Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to go to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. This was my first visit to Mohegan Sun since they opened the Poker Room in late 2008. (Mohegan Sun’s website says August. October sticks in my mind… maybe the debut of their Texas Hold’em tournaments.)
The Poker Room is located in a whole new section of the casino called Casino of the Wind. It has its own restaurants, shops and bays of slot machines. There is a full-wall, floor-to-ceiling waterfall (water wall) at the end of this new area. Colored lights dance across the wall to create a soothing backdrop to the frenetic sounds of the casino. For me, the water wall helps take the edge off of the constant pinging and sirens. Good for gathering your thoughts before sitting down to play Texas Hold’em.
The poker room is on the right side almost at the very end of the new area, so, look for the water wall and head all the way back and you’ll see Mohegan Sun’s poker room on the right. There is a large Poker Room sign over the entranceway. (See rendition of Mohegan Sun’s Poker Room. Click Poker Room on the red strip on the left.) The room holds 42 tables.
It was Saturday and at 11:30 a.m. there were few tables – maybe seven- in use. There was a waiting list for almost all the games. When I returned to the poker room at 2:00 p.m., twice the number of tables were in use and seating was immediately availabile at a $1/$2 Texas Hold’em table ($60 minimum to play). This day, there was a tournament that started at 9 a.m. and Sit N Go Tournaments were run throughout the day.
Playing at a table was not an option for me on this day, so, I picked up a poker tournament schedule (January & Febraury 2009) to see when I might return. Daily poker tournaments, Monday – Friday are at 9:00 a.m., Noon, and 7:30 p.m. The weekend schedule varies. Most Saturdays and Sundays there is a 9:00 a.m. tournament. You’ll want to check Mohegan Sun’s Poker Tournament schedule for the most current information. Along with the daily tournaments, there are a lot of Satelite Qualifiers and Bounty Tournaments, as well as Ladies Only Poker Tournaments.
Have you played in Mohegan Sun’s poker room? What are the dealers like? I’d be interested in learning about the skill level of the dealers. I’ve played in Casinos where the players were very much more knowledgeable and faster to conclude the winner. It is painful to sit by while a novice dealer walks through the thought process to declare the winner. Even more painful when they consult the “cheat sheet” to see which hands beats another. Yes, I played at a table where that actually happened…Scary!