Friday, December 30, 2011

Big casinos, part 2

Above: Mohegan Sun is the second largest casino in the U.S. according to Wikipedia.

I decided to play at Mohegan Sun today at the 2 p.m. tournament (see here).. The buy-in was $200 and 145 runners signed up.

Things went wrong from the beginning. I had A-Q twice, raised, got two or three callers, then had to fold when I whiffed the flop and somebody else bet. The worst was when I picked up A-A and raised dicw times the big blind. Two called. The flop was J-10-9. I bet two-thirds of the pot, got a caller and the next guy raised three times my bet. He was an older guy, so no way he was making a move. What would you do? I folded.

I made it through five hours and dribbled from the original stack of 20K to 9K. The blinds were 1200/600/100. There were four callers to me in the big blind and I held Q 9. I checked and the flop was:
10 8 7.

I moved all in. I have a straight and flush draw, but more importantly, I need to win the pot. A guy with J-J (but no hearts) called. The turn was the 8 and the river was a heart: J. At first I thought, hey a flush, then I realized that it gave the villain a boat because the stupid turn paired the board.

I enjoyed playing there. The interior had Native American themes. The various casinos were called Casino of the Earth, Casino of the Wind, etc. The poker room had 43 tables and each had places for 10 players. The place was well-run and staff were competent and friendly.

Which did I like better, Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun? I can't say as they were both just super.

Above: The Mohegan Sun Casino opened in 1996.

Above: The place is big, so it's a good thing they provide lots of directions.

Photos taken with my P&S.


  1. Nice photos, Dave! I especially like the first one. I guess someday I'll have to visit one of these casinos.

    Lois Anne and I send our best wishes to you for a wonderful New Year!

  2. @Lowell: Thanks for the compliment. I don't care for most games at casinos, but poker I love.

  3. Sorry about the bad luck Mojo but you've had a pretty good run lately. Played at Foxwoods twice but never hit Mohegan Sun. Gonna have to visit both next time I'm up to see my family.

  4. The poker gods must have been sleeping when you played. : o )