Thursday, January 31, 2008

An Evening at "The Wonder of It All"

I missed The Mo Show on BlogTalk radio last night as I decided to meet my mom and aunt at Foxwoods Resort Casino to try my luck at some High-Stakes Bingo for a change being that it's been quite awhile since I'd been there and because some extra money would really come in handy right about now. Add on the fact that I had switched my day shift for an evening shift with one of the other dispatchers and didn't need to be at work early and it seemed the ideal way to spend a Wednesday evening (outside of listening to The Mo Show, that is!)

For those not familiar with Foxwoods, or "The Wonder of It All" as it's referred to in many of their advertising campaigns, it's currently the largest casino in the world based on the amount of floor space for gaming and rises out of the Connecticut woods on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation in Ledyard which is about 15 minutes up the road from where I live. Where I live is actually sandwiched between Foxwoods, the largest casino in the world, and the Mohegan Sun, the second largest casino in the world.

Foxwoods CasinoFoxwoods is HUGE and going to be even bigger as they are just about finished with their new expansion project, the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, a breathtaking new $700 million development scheduled for completion in the spring of 2008. It will add nearly 2 million square feet of overall space and change the landscape of this part of Connecticut even more. When you come around the corner and see the complex with the new hotel rising out of the woods (essentially in the middle of nowhere) it's pretty darned impressive! This picture doesn't show the new hotel, I'll have to try to find a camera with a good enough lens to get a picture of that - hokey smokes!

I used to work at Foxwoods years and years ago as a Security Officer, long before I worked at the Mohegan Sun Casino as a blackjack dealer, and it's rather interesting to go there and see some of the people that I used to work with still there and doing the same thing. I'm not so sure I could have lasted over ten years standing on my feet for 8 hours a shift - especially with my back problems. But that's neither here nor there as far as this post is concerned!

The casino seemed pretty empty last night (of course, as big as the place is, it's easy for it look empty even when there are thousands upon thousands of people there) and the Bingo Hall was even emptier so I thought perhaps my chances of breaking the losing streak I've had since I last won $40 at a game of Bingo at the NCO Club on McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey in 1981 might actually be pretty good. I was ready for a win, for the chance to shout out "Bingo" with the best of 'em, and maybe even get a chance to grab some money out of the Money Machine or give the Money Wheel a fine spin.

Alas, it appears that I am the Susan Lucci of Bingo-playing and my losing streak has continued unabated. As I have told my mother on several occasions, I get the feeling that it could be myself and the Bingo caller only and I still wouldn't manage to win! My mom, on the other hand, actually does quite well and has chalked up a good number of wins for herself. Neither she nor my aunt got to yell "Bingo" last night but Mom had done pretty good on the slot machines prior to Bingo and was going to go home with some of the casino's money in spite of her numbers not coming up in Bingo.

As for me, I made a small contribution to the tribe to help pay for their new MGM expansion and had a nice night out visiting with my aunt, who it's always nice to see, and my mom. There are worse ways to spend an evening and knowing that I have the worst luck when it comes to gambling, I'm never tempted to bet the rent and walk out of there kicking myself in the butt for challenging Lady Luck and losing.

Maybe next time, though, I can finally break that losing streak!


  1. Glad you had a great night out. I am very unlucky at gambling too. I can't remember the last time I went to a casino. I missed The Mo Show too. I'll have to catch up in the archives. Have a great day Linda. :)

  2. Anonymous2:30 PM EST

    I'll bet my losing streak is longer than yours or Susan's.

  3. It sounds quite an establishment.

  4. I guess I can't complain, since I won $240 on nickel slots in Vegas. That was probably my supply of gambling luck for my entire life!
    Next time I'm out there to visit, hope to see Foxwood's expansion. I loved seeing Mohegan Sun, and I just thought it was a hoot that these giant elegant casinos are out in the middle of NO where...
    Speaking of Susan Lucci, since you missed The Mo Show last night, one of my callers has been married & divorced ELEVEN times! I think she rivals Erica Kane!
    You'll have to listen to the archives at to hear this call!

  5. Maybe if you and I went to play bingo together, it would be two against the game to see if either of us could break out of the losing streak! Mandy and her best friend and her friend's stepmother and I went to play bingo one night back in December -there was no one from our group who got to yell "bingo" either! Although Mandy did win a nice big ham -about 13 pounds of ham -in a door prize drawing. The sticker price was still on the ham and it had retailed at the local grocery store for $31 and change so we figured we ended up losing about $5.00 overall then! And the ham tasted darned good for our Christmas dinner too!

  6. Anonymous3:40 PM EST

    I am so glad that you had a great time! I also am not a winner when it comes to the slots and casinos but it is really great fun. Glad you had good company to be with :)

  7. Glad you had a good time inspite of not hitting it BIG. ;-) I can count the number of times on one hand that I've been to the casinos. The last time I went I did hit for $280 on a quarter machine. I left immediately..


  8. I hope you have a GREAT time. But remember my "Law: that says, "You can't win. You can't lose. You can't even quit the game..." Enjoy!

  9. It sucks not to win. But at least you had a night out and some good company. And hopefully you had fun too.

  10. and a good time was had by all. I have seen this place on tv a lot because of the World Poker Tour events there, I would like to see it for myself someday.

  11. I put up Maggie's article. Maybe we can get you on a winning streak that way.

  12. Anonymous11:29 AM EST

    Bingo is one of the few games that my kids enjoy. There was a big programme on the news the other day about how it keeps your brain working [the older generation predominate in the Bingo department in England]

    Never seems quite as glamorous as black jack!

  13. Anonymous11:45 AM EST

    Glad you had fun. I suck at gambling as well. Hubby gave me $20 to play the slots on the cruise ship. I came back 3 minutes later with nothing - nada, zip, zero!

    I'll stick to my other form of gambling ... giving youngest stepdaughter her allowance. LOL!

  14. I don't like to gamble so I spend my share of the money and a little more, shopping when we go to las Vegas. I have tried the indian casino's here in CA and it does not have the ambience of Las Vegas, and it seems as if there are a lot of old folks, spending the pension and a lot of folks looking desperate.


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