Helaine’s out of town. I’m off from work. It’s cold and gray and the sky is spitting from time-to-time.
I went to play poker.
My friend Rick and I decided to go to Mohegan Sun. Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun’s own Lex Luther, is the casino more known for poker. Mohegan Sun has just added some electronic tables and has a few moderately priced tournaments. It’s also around 15 minutes closer.
The weather really sucked this morning, but it didn’t slow our progress across Connecticut’s shoreline and then up to the north, close to its eastern border. Mohegan Sun is in Uncasville, right on the Thames River (upriver from the Groton Sub Base). It’s really a beautiful countrified area with two gigantic casino hotel complexes.
Connecticut’s two Indian casinos are in a part of the start which had been more like the rest of New England than the rest of Connecticut. It is rural, with light industry. At one time, there were many mills. No more.
The casinos have changed everything with an influx of workers from every corner of the Earth. English as a Second Language” programs in school often see Chinese, or other less common tongues, as the first language.
The Sun’s poker room is wedged in the middle of the casino. The tables are spread out, forming an elongated oval with lots of foot traffic on either side.
This was my second chance to try electronic tables. It was much more enjoyable than my trip to the Commerce in Los Angeles. Maybe the addition of technology takes some getting used to? Whatever the reason, the play was much more like ‘real’ poker this time.
The electronic tables are faster and there are no dealer mistakes. One of the floor bosses told me, he hasn’t seen one fight since these tables have come in!
We played an 11:30 tournament, a little limit Hold’em and two ‘sit ‘n go’ tournaments. Rick did well. I did not. I find my current play suspect.
As it turns out, the winner buys dinner rule was in effect.
3 thoughts on “Poker At Mohegan Sun”
I’ve never seen an electronic table like that. How do you see your cards without everyone else seeing them? How do you bet?
The table has a large (probably) plasma screen in the center, and small LCD touch screens in front of each player.
By cupping your hand over the ‘cards’ on your personal LCD, they are revealed. It’s a simple animation to turn up their corners.
The idea of touch screens works reasonably well, though it’s by no means perfect and 100% properly responsive.
It must be wierd not to have chips to shuffle between your fingers or toss into the pot.