Introduction to Connecticut Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
Connecticut slot machine casino gambling consists of two tribal casinos. Also, two proposed casino projects are under consideration for Bridgeport and East Windsor.
Connecticut’s tribal casinos have no theoretical payout limits, but return statistics are publicly available.
This post continues my weekly State-By-State Slot Machine Casino Gambling Series, an online resource dedicated to guiding slot machine casino gambler to success. Now in its third year, each weekly post reviews slots gambling in a single U.S. state, territory, or federal district.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in Connecticut*
The minimum legal gambling age in Connecticut depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 21
- Poker Rooms: 21
- Bingo: 18
- Lottery: 18
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18
Pari-mutuel wagering has had a long history in Connecticut, including dog and horse racing tracks and the sport of jai alai. Since 2005, only Off-Track Betting (OTB) sites exist in Connecticut.
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws might apply to various forms of gaming. It is not legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in Connecticut
It is illegal to own a slot machine in the state of Connecticut privately.
Gaming Control Board in Connecticut
Connecticut’s two tribal casinos have tribal gaming agencies, including enforcement, as outlined in their negotiated tribal-state gaming compacts. However, the state of Connecticut has its Gaming Division, which:
- Provides oversight of gaming activities at tribal casinos.
- Regulates sports betting at all OTB locations.
Connecticut’s two federally-recognized tribes are:
- Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, the owners and operators of Foxwoods
- Mohegan Tribe, owners and operators of Mohegan Sun.
Through their Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment venture, the Mohegan Tribe has expanded its gaming interests to international levels. In 2019, they won the contract to operate two casinos near Niagara Falls for the Ontario Province of Canada.
If completed, both tribes will operate a satellite casino proposed for East Windsor together, not located on either of their tribal reservations.
Casinos in Connecticut
There are two American Indian tribal casinos in Connecticut.
The largest casino in Connecticut is Mohegan Sun with 4,100 gaming machines and more than 300 table games in September 2019.
The second-largest casino is Foxwoods Resort Casino with 3,435 gaming machines and over 250 table games in September 2019.
The Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos compete, always striving to be better than the other. This ongoing competition is to the advantage of slots players as well as resulting in these two tribal casinos having a world-wide reputation.
A proposed casino in East Windsor may, as reported by the Hartford Courant, “blunt the competitive threat” of the MGM Springfield in Massachusetts.
This casino is a joint venture of the tribal owners and operators of Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, called MMCT Venture. A planned mid-2020 opening may get delayed.
If the proposed MGM Bridgeport also opens, perhaps as early as 2022, it will become the second-largest casino in Connecticut.
Expanded gaming in Connecticut, including state-wide sports betting, is at a something of a stalemate. While MMCT Venture has received federal approval for Tribal Winds Casino in East Windsor, negotiations with the state of Connecticut are ongoing.
Commercial Casinos in Connecticut
There are no non-tribal casinos in Connecticut with slot machines.
Tribal Casinos in Connecticut
The two tribal casinos in Connecticut are:
- Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, located 50 miles southeast of Hartford and 60 miles southwest of Providence, Rhode Island.
- Mohegan Sun in the town of Montville, the east end of the area known as Uncasville, located 17 miles west of Foxwoods Casino.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying Connecticut slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering Connecticut is:
Each of the links above will take you to my state-specific blog for that neighboring state to Connecticut.
Our Connecticut Slots Facebook Group
Are you interested in sharing and learning with other slots enthusiasts in Connecticut? If so, join our new Connecticut slots community on Facebook. All you’ll need is a Facebook profile to join this closed Facebook Group freely.
There, you’ll be able to privately share your slots experiences as well as chat with players about slots gambling in or near Connecticut. Join us!
Payout Returns in Connecticut
Theoretical payout limits have not been set in either tribal-state compact for the tribes owning the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos.
However, these gaming compacts require they report actual return statistics to the state of Connecticut. Each month, Connecticut’s Gaming Division provides these return statistics by casino, including casino hold% and player win%.
Further, the American Casino Guide’s Connecticut entry has annual return statistics for each tribal casino by slot machine denomination.
These “extra” return statistics are from the state of Connecticut’s Department of Special Revenue but are not generally available to the public. Database access requires special password-protected permission, which I have recently requested from the state.
Summary of Connecticut Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
Connecticut slot machine casino gambling consists of two American Indian tribal casinos, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods. Two proposed casinos, MGM Bridgeport and Tribal Winds in East Windsor, may open as soon as mid-2020.
No theoretical payout limits are in the tribal-state gaming compacts with Connecticut’s two tribes. However, these compacts require Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods to report their return statistics to the state, where they are publicly available.
Annual Progress in Connecticut Slot Machine Casino Gambling
Over the last year, Foxwoods has reduced its slot machines by 1,302, from 4,907 to 3,435 gaming machines, in part due to its temporary closing of Festival Casino for renovations.
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