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by JPB

JPB has been playing blackjack and counting cards part-time since 1996. He plays throughout the country but primarily in Missouri. He has been a Green Chip member of for four years and one-time winner of the Post-of-the-Month. JPB is a professional engineer with three engineering degrees and works as a consulting engineer.


In my 15 plus years playing blackjack, I have managed to visit most of the casino markets: Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Wendover, Southern California, Arizona, Tunica, Biloxi, Missouri, Chicago, Atlantic City, and even many of the small markets that most people have never heard of ... like Mayetta, Kansas, and Philadelphia, Mississippi. However, unfortunately, up until now, I had never visited the Connecticut casinos. Because I live in the Midwest, it is too far to drive; furthermore, direct flights are non-existent, and any flight is expensive. Fortunately, I had a business trip in the area that allowed me a good chunk of time to visit Foxwoods and MGM in Ledyard, Connecticut in September 2011.

Foxwoods and MGM

For someone who has never been to Foxwoods, I think the best description is a "giant mall, with casinos scattered throughout." It is different than most of the giant casinos in Vegas and other locales, where there are many shops and restaurants clustered around one large casino. Foxwoods has several smaller casinos interspersed throughout the mall. Foxoods is connected to the MGM by a covered walkway of a few hundred yards.

There is one "MGM casino" and about five or six "Foxwoods casinos." Each Foxwoods casino has a different name, but to me, they were all "Foxwoods."

MGM and Foxwoods are under the same tribal management and use the same chips. For those who have been blacklisted by the MGM corporation casinos (Bellagio, Mirage, Beau Rivage), I am certain this Connecticut MGM does not share information with the MGM corporation casinos (otherwise, I would not have been allowed to play under my real name). A dealer told me that the Indian tribe paid a certain amount of money to use the MGM name. Otherwise, MGM Corporation has no financial interest in this Connecticut Indian casino.

Although I mentioned there were several different smaller casinos, I focused on just two locations in order to get access to the favorable rules...

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