Connecticut
 

There are two Indian casinos in Connecticut.
Foxwoods (800-PLAY-BIG) opened in February, 1992, in Ledyard, which is about forty-five miles southeast of Hartford. It is now the largest casino in the United States and according to Business Week magazine it is "the most profitable gaming operation in the U. S., if not the world." The slot machines alone bring in more than $1.5 million a day in gross profits!
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe which operates Foxwoods had to sue the state to allow the casino to open. They argued that since the state legally permitted "Las Vegas Nights," where low-stakes casino games were operated to benefit charities, then the tribe should be entitled to do the same. Eventually, they won their case before the U. S. Supreme Court and began construction of their casino, which was financed by a Malaysian conglomerate after twenty-two U.S. lenders had turned down their loan requests.
The state's other casino, the Mohegan Sun Casino (800-226-77ll), opened in October 1996 in Uncasville, which is about fifteen miles southwest of Foxwoods. They expect to have hotel facilities available by late 1999.
Both casinos are open twenty-four hours and offer a full variety of table games and electronic machines. Foxwoods also has a simulcast facility with pari-mutuel betting. The minimum gambling age at both facilities is eighteen for bingo and twenty-one for the casino.
For more information on visiting Connecticut call the state's vacation center at 800-282-6863.

What Rules Should You Play By?
 
While adherence to casino rules should be the main inspiration for your home game, there is still room to tailor those rules to work optimally around your kitchen table. This leeway exists mostly outside of the actual play of hands. Deviating a bit from casino rules in these areas won't have a detrimental effect because they are more like procedures than statutes, and they are almost always implemented by floor men, not players. Home game rules must adjust to the fact that you are the floor man. In the interest of not further contributing to the problem of non-standardization in poker, I will dutifully make note of any of my home game rules that significantly deviate from what you would encounter in a Vegas poker room.

Finally, I should point out that this chapter is written to be instructive: It not only lays out rules and procedures but explains why they exist, which should help you make rulings when the rules fall short. As a result, the chapter is fairly long and not very suitable as a rulebook to have on hand for your game. That's why I included two appendices of condensed codes (one for regular games and one for no-limit tournaments) that you can refer to quickly during your games. You may also download these rule summaries from www.realpokernight.com and modify them and email them to your players.
 
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