Connecticut Poker Gambling
Connecticut, on the north eastern seaboard of the USA, is one of the smallest states in the US, but in Poker as in other areas, Connecticut is punching above its weight. Team Pokerstars very own heavyweight Greg Raymer hails from the �Constitution State�
Connecticut Gambling Laws
The Connecticut Gaming Policy Board is a department of the Connecticut Division of Special Revenue. It regulates raffles, greyhound racing, bingo and other legalized forms of gambling run by non-profit organizations within the state. It actually allows for horse racing, but there is no horse track at present in the State of Connecticut. It also liaises with the state�s Indian casinos.
Poker history made in Connecticut
Poker history was made at Foxwoods casino on November 16, 2006 when for the first time in World Poker Tour (WPT) history, two women, Mimi Tran (a prot�g� of Barry Greenstein of Team Pokerstars) and Kathy Liebert, made it to the final 6. Canadian Nenad Medic eventually won the $1,717,194 grand prize.
Notable Connecticut Poker Players
There is no shortage of poker talent in the little state of Connecticut; here we list just a select few of the many fine players in the State.
Team Pokerstars Greg "Fossilman" Raymer, winner of almost $6 million in tournament prize money. For more information on Greg, check him out on Team Pokerstars Greg Raymer profile page.
Joseph Bove Jr. Joe Bove is a formidable seven card stud player. In fact, all his tournament cashes have been in seven card stud, including one hi-lo cash. His most notable result was winning the $2500 Seven Card Stud event at the 2004 WPT Championship Bellagio Five-Star Poker Classic, winning almost $65,000 in the process.
Khenh Chanthamaia. Khenh of East Lyme, has been cashing in tournaments since 1995. Since that time, it seems that each year his results improve. His cashes have come not just in the Limit and No Limit disciplines of Hold Em, but also in Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Hi-Lo. His steady stream of cashes have earned Khenh almost $400,000 in prize winnings.
John D'Agostino. D�Agostino is yet another well known poker aficionado who hails from Connecticut, with lifetime winnings in excess of $1.6million on the poker circuit. This young man surely will be a force for years to come in the poker world. Surprisingly enough, he has yet to take down a major tournament, having come agonizingly close on 3 occasions. His best result has been a 2nd at the $9,700 2006 WPT Championship Event No Limit Hold Em Borgata Winter Open, winning $591,312 in the process.
Paul Darden. Darden is one of the best African-American players in the country. This guy has been doing incredible year-in and year out in tournaments since the start of the decade with literally scores of cashes amounting to almost $2 million. His game range is mighty impressive too, including 7-card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi-Lo, Limit Hold Em, No Limit Hold Em and Omaha Hi-Lo. Durden is without a doubt not only amongst the best players in Connecticut of recent times, but also of the entire United States.
Steve Delborrell. Steve has been regularly cashing in tournaments over the past decade. Steve�s versatility is notable in his results, as he has cashed in 7 Card Stud, Limit Hold Em, No Limit Hold Em and Omaha Hi-Lo. His biggest triumph came in his strongest game, Limit Hold Em, when he won the $300 Limit Hold Em New England Poker Classic, winning $22,115.
Neal Gersony. Neal has been achieving some nice results over the last few years. He is yet to win a tournament, but with his steady stream of cashes, it would appear to be just a matter of time. Either way, almost $200,000 in cashes in just over 2 years suggests Neal is a guy to keep an eye on.
Anthony Hill. Anthony has been quietly knocking out a few decent results over the past few years, winning almost $200,000 in cash up to December 2006. Anthony is definitely one to watch!
Jeffrey King. Jeffrey has proven to be one of the most versatile poker players on the tournament scene, something he shares with many of his fellow Connecticut players. He has cashed in many different poker variations. This versatility is perhaps best displayed by his first tournament win in November 2002, when he won the $300 H.O.S.E event at the 2002 World Poker Finals in Mashantucket. Since then, he has had many decent results, but without a doubt his greatest triumph is winning the $9,700 No Limit Hold Em Championship Event 2006 WSOP Circuit at Caesars, Atlantic City for $345,708.
Curt Kohlberg. Curt is without a doubt one of the most formidable players in Connecticut. While never quite hitting the big-time , he has had impressive results for many years now, winning almost $1 million over the past decade in his favorite games seven card stud and No Limit Hold Em. While Curt has played largely on the eastern seaboard of The USA, he certainly doesn�t go off form when he travels, coming 5th in the prestigious �10,000 WPT 2005 Grand Prix de Paris for �89,940 and winning the 2004 $5000 No Limit Hold Em Festa al Lago, Las Vegas for $280,960.
Thomas Schreiber. Thomas has been on the poker tournament circuit longer than most, but like a fine wine he just gets better as time goes by. He has career winnings approaching the $1/2 million mark including an impressive 6th placing at the 2006 WSOP $5000 No Limit Hold Em event winning $146,170.
Connecticut Casino Poker Cardrooms
Currently there is only one casino in Connecticut which offers poker. However, Foxwoods is famous for hosting the WPT finals and is one of the most well known casinos, not just in the USA but worldwide.
Foxwoods has three hotels within its massive complex. The Grand Peugeot Tower, The Great Cedar Hotel and the Two Trees Inn. Each hotel offers luxurious accommodation at affordable prices. Foxwoods also has a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, ranging from the casual but friendly atmosphere of the Hard Rock Caf� to the Gourmet Delights of Paragon, one of only a select few restaurants in the entire country to achieve the AAA Four diamond Award of excellence. Foxwoods nightclub, Club BB, was voted best dance club in Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine and is one of the foremost nightclubs in the country. Foxwoods complex also has some top class shops to choose from, so if you win loads of money there, at the slots or better still at the WPT, you better hope your spouse does not have expensive tastes as they will have plenty of opportunity to put your winnings to good use!
Though Foxwoods is a fabulous top class casino, the poker games they offer are varied enough to suit most budgets. Games range from casual $1 games to high stakes no-limit for the very wealthy and the leading professionals. Games on offer are Hold Em, Seven Card Stud and Omaha.
39 Norwich Westerly Road, Mashantucket, Connecticut 06338
The Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino complex is truly a fascinating mini world all of its own. It boasts a massive 1200 luxury guest rooms with yet another 1000 in development. It has over 20 restaurants, catering to all tastes and budgets. Customers can have a hamburger in the nostalgic 1950s style Johnny Rockets or enjoy the finest Italian fare at celebrity chef Todd English�s Tuscany. The Mohegan Sun has over 40 stores to choose from, where you can buy the latest electronic equipment, or if that doesn�t tickle your fancy, there�s some top class boutiques with the latest fashion ware for you to browse and shop. You can also enjoy a relaxing spa, ideal to relax after all the excitement of the casino. The casino itself has over 6,000 slot machines, again catering for all tastes, you can play penny slots or if you are a high roller there are $100 a spin slots. There�s also a wide variety of table Games including Caribbean Stud Poker, Four Card Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Texas Hold Em Bonus and Three Card Poker. Note that all these games are against the dealer.
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, Connecticut 06382
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