October 7, 2006

The Battle of Connecticut: Part 1 - The Tale of the Tape

BattleOfConnecticut
For those folks living in the north east, there are few options for getting in some casino gaming. One basically has to choose between two Connecticut casinos: Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. But the question persists, which one to go to? Where should we spend our valuable free time? Which casino will give us more of what we want?

Fear not readers! We here at Casino Snob have placed these two casinos head to head, in a series we are calling "The Battle of Connecticut". We will take an in-depth look at both Mohegan Sun, and Foxwoods, and we will find out what each's strengths and weaknesses are. And through our exploration, we will provide you with all you need to decide where to visit on your next Connecticut Trip!

Read on for Part 1 - The Tale of the Tape


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Distance


This is a very small map of The area around Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods. If you click on it, you will get a larger version. You can also click here to link directly to the google maps page we got it from (trust us and click for the interactive map, its way cooler). The little "c" tag there, is Foxwoods. The "D" is Mohegan Sun.

As you can see, they are actually rather close to each other. So our first comparison, that of distance, is pretty much a wash. You wont be choosing one or the other based on how far they are from you. They are so close to each other in fact, you can even go back and forth between them if you like. The drive is only about 10-15 minutes on some very pleasant roads. And as a plus, we noticed that in Mohegan Sun, they will accept Foxwoods chips, and convert them to Mohegan Sun chips free of charge. We didn't notice if this was true the other way around, but its likely.

Casino Snob says:
If you're only around for an afternoon, or an evening, pick one. If you are in town for bit longer, why not try both!


Crucial Stats


These stats were obtained from the casinos' respective websites. Put side to side, they make an interesting comparison. Note that these stats take some digging, so if we're off by a tad, don't freak out. We also, when possible tried to put things in an apples to apples comparison.


Foxwoods:


  • more than 340,000 square feet of gaming space

  • 1,416 guest rooms and suites: 824 at Grand Pequot Tower, 312 at Great Cedar Hotel and 280 at Two Trees Inn

  • more than 7,000 slot machines

  • about 17 different kinds of table games

  • 3,600 person capacity bingo hall

  • 100 tables of Foxwoods WPT World Poker Room

  • more than 20,000 square feet of retail shopping area

  • 5 bars / clubs

  • about 19 food and beverage areas

  • 36 holes of golf at the Lake of Isles

  • Salon and Spa (unknown size)

  • 1400 seat Fox Theatre

  • over 55,000 square feet of meeting space (another 125,000 feet are under construction due in 2008)

  • Tree House Arcade has video games for kis


Mohegan Sun:

  • More than 300,000 square feet of gaming space

  • over 1,200 rooms and suites at The Mohegan Sun Tower

  • more than 6,000 slot machines

  • about 19 different kinds of table games

  • no bingo hall

  • no poker room

  • 130,000 square feet retail shopping area

  • 9 bars / clubs

  • about 30 food and beverage areas

  • no golf

  • 20,000 square-foot world-class spa

  • three entertainment venues including a 10,000-seat arena; a 300-seat Cabaret Theatre and 350-seat Wolf Den

  • over 100,000 square feet of meeting and function space

  • Kid's Quest arcade, and supervised hourly child care


WHEW!

So there it is, after a bunch of digging, its about as equal a comparison as you can get. As you can see, Foxwoods has it in the size category, and it should as it is touted as the worlds largest casino. Thier complex spans over 4.7 million square feet.

Mohegan Sun is not dead in the water however. It holds its own in many categories, including gaming space (our favorite) and hotel accomodations. In some areas, Mohegan even surpasses Foxwoods. In retail areas, and resturaunts / barsfor example, Mohegan seems to have the edge.


Casino Snob Says
These two giants are pretty close when compared with each other. Foxwoods is clearly bigger, but size doesn't always matter.

If you want Poker, Bingo, or Golf your decision is already made. If, on the other hand, those aren't your main need, then we need more information.


So that lays out Part 1 of our series. Check back and see what happens when we compare other aspects of these two Casinos in the Battle of Connecticut Part 2.

In the meantime, you can see the numbers for yourself at these websites:
Foxwoods: About Us
Mohegan Sun: About Us

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Posted by Russell Miner at October 7, 2006 8:00 AM
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