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.
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.