largest poker rooms in the world with 114 tables. In addition to games that are available around the clock, the resort holds regular tournaments in non-pandemic times. Games you will typically find include:
There isn’t any live harness racing anywhere on the resort. But the Rainmaker Casino does have simulcast wagering available.
In addition to pari-mutuel pools for horse races, you can enjoy live sports, beverage service, and dining options while at the racebook.
There is room for hundreds of people in the bingo hall on the resort property, with games running Wednesday through Sunday.
Cashiers open at 8 a.m., the doors follow suit at 9 a.m., and games go from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Evening sessions start with cashiers opening at 4 p.m., doors opening an hour later, and then games kicking off at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for either session Wednesday through Friday. On the weekends, admission goes up to $20.
Game payouts are $500 during the week but increase to $1,000 on the weekends.
If you’re not interested in gambling or just want to take a break from playing, there is no shortage of other options on the resort grounds.
Because of the size of the facility, you can find numerous entertainment options that really make it unnecessary to leave the property. From dining, family activities, golf, and shopping, there’s something for everyone.
With two towers and three more unique accommodations, the five distinct hotels give visitors the number of options you would expect from such a huge facility.
The Grand Pequot Tower boasts 699 rooms, 86 suites and 23 villas. A AAA Three-Diamond destination, the Great Cedar Hotel features 317 rooms and suites. If that isn’t to your liking, the Fox Tower steps it up a notch with AAA Four Diamond service. The Villas at Foxwoods offer the ultimate in private accommodations and five-star service.
Finally, the 280 rooms at Two Trees Inn offer the unique aesthetic of a quintessential country destination.
From fine dining to grab-and-go options, there is something to suit your taste any time of the day and night on-site.
In addition, there are many bars and lounges on top of a food court with dozens of national brands that should be familiar to guests.
Performers of all kinds come through the property year-round. These include comedians, musicians, and other types of live shows.
You’ll find live comedy on a regular basis at the Comedic Corner at Centrale. The Centrale Fox Tower also features theatres for live performances. The Atrium Bar often hosts live DJs, and Shrine is a hotspot for musicians.
Family entertainment options include the Foxwoods Drive-In, go-karts, virtual reality exhibits, and a zip line.
The Fox Tower also features Topgolf Swing Suite, the popular golf gaming experience. For the real thing, Lake of Isles sits as the top golf course in Connecticut.
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is truly one of the pioneers of tribal gaming, not only as it relates to casinos in Connecticut but also in North America.
In 1983, the US Department of the Interior took the land necessary for the resort into trust for the tribe. It needed an act of Congress to do so, even overriding a veto by then-President Ronald Reagan.
In 1986, the Mashantucket Pequot opened its first gaming facility, which was just a bingo hall at the time. Soon thereafter, an investment from Malaysian casino developer Lim Goh Tong spurred the development of the resort.
The tribe entered a compact with the state of Connecticut in 1990. That agreement expanded twice over the next three years to allow for poker and table games in addition to slots. The poker room opened in 1995. Numerous expansions have taken place since, bringing the resort’s total area to over 9 million square feet.